Best broadband plan when you are renting.
- 0 month/short contract plans
- Sharing Unlimited connections
- Protecting your Wi-Fi password
Given the hefty price tags on forever homes in Australia, even when they’re situated two bus rides and an additional hour on the train away from civilisation, many of us are left hopping from one rental property to another.
Depending on how long you plan to stay at your new place and if you are sharing with other people, different broadband plans might be more suitable for you.
The key word we’ve kept in mind however, is short term. When you’re renting, a 24-month contract may be a bit too much of a commitment. While some broadband plans can be shifted to your new house, complications like relocation fees and not knowing if there is already be broadband access in your next rental makes this option overly complicated and impractical.
Other important things that should be on your mind as a renter is things like will technicians be tearing your place down to install gangly wires? For example, if you plan on upgrading to Nbn, you might want to inform your landlord, as holes will need to be drilled into the wall to mount the modem and bring the wiring into your home.
What do I need to keep in mind when choosing a plan?
Most renters will want plans that are six months or less, sometimes 12 for those more daring. Bear in mind short plans give you the ability to extend on a month-by-month basis once the contract term has ended (with no additional set-up fees) until you decide to cancel altogether.
Shorter contracts, however, are offset somewhat by higher set-up fees, so might seem best to opt for longer if you can. Often though, the difference in set-up costs is nothing compared to some of the cancellation fees lurking out there, so it could be a case of better safe than sorry.
This, of course, refers to the number of gigabytes included each month, and whether both uploads as well as downloads count toward your monthly allowance. Some plans also come with a home phone as well as unmetered content such as Netflix, ABC iView, FetchTV and online radio from certain websites. Some Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) also offer web space, a static IP address and a number of free email addresses so if those things are of interest, do make sure you’re getting the bang for your buck.
This comes down to where your rental property is, and the infrastructure it is capable of supporting.
According to Stephen Rue, Chief Financial Officer of Nbn, 1 of 2 Australians are able to access the service as of 2017 and we would advise you to go for that option where it is available.
For an ADSL or ADSL2+ broadband connection, on the other hand, Telstra’s copper lines need to be running into your home (although they do not necessarily need to be active).
Some properties may have infrastructure issues such as being on a pair gain system or on a RIM, which means that only ADSL1 is available.
ADSL2+ is a faster and usually cheaper option than ADSL1 so it is the next best option after Nbn. So, why bother talking about ADSL1 at all? Well, ADSL1 may be the only option for some customers who live in regional/rural areas or have infrastructure issues.
ADSL1 can still run at fast speeds, however often you will need to pay for the maximum speed you can get. ADSL1 customers will also need to have an active home phone line to get an ADSL broadband connection.
Cost per month
Most advertised plans includes a cost per month break down and have eliminated excess usage fees. Unless you have a home phone and you use it to make calls, you shouldn’t need to pay more than the basic cost per month. Plans however, do come with cancellation or relocation costs which are penalty fees for breaking your contract.
Hidden (and not so hidden) additional costs
These may include set-up fees, modem fees, call charges (for customers with a home phone), paper billing fees (why not switch to e-billing?) and credit card surcharges (usually only applicable to AMEX and Diners Club holders).
Below, we’ve included some of the best short-term, cheap and shareable broadband plans specifically with the Aussie renter in mind.
Telstra offers 500GB/month on both their ADSL2+ & Nbn plans for $90, which sounds hefty but is an amount that can be shared by a few housemates. Note that there is a $120 casual plan fee and a $89 activation fee (for new home broadband customers) as well as a $168 modem fee (if you do not have your own).
TPG on the other hand offers 100gb/month on a 6-month ADSL contract for $39.99 as well as 100gb/month on a no contract ADSL2+ plan for $49.99 split into 50GB on-peak/50 GB off-peak usage.
Belong similarly has a 100gb/month plan on ADSL2+ without contract for $40/month.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 1300 652 369.