- Some bundles include free international calls
- TPG and Optus both offer cut rates
- VOIP another option
Whether you’ve got a family member who’s doing the ‘Aussie thing’ to live in London, or you want to keep in touch with some long-lost travel buddies, you don’t have to put up with expensive international rates to give them a call. There are some plans with rates so low that it’s cheaper to call your mate in Canada than it is to speak to your cousins interstate.
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TPG home phone and broadband bundles
TPG’s home phone and broadband bundles includes large amounts of data, as well as super cheap international rates. The home phone is a traditional home phone line which uses Telstra infrastructure, so you won’t need to purchase any special VoIP hardware. The only hardware you’ll need is a modem for your broadband and a regular home phone.
TPG ADSL2+ 5GB (peak) + 5GB (off peak) $39.99 monthly fee
TPG ADSL2+ 30GB (peak) + 70GB (off peak) $49.99 monthly fee
TPG ADSL2+ 150GB (peak) + 350GB (off peak) $59.99 monthly fee
TPG ADSL2+ Unlimited $59.99 monthly fee
*TPG cannot offer the unlimited broadband plan in all areas, so some customers may be offered the 500GB plan instead.
The peak hours run from 9am-1am, and off peak hours from 1am-9am. TPG offer two different contract lengths:
Six-month contract: $129.95 set-up fee
18-month contract: $79.95 set-up fee
If you need to purchase a modem, there is a wireless one available for $149.95, or a standard 1-port modem for $59.95.
Local calls: 25c each
National calls: $2 for up to 20 minutes
Mobile calls: $2.48 for up to 20 minutes
The rates for international calls will depend on which country you are dialling to. There is a 39c call connection fee, and calls are charged per minute. Some examples of the cheap call rates are:
UK, US and India: $0.0199/min (that’s $0.0636 to speak for five minutes!)
New Zealand: $0.0520/min
Call us on 1300 106 571 to find out more about TPG’s bundle plans.
iiNet Naked DSL and BoB Netphone
You may have heard of BoB in iiNet’s advertisements. BoB is iiNet’s modem, router and VoIP service all in the one sleek device. The advantage of getting Naked means you don’t pay expensive phone line rental each month, and you can use the internet instead to make calls. It’s not as complicated as it sounds – you don’t have to have the computer switched on to make calls, and you can use a regular home phone to dial.
Naked Home-1 50GB (peak) + 50GB (off peak) $69.95 monthly fee
Naked Home-2 200GB (peak) + 200GB (off peak) $89.95 monthly fee
Naked Home-3 300GB (peak) + 300GB (off peak) $119.95 monthly fee
If you opt for a 24-month contract, a discounted set-up fee of $79.95 will apply (or $150 on a month-by-month contract). iiNet will throw in a BoB lite VoIP enabled modem if you sign up for 24 months, otherwise BoB can be yours for $99 on a month-by-month contract.
The iiNet netphone plan is available for an extra $9.95 per month.
Local calls: 15c untimed
National calls: 15c untimed
Mobile calls: 29c/min per 30 sec block
International VoIP calls are charged per minute, and there is no call connection fee.
Germany, France, Belgium and Italy: $0.07/min (that’s $0.21 to chat for five minutes!)
China, Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the UK: $0.05/min
Call iiNet on 1300 106 571 to find out more.
Optus ‘yes’ Fusion Plans
While Optus’ contracts are 24 months, there is a $0 set-up fee and Optus will throw in a free modem. The Fusion plans are great for customers who use the home phone to make a lot of calls and are heavy broadband users. There are no peak or off peak time restrictions.
‘yes’ Fusion 120GB $79 Unlimited local and national calls, and calls to Optus mobiles
‘yes’ Fusion 500GB $99 Unlimited local and national calls, and calls to Optus mobiles
‘yes’ Fusion 500GB $109 Unlimited local and national calls, and calls to mobiles
‘yes’ Fusion 1000GB $129 Unlimited local and national calls, and calls to mobiles
‘yes’ Fusion 1000GB $149 Unlimited local and national calls, and calls to mobiles
New Optus customers who sign up to one of the 24-month Optus ‘yes’ Fusion plans will have access to the “WorldSaver Rates.” Calls are charged per minute and there is a 45c call connection fee.
UK, Canada, USA, Singapore and Greece: $0.02/min
Italy, China and France, Hong Kong and Japan: $0.03/min
New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Germany and Thailand: $0.035/min
Call Optus on 1300 137 897 to find out more about their Fusion plans.
Engin VoIP Ignition Plans
Engin specialises in VoIP services. While they have a range of plans available, their Naked DSL and VoIP bundles are excellent value for customers who are willing to bundle everything into the one package.
The plans are available either on a month-to-month contract or a 24-month contract. If you sign-up for 24 months Engin will provide you with a bonus 4-port modem/Router and bonus Voicebox to use with your VoIP phone service. The Voicebox allows you to plug in a home phone so that you can start making VoIP calls. There are no peak or off peak data restrictions.
VoIP Ignition 69: 80GB $69 monthly fee
VoIP Ignition 89: 300GB $89 monthly fee
VoIP Ignition 109: 400GB $109 monthly fee
The above bundles include unlimited local and national calls, and the 89 and 109 plans also offer unlimited mobile calls. All bundles have unlimited landline international calls to Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, UK, and USA. Also get 20c untimed calls to China, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
Call Engin on 1300 121 064 to find out more about their VoIP services.