Best Broadband Plan for Renters


WhistleOut
13 November 2015

When you move into a new home, whether you own it or are renting, there is a laundry list of jobs you need to tick off your to-do list. Arguably, connecting to the internet is now one of the most important.

For renters this poses a unique question. If you’re unsure about how long you will stay in your new home, which sort of internet connection is right for you?

Before you start digging through plans, there are a few key things to consider:

  1. Is speed and reliability essential, or is near enough good enough?
  2. Are you likely to stay in your house for the next two years?
  3. Do you need to share the connection with roommates?
  4. Do you already own the equipment you need?
  5. Which technologies are available in your area?

The answers to your questions will help determine whether you choose a fixed-line broadband connection or a wireless mobile broadband solution. There are pros and cons to each.

Fixed-line: whether you get ADSL2+, Cable or the NBN, the decision remains the same. Fixed-line requires a connection to your house, a compatible modem, an installation fee and often times a contracted commitment of 6, 12 or 24 months. There are monthly plan options, but typically the shorter the contract, the higher the setup costs.

Fixed-line is the preferred choice of people who don’t plan on moving often and who rely on a fast connection speed.

Mobile Broadband: like your smartphone, mobile broadband uses the mobile networks owned by Telstra, Optus or Vodafone. The setup costs are low, commitment can be month-to-month, but the connection might be flaky, depending on where you live. If you struggle to get a phone signal inside your house, you will find you have the same problem with mobile broadband. You should also expect much lower data inclusions than those in fixed-line broadband plans.

This is perfect for people who tend to move regularly and who might share house but don’t want to share an ongoing broadband bill. When you move on you can simply pack your modem in your bag and use it wherever you are.

Hopefully this helps you identify which technology is best for your situation, so let’s take a look at a few of the best plan options.

Editor's Picks: Fixed-line broadband

Supplier

Plan

Contract

Setup Cost

Data Included

Monthly Price

ADSL2+ Regular

Monthly

  • $60 for new modem

100GB

$65

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ADSL2+ Renters Plan

Monthly

  • $99 connection
  • $16.95 new modem delivery charge

250GB peak

250GB off-peak

$49.95

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Urban Home

Monthly

  • $129 connection fee
  • $114 for optional modem

200GB

$49.95

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Small Bundle (Casual)

Monthly

  • $59 connection fee
  • $120 upfront casual plan fee
  • $144 for new modem

50GB

$69

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If you already own a compatible modem you might be able to save on the modem fee, but some plans will require you to buy a new modem either way.

Some ISPs charge different fees depending on what sort of infrastructure your home is connected to. For example, the Spintel plan above is an ‘Urban’ plan and is its cheapest option. There are also Metro plans and Regional plans, each costing a little more each month.

The MyNetFone Renter’s plan is one to keep an eye on if you think it’s possible you might move again soon. Wit this plan, MyNetFone will waive the setup fees every six-months, so long as you remain a customer.

Editor's Picks: Mobile broadband

Supplier

Plan

Contract

Upfront Costs

Data

Price

Inspire

Monthly

  • No upfront costs
  • BYO modem

10GB

$39.95

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12GB BYO

Monthly

  • ▪No upfront costs
  • BYO modem

12GB

$40

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10GB

Monthly

  • ▪$12 upfront
  • $55 3G modem or $155 for 4G modem

10GB

$59.50

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My Mobile Broadband Plus

Monthly

  • ▪No upfront costs
  • $72 for 4G Wifi modem

12GB

$60

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Home Wireless Broadband

Monthly

  • $240 for Wireless Modem

50GB

$70

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All plans listed above utilise the Optus 4G network, so be sure you get good Optus coverage at home before jumping on to one of these plans.

If you already own a compatible modem, setup is usually free. You just grab a SIM card from the supplier and away you go.

The Optus Home Wireless Broadband plan is a bit different to the others, in that the modem requires a power outlet, so its not the sort of thing you can put in your bag to use at work or school. But the price and data inclusions are much closer to what you will pay for a fixed-line plan, and is seriously worth considering.

Moving house image via Shutterstock


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