MyRepublic Broadband Review: Comprehensive Guide to the Aussie provider


Summary

Our Verdict

MyRepublic Broadband


With one of the better-priced NBN offerings on the market, an eye on speed for both gamers and streaming.

 
Overall 83%
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Review was updated on 26th July, 2019

With so many broadband service providers in Australia there’s more choice than there was a few short years ago. The reality is that regardless of which provider you go with – especially on the NBN – you’re going to be paying around the same price for the same level of service. If there are discounts, there’s likely to be fine print telling you what’s left out to cut the bottom line.

The Facts

  • Data limits: All plans come with unlimited data
  • Connection types: NBN
  • Price categories: Medium to High
  • The first provider to offer NBN-powered plans for gamers
  • Support: Phone, Email, Website

MyRepublic Broadband Review

Singapore-based company MyRepublic thinks broadband can be done better. They’re a self-proclaimed “disruptor” in every market they’ve ventured into so far – from Singapore’s own national broadband rollout, to New Zealand’s appetite for extremely fast fibre (something Australia nearly got here, until politics got in the way – though MyRepublic has rolled out 1Gbps fibre on a test basis in Wollongong).

Like most “disruptors” – companies that come into an existing market and shake up expectations of service and price – they’re not messing around when it comes to both pricing and promises.

What makes MyRepublic Unique?

MyRepublic sees a big untapped market in the services people use on a daily basis. Their vision is broadband connection with three criteria – affordable, fast and unlimited. That way, you can get home at the end of the day and watch shows on Netflix without worrying about data download limits, or whether your connection’s up to the challenge. You can load up an app and start streaming – or fire up a game and start playing – and your broadband connection gets it done for you.

Key MyRepublic Features

  • Unlimited, fast data across all plans
  • No lock-in contract plans available
  • Choose between NBN50 & NBN100
  • Line rental included with pay as you go calls
  • Specialised plans for Gamers at $10 extra/mth
  • Optional static IP upgrade at $8/mth
  • Gamer Pro plans include gamer perks
  • Included AC1600 Wi-Fi Hub+ for $1 with 12-month plan
  • Cheap optional calling bundles from $10/mth

This is a fairly utopian vision when it comes to the current state of play in Australia. Our own National Broadband Network (NBN) was supposed to be a full-fibre, best-in-class service but is now a hodgepodge of different technologies depending on where you live. Regardless, quality broadband service can be provided over all of the NBN’s connection types – as long as the provider is up to the challenge of making the pipes fat enough and the network responsive. MyRepublic says they can do just that – and with plan prices far less than their competitors. Like most “disruptors” – companies that come into an existing market and shake up expectations of service and price – they’re not messing around when it comes to both pricing and promises.

A review of MyRepublic reveals a promise of what they call “network optimisation” – essentially, data that’s sensitive to delays – like video streams from Netflix, or the back-and-forth data exchanged by online games. This data is given priority on the network to make sure it’s handled as fast as possible. This means no more “buffering” when streaming and no more unplayable lag when gaming.

Super-Fast NBN with MyRepublic

Get unlimited data at super-fast speeds with MyRepublic’s NBN100 plans from only $94.95/mth. Get it with a $5 discount for the first 12 months. Offer ends October 9, 2019.

What Plans are Offered by MyRepublic Broadband?

While every other provider is advertising NBN plans at a price with the absolute lowest speed tier available, MyRepublic does away with all of that. When you connect to the NBN with them, they connect you at the highest possible speed available to you – that’s the default and only option. Customers lucky to have fibre to their home will get a 100/40 Mbps connection, while NBN customers with other technologies may get 50/20 or similar. The MyRepublic website asks you to type in your address, and they tell you what types of broadband are available (impressively, it correctly identified fibre-connected addresses that other providers’ checking tools completely misidentified).

NBN Plans

Opting the NBN100 plans gets you three plan choices – a 12-month contract BYO modem, 12-month contract with WiFi Hub included, and month-to-month BYO modem. Pricing starts from $94.95/month for Unlimited Premium BYO and $99.95 per month with a WiFi Hub (for only $1). Both are available on a 12-month contract. Month-to-month is available but you have to bring your own modem. By and large, all of MyRepublic’s NBN plans come with unlimited downloads and uploads and a line rental at no extra costs.

If you need a Wi-Fi modem for your new connection, MyRepublic will provide one for only $1 – as long as you’re on the contract plan. Otherwise, they’ll sell you one for $69.

Gamer Pro NBN Plans

It seems surprising that nobody’s thought of doing it before, but MyRepublic is unique in offering an option for “gamer upgrades”. Given the name “Gamer Pro” so you know exactly what kind of user these plans are targeting, the idea is to remove a lot of the barriers that online gamers experience when trying to get the best performance they can from their broadband connection. The Gamer Pro plan isn’t just a fancy name with some extras thrown in, either. It gets you onto a network that’s optimised for low latency (the time it takes for your input to reach the server – critical for games, especially ones that require precise timing). To help you keep an eye on the performance you’re paying for, MyRepblic has added live latency tracking as well. And all customers on the Gamer Pro plans get their own static IP address – a permanent address on the internet to claim as your own, making it possible to run your own game or chat servers with ease.

Specialist gamer support is included as well as some gamer-friendly perks, with all of it running on the fastest possible NBN connection – up to 100 Mbps down and 40 Mbps up. That means fast game downloads and updates, and a nice fast upstream so you can stream your gameplay in HD on Twitch, YouTube or elsewhere without buffering.

Priced at $104.95/month on a month-to-month basis, Gamer Pro can also be had on a 12-month contract for the same price – a better deal since you get a MyRepublic AC1600 Wi-Fi Hub Modem for a dollar and a HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming-Grade Wireless Headset – perfect for PC and PS4 – for another dollar. That’s some serious value right there. If you’re looking for a more powerful modem, you can upgrade to an advanced AC2200 Halo modem for $99, a vast discount off its regular price.

Both Gamer Pro plans come with truly unlimited data, and MyRepublic rates the plans as being able to maintain a solid 83 Mbps download speed during the busiest peak evening hours.

MyRepublic NBN Plans

Unlimited Premium 12 Months
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$89.95/mth
$89.95 for first 12 months, $94.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $1,079.40 over 12 months

Unlimited Premium Month to Month
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$94.95/mth
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $94.95 over 1 month

Gamer Pro Premium Flexi
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$99.95/mth
$99.95 for first 12 months, $104.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $99.95 over 1 month

Gamer Pro Premium 12 Months
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$99.95/mth
$99.95 for first 12 months, $104.95 thereafter
Min Cost - Min cost $1210.40 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

Does MyRepublic Offer a Home Phone?

If you still need your home phone line for serious chats with friends and family, rest assured, you get one with your MyRepublic service at no extra cost for line rental and cheap call rates. If you want to make calls to landlines and mobiles more often, though, you’ll have to pay a little extra – unless you’re happy to spend per-minute rates. Sitting on hold to your power company at 20c per minute isn’t an ideal way to spend your money! For $10/month you get unlimited calls to Aussie landlines and mobiles, or for $20/month you also get unlimited calls to a remarkable 40 international landlines and 30 mobile destinations. Note, with all these options, a 13 or 1300 call still has a cost – though it’s a flat 35c per call fee.

How to Contact MyRepublic Broadband

You can contact MyRepublic with any questions about their plans or for technical support by calling 1300 130 888 from 8am to 10pm weekdays, 8am to 8pm Saturdays, and 8am to 5pm Sundays.

You can also reach MyRepublic’s team via live chat on their web site from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and find them officially on both Facebook and Twitter.

The Pros and Cons

The Good

  • No lock-in contract plans available
  • Offers plans specially catered for gamers and renters

The Gotchas

  • Not a lot of options when it comes to broadband plans on offer
  • Unlimited calls to landlines not included

Summary: Is MyRepublic Right For You?

If you’ve already got access to the NBN, MyRepublic’s prices are hard to beat. Bear in mind, you can’t compare them directly with the headline prices of other providers, as they’re using the absolute slowest NBN speed as their headline monthly rate. Remember, MyRepublic only uses the top available speeds on the NBN.

Whether the promises of low latency and fast streaming performance hold up is going to depend on several factors – your NBN connection type, your location, your own hardware and the time of day. We recommend you try out the month-to-month service first to see if it meets your needs. After all, one great thing about the NBN is that it makes switching providers fast, easy and pretty painless.

It’s great to see a company doing away with the silliness of “speed tiers” and just offering a service that runs at full speed whatever the connection, with a price that doesn’t make your eyes water. Disruptive indeed!

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