As a senior member of the community, you’re probably all too aware of all the talk about the NBN – the new National Broadband Network – that’s been in the news over the past few years. And if it hasn’t happened already, very soon you’ll be getting a letter telling you that your entire area is going to be switched over to the NBN. Once that happens, the existing phone network will stop functioning, and you’ll be asked to make a decision about how you want to connect.
But wait – what if you don’t have an internet connection, and don’t need it? What happens to your home phone – and do you have to pay for an internet connection just to use it on the NBN?
The good news is that no, you won’t have to pay more money for a service you don’t want or need – and you also won’t lose access to your home phone (or your existing phone number). You’ll just need to find a company that can offer you a connection with no fuss and no hidden extras.
The Southern Phone Community
An entirely community-owned company, Southern Phone was formed by regional Australian communities years ago to help fix the lack of value and choice in phone and internet services outside of Australia’s big cities. Today, they continue to provide valuable service across Australia for anyone who needs home phone, broadband internet or mobile phone services – and these days they’ll offer their plans to you no matter where you live.
That’s good news for anyone who’s keen on some of Southern Phone’s more innovative services – like the choice they offer with mobile plans between two of Australia’s biggest networks, or their satellite broadband plans for people in truly remote areas of the country.
Keeping the Phone
For many, though, all that talk of broadband internet and mobile data is a distraction – because the all-important thing is the home phone, and no matter what they do when the NBN arrives in your area, you don’t want to lose access to your phone or phone number.
There’ll be more than a few providers who’ll likely contact you offering broadband internet plans, saying that’s the only way to keep your phone connected – but in fact, that’s not the case at all. You just need to find a provider that specialises in looking after people with specific needs, and Southern Phone is one such company.
“Change is overrated” is the slogan that Southern Phone uses for the set of phone plans they appropriately call Next Home Phone. The idea is simple – they know that a lot of people don’t want to be forced to get a broadband internet connection or risk losing their home phone, so they’ve crafted a set of plans that do nothing but the home phone – and do it at a great price!
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There are three plans overall, which are all free of “line rental” (one great thing about the NBN is that there’s no “line rental” rate, so you just pay for the service and don’t have to waste money on pointless fees).
At the base level – perfect for those who don’t make many calls but want the home phone available for people to call them, and to make the occasional short call – is the Small plan, which is a mere $25 per month. With the phone connected on that plan, your local calls (and landline calls anywhere in Australia) are 5c per minute, capped at 25c for the first hour. Calls to mobiles are priced at 30c per minute with a $3 per call cap.
If you tend to make more than the occasional call, though, don’t fret about the call rates – instead, go for one of the other plans. The Medium plan sits at $44 per month and comes with $44 of credit for any calls within Australia. And if you’d prefer not to have to keep track of calls at all, the $60/month Large plan gives you completely unlimited calls to Australian landlines and mobile phones. On the Medium and Large plans, you can even add a $15/month extra that gives you unlimited international calls – brilliant if you have family or friends overseas!
Seniors and Pensioners Discount
Of course, Southern Phone knows that these plans are going to be especially appealing to pensioners and seniors – which is why Seniors and Pension Card holders get an extra discount on these plans – $5 on the Small and Medium plans and a whopping $10 off the Large plan, bringing that one down to only $50 – incredible value with its unlimited calls.
Can You Keep Your Phone?
Yes, absolutely you can – the great thing about the NBN-powered home phone service is that it works just fine with existing telephones – so not only do you get to keep your phone number, you also get to keep your phone!
These Next Phone plans make the transition to the NBN simple, easy and painless for everyone who wants to keep their home phone running. And optionally, if you decide you’d like to get connected to the internet later, Southern Phone can sort that out for you – using the same NBN connection.
With an entirely Australian-based sales and support team, Southern Phone’s a brilliant choice for your move to the NBN – without having to worry about change you don’t need.