• Telstra home phone pensioner discount
  • Bundling an alternate landline and broadband plan
  • Switch to mobile broadband

At Compare Broadband, we want you to get the best value for your money. Although there are no specific senior and pensioner discounts available on broadband plans, there are a few ways to connect to the internet more affordably.

1. Telstra home phone pensioner discount

Telstra offers a pensioner discount on the home phone service which includes a discounted connection charge, fixed line access charges and fee waivers on things like late payments, credit card processing and paper bill charges.

In order to take advantage of this discount, Telstra will need your customer reference number for Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs, plus your name, date of birth and postcode. This discount will not be automatically applied, so if you are eligible but not receiving a discount, give Telstra a call on 13 2200 or visit your nearest Telstra shop.

After setting the landline up, you can add an affordable ADSL2+ broadband plan. This option is best suited for people who need 10GB of data or more per month and value having a reliable connection without drop-outs or interruptions.

2. Bundling an alternate landline and broadband plan

On the other hand, depending on where you are located and the plans available in your area, you may find it works out cheaper to bundle your landline and broadband plan with another provider even if they do not have a concession.

Although broadband providers typically do not offer pensioner discounts, they do reward customers who take up more than one service at a time.

For example, TPG offers a 20GB plan plus a home phone service (split 10GB in the peak times, 10GB in the off peak times) for $39.99 a month. This is better value than the cheapest unbundled ADSL2+ plan with a Telstra home phone service with the pensioner’s discount taken into consideration.

Call us on 1300 106 571 for more details on this plan.

3. Switch to mobile broadband

Mobile broadband, unlike ADSL2+, is not conveyed through a telephone line and therefore there is no need to pay for a home phone service. Although you will be paying more per GB, light users will save money overall.

Some people love Mobile Broadband for its convenience, affordability and easy set-up while others have no end of frustration, experiencing constant drop outs, interruptions to their service and slow speeds.

If you are interested to see if mobile broadband is suitable for you, we recommend trialling a no contract or prepaid plan first.

For example, Amaysim offers 1GB of data for $9.90 , which lasts for 30 days. If you are happy with the service, you can also get 10GB of data for $99, which lasts for 365 days. While this may seem pricey compared to some of the ADSL2+ plans mentioned earlier, there is no line rental cost and if you are only a light user, it will cost just $8.25 a month.

What is best for me?

At the end of the day, finding the right broadband service can be tricky. Particularly with the roll out of NBN, there are even more options available on the market, dependant on your location.

The pressure is on the consumer to be proactive to find themselves the best deal available.

If you are still unsure which plan best suits your needs, give us a call on 1300 106 571 and we'll do our best to help.