Best broadband internet plans

Drew looks at the best broadband internet plans on the market to help you save money

Are you paying too much for your internet plan? Drew looks at the best broadband internet plans on the market to help you save money.

The internet plan market has changed over the past 24 months with prices steadily decreasing. Unlike your mobile phone plan, the quality of service provided by the smaller companies in the market is significantly higher and you can save wads of cash by making the switch.

Start by reviewing your current plan. Have you been with your provider for more than 24 months? If so, you are most likely paying much more than you should for an inferior product. If you are happy with the service, call up your provider and discuss your options, as you will find a less expensive plan which provides a similar level of service. If you have your home and mobile phones with the provider, you may also be able to save extra by bundling your plans.

Your other option is to look around at what is offered on the market. I have listed the main service providers’ prices below. If you feel I have missed one or would like share your experiences, please comment below.

ADSL

BigPond 50GB Liberty Plan
$79.95 per month

Optus Naked DSL 120GB Plan
$75 per month
No excess usage charges (speed is capped if you go over your monthly allowance)
24 month contract

TPG ADSL2+ Standalone Plan
500GB of data
$49.95 per month
12 month contract

iiNet ADSL Broadband Plan
200GB of data
$49.95 per month
24 month contract 

One Seniors Broadband Plan
Unlimited data use
24 month contract
$29.95 per month
Australia’s only telecommunications company dedicated to over 55’s

*You should read the terms and conditions of broadband plans closely as many of these contracts will include a one-off cost for a broadband modem that can be anywhere from $50 to $200 that which be built into the first invoice.

Mobile internet

Vodafone Pocket wifi Pro 6GB plan
$29 plan on a 12-month contract.
No charge for wifi device

Optus pre-paid 4G Mini WiFi Modem Starter Kit
$199 outright with 10GB of data (60 days expiry)
Recharge cost for 15GB of $130 (365 days expiry)

TPG Mobile Broadband
5GB of data
$24.99 per month (no contract term)
USB E1762 Modem ($49.99)

One Seniors Mobile Broadband Plan
5GB of data
$30 per month (12 month contract)
Free USB Modem ($16.50 shipping charge)

iiNet 3G Mobile Broadband Plan
8GB of data
$29.95 per month (12 month contract)
Free USB Modem





    COMMENTS

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    fearlessfly
    21st Dec 2012
    3:16pm
    Not to mention DODO !! We pay $59.80 per month for the home phone line PLUS ADSL2+ broadband with UNLIMITED data. Have been on this plan for several months now, very happy with the service, no problems whatsoever. We are located in a small Central Victorian country town.
    marg
    21st Dec 2012
    4:02pm
    what happened to Virgin broadband pre paid also please?
    PeterB
    21st Dec 2012
    4:13pm
    We live in Toowoomba Qld and are very happy with Internode who use the Optus network. We get ADSL2 Internet with 60G downloads bundles with telephone for $69.90. We have been with them for over 12 months and have not experienced any problems. Internet speed sit around 9.5M and have reached as high as 12.7M. Very fast for my needs.
    alpha
    21st Dec 2012
    4:18pm
    Vividwireless also has very cheap plans as the name says wireless internet & phone service.
    You have to check there coverage.
    jonboy
    21st Dec 2012
    4:26pm
    And what about the best value plan of all, Woolies Pre Paid!!
    About $25 gives you $250 + $250 of phone calls.
    And 5GB of mobile braoadband through Optus.
    And it is all valid for 45 days!! A month and a half for only $25!
    It works great for us as we ditched the expensive Telstra home phone which costs more just for a lousy connection.
    sexeebear
    21st Dec 2012
    4:41pm
    im with live connect 11.99 month no problems so far 4 months .but no overseas roaming they bill direct debit.. with internet im wiht iinet 59.95 month great servise and voip as well mostly because we re 2 comps and down load lots of stuff.
    talofa
    21st Dec 2012
    4:51pm
    i am glad that 'ONESENIORS' is included this time...i've been with them now a long time
    but just have had a packaged deal lately which is ca. $70 ...that includes everything
    landline/mobile phone for emaergency/internet...no limits ...the lot...also included
    all my 'phonecalls...i am happy
    servus talofa
    Boags
    21st Dec 2012
    5:46pm
    Myself I think the Lizzy.net.au plans for seniors is the best I've seen.
    69.98 a month gives you :
    unlimited ADSL2+ includes Line Rental, unlimited local and national calls, calls to mobiles capped at $2 for 20 mins. My in-laws were on this plan until they found out that Lizzy cannot guarantee a priority connection.
    ozimarco
    21st Dec 2012
    7:27pm
    For those of you on an AAPT-enabled exchange, PennyBroadband (https://www.pennytel.com.au/penny-broadband/adsl-2-plus-plans) is extremely good value starting from $20 for unlimited ADSL2+. If your exchange is not AAPT-enabled, you need to add $19 to the monthly fee.
    aquatrek
    21st Dec 2012
    9:37pm
    One Seniors Broadband Plan
    pls ensure that you pass this on to the group http://www.seniorsparty.org/
    they need all the help that they can get - believe me
    biro
    21st Dec 2012
    10:37pm
    I have been with One Seniors for 2 1/2 years have no promblems I have all three Landline, Mobile and Broadband now have a router for wireless as I have a Tablet it costs me $100 per month it gives the speed for Skype it is all unlimited it is a flat rate and it gets used. The only thing I can't do is International calls with out extra cost.
    Virginia
    24th Dec 2012
    12:44am
    How about Optus Seniors deals with Landline .... Do they have any draw backs.

    26th Dec 2012
    1:37pm
    No mention of a vast area of Australia who do not have a choice.

    26th Dec 2012
    5:11pm
    Most seniors wont want much more than 5Gb so Telstra/Bigpond deal is great only $29.95 a month and getting 12mb most days. You need to have the line rental to get that discount pity they don't make it known. Usual cost is $60 for plan. Plus they rectified problems on the line from the exchange and most importantly the main one turned out to be 60year old wiring inside the house and they re-wired it from free as service and that is one thing no other ISP can or will do I bet.

    And I was with Dodo and paid more for less service and of course couldnt get the boots on the ground service until someone said change to Big Pond.
    Another benefit is being in a rural area usual plans for unlimited like Dodo's cant be accessed at all only for metro areas.
    geofftuke
    27th Dec 2012
    6:49pm
    For some years now, I've been with Engin.
    For $49 per month, I get 15GB of ADSL2+ and home phone with unlimited local calls. For an extra few dollars, I can get also unlimited national calls and they also have a very cheap option to include overseas calls to many different locations.
    For mobile calls, I find Southern Phone have a plan with a phone included for just $19 a month. This fulfills our needs when away touring.
    wills nan
    4th Jan 2013
    5:54pm
    Hi all i was with dodo for 5 yrs no issues at all..then i changed over to westnet.. based in perth with aussie speaking people...when you call them they actually call you back to save you waiting . For 29.95. per month i get 10.000mb of peak and 10.000mb on peak so 20.000mb is absolutely enough for me plus daughter does movie and songs inside each month and we never hit anymore that about 2/3rds of this total.. plus i pay 29.95 for phone line but there is a fee for extra outgoing numbers.. so i use my little ol basic mobile for outgoing calls and keep the landline for incoming calls..and internet did try to maybe get cheaper landline rates but not viable just yet.. i use a 20.00 Amaysim prepaid and i get 3 months time limit. and last 3 month time limits i still had credit at end of the 3 months. i bought another 20.00 and what i had left just rolled with the new credit for the next 3 months.. when i get closer to expiry of the westnet contract i will drop the landline as i have to use it for my internet connection and i will just go wifi with whoever gives me the best deal.. i am on adsl1 at the moment as adsl2 is not available here.
    Pardelope
    11th Mar 2013
    2:36pm
    I have been with Westnet for some years (for ADSL2 and landline) and have found them to be very good - especially on service.In May 2008, they were merged with iinet (but continue to be operated separately).
    Tizzanne
    2nd Apr 2013
    2:38am
    I have recently found one seniors and they are saving me a bundle. I have the 'All-in-one-fortnightly 20 mbps' package. It gives me land line, mobile phone and broadband all for the one low price of $41 per fortnight and they are all unlimited. There is no limit to the number of calls and sms from either the landline OR the mobile phone to any local, national or mobile number and there is no limit to the downloads or uploads on the broadband which is as fast as the local exchange can manage. For a further $5 per week I can add a second mobile which includes the same conditions as the first.

    I have not been able to find another plan which comes close to this one and aside from the restriction on your age - you must be over 50 years old to get it - I recommend it to everyone.


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