What are the best internet plans for light users?
Not everybody uses the internet to download entire seasons of Scrubs. You may not know what Skype is, because all you want to do on the internet is occasionally write some emails and check your Facebook. You’re told your internet usage involves only kilobytes and megabytes, but you may not know what that means. All you’re after is a light plan that’s easy to set up and won’t set you back $50 each month.
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Options for light users
If you’re after a no-hassle plan that is tailored for light users, there are essentially two options. The first is to go for a very light ADSL plan, and which plan this is will depend on what is available in your area (whether it is ADSL1 or ADSL2+).
The other option is to get a mobile wireless broadband plan. This option is great for very light and occasional users, because there is no setup fee and you can even get a prepaid service. While it may not be as fast as ADSL broadband, it is still faster than dialup, and it is fast enough to browse through websites and send emails.
Light ADSL plans
ADSL will be the faster option; however it will involve a larger start up cost. There are two different types of ADSL broadband: ADSL1 and ADSL2+. If you can get ADSL2+ in your area (it is mostly available in metro areas), then go for this option as it will be slightly cheaper and you will achieve a faster speed. However, there are now some affordable plans on ADSL1 too. To find out what is available in your area, you can give us a call on 1300 106 571. The ADSL plans we have mentioned below do not have any excess usage charges. If you exceed your monthly data cap, your speed will just slow down. You will also need to purchase a modem to access the internet.
Lightest ADSL1 standalone plan (broadband only, you continue your phone line rental with your current phone provider)
If you’re in an ADSL1 area, Exetel may have the cheapest plan for you. On a 1500kbps speed (which should even be fast enough to stream videos if you want to watch some YouTube) plans start at $35 per month. This will give you 10GB during peak hours and 10GB during off peak hours, which will be more than enough to occasionally browse the web. This plan is on a six-month contract period.
Lightest ADSL1 bundle plan
iiNet and Netspace both offer a light ADSL1 bundle plan for $34.95 per month for your broadband, plus a home phone plan for an extra $29.95 per month. Each of these plans offers 5GB to use during peak hours, plus 5GB to use during off peak hours. Each of these plans is on a 512kbps speed. These plans are available for various contract periods.
Lightest ADSL2+ standalone plan (broadband only, you continue your phone line rental with your current phone provider)
There are two offers worth mentioning here for an affordable but fast ADSL2+ plan. The first is TPG’s ADSL2+ 12GB plan for $29.99 per month. The monthly data usage is split between peak and off peak, which is 4GB and 8GB respectively. The plan is available on either a 12-month or 18-month contract. If you sign up for 18 months, you will save on the $59.95 setup cost.
Exetel has a light ADSL2+ plan for $30 per month, which will give you 10GB during peak hours, and a massive 180GB during off peak hours. While you may not want 180GB, this can only be used from 2am-8am, so chances are you won’t even know it’s there. The plan is on a 12-month contract with a $95 setup fee.
Lightest ADSL2+ bundle plan
TPG has a very cheap home phone bundle plan for people who don’t make a lot of phone calls each month, but who want to take advantage of cheap international call rates. The broadband usage will suit light users, with 3GB to use during peak hours and 7GB during off peak hours. The plan is $39.99 per month, and this amount even includes phone line rental. The plan is available on a six-month or 18-month contract, with a $40 discount on your setup if you sign up for 18 months.
Mobile Wireless Broadband
Mobile wireless broadband works differently to regular broadband. Wireless broadband is similar to using the internet on your mobile phone, except you can use it with your laptop or computer. It runs through the 3G network, and you can use it wherever there is 3G coverage. It’s great for light users because the plans are smaller, there is a lower setup cost and you don’t have to sign up for any long contracts.
Optus offers cheap prepaid mobile broadband. They have a starter kit for $69, which includes the USB modem and 2GB of data (with a 30-day expiry). There are no other setup costs involved. When you run out of data, you can recharge for as little as $15, which gives you 575MB of data. You can phone Optus on 1300 137 897 (a free call) to find out more.
Virgin uses the Optus network to provide you with a mobile broadband service. Virgin has a 12-month plan for $29 per month, which gives you 3GB of data – there are no other setup costs involved! You will receive a free USB modem when you sign up for 12 months.