Take it from someone who’s just done it themselves – moving house can be an absolute pain. And when you’re a renter, it’s something that’s an all too regular fact of life. Aside from the physical stress of packing and moving all your furniture, appliances and stuff, there’s the hassle of getting everything connected at the new place – power, water, gas – and yes, broadband and internet.
It’s your broadband internet in particular that can be a troublesome thing to deal with, not least because a huge amount of broadband plans involve a long-term contract, one which comes with penalties if you leave early. And as any renter knows, with only a couple of months’ notice you can find yourself having to negotiate with your internet provider over a contract you can’t make it to the end of.
If you’re mid-way through a contract when you have to move house, most providers will be at least a little bit accommodating – they might transfer your service over to the new place and let you continue with the contract if you’re really lucky. But some others will only let you out of your existing contract if you agree to a brand new one, effectively resetting the clock on your financial commitment to them and making it hard to ever change providers if you decide you want to.
The obvious answer, if you find yourself contract-free and able to choose between any Internet provider you like, is to aim for the telco providers that offer contract-free plans. They’re more common than you’d think, though in many cases you’ll be paying more and/or getting less for the privilege of not having to sign one or two years of your broadband life away.
Ideally, then, you’ll be looking for no-contract plans that offer good pricing, without any financial penalties for choosing the non-contract option. It’s all too common for providers to offer what looks like a very reasonable non-contract plan, only to slug you with a “connection fee” that’s only waived if you sign up to a contract plan (the “connection fee” itself is something of a rort, a legacy of the ADSL days when a tech actually has to visit the phone exchange to plug your line in to the right port).
Planning your next move?
If the place you’re moving to is already connected to the NBN, you’re in for a much easier time, both in speed of connection and available plan options. But for the time being, there’s still a lot of places out there that rely on ADSL – and that means you’re going to have to wear a connection fee pretty much across the board, along with a long wait to get connected and the need to endure lengthy downtime if you decide to change providers later on.
NBN services don’t have a connection fee (if the provider charges one, it’s purely for their own bottom line) and can often be connected in minutes rather than days (particularly true of Fibre to the Home connections), making it a much better fit for renters.
When setting up utilities for your new home, whether you’re a pensioner or a family with children, it’s important to find special deals that will give you more value for your money like entertainment broadband bundles. With these bundles, not only will you get unlimited internet connection for your new place, but you also get a free subscription and/or devices that you can use to stream your favourite shows all in one convenient monthly bill.
Best Broadband Deals for Renters?
There’s a vast range of offerings from providers to choose from – especially if you’re connecting to the NBN – and you can check our internet comparison page to get an overview of some of the deals available. Let’s have a quick look at some solid options for renters, though, based on the type of connection you’ll be getting.
NBN for Renters
One of the winners in the NBN field is Aussie Broadband, a small company with a stellar reputation for both the quality of their service and their Australia-based customer support. All of Aussie’s NBN plans have no connection fee and no contracts, and you can tailor the service to what you need – pick a speed, pick a download limit and tailor both to find a plan that fits your budget. You can also opt for unlimited data starting at $69 a month on the 25Mbps tier, perfect for singles and couples, with no contracts to tie you down on those either.
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Best Renters no-contract Offer
There’s a very special offer from Telstra that’s perfect for renters and movers or those looking to relocate or rent a new place. Choose between any of Telstra’s casual home broadband plans, starting at $69/mth for 100GB data or go unlimited for only $89/mth. Best part of this deal is that there are no lock-in contracts, plus they’ll even waive the $240 connection fee! This special deal ends February 25, 2019.
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ADSL for Renters
Mate Communicate are the ones to go for if you’re connecting to ADSL, with their plans sitting at a very tasty $49/month for those in the city and $59/month in country areas. These plans have no setup fees but do require you to have an active Telstra home phone service – so if you’re just moving in, go for the $49/month (for city users) option that also comes with no plan change fees and no lock-in contracts.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive broadband plan for your new place, then Telstra’s Home Broadband Plan + Streaming bundle is the perfect fit for you. For only $99/month, you get unlimited data on NBN Tier 50 and a free Telstra TV 2 plus other perks! These other perks include a free 24-month Foxtel Now subscription and free rentals on BigPond Movies among many others. It’s pretty much an all access pass to the very best streaming experience to complete your home entertainment.
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The broadband landscape’s changed a lot in recent years, and it’s now a competitive market that gives renters some great options, regardless of the tech you use to connect. Avoid those contracts, always, and use our recommendations as a starting point, because these days, renters aren’t second-class citizens when it comes to broadband!