Saturday, August 27, 2011

Best Value Unlimited Broadband

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.

You can check your internet speed by using this site1 or site2. I have obtained vastly different speeds from the 2 sites and I do not know which gives a more reliable result.

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. 

BigpondOptusTGPDodoClubtelco
PlanElite 200GB LibertyHome Phone & Broadband $64.94 PlanADSL Off-Net 8M Unlimited
ADSL2+ Unlimited Regional
Club Unlimited
TypeADSL2+/CableNot written on website. Cable?ADSLADSL2+ADSL2+
Speed20/1Mbps (ADSL2)
30/1Mbps (Cable)
Not written8Mbps/384KbpsADSL2+ADLS2+ or ADLS1Max
Data200GB (no peak or off-peak)120GB (50GB peak + 70GB off-peak)UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
ShapingSlow to 256kbpsSlow to 128kbpsNoNoNo
Contract24 monthsMonth to Month (Standalone)
24 months (Bundled with Home Phone)
6 monthsMonth 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$59.905% discount on total bills
InclusionT-BoxModem + Handset-Modem-
Phone Monthly RentalHomeLine Budget Plan $14.95 Home Phone Plan with $30 of included valueNot available$30$30
Total monthly cost (broadband+phone rental)$99$64.94$69.99 + Home phone rental$89.90$80.20

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too sign up for clubtelco 2 weeks ago near you at sanctuary lakes. No WOW about speed or services offered yet. But still early days as I have a backup modem installed and wifi broadcast not strong. Will move in permanently soon. Any recommendation for a strong wifi signal modem?

Anthony Ang said...

I learnt that the speed depends on several factors such as distance from exchange, ports available, modem, etc. You can check or post a thread on Whirlpool forum.

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