It’s a great time to be upgrading your broadband plan. With the NBN rollout continuing, new providers have stepped onto the scene, adding some fierce competition. Internet providers were once complacent, they now have to compete to get your attention – and your dollars. One of the benefits has been an increase in value-adding extras in the form of bundles.
What Broadband Bundle Options are Available in Australia
When once your broadband plan was focused solely on price and data caps, there’s now a whole lot more to consider. Not only are the NBN speed tiers making their presence felt, but providers are now acknowledging that different people use the internet in different ways. The five ISP bundles featured here are all about the extra stuff. Just what kind of stuff depends on what you’re really looking for in a package. Lets look at the types of things we’re seeing in bundles.
Internet + calls
If you’re the sort of person who loves to sit on the phone for hours and chat with friends – and especially if most of those friends are on mobile phones – you’ll appreciate the bundles from several providers that take all the worry out of both the phone and internet bill in one neat little package for a fixed monthly fee.
Internet + entertainment
If you’re entertainment-minded, you can turn your attention to the grand streaming TV battle, involving the likes of Fetch TV, Netflix, Telstra TV, and Foxtel. Internet providers are battling it out on this front and want to give you broadband to stream and a subscription to watch it on. Most offerings seem to have become far more focused in recent times, providing sensible solutions at a great price, and acknowledging that with the rise of Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now, people are using more data than ever before.
We’re also seeing the likes of Telstra making it easier for their customers to add a Netflix subscription to your account to keep all bills under the one payment. Easy!
Foxtel have recently started giving a Netflix subscription with their pay TV subscription while also adding a Netflix button to their remote control so the TV experience is more seemless between the two businesses.
Internet + cool gadgets
Once upon a time, ISPs used to hook up your internet and leave you to it. These days, every provider offers an NBN-ready modem with their bundles. To try and stand out of the pack, the quick ones are stepping up their offerings, including devices like set-top boxes, smart modems and more.
The Top Five Broadband Bundles
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be focusing on bundles that feature unlimited data, preferably on the NBN.
Try a Telstra bundle w/ Free BINGE & Foxtel Now
Telstra’s Entertainment Bundle really delivers. For just $99/month, you get unlimited data, a speedy NBN50 tier (44Mbps typical evening speeds), the latest Telstra Smart Modem with 4G backup, and a Telstra TV 3 set-top box. This brilliant little box has a fine pedigree – it’s actually the acclaimed Roku streaming box that’s hugely popular in the US. It’s an app-based device that has support for all the major players – Netflix, Stan, hayu, and Foxtel Now. Speaking of Foxtel Now, you can also try all of its channel packs for a whole month free!
To further sweeten the deal, this bundle also includes free unlimited local, national, and mobile calls within Australia, making it a bundle with something for everybody. If that’s not enough, you also get a free connection fee that will normally cost you $99 when you purchase online. As a postpaid consumer, you also score three months of free BINGE streaming. Telstra is also Australia’s #1 provider for streaming Netflix.
Last audited 14 September 2020
Southern Phone’s NBN Triple Bundle
Southern Phone’s triple bundle plan make life easier by wrapping up all the essentials – internet, home phone and mobile – into one plan. Right now, customers are offered the Unlimited Triple Bundle. It includes unlimited internet on the 50/20 speed tier, unlimited local, national and mobile calls on your home phone, as well as 5GB mobile data with unlimited calls and texts. If you want to save time and manage your accounts with ease, Southern Phone’s Triple Bundle plan provide the perfect solution. If you only need broadband and home phone, the telco offers NBN bundles with added unlimited local and national calls. Even better, all bundles include a compatible Wi-Fi modem!
Last audited 09 September 2020
MyRepublic’s premium kind of value
At first sight, MyRepublic’s NBN plans are somewhat on the higher-end price-wise. But quickly you’ll realise that it’s the opposite. For starters, they focus on offering NBN100 plans, which start from $89 for 100/20Mbps. For under $90 on this speed plan, that doesn’t sound so bad at all. Considering all their plans are unlimited with a landline connection, MyRepublic actually offers some of the most valuable NBN plans in Australia. Contract terms are flexible, which is great. The difference between month-to-month and 12-month, however, lies on your need for a modem. If you already have your own, the no lock-in contract plan should work. But if you’re going to purchase one from MyRepublic, then you might as well sign up for 12 months to score a new modem for only $1. For greater speed, MyRepublic offers Unlimited Home Superfast 250/25Mbps plans at $109.
Last audited 09 September 2020
Try activ8me Broadband
activ8me is one of the most flexible broadband providers currently out there in the market. They’re currently offering Sky Muster and NBN plans at affordable rates. To bundle broadband with VoIP, you have the option to add a phone connection with pay as you go calls for $5 per month or get unlimited local, national, and mobile calls for $20 per month. Sky Muster plans start from $34.95/month while NBN fixed wireless or fiber plans start from $59.95/month with data limits.
Last audited 07 September 2020
Go for iPrimus Broadband
iPrimus provides value-for-money unlimited broadband plans, starting with unlimited NBN (25/5Mbps) for only $70/month, or $75 when you upgrade the speed to NBN50. That’s unlimited data right there and you only need to cover the upfront costs to sign up with no lock-in contracts. If you’ve got a large family, get the fastest NBN plan with typical evening speed of 82Mbps for only $90/month to ensure uninterrupted browsing and streaming. All internet plans also include a landline with pay as you go calls. For your entertainment needs, you can bundle your plan with Fetch from only $10/month and that includes one channel pack of your choice.
Last audited 15 September 2020
How to Bundle Your Broadband with Streaming TV
Spend 5 minutes watching our video guide to all of the best broadband bundling providers in market, as well as the products they’re bundling.
Bundling makes it cheaper
When it comes to picking a bundle, start by understanding what you want and need. There’s a lot of competition in this space — which means there’s a lot of options available for the savvy shopper. But it can take a bit of digging to find exactly what you need.
The easiest way to make sure you’re getting value for money in your bundle is to compare the inclusions – and the price. And don’t forget, you can always call the provider to see what they might be able to throw in to sweeten the deal!
Lastly, make sure you check the fine print. Check out the service availability in your area. Give the critical information summaries a close look and make sure you have a good grasp on the total costs of any options or added extras. There are also setup fees, install costs, and early cancellation fees which can sometimes slip your notice. It might take a while, but it’ll pay off in the end.