Broadband and Bundling Plans for Renters
There are plenty of advantages to renting. The freedom to move wherever you want, not having the responsibility if something breaks down and no mortgage hanging over your head are all examples of benefits for renters. For a long time however, your broadband contract was not among them.
These days, getting the internet connected is about as important as electricity, water and gas. Broadband contracts will usually attach to your address. They have a long duration and will sometimes include penalties if you need to terminate the contract early.
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 is sometimes 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.
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.
Top Five Broadband and Bundling Plans for Renters
Telstra has developed the casual broadband internet plan, which doesn’t require a contract and starts at $69 for 100GB per month, or $89 for unlimited. There’s still the dreaded $240 connection fee, although for now this is being waived for new casual subscribers.
Telstra offer two bundles: Entertainment ($99) and Entertainment Plus ($129). The former gets you two years of Foxtel Now and a free Telstra TV, while the latter comes with satellite Foxtel installation, the Entertainment and Sports packages – and an iQ3 Box.
Aussie Broadband 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. Aussie Broadband’s NBN plans come without connection fees or contracts – a huge advantage for renters. Their speed is rated as Australia’s best by the ACCC, while their phone support team is completely based in Australia. The Everyday Casual Plan gives you unlimited data at $69 per month.
As for bundles, there are loads to choose from. The flexibility of Aussie Broadband is better suited for singles and couples, however, as their bundling system prioritises tailoring rather than all the services at a convenient low price.
Tangerine has carved out their name as NBN specialists in recent years. They offer prepaid and casual deals which are just perfect for renters. Their basic plan starts at $59.90 with 7mbps, with their next plans (SPEED BOOST at $68.90 and XL SPEED BOOST at $77.90) offering 15mbps and 30mbps respectively. They also offer a 14-day trial and will knock a bit off the price the longer you stay on the plan. These deals rank among some of the best out there for renters – however unfortunately not for those who can’t access the NBN.
Another relative newcomer to the broadband market is Barefoot, who as the name might suggest are known for their flexible, no-fuss attitude. They offer a number of no contract broadband plans for unlimited data without setup or activation fees. Their NBN plan is $59 per month. The four bundles start at $78 per month, rising to $108 depending on the NBN speed and the quality of the home phone (i.e. Lite, Mid, Max and Ultra) plan, which is thrown in as part of the bundle.
If an NBN plan doesn’t suit you, don’t worry – you’ve still got options if you’re a renter who would prefer not to sign a contract. In addition to a number of no contract NBN plans, Mate Communicate also offers two no contract ADSL plans: the City Mates ($49) and Country Mates ($59) plans. While bundling is comparatively limited with ADSL, Mate Communicate offers free connection to the NBN network when it becomes available in your area.
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 among their range of suitable plans that won’t give you a headache to have it setup and won’t hurt your budget at all.