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If you’re a savvy bargain hunter like us at Econnex, you’ll love saving on your Internet bills. Compare Internet plans, sign up, and start saving!
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How it works
Tell us a little about your internet needs and we will compile a list of plans and quotes that suit.
You can then compare each plan and retailer to determine what is the best plan for you. Once you decide it is easy to sign up online in minutes, fill out the relevant information and we will take care of the rest. We’ll handle the paperwork and liaise with the relevant suppliers so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the savings.
You might have some questions or want to adjust your packages up or down, that is totally ok with us. We are here to help and we will work with you to find a broadband package that best suits your home and budget.
Once your connection has been finalised you will receive a welcome pack from the supplier with all the relevant account information.
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What internet plans are available for my home or business?
Depending on your connection technology and your postcode, the NBN plans available to you will change. Start your comparison with your postcode and we will pull the available plans for you.
What do I need to think about when it comes to my home broadband.
First of all, the big question is what does your household use the internet for? Is it just reading emails, browsing ecommerce sites and the occasional Netflix or are you a gamer, someone who is working from home sending and receiving large data files. Depending on what you use your wifi for it will help you understand what speeds and data plan you will need.
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Can I cancel my current internet plan if I find a better deal?
Depending on your current contract there may be cancellation fees or there may not be. If you are on a month to month plan or you have surpassed the contract period than you are most likely to change whenever you like. However, if you are on a 6, 12, 18 or 24-month plan you will need to check a few things including how long you have left on the contract and what your current provider charges for cancellations – this is often a per-month fee for the remaining month of the contract as well as any outstanding hardware costs.
If you have chosen a set period plan (such as 12 months), here at Econnex we recommend you compare plans in the lead up to your current plan’s expiry date. In most cases a retailer wont reimburse you for unused data for your final month so it is important to be conscious of when your service starts and ends in the month and connect to a new plan or provider a couple of days before this date.
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Internet Comparison: Everything You Need To Know
Wondering if you’re getting the best deal on your Internet? Confused by all the different Internet plans, providers and deals out there? It’s not easy to keep track of all the offerings; fortunately, Internet comparison can do the bulk of the work. That means you can bargain-hunt easily for a plan that’s right for you!
Types of Internet plans
Almost all of the Internet plans available in Australia nowadays are utilising high-speed broadband Internet technologies. In particular, the technologies underpinning these plans include NBN, ADSL2+, Cable, Satellite and Mobile Internet (3G/4G/5G). If you look hard enough, there’s also a couple dialup Internet plans out there, but these are almost obsolete; dialup Internet plans aren’t really viable in today’s Internet landscape. Other than pre-paid mobile broadband, most Internet plans will require entering some form of contract; these contracts will come with monthly fees and various conditions.
In particular, these contracts will cover how much data you can use (data limits); what happens after you go over (speed-limiting, or excess fees); expected speeds in your area (however, actual speeds vary depending on many factors); and various discounts and fees (i.e. direct debit discount, late payment fees, installation fees, etc.) While some plans will expect you to agree to use their services for a set period, and come with early termination fees, others allow you to pay month-by-month without commitments. (However, month-by-month plans are generally more expensive!)
Internet plans may be no-frills with just basics, or include various extras into the deal which can be quite cost-effective; that is, if the extras are something you’d be prepared to pay for separately. This is down to simple economics: differentiation versus price. If all Internet plans were essentially the same, they’d be competing solely on price in a race-to-the-bottom. This would lead to low profits, so Internet providers instead differentiate themselves and try to produce unique value for you. For example, your broadband Internet plan may bundle in a phone line, mobile phone, and/or an entertainment pack. These entertainment packs are a great chance for Internet providers to stand out from the pack; and that’s a win-win, because you can find a special Internet package deal that caters to your tastes. Entertainment options can vary from standalone streaming devices (think Fetch TV/Telstra TV) or integrated packages; they may also offer various free channels (sports, kids shows, news, etc.) or free movies.
How do I choose Internet plans
So, what type of Internet plan is right for you? There’s a few things to consider. Are you a gamer with a need for speed? Do you stream 4K movies and need a whole lot of data? What Internet deals are actually available in your area? How much can you afford to spend? It stands to reason that higher speed and higher data limits will be a higher price! Furthermore, are you in a position to commit to a fixed-length contract, or is month-by-month better for your needs? And what extras could seal the deal? Considering these factors will help you narrow down a wide range of plans to find what works well for you.
Internet data required
Data limits can make a big difference to the cost of your Internet plan! Data limits start from the bare-bones lowest limits for occasional users; on the other hand, unlimited Internet data is for consumers that use lots of Internet data (gamers, streamers, families, etc).
So, how much Internet data do you need in a month? Let’s assume nothing’s changing in terms of how you use your Internet connection; you’re just changing Internet providers. This should mean the amount of data you use stays about the same. So, check your last few months of bills – the data you’ve been using should be approximately the data you need. Your Internet provider may even offer you data on your average usage; they may also show a breakdown on where you’ve been using your data – for example, social media, streaming, Skype, etc.
But what if you’re hoping to go for a plan with less Internet data allowance than you’ve been using? This can be a good way to nab a bargain, if you’re careful; but if you go over your Internet plan’s data allowance, you may incur extra charges. There can also be unexpected periods of higher data usage; are you having extended family members or houseguests stay over? Maybe it’s the school holidays and the kids are home? If your Internet plan isn’t offering unlimited Internet, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your usage; even more so if your Internet plan incurs excess data charges rather than speed-limiting.
So, with that in mind, it’s best to understand what Internet usages are data-heavy. Some helpful approximate yardsticks are as below:
- Web browsing - 7GB per month.
- Skype - 25MB per hour (video).
- Spotify - 150MB per hour.
- Facebook - 2.5GB per month. That’s 2MB per minute, and assumes 5 hours every week.
- Netflix - from 300MB per hour for low-quality, to 7GB per hour for 4K. Yes, that’s 23x as much data!)
- Stan - from 570MB per hour for low-quality, to the same 7GB per hour for 4K.
- YouTube - between 0.26GB and 2.7GB per hour, depending on quality.
The average Aussie spends 5.5 hours a day online. That’s about 3 hours of streaming, 45 mins of listening to music, and 1.5 hours on social media. Assuming high-quality streaming, that’d take up about 21 GB for streaming alone, every day; assuming low-quality streaming on Netflix, you can expect to use 1GB on streaming, 180MB on social media, 112MB on music. So for a low-quality streaming, you’re looking at about 40GB a month. For high-quality streaming, it’s more like 660GB per month. And keep in mind, that’s per person. So how much data you’ll need is really all about what YOU need; particularly your family size, and the way you use your Internet.
Of course, if you’re happy to use streaming services and YouTube on low quality, you can significantly reduce data consumption. But does quality matter to you? Especially if you’ve invested in that 4K TV, then high data or Unlimited Internet plans will be very appealing! In fact, with Unlimited Internet plans, you’ll generally have no data limits whatsoever. Check your conditions fully, though – is it truly unlimited?
There’s some things that are worth the money, so if #streamingislife, you’ll want to budget accordingly. You also won’t want to sit there waiting for your streaming service to buffer; so for streamers, speed is certainly a criteria to consider too!
It’s also important to know what happens when you go over your data limits. It’s considered best-practice for Internet providers to let you know when you’ve gone over the limits of your Internet plan; at the very least, you should have the option for data usage notifications on your account page. However, you don’t want to be entirely relying on this; you also don’t want to end up with a huge bill. So, what happens when you go over the limits? Will you be speed-limited down to a lower speed? Will you carry on being charged and end up with a huge bill? Especially for mobile Internet with its relatively low data limits, it’s easy to get bill shock. (Anecdotally, this often happens when the kids have borrowed your phone and been downloading games – so keep that phone locked!) Know your data limits, know your conditions, and keep to them (especially monitoring your data); that way, you can enjoy your Internet plan at the monthly fee you’ve been expecting.
What to look out for when choosing Internet plans
When you’re comparing Internet plans, you’ll want to understand a bit of relatively simple jargon. Let’s start by covering a few basic but important keywords that will help make understanding this article a lot easier!
What is the…
- Internet - As the name suggests, an interconnected network! The Internet is a global system of interconnected computers using the Internet protocol suite to communicate between networks and devices. (If you’re aged 35-something or older, you may recall the days of bulletin board systems; fun fact: these didn’t use an Internet protocol suite, and so they weren’t part of the Internet.)
- Broadband - An always-on method of data transmission, which uses various technology types (NBN, ADSL, satellite, cable, etc.) to send a large number of messages at the same time. This is the most common way to use the Internet.
- NBN - This stands for the National Broadband Network (NBN). NBN is a universal broadband network which is being rolled out across the country. It’s replacing ADSL in many areas as it transitions Australia to a faster digital future. NBN Co wholesales NBN infrastructure, which consumers access via various retailers.
The Internet plans offered to you will come with information on monthly fees; speed; data limits; extras and bundling; contract length; and additional costs. They’ll also be underpinned by particular Internet connection technology, usually ADSL+ or NBN depending on where you live; the type of Internet connection technology will impact speeds, with NBN generally being considerably faster.
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Here’s a breakdown on some of the terminology, and what you’ll need to consider.
- Monthly fees - This is the basic cost for Internet connection on this Internet plan. In other words, it’s how much you’re signing up to pay your Internet provider every month; a supply charge of sorts. Even if you don’t access the Internet at all in a month, you’ll need to pay this charge. It’s also what you’ll be charged in your monthly bill if you’ve met all conditions of the plan; however, if you’ve incurred extras fees, or signed up for additional extras like website hosting, your bill may be higher.
- Speed - Different Internet plans, different speeds. If this is an area you’re happy to compromise on, you can enjoy significant discounts for lower maximum speeds; for example, 250Mbps vs 100Mbps, or even a teensy 50Mbps. If you mostly use your Internet connection for low-intensity tasks like email and social media, this should be fine; however, lower speed Internet connections may not be worth it if you’re streaming, YouTubing or gaming.
- Data limits - Many broadband Internet providers offer unlimited Internet data nowadays. But if there is any data limit attached to your plan, going over can be a hugely expensive mistake! There are some things you can do to reduce your data usage; for example, reducing quality settings on your streaming services, downloading movies in SD rather than HD, etc. It also helps to understand how much data various activities use; we’ve explored this earlier in our deep-dive on Internet data required. Extras & Bundling. Many broadband Internet plans will also come with a landline phone service, with various options for call rates; for example, pay-as-you-go, local call and international call packages, etc. They can also come with optional extras like entertainment (TV/movie) packages.
- Contract - Some plans are month-to-month; others will put you in a fixed-term contract and charge you fees for ending your contract early. These fees are known as “early termination fees” or “exit fees”; depending on how early in your contract period you are when you exit, they can be seriously hefty.
- Additional costs- Installation fees; moving house fees; early termination fees; web hosting fees, etc. Does this Internet plan come with a modem, or is that an additional charge? Are you on an introductory rate for a certain period? What’s your monthly fee after the introductory period finishes, or after your contract does? Are there fees for disconnection/reconnection? Don’t pay more than you have to!
There’s so, so many more Internet providers on the market than there used to be. That’s helping to drive prices down, but also means that manually comparing Internet plans can be quite exhausting. Visiting a dozen-odd websites, reviewing every plan in detail, calling every call centre… Yikes. Fortunately, the actual process of comparing Internet plans has become much easier, thanks to Internet plan comparison services. Here at Econnex, just visit our dedicated Internet comparison service, and find a new Internet plan in a few clicks. We compare internet plans from a panel of approved providers who we know and trust; we search our database and provide you with a shortlist of internet plans to match your needs. Everything is automated, so you don’t need to call us. If you do need a little extra help or want to ask us a question we are always there to help!
From the shortlist, you can adjust your search criteria and explore each plan in detail; you can also click through to the provider’s website for more information. See a plan you like? Just click or tap ‘sign up’ and we’ll take you through the plan-switching process. Shortly afterwards, your chosen provider will be in touch to confirm your new plan. Less headaches, just better deals!
Cheapest Internet Plans
You might find yourself wondering, is the Internet plan with the cheapest monthly fee really going to be the cheapest? Not necessarily! This really depends on how you use your Internet. That is, if you’re willing to spend 20+ hours a month unnecessarily frustrated waiting for websites to load. Even waiting for Wikipedia to load. Urgh. And for many of us, speed is a dealbreaker! You don’t want to be late to grab that eBay auction, cheap-as-chips promotional flight, or important business deal. There really is a balance you want to strike between fast, cheap, reliable and fit-for-purpose; otherwise, the cheapest can end up being aggravating and expensive.
The cheapest plans are normally slower in speed, and have less data available; but if you’re happy with low speed, don’t use much Internet, and can keep to conditions, you’ve got some leeway. This is often most common in smaller households (2 people) that only use the internet for basic needs such as social media and have only 1 device streaming Netflix at a time. There’s some quite affordable prices on NBN 50 speed plans. And if you’re looking for the cheapest Internet plan, you’re in luck! Just head to the Econnex Internet Comparison tool to choose from our approved panel of Internet providers.
Best Internet Plans
Looking for the best Internet plan? There’s no one simple answer for everyone! We all use our Internet service a bit differently; some of us are doing fine on low speed plans, while others have a need for speed. And data limits vary from person to person, too; if you’re away lots, or you live alone, and you don’t use data-intensive sites or services, you shouldn’t need much. But maybe you’re a heavy streamer, or even a family of heavy streamers?
Choosing the best Internet plan will involve making the right trade-offs to decide what matters the most to you. Low cost, or higher speed and higher data limits? If you’re being offered a 12-month contract at a cheaper price, are you sure you can make a 12-month commitment? If not, the cheaper price may not end up cheaper after all! What’s the marginal benefit to spending another $10 or so on a better Internet plan than what you have now? What will you get in return? There’s so many players on the market, all trying to make it worth your while so you’ll sign up. So what’s the right match for you? That’s your best Internet plan.
ADSL vs NBN vs Mobile Internet Plans
If you’ve living in a metro or regional population centre, you may have access to ADSL, NBN and Mobile Internet. This presents a dilemma: what’s the best to go with? For many of us, the answer is a combination of Mobile Internet and either ADSL or NBN. After all, you still want Internet access when you’re out and about; whereas ADSL and NBN are both hardwired to your home, so you can’t take them with you in your pocket. However, Mobile Internet isn’t generally intended as a substitute for ADSL/NBN, because it’s more expensive for per-gigabyte data usage. That means it’s very easy to go over your data limits and get that dreaded bill shock.
How to compare Internet plans
With so many Internet plans and Internet providers available online, it’s hard to know where to look! Fortunately, plan and price comparison services make this process a lot easier. First of all, let’s talk about how price comparison works. Back in the day, we’d have to scour the Internet finding out what companies service our area. We’d have to explore what their various plans involve, and how much they cost. Often, the information on their website wasn’t much help! So we’d call up their Sales line and speak to someone who only knows that company’s plan. Also, they’re incentivised to sell their company’s product; that’s their job, and the more you spend, the more commission they’d make. Urgh.
Fortunately, those days are behind us for savvy bargain-hunters who realise that time is money. Thanks to price comparison, they’ll find great deals fast on reputable price comparison websites. But remember: price comparison websites are not all one and the same! Comparing price alone is NOT enough, because you’re not just signing up for a price. You’re signing up for a plan. They come with T&Cs, and if you get it wrong, you can end up in bill shock. Companies can make a lot of money when people make a mistake. Take mobile phones, for example! We’ve all heard stories of people who take vacations overseas and end up with thousands of dollars of roaming charges. And for electricity, people who’re freshly working from home; they’re on an on-peak/off-peak plan running their aircon on high all summer, and horrified when they get the bill.
That’s why here at Econnex, we aren’t just a price comparison service; we help our users to compare plans too. At a glance, no fuss, and we even help you make the transfer. It couldn’t be easier!
How to switch Internet providers
Decided on the new plan that you want? Assuming you’re out of contract, switching your Internet provider is generally pretty straightforward. Just let your new provider know that you want to sign up for a new Internet plan with them; they’ll start the process of porting you over. (Doing this with Econnex? Even easier: you can compare Internet plans and sign up for your new plan all in the one place!)
As we’ve seen earlier, it’s important not to cancel your existing Internet connection until your new Internet service is installed and working properly! You don’t want to be without Internet for days, or even weeks, if something goes wrong; not to mention getting stung unnecessarily for reconnection fees. Instead, wait till your new Internet connection is activated, and give you old Internet provider a call. They may have already been advised by the old provider to cancel your plan; however, all sorts of glitches can happen in both Internet provisioning and billing systems. So it’s better to be safe than sorry when you find yourself paying for two Internet plans!
Wondering if you’re still under contract? It’s better to check this than to get a nasty surprise in the form of an early termination fee! So log onto your account page and check, or give your current Internet provider a call. They may even be able to offer you a discount to motivate you to stay. It can’t hurt to ask!
Switching from ADSL to NBN Broadband
Now that the NBN’s become widely available, this higher-speed Internet technology is offered by many Internet providers. That’s great news for consumers, because market competition makes it easier to get a sweet deal. NBN is a wholesaler, retailing its infrastructure to Internet providers; so you can expect similar performance from whichever Internet provider you choose.
To switch from ADSL to NBN, the first step is checking whether NBN Broadband is available in your area. Start by checking your address here to find out what connection is available in your location. You can also try out their NBN rollout map. (You’ll note on the map that most of Australia is technically covered by the NBN; however, for the most part, regional areas are covered not by the NBN as we know it. That means rather than using high-speed fibreoptic connections, those addresses can only access satellite internet from the Skymuster satellites.). If your postcode has NBN available but your home doesn’t your new provider can help you get connected, they will charge a development fee to send out the relevant technician but they will have you up and running in no time!
Next, make sure that any contract with your current Internet provider has ended. You can call them up to check if you’d like; otherwise, the information should be available if you log into your Account page with your Internet provider. Place an order for NBN Internet connection with your chosen Internet provider online, via the phone, or in a store. Finally, organise your install; depending on the Internet provider and where you live, this can take anywhere from days to weeks to organise. Then, you’re all connected and ready to enjoy your high-speed Internet!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our ultimate guide to Internet Comparison. Here at Econnex, we love helping people get their best deals. We’re looking forward to helping you live your best life online!
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There are 3 main elements you need to consider when comparing broadband plans – price, size and speed.
How much are you will to pay? Price is a big factor for most aussies and why pay more than you need. The price of your plan will depend on several questions
What speed do you need? This really depends on the size of your household and what you're planning to use your Internet for. According to NBN Co, nearly 70% of households are signed up to an NBN 50 or faster plan.
What are you using the internet for? Are you just using it to browse Facebook, maybe watch a little Netflix or are you a heavy gamer, do you work from home with huge data bases… depending on your usage you may need to asses what size plan you need. This will also be dependant on how many people are in your household using the Wi-Fi. For example, a family household of 5 people where 3 are streaming high definition videos, one is sending and receiving large files and the other is gaming will require much more Gigabytes per month compared to a household where only 2 out of the 5 family members is simply streaming their favourite content. The number of devices connected and the type of activity will help you determine how important speed of your connection is – the higher the MBPS the faster internet you will have.
The final thing to consider is what contract type do you want? There are several options offered by retailers – from month-to-month, 12-month contracts and 24-36-month contracts. The same plan on a different contract period will change the price!
- This is a network of high-speed fibre optic cables owned by the government. Most Australians will have access to a home NBN Plan. It's made up of a wide mix of different technologies, and your actual NBN connection type will vary depending on where you live. This is why your address matters so much when it comes to buying an NBN plan.
- ADSL uses copper telephone lines to send data signals. ADSL isn't capable of transferring data as quickly as the NBN, and it will largely disappear from Australian homes in the near future as the NBN replaces it.
If you need a modem to go with your plan look out for those plans and retailers that include a modem with your service. Ask yourself if you actually need a modem to go with your plan if not you could save by getting a BYO modem from your local electronics store or even using one you already have at home.
It is also worth checking if your BYO modem is compatible with your service – ADSL and NBN may have different technical requirements of the modem.
The biggest question is how quickly you need to be connected. For most people NBN is the fastest type of internet to be connected. A new connection can take a couple of weeks if the cables, connections.
The other items to consider include whether you are upgrading any home appliances or devices – new smart TV that streams free to air? Your internet consumption will increase or maybe you are creating a smart home by integrating a wireless sound system or Google Home speaker with lightbulb, electronic devices and more… again each of these devices will be connected to the internet and will increase your consumption so your current (or previous) plan may no longer work for you.
First step is to understand what you need and why you need it – what is on the top of the Wishlist? Do you care about speed, size or contract length by understand?
In the simplest sense MBPS refers to the speed of your internet – the higher the MBPS the faster your internet. MBPS stands for ‘megabits per second’ and it measures internet bandwidth… but what does that mean?
Bandwidth is the download and upload rate of your connection. This doesn’t just mean downloading files onto your device but everything you do online is downloading the information onto your browser for viewing. So, to watch YouTube videos or Netflix without buffering or loading photos on Instagram both require you to download that information from the internet onto your computer or mobile device. This particularly become important for online gaming where a buffering internet connection could cost you the game.
The easiest way to determine what size plan you need (taking into consideration household size, budget and other items previously listed on this page) is to understand the basic tasks and how much data is required for each.
- General web browsing and social media should use no more than 2.5MB of data per minute
- Streaming Netflix will use a minimum of 700MB an hour, while HD Netflix increases this to 3GB an hour
- Downloading movies will chew through between 1.5GB and 16GB depending on length and definition quality
- Watching YouTube for five minutes will use about 20MB of data, but this again varies depending on quality
- Game downloads can take up anything between several megabytes and 100GB
According to CanstarBlue - the average Aussie spends around 48hrs each month online, so taking this into consideration along with the number of people using the internet and the type of tasks being undertaken will help give you a better sense of the size of the broadband plan you need.