• Plans in low use category offer speeds of 25Mbps and are budget-friendly
  • For households with up to four people, plans in medium use category are a good investment
  • Bigger households with at least 5 people who are constantly online will get the most value out of plans at heavy use speed tier.

Internet access has gone from being a luxury to being a necessary part of everyday life, so it’s no wonder that choosing an Internet Service Provider is an important decision the Aussie homeowner faces. Melbourne is a city with numerous broadband choices, so picking one boils down to several factors, including speed.

With many telephone exchanges throughout the CBD, residents can usually rest assured they’ll find a good, reliable connection. Plus, if you’re looking to combine broadband internet with, say, a home phone, it’s worth looking at providers offering bundle deals, too, and see which one is the best fit for you. To simplify things, though, let’s take a look at speed tiers and what you’ll be able to do at those speeds. 

Low Use

Plans in this category offer speeds of 25Mbps and are budget-friendly, but they won’t allow you to do much outside of standard-definition video streaming and basic online activities like checking your social media accounts and email. However, they do get the job done, at least for small households of one to two people. 

Medium Use

For households with up to four people, this is a good investment - especially if at least one of you works online and internet reliability is a must. At 50Mbps, you can do the usual online activities, as well as play games online and expect higher definition when streaming videos. And if you’re working from home, you don’t have to worry about finishing all your tasks for the day. 

Heavy Use

Bigger households with at least 5 people who are constantly online will get the most value out of plans at this speed tier. At 90Mbps to 100Mbps, your internet will have no trouble handling multiple devices at once. From the most basic activities to downloading files and streaming 4K videos, you can be sure these will go off without a hitch. If you know your household needs it, you can go for even higher speeds with some providers that offer up to 240Mbps - or more. 

Mobile Broadband

Looking into internet access on the go as well as at home and don’t want to keep relying on free Wi-Fi access in public places like libraries? Some providers have bundles that bundle home broadband and mobile broadband together. In this case, it all comes down to which provider you feel most comfortable with.

The Final Decision

For cost-effective plans that you can bundle with a new modem or a mobile plan, SpinTel is a good pick, especially if you’re after 5G home wireless broadband. On the other hand, if you’re just after internet access, Tangerine Telecom has plans that give you a lot of flexibility, as far as access is concerned. 

If you’re looking into providers with a long history of reliable service and several customer support options, you can’t go wrong with Telstra, although monthly data is a little lower. If you’re after plans with unlimited data, TPG is a veritable internet powerhouse, and for an extra $10 a month, you can get a home phone service that has unlimited calls to all Aussie landlines and mobiles. 

There are other options, of course, so you just have to see which monthly plans appeal to you more, the value you’re getting, and which providers you’re more comfortable with.