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Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Small)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
70GB Data
$38/mth Price
Min Cost - $38 over 1 mthCost of 1MB data $0.00054
  • 40GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Speed 12/1Mbps included
  • Speed boost available for extra fee
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Small)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
70GB Data
$43/mth Price
Min Cost - $43 over 1 month
  • 40GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Medium)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
120GB Data
$45/mth Price
Min Cost - $45 over 1 mth
  • 80GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Speed 12/1Mbps included
  • Speed boost available for extra fee
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - BASIC SPEED
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR STUDENTS $49.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $49.90 for 6 months, then $59.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Broadband Basic (Small)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
100GB Data
BEST FOR SENIORS $50/mth Price
Min Cost - $50 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Perfect for everyday browsing
  • Suited to small households of 1-2 people
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Medium)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
120GB Data
$50/mth Price
Min Cost - $50 over 1 month
  • 80GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Large)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
180GB Data
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $55 over 1 mth
  • 120GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Belong Broadband
NBN Starter 12 Month Contract
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST VALUE $55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Starter evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Belong Broadband
ADSL 100GB 12 Month Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - SPEED BOOST
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$58.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $58.90 for 6 months, then $68.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - BASIC SPEED
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
$59.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $59.90 for 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
500GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Belong Broadband
ADSL 100GB No Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $120
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Basic
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
STAFF PICK $60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Perfect for everyday browsing
  • Suited to small households of 1-2 people
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Large)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
180GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 month
  • 120GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Belong Broadband
NBN Starter No Contract
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $120
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Starter evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Belong Broadband
ADSL Unlimited 12 Month Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $720 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - XL SPEED BOOST
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$64.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $64.90 for 6 months, then $74.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Belong Broadband
NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$65/mth Price
Min Cost - $670 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Standard Plus evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - SPEED BOOST
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$68.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $68.90 for 6 months, then $78.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Belong Broadband
NBN Standard Plus No Contract
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $130
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Standard Plus evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (X-Large)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
240GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 mth
  • 160GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70
  • No Contract
  • Speed up to 50/20Mbps included
  • Suited for gaming and video streaming
  • ideal for households of 3-4
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
1000GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Belong Broadband
ADSL Unlimited No Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $130
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
Telstra Broadband
Essential Plan
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
100GB Data
BEST FOR SENIORS $70/mth Price
Min Cost - $286 (inc. $216 modem)
  • $99 connection fee waived when you sign up online. Limited time only
  • No Contract
  • 20Mbps typical minimum speed
  • Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 included
  • Unlimited Telstra Air® Wi-Fi data
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Discounted international calls
Sumo
Basic Speed Unlimited NBN
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST VALUE $70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No charge for standard installation
  • Basic speed suitable for standard browsing
  • Ideal for 1-2 people
  • Add $10 for unlimited local & national calls
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XL SPEED BOOST
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR FAMILIES $74.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $74.90 for 6 months, then $84.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $69.90
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • No setup fees
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (X-Large)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
240GB Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $75 over 1 month
  • 160GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Telstra Broadband
Essential + Streaming Bundle
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
200GB Data
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,896 on a 24-month plan
  • 100GB bonus data
  • $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit
  • 24 Month Contract
  • 20Mbps typical minimum speed
  • New Telstra TV included
  • Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 included
  • Unlimited Telstra Air® Wi-Fi data
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Discounted international calls
Southern Phone Broadband
ADSL Unlimited Broadband
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$80/mth Price
Min Cost - $80 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Sumo
Standard Speed Unlimited NBN
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$80/mth Price
Min Cost - $80 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No charge for standard installation
  • Suitable for gaming and video streaming
  • Ideal for 2-3 people
  • Add $10 for unlimited local & national calls
Southern Phone Broadband
NBN Triple Bundle Small
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
100GB Data
$82/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,848 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Bundle internet, mobile & home phone
  • 1GB mobile data + unlimited talk & text
  • Included modem
  • Unlimited local & national calls
Belong Broadband
NBN Premium 12 Month Contract
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$90/mth Price
Min Cost - $695 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Premium evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Sumo
Standard Plus Speed Unlimited NBN
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$90/mth Price
Min Cost - $90 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No charge for standard installation
  • Suitable for gaming and video streaming
  • Ideal for 3-4 people
  • Add $10 for unlimited local & national calls
Telstra Broadband
Unlimited Plan
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$90/mth Price
Min Cost - $306 (inc. $216 modem)
  • $99 connection fee waived when you sign up online. Limited time only
  • No Contract
  • 40Mbps typical minimum speed
  • Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 included
  • Unlimited Telstra Air® Wi-Fi data
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Discounted international calls
Belong Broadband
NBN Premium No Contract
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR STREAMING $95/mth Price
Min Cost - $155
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Powered by Telstra
  • No excess usage charge
  • Premium evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (XX-Large)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
300GB Data
$95/mth Price
Min Cost - $95 over 1 mth
  • 200GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
Kids Safe Bundle NBN
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,376 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls
  • Family Zone Box included
  • Calls to 13 numbers: 40c per call
  • Included WiFi Modem
Southern Phone Broadband
ADSL Triple Bundle Medium
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
150GB Data
$99.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,473 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Bundle internet, mobile & home phone
  • Included modem
  • $100 mobile talk & text credit
  • $20 national calls credit
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (XX-Large)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$100/mth Price
Min Cost - $100 over 1 month
  • 200GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Sumo
Premium Speed Unlimited NBN
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR STREAMING $100/mth Price
Min Cost - $100 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No charge for standard installation
  • Recommended for gaming and HD video streaming
  • Add $10 for unlimited local & national calls
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR STREAMING $100/mth Price
Min Cost - $100 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • Speed up to 100/40Mbps included
  • Suitable for gaming and HD video streaming
  • Ideal for households of 3+
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Mega Plan
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
300GB Data
$120/mth Price
Min Cost - $120 over 1 mth
  • 150GB of off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 11Mbps typical evening speed
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
NBN Unlimited Triple Bundle
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$122/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,928 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Bundle internet, mobile & home phone
  • 7GB mobile data + unlimited talk & text
  • Included modem
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Mega)
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$125/mth Price
Min Cost - $125 over 1 month
  • 150GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 25/5 Mbps speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • off peak is 1am-7am
  • typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps

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Broadband Guide for Seniors and Pensioners – Everything You Need to Know

As everyone knows, the internet is now a major part of everyday life – and for more regular, everyday stuff than many people think. It has the ability to make life easier and much more convenient in many ways. Shopping for groceries or wine online and having them delivered to your door, doing the banking, paying bills, even doing your taxes. Far from being a thing that only the technically-minded can understand and get the most out of, the internet is an essential utility for everyday life – once you get used to it being around.

That’s where broadband plans tailored to Seniors comes in. Instead of needing to connect to the internet every time you want to use it, broadband is “always on” and, combined with a household computer, laptop or even an iPad, can be your access point to a great many useful things, from the essentials to entertainment.

The technology behind broadband has moved forward incredibly fast, though, and for older people who have more important things to do in life that keep an eye on the latest in the world of tech, all the terminology can be confusing. And then you get a letter saying your home is about to be connected to the NBN and you’ll need to pick a broadband provider, even just to keep the home phone working. There’s so many different plans, bundles and deals, and different options within all of them – so which should you choose?

And what about if you don’t have access to the NBN yet, but want to get connected to the internet anyway? Fear not – it’s a lot easier than it seems, and we’ve got all the info you need to get you started!

Types of Broadband

There are several different ways of setting up a broadband connection – all of which will eventually be replaced by the NBN. But even without the NBN, you can easily get connected right now, and then convert to the new network later (ideally, with a company that will get all that done for you).

No matter what type of connection you have, you still connect to the exact same internet – the difference comes with the speeds of the different technologies (how fast they can display things like web pages, photos and videos) and in some cases, the cost.

NBN

This is Australia’s new national broadband network (which is what the letters stand for!). It’s being built by the federal government as a way of replacing the very old telephone network across the entirety of Australia, making sure it works for decades into the future and providing much faster speeds to meet future needs as well.

You’ve probably heard or read about the NBN in the news – it’s become a bit of a political football – but ultimately, everyone will be connected to it, and it will handle not only your broadband internet, but your home phone line as well. There are various different ways of connecting to the NBN, but you don’t get to choose which one you get – that will be decided for you based on where you live. The whole idea is to make it simple and easy to get connected and, for the most part, it does. You do, though, have some options to choose from when signing up, which we’ll get into detail about below.

ADSL

For decades, people have been using the existing phone network to connect to broadband, and ADSL is the technology that allows it all to work. With the NBN rolling out to more and more areas at a rapidly increasing pace, ADSL is becoming rarer, but it’s still available for those who need it. If you still have your regular home phone and haven’t been asked to switch yet, then ADSL is likely to be your best option. It has its inconveniences – mostly the length of time it can take for it to get set up once you order a service – but it’ll still do just fine until the NBN comes along.

Cable

Cable broadband operates through the pay TV cables that run past your home – the ones on the poles owned by Optus or the ones in the ground owned by Telstra and used for Foxtel. For many years it provided an alternative method of getting broadband if you were lucky enough to have a cable in your street. With the arrival of the NBN, the Optus cable network is being decommissioned and the Telstra cables will become NBN cables, with Foxtel eventually leaving them. Some parts of the NBN will move onto these cables, but you can still connect to cable broadband through Telstra and Optus in the meantime.

Mobile, Fixed Wireless and Satellite

Far less common – and usually only used when there’s no other alternative – these types of broadband can help get people in remote areas connected even though there’s no suitable cable running past their home. The NBN will use fixed wireless and satellite where it needs to, while mobile broadband (basically home broadband connecting via the mobile phone network) can be used anywhere but is generally only a temporary measure while you wait for a more permanent connection.

Getting Help Getting Connected

The Australian Government has run various programs over the years to assist seniors in making the transition to broadband and into the digital world, and their current initiative – called Be Connected – is something well worth looking into.

The program provides customised, easy to understand training courses in just about every aspect of broadband at the internet, from the basics right through to managing safety and security online and using apps and programs. It’s backed up by support from hundreds of local libraries and community centres, where you can go to access the internet for free and get first-hand help.

There’s also an excellent book available to download, Meet Your Ancestors, which gives you a wealth of tips for one of the most popular things to do online – researching your family’s history using the vast trove of international information on the internet.

Meanwhile, if you have a Centrelink or Veteran’s Affairs pension card, you can get pensioner discounts from Telstra on some aspects of your connection, including connection charges, home phone calls and bills.

NBN Speed Tiers Explained

Once you start looking around for broadband plans, you’ll quickly find that you’re given a choice between various “speeds”. Without knowing what these speeds actually mean in the real world it’s hard to make a decision about which one to go for – but there’s no need to pay for speed you won’t use, and you can save yourself a lot of money by choosing the right one.

The speed tiers are usually designated by a number that is a rough estimate of the actual speed of the connection; the faster the speed, the faster that data can be sent to you. But while the extremely fast speeds of the NBN can be great for people who need to deal with very large files, it has little impact on how fast web sites load or how well apps work. As an idea of what you should aim for, here’s some examples:

NBN 12: Web browsing, online banking, phone calls, social media like Facebook.

NBN 25: Video streaming from services like Netflix and Stan, online phone calls using Skype

NBN 50: Streaming video for families, downloading and uploading family videos and photos

There are even faster speed tiers than that, but those can get expensive and are aimed more at people who really have a need for the fastest connection possible.

If you’re not sure about the speed you need, don’t overspend if you don’t want to – just pick a provider that will let you change to a higher speed if you find that you need it. The NBN 12 speed tier is seen less and less now, which is great for everyone – 25 is a perfect balance of price and speed for most people.

What About Data Allowances?

Another thing you’ll see when browsing broadband plans is mention of a “data allowance”. This is the total amount of data you can both download and upload each month before your connection gets slowed down for the remainder of the month. You’ll see many providers now offering “unlimited” plans, and they do what the name suggests, removing that data limit completely so you don’t have to worry about it.

However, this is another situation where a Senior looking for the best plan shouldn’t pay for what you don’t need. If you’re planning on using your broadband connection for just the basics – web browsing, bills, emails, catching up with family – then you’re unlikely to use very much data at all. Even if you decide to get into Netflix, you’d be surprised just how many hours of viewing can fit into even a modest 100GB allowance (though if you start using Netflix as your prime source of viewing, a bigger allowance might be a good idea!).

Choosing a data allowance that suits your needs can reduce the cost of your broadband connection even further, so keep it in mind when looking at plans.

Popular Broadband Bundles for Seniors

When shopping for a broadband plan, it can make great sense to opt for a “bundle” – basically a package of services from the one company, billed as one and saving you money in the process. With bundles, you can combine your broadband, home phone, a mobile phone and even TV entertainment and have the convenience of everything being set up and billed by the same people.

It’s a very competitive market since the rollout of the NBN started, and that’s great news for you – there are some really great value bundles around that are well worth looking at. 

NBN Small Broadband Bundle – Southern Phone

A hugely respected provider that’s based in regional Australia and puts its profits back into the communities it serves, Southern Phone has a range of well-priced bundles to suit a wide range of needs. This one gets you an NBN 12 speed broadband connection with a 100GB/month data allowance, and a home phone line with unlimited local and national calls – all for the modest price of $55 per month.

Aussie Broadband Seniors NBN Bundle

Another much-liked company based entirely in Australia, Aussie Broadband is renowned for their great customer service and high quality broadband network, and they’re also one of the few providers that tailors plans especially for seniors, including a range of plans for just the home phone by itself on the NBN, for those who get switched over to the NBN but don’t want broadband! However, for those that do, this $65/month bundle gets you NBN 25 speed broadband with a 100GB data allowance, and a home phone service with unlimited local and national calls.

Telstra Essential Bundle

Also using the NBN 25 speed tier, this bundle from Telstra suited for Seniors gives you access to Australia’s largest network combined with the quality and reliability that millions of Telstra customers have come to depend on. You get a 100GB data allowance, and a home phone line with unlimited calls within Australia, including calls to mobile phones (a rare inclusion, and one to go for if you call friends or family on their mobiles a lot). You also get the latest Telstra modem which offers backup from the mobile network in case of an outage. It’s a great value bundle at $69/month for everything.

iPrimus 100GB Bundle

This one’s better value than you’d think from the name – because despite its official data allowance being 100GB per month, they’ll double that to 200GB if you agree to a 24-month contract. Alternatively, you can choose to stick with 100GB but get unlimited local and national calls on the supplied home phone line (otherwise, it’s a well-priced pay-as-you-go service). This bundle is available for $60/month on the NBN 12 speed tier – but for only $10 more, you can jump up to NBN 50 and enjoy some extra speed for not very much more money!

What About TV?

If you’re keen to explore the possibilities offered by broadband in the world of TV entertainment, there’s some very nice options available, though some can be on the expensive side – like Telstra’s top broadband bundle with two years of Foxtel Now and a Telstra TV box to view it on. It’s great value if you want access to Foxtel channels without the hassle of getting Foxtel installed, but may be more broadband than you need with its unlimited downloads and high speeds.

A much more affordable alternative is one that’s made its way into over half a million homes in the past few years – Fetch TV. This is a superb set top box offered by a handful of broadband providers – including Aussie Broadband, who can add a Fetch box to your plan for an extra $15/month. That gives you access to streaming TV channels as well as the ability to record up to six shows at once off free-to-air TV, along with 30 free movies every month.  If you’re curious what it’s all about, you can take a look at our Fetch TV review for more information!

The NBN Switch – When Will It Happen?

As we mentioned above, ultimately everyone will be switched over to the NBN – and that will mean a change to how your home phone works, alongside the huge increase in available broadband options.

When your area is about to switch, you’ll be notified well in advance by the NBN themselves. The switch won’t cost you anything, and your existing phone provider should switch you over automatically. If you’re on ADSL broadband when the NBN switch happens, your existing provider may also automatically switch you – but that is a good time to look at what they’re offering with their NBN plans, and compare it with other offerings like the ones we mention above.

Just remember one thing – no matter what your existing provider says, you are not obliged to stay with them (unless you’re on a contract). The NBN opens you up to a large choice in providers, and it pays to shop around!

Don’t Panic!

It’s good advice for most occasions, but especially when it comes to broadband and the NBN. It might seem like a complicated, confusing mess of strange terms and concepts, but it’s not as bad as it seems. Broadband these days is easy to connect to and easy to use, and modern devices and computers make it easy as well. And when you start discovering all the new ways it connects you to friends, family and the wider world, you’ll realise it’s worth it!

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