If the NBN is available at your property (check here to find out), count yourself as one of the lucky ones. It’s the best internet technology in the market, with increased stability, speeds that will knock your socks off, and for a lot of people, it can actually end up being cheaper than their previous internet connection. But which plan should you choose?
The iiNet plan page makes it all pretty easy, by allowing you to pick your speed and usage quota separately, and then you can choose whether or not to add a phone. But no one wants to pay for what they don’t need, so let’s have a look at what you should consider before selecting your NBN plan.
You can choose from the speed options below (download on the left of the slash, and upload on the right):
What does all that mean? For a bit of context, ADSL2+ broadband (which is on the copper network that the majority of Australia currently uses) can theoretically get download speeds of up to 24Mbps, but the speed is reduced significantly the further you are from your internet exchange. So for a lot of ADSL users, even the 12/1Mbps speed option with the NBN is likely to be an improvement.
When choosing which speed to go for, you need to consider how many people are using the connection, and what they’re using it for. If it’s just 1 or 2 people using the internet mainly for general browsing, social media, and the odd YouTube video, then 12/1Mbps will usually be fast enough.
The kind of activities that require more speed are streaming videos, downloading large files in a hurry, and online gaming. If you’ve got multiple people in the home streaming, downloading, and gaming non-stop, then it’s probably best to at least start off with the 25/5Mbps option. If you have 4 or more heavy internet users, then you’ll probably want 50/20Mbps or 100/40Mbps.
It’s important to note, when choosing your plan, that iiNet’s NBN plan speeds described on our website are the ‘theoretical network maximum speeds’. Your actual speeds may be slower due to a number of factors beyond iiNet’s control. For more information about NBN speeds check out our blog article “Understanding your speeds on the NBN”.
You can choose from the following quota options (evenly split between peak times, 8am-2am and off-peak times, 2am-8am):
You’ll generally find that the people who need higher speeds also need a higher quota, and similarly, if you don’t use the internet a lot and were leaning towards the 12/1Mbps speed, the 20GB + 20GB quota will probably be enough for you as well.
For those with an existing connection, the best way to estimate how much data you’ll need in your quota, is by checking what you’ve used in previous months. iiNet customers can find this information by logging in to toolbox.
Optional Phone Service?
Traditional landlines will eventually be disconnected in areas that have NBN fibre, but if you’d still like a home phone, there are a couple of great options in Netphone and Fibre Phone. The key difference between the two, is that to use Netphone, you need a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) enabled modem (like any of iiNet’s Budii or BoB models).
With Fibre Phone you can just connect a regular handset to your NBN box. An optional battery backup is also available with Fibre Phone, which can allow you to continue using your phone in the event of a power outage.
For each option, calls to standard Australian landlines are included in the monthly rates, and you can also add ‘call packs’ to cover calls to mobiles and/or iiNet’s Top 20 International countries.
Don’t Want a Contract?
iiNet is now offering NBN plans with no lock-in contracts to those who aren’t currently under-contract with us. This is a great option if you don’t want to make a long-term commitment. Alternatively, if you’re happy to go on a 24-month contract, you’ll have your activation fee waived, and can get a discount on hardware.
iiNet doesn’t charge any additional fees for upgrading your plan; you just start paying the new monthly rate once you make the change. So if you’re struggling to decide between the speeds or quotas, take the conservative approach by choosing the lower option. Then if it turns out you need a higher speed or quota, you can always upgrade later. Upgrading can be done very easily online through toolbox, or simply by calling our 24/7 support number on 13 22 58.
If you’d like any further advice about which plan to go for, feel free to call our sales team (also 24/7) on 13 19 17.
Note: Even if the NBN isn’t available at your property yet, you can register your interest, and we’ll update you when we have new information.