• Which discounts pensioners can apply for
  • How to get the cheapest broadband plan
  • Save on landline costs

It may not be your best option to search for a senior and/or pensioner discount on broadband plans but luckily, there are telcos out there with offers available for specific target groups only. Nonetheless, there are a number of alternative services and products to choose from but experts advise consumers it’s best to compare plans first.

10Mates

This company is owned and operated by an Australian group specialising in premium quality Internet and phone connections. The company has been in business for more than five years now. Anybody who has a pensioner’s card is eligible for their offer of a $10 discount per month on either NBN Internet or Internet and phone bundles. Interested parties are advised to apply online or dial their number.

Westnet

Westnet has a great offering for seniors who are willing to commit to a 24-month contract with their NBN plan. In this case, you only need to pay $39.99 per month to enjoy as much as 50GB of data under the NBN 12 speed tier. For most pensioners, an NBN plan under the Basic I speed tier with this data will already prove to be beneficial. Rest assured that you can go look into other plans if this doesn't seem like a perfect fit.

Nevertheless, this plan from Westnet already includes the modem plus a home phone connection with free local and national calls. While there is a 50GB data cap, you won't be charged with any excess fees should you go over this limit. Rather, the speed of your plan will only slow down to 256kbps, which will make even browsing the internet a challenge. 

Aussie Broadband

Also a leading Australian-owned telecommunications carrier, Aussie Broadband provides Internet and other telephony services to customers. Based in Morwell, Victoria, the company has other offices in Lynbrook, Darwin and remote staff spread across the country. They offer a line-up of phone and Internet plans for seniors over the age of 60, which can be accessed by phone. The following below are the choices:

  • Seniors 100GB + Casual Phone - 12Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds, 100GB of data with pay-as-you-go calls for $50/month
  • Seniors Unlimited + Casual Phone - 12Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds, unlimited data as well as pay-as-you-go calls for $55/month
  • Seniors 100GB + EverydayPhone - 12Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds, 100GB of data plus local, national and mobile calls for $60/month

Telstra Corporation Limited

Touted as the largest mobile network of Australia, Telstra offers plans for NBN broadband Internet, mobile phones, 5G and on-demand streaming services. Australia’s biggest wireless carrier, Telstra was reported to have 18.8 million subscribers in 2020.

As a telecommunications company, Telstra builds and operates telecommunication networks and markets including voice, mobile Internet access, pay TV plus other products and services. Their offer to anyone aged 60 and above, and who still doesn’t have an existing Internet connection at home, is a $65 per month for a home phone and Internet bundle. This offer can be accessed by calling Compare Broadband and enquire about the Home Internet Starter Bundle.