No Contract Broadband is simply broadband without a contract. No long term commitment, no huge termination fees, nothing! Simple as that. The main advantage of having no contract is you have the flexibility to change providers, go on holidays without the need to pay your bill, or move house without worrying about any contractual obligations!
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The Freedom of No Contract ties
'No contract' simply means that you pay your bill month-by-month; that is, there is no fixed 6, 12 or 24 month term, and you can cancel your service at any time.
Available Types of "No-contract" Broadband services:
- No contract fixed broadband
No contract fixed broadband is a great option for renters, students, or those who are wary of committing to a long term plan. Simply pay a monthly cost (typically starting from around $50) and you're connected! Terminate whenever you want!
However, these plans ALWAYS have some strings attached. For example, installation and set-up fees may be inflated to offset the lack of fixed term. Similarly, some plans include a cancellation fee if you terminate within a certain period (usually 3 to 6 months). By comparison, most fixed term home broadband plans offer better value for the money spent, and usually include more data and cheaper installation and modem charges.
No contract fixed broadband plans are a good option for those looking to try out a service provider, or are renters who are constantly on the move.
- 3G mobile broadband
Alternatively, 3G mobile broadband is a more portable way to stay connected that doesn't involve paying for installation and set up fees. Simply purchase a prepaid wireless broadband modem or wireless router, plug it into the USB slot on your computer, and you're ready to go!
The main advantage of 3G mobile broadband is portability: you can take your computer where you please, as the modem runs off the mobile satellite and only weighs about 50g. However, the downside is that 3G mobile internet is generally much slower and less consistent than a fixed connection. Also, you'll typically pay much more per gigabyte of data than you would with a fixed connection. Prepaid wireless broadband starter packs start from $29 for a USB modem, a SIM card, and some credit. Once you've hit your allocated data limit, just purchase a top-up voucher and you're ready to go again!
The final word
Fixed term contracted broadband plans - both fixed and wireless - provide more value for money than their no contract counterparts. Purchasing a no contract plan may save you money in the short term but it is definitely more costly in the long run. Consider your individual needs and whether having the flexibility of a no commitment broadband plan is the right choice for you.