Broadband Bundles – Which Plans are Worth the Hype?

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Which broadband bundles are worth your attention? Photo: Shutterstock

Believe the hype!

It’s a great time to be looking for a broadband plan in Australia, with fierce competition in full swing as ISPs compete to get your attention and you hard-earned dollars. Once a footnote on ISP web sites, the humble bundle deal now at the forefront. Ain’t competition great?
…And the five ISP bundles featured here are all about the free stuff.

Just what kind of stuff depends on what you’re really looking for in a package. If you’re entertainment-minded, you can turn your attention to the grand battle between Optus, Telstra, and Dodo. They’re battling it out on the streaming TV front and want to give you a device to watch it on.

Or, if you’re the sort of person who loves to sit on the phone for hours and chat to friends – and especially if most of those friends are on mobile phones – you’ll appreciate the bundles from several providers that take all the worry out of both the phone and internet bill in one neat little package for a fixed monthly fee.

Most offerings seem to have become far more focused in recent times, providing sensible solutions at a great price, and acknowledging that with the rise of Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Play, people are using more data than ever before.

Let’s take a look at the current offers that most definitely are hypeworthy:

The best things in life are free

DealDataPrice/monthDelivery methodsFree bundled goodies
Dodo All-Day Entertainment BundleData: UnlimitedPrice/month: $44.90Delivery methods: ADSL/NBNFree bundled goodies: NBN-ready modem, Fetch TV Mini
Optus Entertainment Starter BundleData: UnlimitedPrice/month: $80.00Delivery methods: ADSL/Cable/NBNFree bundled goodies: Sagemcom F@ST AC WiFi modem, Speed Boost on NBN/Hi-Speed Cable (where available), Fetch TV Mighty, subscription to a premium Channel Pack (Kids, Knowledge, Vibe or Variety), and Optus Sport.
Belong ADSL BundleData: 100GBPrice/month: $55.00Delivery methods: ADSLFree bundled goodies: phone line rental, Sagem modem/router
Telstra "Best Bundle Ever"Data: 1000GBPrice/month: $99.00Delivery methods: ADSL/Cable/NBNFree bundled goodies: landline rental, Telstra TV, local, national and mobile calls included.
Foxtel Broadband + Platinum HD BundleData: UnlimitedPrice/month: $192.00Delivery methods: ADSLFree bundled goodies: Over 90 Foxtel channels channels, HD streaming, Foxtel Hub modem, Foxtel iQ3 set-top box, waived standard TV installation fee, unlimited standard local and national calls.

#1: Dodo All-Day Entertainment Bundles

Dodo’s taking a stand in the “watch what you want when you want it” battle wild abandon at the moment, and this bundle’s targeted directly at those with a big TV but a sensible budget. From just $44.90 you get unlimited ADSL (note that again, a home phone or line rental is not included; this costs and additional $30/month), an NBN-ready modem, and a Fetch TV Mini. While this device doubles as a brilliant HD streaming device for Netflix, and delivers 30 free movies per month, the real pitch is the ability to upgrade almost every element of this bundle. Want the Fetch TV Mighty? Add on $10/month. Want access to premium channels from Fetch TV? Take the $59.90/month pack – you get 35+ channels free. Want to make calls? Unlimited calls start at $10/month. What about the NBN? Plans start at $74.90/month. Together, Dodo has a showstopper selection of flexible bundles, with a range of bundle options aimed at getting you streaming with ease.

Dodo Fetch TV Bundle
Want to watch streaming TV for cheap? You’ll love Dodo’s Fetch TV Broadband Bundles. Photo: Dodo

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Fast broadband with optional Dodo TV by Fetch + Powered by the acclaimed iPrimus Network

#2: Optus Entertainment Starter Bundle

If you love fast internet AND streaming IPTV, then here’s your bundle. For just $80/month you get unlimited broadband on ADSL, Cable or NBN, a free Sagemcom F@ST AC WiFi modem, free Speed Boost on NBN or Hi-Speed Cable where available. So you can just leave the Netflix on all day while you catch up on all of the things. Or do the same with Stan. Or both at the same time! Optus has been rated as the #1 Australian ISP for Netflix streaming speed – so you know the connection is good. And it these providers aren’t doing it for you, then YES TV by Fetch might catch your fancy. Subscribers get a free Fetch TV Mighty and a subscription to one of the premium Channel Packs (Kids, Knowledge, Vibe or Variety) with the option to add more. You also get Optus Sport free, which lets you stream live Premier League games, as well as replays and highlights form past matches. You also get a free home phone line with pay-as-you-go call plans, or the option of adding on call packs starting at $5/month. But will you ever answer it? Maybe when you get bored of streaming TV.

Optus Entertainment Starter Bundle
Get your streaming fix with the Optus Entertainment Bundle. Photo: Optus

#3: Belong ADSL Bundle

Just the basics, you say? Broadband specialist Belong has been keeping the basics simple and affordable for a while now, and their latest bundle’s a great choice for those who just want to get online with a minimum of fuss and annoying hidden costs. For just $55/month, you get Belong ADSL broadband with 100GB of data and home phone line rental. Now, keeping in mind that the line rental alone is usually around $30 a month, you’re getting some seriously cheap broadband here! There’s no activation fee when you get connected, either. The bundle comes with a brand-name modem/router from Sagem for the bargain price of zero dollars and is on a 12-month contract. Though if you want to connect without a contract at all, you can for an extra $5/month – although then they also make you pay for the modem. If you need extra data, Belong has you covered as well; you can go up to a mammoth 1000GB (perfect for Netflix fans!) for an extra $15/month. Want NBN? They’ve got that too. What about calls? Just add on a Belong Voice pack (starting at $10/month) and you’re good to go. Belong uses the acclaimed Telstra broadband network, too, so you can be sure that your net access will be fast and hassle-free.

Affordable Belong ADSL Bundle
Looking for affordable broadband? Look no more. Photo: Belong

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Only $60/month on the NBN + Unlimited Broadband Data + $0 Wi-Fi modern & standard activation

#4: Telstra “Best Bundle Ever”

With a cute name that matches their promise, Telstra’s “Best Bundle Ever” really delivers. For just $99/month, subscribers get 1000GB of data, landline rental, and the Telstra TV. This brilliant little box has a fine pedigree – it’s actually the acclaimed Roku 2 streaming box that’s hugely popular in the US. It’s an app-based device that has support for all the major players – Netflix, Stan and formerly Presto. The Telstra TV is also the only device that currently supports viewing Foxtel Play in HD, making it a valuable addition to any household that doesn’t want (or can’t get) cable or satellite TV. Telstra’s expansive network is first-rate, too, and the bundle is also available via their cable service. It’s not the cheapest out there, but you also get a phone line with local, national and mobile calls included. for streaming: Telstra TV Bundle

If you’re a fan of streaming, Telstra TV is for you. Photo: Telstra

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Affordable, reliable and full of features

#5: Foxtel Broadband + Platinum HD Bundle

If cost isn’t and issue, but getting extras makes you feel like a champion, then the Foxtel Broadband + Platinum HD bundle is what you need. For $192/month on a 12-month plan, you get unlimited broadband running on the Telstra ADSL broadband network, plus every EVERY Foxtel TV channel pack. That’s over 90 channels to watch to your heart’s content. And where available, the Foxtel content is streamed in HD. So you can stream live sport, watch Netflix, use the free-to-air catch-up services, download movies and game all you like. And because the data isn’t limited by peak/off-peak hours, your data is your own.  You also get the Foxtel Hub modem and the iQ3 set-top box without an equipment charge, saving you $200+. And Foxtel waives the standard TV installation fee. Phone-wise, you get unlimited standard local and national calls, with calls to mobiles charged at $0.35/minute. While this all comes out at the high end cost-wise, the benefits are outstanding for the price.

Foxtel Broadband + Platinum HD Bundle
With Foxtel, you can bundle your viewing packs with ADSL and get the Foxtel Hub and iQ3 for free. Photo: Foxtel

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