Top 5 Broadband and Bundling Plans for Renters


5 Best Broadband Plans for Renters

There are plenty of advantages to renting: the freedom to move wherever you want, less responsibility and no mortgage hanging over your head. For a long time however, you were at a serious disadvantage when it came to broadband plans with lengthy contracts being a restriction. But not anymore.

What is the Best Internet Connection for me as a Renter?

These days, getting the internet connected is about as important as electricity, water and gas. Broadband contracts will usually attach to your address. They tend to have a long duration and will sometimes include penalties if you need to terminate the contract early.

This can be a real problem. In our wide brown land, not all homes are connected to the NBN. In many cases you won’t be able to move your plan to another address; and even if you can, you might encounter difficulties along the way. Connection fees will also apply in some cases – even where your home connects to the NBN.

Even more problematic is that with a minimal notice period on most leases, you’re not going to have a great deal of time to sort out your broadband contract while everything else is up in the air. While sometimes you’ll be able to switch, this tends to be at the discretion of the telco – which doesn’t fill most tenants with a whole lot of confidence.

Then there’s broadband bundling, which means putting all of your telecommunications services – i.e. home and mobile phone, internet and television services – into the same, you guessed it, bundle. This will be more convenient, but generally speaking might be less suited to individuals who will want some aspects of the bundle but not others.

What are the Best Broadband Plan Options for Renters?

Choosing a broadband plan can be tough at the best of times. In order to take just a little bit of pain out of the process, we’ve compiled a list of the top five broadband internet plans for renters.

Before we get into the list, there’s always the option of contract-free plans. These might sound good, particularly for renters, however you’ll pay a premium for the ‘freedom’ of not having a contract, which can mean you lose out in the long term. Companies have been made aware of the difficulties that some customers will face when having to move and have responded by producing so-called ‘casual plans’. These, like all of the listed plans, will have some advantages and some disadvantages, so consult the list to see which plan is right for you.

The Top Five Broadband and Bundling Plans for Renters

Telstra with 1st Month Free

Telstra’s new standalone internet plans no longer have their usual 24-month requirement. There are three data plans to choose from — Core NBN25 with 200GB data at $75/month, Unlimited NBN50 at $90/month, and Unlimited NBN100 at $120/month, all on a month-to-month term. There’s still the dreaded $216 modem and $99 connection fees, although for now the latter is being waived if you sign up online. You also get the modem for free if you stay connected for 24 months. On top of that, Telstra is also offering the first month completely free of charge across all of their broadband plans and bundles.

Speaking of bundles, Telstra offers the best-selling Unlimited + Telstra TV for only $99/month. This includes the new Telstra TV. Entertainment bundles are now on a month-to-month plan as well. Entertainment enthusiasts can also choose to add Foxtel Movies or Foxtel Sports into their internet plan on a monthly setup, too. As for Telstra delivering the best of entertainment experience, it’s currently the #1 NBN provider for Netflix streaming.

Telstra Plans

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
$90/mth
Min Cost - $2,070 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes

Core Internet Plan
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
$75/mth
Min Cost - $1,725 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Unlimited Internet Plan + Telstra TV
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Stream it all on the new Telstra TV
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
$99/mth
Min Cost - $2,286 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Unlimited Data + Movies HD
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Movies HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 10 HD movie channels
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Unlimited Data + Sports HD
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Sports HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 13 HD Sports channels
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Southern Phone

Southern Phone might not have the name recognition of some of the larger players who have been on the landscape for a bit longer, but they’ve become popular in recent years – and with good reason. Southern Phone’s NBN plans come without connection fees or contracts – a huge advantage for renters. Their NBN lineup is one of the cheapest, while their phone support team is completely based in Australia.

The NBN Small plan offers 100GB data at $50/month. Add $10 more per month and you get yourself unlimited data on the NBN12 speed tier. Speed boosts are available as well — Turbo speed is at $70/month while Max speed is at $100/month. As for bundles, there are loads to choose from. The flexibility of Southern Phone is better suited for singles and couples, however, as their bundling system prioritises tailoring and flexibility rather than all the services at a convenient low price.

Southern Phone Plans

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Small)
  • 40GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 70GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 30GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
$38/mth
Min Cost - $38 over 1 mthCost of 1MB data $0.00054

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Small)
  • 40GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 70GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Satellite
  • 30GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
$43/mth
Min Cost - $43 over 1 month

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Medium)
  • 80GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 120GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 40GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
$45/mth
Min Cost - $45 over 1 mth

nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Large)
  • 150GB Off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 50™ Satellite
  • 150GB peak data
  • Above 25Mbps typical evening speed subject to network capacity
$190/mth
Min Cost - $190 over 1 month

nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Medium)
  • 100GB Off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 50™ Satellite
  • 100GB peak data
  • Above 25Mbps typical evening speed subject to network capacity
$130/mth
Min Cost - $130 over 1 month

MyRepublic

MyRepublic’s 12-month broadband plans are quite a catch, but the good news to renters out there — so are the telco’s month-to-month deals. From $79 per month, you can get connected with MyRepublic‘s Unlimited Essential plan configured on NBN50. If you want to get to the next available speed tier, that’d be the Premium Speed plan at $99.95 when you BYO modem. The Essential plan is configured on NBN50 with typical evening speed of 43Mbps while the Premium option offers typical evening speed of 83Mbps, placing remarkable value on whatever plan you end up getting — all with no lock-in contract and an included landline connection!

MyRepublic Plans

Unlimited Essential Flexi
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
$79/mth
Min Cost - $79 over 1 month

Unlimited Premium Month to Month
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months
  • No Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
$94.95/mth
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $94.95 over 1 month

Unlimited Premium 12 Months BYO
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
$89.95/mth
Min Cost - $1,079.40 over 12 months

Unlimited Essential 12 Months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • $1 Wi-Fi Hub
  • PAYG Home Phone
$79/mth
Min Cost - $959 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

Gamer Pro Premium Flexi
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months.
  • No Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • Optimised network for Gaming
  • BYO Modem
$99.95/mth
$99.95 for first 12 months, $104.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $99.95 over 1 month

activ8me

activ8me has carved out its name as satellite broadband specialists in recent years. They offer casual deals which are just perfect for renters living in remote and regional Australia. Its Sky Muster plan starts at $34.95 with 150GB data running on the 12/1Mbps typical evening speed, with their next plans offering 175GB, 200GB, 225GB, 250GB, 275GB, and 300GB. They also offer Sky Muster Plus plans configured on the faster 25/5Mbps speed tier from $69.95/month. These deals rank among some of the best out there for renters.

activ8me Plans

NBN Sky Muster - 150GB Standard
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 150GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 15GB peak data
  • 135GB off peak data
$34.95/mth
Min Cost - $34.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Standard
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 60GB peak data
  • 140GB off peak data
$49.95/mth
Min Cost - $49.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 225GB Standard
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 225GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 80GB peak data
  • 145GB off peak data
$64.95/mth
Min Cost - $64.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 250GB Standard
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 250GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 90GB peak data
  • 160GB off peak data
$89.95/mth
Min Cost - $89.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 300GB Standard
  • No Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 150GB peak data
  • 150GB off peak data
$124.95/mth
Min Cost - $124.95 per month

Belong

Belong definitely offers the best broadband options in terms of flexibility and value-packed NBN plans. If you’re a renter who moves a lot, you’ll easily appreciate the telco’s no lock-in contract on all plans with $0 activation fees. From $60/month you score unlimited data on the NBN25 speed tier. Just add $10 more per month and you get to the next speed configured on NBN50 with the Standard Plus Plan. If there’s lots of HD streaming and gaming involved, you might want to boost your speed to NBN100 at $95/month. While the telco doesn’t currently offer any bundling, there’s a free $80 mobile credit included regardless of the plan you sign up for, allowing you to make use of its mobile service.

Belong Plans

NBN Starter 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months

ADSL 100GB 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Speeds Vary
  • 100GB Data
  • ADSL2+
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months

NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
$65/mth
Min Cost - $780 over 12 months

NBN Starter Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
$60/mth
Min Cost - $120

ADSL Unlimited Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Speeds Vary
  • Unlimited Data
  • ADSL2+
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
$70/mth
Min Cost - $130

Choosing an Internet Plan is easier than you think

So you see, it’s really not that hard to plan your broadband connection setup for when you move or are just renting out. Some of Australia’s top internet providers have made it very easy for you to choose from their plans that reflect the way you use the internet, not the way they think you should.

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