Two years ago, I stupidly signed a 24 months contract with a Telstra telemarketer for a very low value Bigpond plan that only offers ADSL1 at a download speed of 1500Kbps and monthly data allowance of 12GB. I was excited when this plan expired in June this year. Learning from this unhappy experience, I vow to be wiser this time, do more research and become very wary of plans that tie you for a long duration of time.
I am a heavy internet user so I was searching for the best value unlimited broadband plan on the market. TGP often advertises its $29.99 ADSL2+ Unlimited Plan in the MX newspapers. However, this plan is not offered for the Altona area. It does offer a ADSL1 Off-Net 8Mbps Unlimited Plan for $69.99 a month. Dodo also offers an unlimited ADSL2+ Plan for $39.90 a month. However, this is too unavailable for Altona. I finally settled on Clubtelco which offers an unlimited ADSL2+ Plan for $50 a month. A great attraction of this plan is that it is on a month to month commitment so you can leave the ISP at any time. When bundled with its home phone, you get a 5% discount off the total bill. I had switched over to Clubtelco for about a week and I am so far happy with the service. I was delighted that it only took about 3-4 days for my landline and broadband to be ported and churned over to Clubtelco.
When I compiled the table below, I realized that you may also consider Optus Home Phone & Broadband bundle, which costs $64.94 and includes $30 of value for its home phone. However, this plan does not offer unlimited data and is on a 24 months contract. I guess 120 GB is sufficient for most people. What I have read is that Cable broadband is more reliable in speed than ADSL2+, which depends on the distance between your place and the exchange.
I find the home phone rental silly as you are paying around $30 a month even if you do not use the home phone much. You could save this cost by opting for what is called the Naked DSL, in which you can have a standalone ADSL broadband without a landline service. However, I believe that Naked DSL is not being offered in Altona.
|Plan||Elite 200GB Liberty||Home Phone & Broadband $64.94 Plan||ADSL Off-Net 8M Unlimited||
|Type||ADSL2+/Cable||Not written on website. Cable?||ADSL||ADSL2+||ADSL2+|
|Not written||8Mbps/384Kbps||ADSL2+||ADLS2+ or ADLS1Max|
|Data||200GB (no peak or off-peak)||120GB (50GB peak + 70GB off-peak)||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Shaping||Slow to 256kbps||Slow to 128kbps||No||No||No|
|Contract||24 months||Month to Month (Standalone)
24 months (Bundled with Home Phone)
|6 months||Month to Month (+$99)
12 months (+$69)
24 months (no setup fee)
|Month to Month|
|Monthly Price (Standalone)||$99.95 (12 months contract)||$89.94||$69.99||$69.90||$50/month + $50 annual fee|
|Monthly Price (Bundled with Home Phone)||$99 (includes home phone rental)||$64.94 (includes home phone rental)||Not available||$59.90||5% discount on total bills|
|Inclusion||T-Box||Modem + Handset||–||Modem||–|
|Phone Monthly Rental||HomeLine Budget Plan||$14.95 Home Phone Plan with $30 of included value||Not available||$30||$30|
|Total monthly cost (broadband+phone rental)||$99||$64.94||$69.99 + Home phone rental||$89.90||$80.20|