If you’re looking for a broadband plan which is towards the lower end of the price scale, definitely consider purchasing a wireless broadband plan as opposed to a fixed cable or ADSL2+ connection. Similarly, stick with a leading provider like Telstra, Optus or iiNet. Large providers combine value for money with sales service and support.
Top Cheaper Broadband Plans
Cable and ADSL2+
Cable and ADSL2+ are easily the priciest broadband options, but if you’re smart you may be able to save some pocket change using our nifty tips:
- Bundle - bundling is a great way to organise your bill and save a chunk. Today, many family broadband plans offer discounts when bundling in services like cable T.V., mobile and home phone. If you're looking for the full multi-media experience, bundling your services together on the same provider may save you some money and make your bills easier to manage. If you’re looking for a great home phone and fixed broadband deal, Optus’ Fusion plans are unbeatable, starting at $64.95 for 120GB of data and unlimited phone calls to fixed lines.
- Go naked – naked broadband is simply broadband without an additional phone line, saving you from paying line rental fees every month! Traditionally, most fixed connections included a home phone connection; often this connection is rarely even used! Nowadays, if you don’t require a phone line, service providers can take out a portion of the cable, ultimately saving you upwards of $30 every month. Plus, if you do ever want to make a phone call, internet phone calling services like Skype are virtually free!
- Unlimited plans –currently, TPG's flagship unlimited ADSL2+ plan starts at a ridiculously low $29.99 per month for a 6 month fixed term, while Dodo’s unlimited plans start from a lowly $39.90 per month, over a 24 month fixed term. If you’re a big user and you don’t want to pay too much, this is a fantastic offer!
Wireless broadband is the cheapest option and offers a portable, light-weight solution to a fixed connection. Prepaid wireless broadband deals typically start from $49, and include a USB modem, SIM card and a once-off allocation of data. When you run out, simply recharge your SIM like a regular prepaid mobile phone! Alternatively, for those looking for more data grunt, a post-paid option may be the preferred option. Post-paid wireless broadband include a monthly allocation for a fixed term, usually 6 to 12 months. Post-paid plans sell for as little as $19 per month, for a 2GB plan.