No Contract Broadband
Sometimes breaking an internet contract is unavoidable; people move, budgets tighten, life happens! It can’t always be helped. Unfortunately, most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) keep a clause in the fine print that dictates that you’ll cop an uncomfortable fee if you need to break a 12 month or 24 month contract early. No Contract plans allow you to avoid these fees. The trade-off is that you'll usually have to pay for the set-up fees upfront, or pay slightly more per month for the service. However, if you're renting a home and you're planning to move, or if your finances have turned unsteady, or you quite simply want to try out a different internet plan to see if it’s better suited to you than the one you’re on - then you may well find that a No Contract broadband plan is the best option for you!
If you're shopping around for No Contract internet, it's a good idea to take a look at the minimum total cost written on the plans page or the critical information summary. This will usually outline the cost you'll pay for the first month, including the service, set-up costs and modem costs. This makes it easier to compare the initial cost between different Internet Service Providers.
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What is a No Contract or month to month internet plan?
As it sounds, a No Contract plan, or as it’s also commonly known as, a Month to Month plan, is an internet broadband plan that lasts all of a month with no ongoing contract. If you choose to go on with it, you can, but if you prefer to discontinue and jump ship to a different internet service provider - well, you have that freedom! There is an absolute abundance of great internet deals out there, and the one you’re currently on may not be the best (and/or may not be the cheapest) internet deal for you.
How does no contract nbn plans work?
No Contract NBN plans don’t work any differently to ADSL2+ No Contract plans, but they do tend to be considerably favoured, simply because the NBN has so far had somewhat of a tumultuous roll out, a mixed success, and subsequently, a fairly poor image in the eyes of the public perception. This perception is sometimes unfair and sometimes justified, completely depending on where you live, what NBN connection you have, and what manner of speed and data your require. The NBN (National Broadband Network) was initially designed to provide all of Australia with a reliable, fast and efficient broadband connection, regardless of location, by replacing old infrastructure from copper wire to fibre optic cable. The initial NBN rollout plan was decidedly marred by bureaucratic factors, resulting in the NBN being a mixed technology network, with some NBN connections being better than others, and with customers left unable to choose which NBN connection they are allocated. This is known as the NBN Lottery. So unfortunately, you don’t get to choose what kind of NBN you get, but you can still choose your provider, your data and your speed. This is where a No Contract plan has become integral for some customers, as a Month by Month option allows the customer to trial an NBN plan and not get stuck with it for a year or more if it isn’t to their satisfaction.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of no contract internet plans?
The primary benefit of a No Contract plan is that it permits you the freedom and flexibility to pull the plug and snoop around for a better offer. Indeed, even if you’re happy with the provider and price you have, you may wish to increase or decrease the data plan that you’re saddled with, and a Month to Month contract grants you the liberty to change things up and find the best broadband plan and provider for you - and of course, if you need help working out who and what that is exactly, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!
The chief disadvantage with most No Contract plans is that the trade off for your no-commitment broadband is that the internet service providers (ISPs) will typically raise the price of your set-up fees - for example, many 12 month or 24 month contracts will throw in a modem at a reduced rate, or throw in the modem completely free, whereas with your average No Contract plan, you’re likely facing at incurring the full cost of a new modem, which could be anywhere between $50 and $450. And even if your chosen package doesn’t require you to procure a new modem, the ISP will often try to sneak in an unavoidable installation fee, activation fee, or even a “casual plan fee”. Again, 12 month and 24 month contracts tend to waive these kinds of fees so as to help sweeten the deal.
Which internet providers offer no contract plans?
Pretty much all of them! No Contract plans have been a prevalent alternative for a very long time, so most Internet Service Providers will offer them so as to compete with their rivals; this means that not only is there a good choice of different ISP’s No Contract plans, but you should also be able to find a deal that’s competitively priced.
What’s the best no contract deal?
The best No Contract deal for someone else may not be the best for you, because it all depends on your budget, how much data you need at home, and at what speed; for example, do you stream a lot of TV or do a lot of online gaming? If so, that will factor into it heavily. Thankfully, there are a lot of options out there. Telstra obviously has a name and reputation for telecommunications and solid broadband plans, and it’s not hard to see why. Telstra currently offer Month by Month plans for as low as $70, and their Unlimited Month by Month plans start at $90, with the option to add extras (such as internet TV) onto the plan if you so wish. Optus, Australia’s other well known telecommunications giant, is also no slouch when it comes to enticing No Contract offers. Their month-to-month plans also start at $70 and that includes Unlimited. But again, it pays to look around and decide on what best suits you.
What has the best month on month broadband nbn?
As mentioned above, it will very much depend on whether you currently have the NBN, what sort of NBN connection you have, and exactly what sort of speed and data you expect from your home internet. You can check the rollout map to find out what sort of NBN connection your area has, or what NBN connection it will eventually have once the upgrade is completed on a national scale.
Which is better - Contract, or Month by Month plans?
Well, that really depends on you. As mentioned above, there are pros and cons to each so you really need to weigh up what deal is better and cheaper for you in the long run. It’s good to know what’s out there and what your options are; you might find the cancellation fee of a 12 month contract that you’re looking at is considerably cheaper than the set-up fee on a No Contract plan.
We're here to help!
It’s very much advised giving all your options a weighted comparison before you sign up - and again, we’re more than happy to help with that. We’re a free internet comparison service for all Australian households, so feel free to get in touch with us and one of our broadband consultants can help you whittle down the best plan and provider for you and your area. Our customers have independently rated us 5 stars, and we have a Trust Pilot score of 4.8 out of 5 based on over 1,800 reviews. You can speak to us directly by phoning 1300 106 571, or you can compare your broadband options online. Simply enter your postcode or suburb in the white box, and click “Compare”. Our website will then ask you some quick questions about your household’s average internet habits, so that we can get a gauge on what sort of data, plan and connection would best suit you in your area. Easy!