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Our team has put together this handy and easy to read step by step guide that shows you how to compare NBN plans. So sit back, grab a coffee and read on…
The NBN stands for National Broadband Network, and it exists to give all Australians access to a faster and more reliable internet. It will replace the current old copper networks with fibre optic cables which will provide faster internet to your home. A government owned company known as nbn™ is behind the build, roll-out, and operation of Australia’s NBN network.
You may feel overwhelmed with all the choices you have available to you. Our table of NBN plans below gives you plenty to choose from. But we strongly recommend that before you even look at the range of NBN plans on offer that you first ask yourself the following questions:
Make sure you pay for what you actually need. Don’t go splurging big bucks on higher speeds and fancier plans if you don’t need it. Instead work out what you need and budget accordingly. Remember NBN plans range from $50 to over $100.
The NBN is made up of multiple speed tiers based on household needs- number of people and usage. Picking the right tier matters as it determines what you pay. Faster speeds incur higher costs. To learn more about the speed tiers just look here.
Generally you shouldn’t have to worry about this as unlimited NBN plans are very common these days. Keep in mind that if you don’t use more than 100GB or 200 GB a month, you could be able to save with a data-capped NBN plan.
Signing up to a contract can offer you discounts on modems and plan prices. The downside is that these contracts don’t offer you much flexibility. So decide whether you want to stay on your NBN plan for an extended period of time to get no initial set-up fees or additional costs for modems.
If you’ve had your existing modem for a while or you’re connecting to the NBN for the first time then chances are high that you’ll need a new modem. See the total cost of your plan, especially if it’s a monthly plan.If it’s higher than your plan cost, then the cost of the modem is probably included. If not you’re being charged an activation or switchover fee. If you’re just switching between NBN providers, by sticking to your current modem you’ll be saving.
You may prefer a certain brand or have an existing telco or mobile plan in place.Just know that the NBN provides broadband equally to all providers without preference or bias. However do keep in mind that providers vary in customer service and support. If you have an existing plan in place, it can be combined with a new NBN plan. It’s well worth considering looking around for smaller competitor brands that may not be as well known as your bigger brands but still offer great deals.
Now that you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to compare NBN plans to find the right one for you.
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