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 sometimes pay a premium for the ‘freedom’ of not having a contract, which can mean you lose out in the long term. Companies are 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 Plans and Bundles for Renters
Telstra’s standalone internet plans no longer have their usual 24-month contract requirement. There are three data plans to choose from — Core NBN25 with 500GB data at $75/month, Unlimited NBN50 at $90/month, and Unlimited NBN100 at $110/month, all on a month-to-month term. Both the unlimited plans also get you $10/month credit for the first six months. There’s still the dreaded $99 connection fee, although for now that 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 three months of free BINGE subscription and one month of Foxtel Now also free.
All Telstra internet plans come with a home phone line that includes unlimited calls to anywhere in Australia – including calls to mobile phones. While there are plenty of internet providers offering a home phone with your internet connection, Telstra is one of the only ones to bundle unlimited calls in with it – which makes it amazing value for anyone who relies on the home phone being around to keep in touch.
Speaking of bundles, Telstra offers the best-selling Unlimited + Telstra TV for only $99/month. Of course, this includes the acclaimed Telstra TV 3 streaming box plus 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points. Entertainment bundles are now on a month-to-month plan as well, plus there’s the option to add Foxtel Movies or Foxtel Sports into your internet plan on a monthly setup, too. Proving their network’s capacity for exceptional streaming, Telstra continues to be ranked as one of the #1 NBN providers for streaming Netflix as per the platform’s latest ISP Speed Index.
Last audited 15 April 2021
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 Standard plan offers unlimited data at $65/month on the NBN25 speed tier. Add $10 more per month and you get yourself unlimited data on the NBN50 speed tier. Speed boost to the NBN100 Max speed is at $95/month. These standalone plans are on a month-to-month term, which makes them ideal for renters.
Last audited 15 April 2021
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 $59 per month, you can get connected with MyRepublic‘s Unlimited Standard plan configured on NBN25. If you want to get to the next available speed tier, that’d be the Unlimited Essential 50/20Mbps plan at $69. For faster speeds, you can score the 100/20Mbps plan at $89. All plans come with no lock-in contract and an included landline connection with pay as you go calls, placing remarkable value on whatever plan you end up getting. If you need more speed, they’ve added the Unlimited Home Superfast 250/25Mbps plan at $109/month, but it’s available at selected FTTP addresses only.
Last audited 21 February 2021
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 plans start at $34.95 with 150GB data running on the 12/1Mbps typical evening speed, with their next plans offering 175GB, 200GB, 225GB, and 250GB. They also offer Sky Muster Plus plans configured on the faster 25/5Mbps speed tier from $59.95/month. These deals rank among some of the best out there for renters.
Last audited 15 April 2021
iPrimus 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 option. From $70/month, you score unlimited data on the NBN25 speed tier. Just add $5 more per month and you get to the next speed tier of NBN50. If there’s lots of HD streaming and gaming involved, you might want to boost your speed to NBN100 at $90/month or NBN250 from $130/month if your connection allows it. For added value, all of these plans have an included landline connection with pay as you go calls, plus the option to add Fetch TV from only $10/month!
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.