Confused by NBN Plans?
There are 4 speed-tiers offered by the NBN and differing ISP’s offer one or more of them.
To confuse matters further, each company gives the speed tiers their own special names. The deals you see plastered on the back of buses and on flyers pushed through your door, only ever quote the cheapest and slowest plan (NBN 12) which is only “up-to” 12 mbps download speed (equivalent to what you may already be getting using ADSL)
|Speed Tier||NBN Name||Telstra||iiNet/WestNet/TPG||Optus|
|Up to 12 mbps download speed||nbn™ 12||N/A||Basic||Basic|
|Up to 20 mbps download speed||nbn™ 25||Fast||Boost||Boost|
|Up to 50 mbps download speed||nbn™ 50||Very Fast Speed Boost||N/A||Boost Plus|
|Up to 100 mbps download speed||nbn™ 100||Super Fast Speed Boost||Max||Boost Max|
nbn™ 12 – Retail plans based on nbn™ 12 are suitable for households with basic phone or internet usage. nbn™ 12 is not considered a superfast broadband plan. nbn™ 12 may be similar to what many households or businesses in Australia may experience on ADSL2. Speak to your phone and internet provider about the plan that best suits your needs.
nbn™ 25 – Fast broadband – perfect for your everyday use. Ask your phone and internet service provider for a plan based on nbn™ 25 if you love: Browsing the web, Streaming videos, Emailing
nbn™ 50 – For homes where multiple people are online at the same time. Ask your phone and internet service provider for a plan based on nbn™ 50 if you love: Streaming in High Definition (HD), Responsive online gaming, Working from home
nbn™ 100 – Superfast internet – even when numerous people are online at once. Ask your phone and internet service provider for a plan based on nbn™ 100 if you live your life online and enjoy: 4K video streaming 4K video streaming, Uploading and downloading large files, Super responsive online gaming, Multiple device web browsing
Be wary of NBN offers from unknown-companies offering NBN deals that sound too-good-to-be-true.
Generally only the larger established telecom companies such as Telstra, Optus and TPG (including iiNet and Westnet) have the capacity and bandwidth to ensure that the speed you sign up for can be maintained at busy times and when the household uses multiple devices, TV’s and computers simultaneously.
The IT Guys recommend ignoring the lowest speed plans and only considering those based on the NBN 25 plan and higher.
If you are happy with your current ISP then you maybe better staying with “the-devil-you-know” rather than switching provider.
There is not much to choose between the main ISPs they all offer similarly priced plans with the main difference being that Telstra cap their plans at 1000 GB per months with TPG and the like offering “unlimited” usage plans.
A deciding factor between ISP‘s is more likely to be what the ISP‘s can “bundle” together to save you money. Combining your Internet, mobile-phones, land-line and even Foxtel can save you a considerable amount of money.
The first step to moving to NBN is to contact your preferred ISP who will then contact NBN company to inspect your premises. You need to decide where you wish your internet line to be located inside your house and agree this with the NBN technician. Your ISP will then mail out your new modem and will give you the option of a self-install, ISP-install or a third-party-install such as the IT Guys.
Anyone requiring further information on NBN availability in Perth’s Western Suburbs can speak to any of the IT Guys technicians by calling 08 6365 5603 or emailing email@example.com
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