With the nbn rollout in full force connecting more and more homes around the country every day, this guide aims to assist in the potentially daunting decision of choosing an nbn provider and plan. Getting connected to the nbn can be achieved by contacting a phone or internet service provider and while you think it may be easy to just switch across with your current provider, you may be getting pushed onto a plan that’s not right for your needs and end up paying much more than you need to.
It’s important to consider at this time whether your current phone and internet provider can supply you with the right plan to suit your household or businesses’ needs. There are a few basic decisions to make in this process:
First; how much data?
The average household has 13 devices connected to the internet and with this set to increase to 30 devices by 2021, going with an unlimited plan means you won’t have to worry about going over your data limits or restricting large downloading to ‘off-peak’ times.
Second; choosing a speed tier
There are 4 different ‘speed’ tiers to choose from when switching over to nbn each measured in mbps (megabits per second) and relating to different download and upload speeds. Aim to choose a speed tier which correlates with your households’ internet usage. For example if there are only a few people using the internet for basic activities such as emails and web browsing, a basic speed may be best suited, however, if there are multiple people streaming and downloading videos or gaming, it may be worth considering one of the faster speed options. It should be noted that there are many factors that influence the actual speeds you will receive and you may wish to do a bit more research on this or talk to a service provider to help decide the option best suited for you.
Third; bundle with included calls?
If you like to call a lot from home, whether locally, nationally or internationally, it’s a good decision to go with a provider with a call package bundled in. If you don’t make calls very often, a data plan with pay as you go (PAYG) calls is likely to save you money on your monthly bill.
Fourth; modem or no modem?
When switching over from ADSL to nbn, it’s likely you’ll need to purchase an nbn ready modem, especially if you’re making calls from home. You’ll have the option of purchasing or renting one with your provider, which often come pre-configured for you to just plug in and go or you may choose to obtain one yourself through a retail outlet, although doing so is likely to require some technical knowledge to set up.
Lastly; contract or no contract?
Going on a contract can save you paying the connection fees with providers for setting up nbn. Not being locked in to a contract may also be beneficial if you wish to switch across speed plans or find that you wish to change providers for any reason.
Flip TV is an Australian owned, award winning, competitive player in the market, offering great value unlimited plans for households. Supported by a multi-lingual, 100% Australian based customer service centre, Flip TV strives to satisfy the online needs of those living in Australian without expensive data charges or long term lock-in contracts to deliver a top value offering: an ideal one-stop shop for internet and entertainment. The cheapest plan starts at just $49 a month and there’s two call pack options to choose to suit your home phone usage. A pre-configured, plug in and go modem can be added for $99 including delivery or rented for $5.95/month.