How to Choose the Best NBN Plan
The National Broadband Network (NBN) can claim the best technology in today’s competitive market. Increased stability and high speed and a cheaper option for most people, makes the NBN truly desirable. The best NBN plans – offered by service providers like Telesurf – are generally easy to follow, giving you options for selecting your preferred speed and usage quota and optional extras, such as adding a phone to your account (and with Telesurf, a security plan). To ensure that you get what you pay for and don’t have added extras you won’t use, choosing the right plan is an important first step. The following information will help you make your decision.
NBN speed options are as follows:
- 12/1 Mbps
- 25/5 Mbps
- 50/20 Mbps
- 100/40 Mbps
Download speeds are to the left, upload to the right.
ADSL2+ broadband – the copper network that the majority of Australians currently use – can get download speeds of up to 24 Mbps; however, depending on how far you are from the internet exchange, your speed can be significantly reduced. For many ADSL users, the 12/1 Mbps NBN option is likely to be a great improvement in internet speed.
Other factors to be taken into consideration when choosing an appropriate speed are how many people are using the connection (the more users, the more speed needed) and what kind of online activities are being undertaken. For general browsing, social media and the occasional YouTube video, 12/1 Mbps would be adequate. Online gaming, streaming videos and downloading large files – especially by more than one user – would be better commenced at the 25/5 Mbps option.
Further consideration should also be given to specific technical factors, which can also affect speed; including router capabilities, home network performance and hardware and software limitations operating within your PC.
Quota options – as in, the amount of data you’ll receive per month – are as follows:
- 200 GB
- 500 GB
Generally, those who opt for higher speeds, due to gaming or heavy internet requirements, are also likely to require a higher quota.
Those who have an existing connection can estimate their data requirements by checking on their previous monthly quotas. Log in to your Telesurf account or check your last bill to do so.
Optional Phone Service?
Landline phones in areas that have NBN fibre will eventually be disconnected; however if you’d still like a home phone, there are some great options available using Fibre Phone. Telesurf’s Fibre Phone plans are only $9.95 per month and all local and long distance calls to standard Australian phone lines are included in the monthly rate, with excellent rates for calls to mobile phones and internationally.
Of course, you could always opt to go phone free and use your mobile or VoIP instead!