Does AAPT's Cap-Free Broadband Plan Measure Up?

Download-limit-free plans are few and far between in the Australian market. Does AAPT's newly-announced plan have what it takes?

For $99.95, the AAPT plan includes no download limits on an ADSL2+ broadband connection, as well as unlimited access to a music streaming service from EMI and $50 in music downloads from the service each month. No download limits means no grappling with shaping or large excess download charges, so it's potentially good news, especially for dedicated BitTorrent users.

The immediately obvious downsides? You have to sign up for a 24-month contract and switch your home phone line to AAPT as well, which might end up costing more than your current landline provider. Customers outside AAPT's ADSL2+ exchanges can get the service, but will be charged $109.95 per month despite the lower speeds. AAPT's terms make it clear that the service can only be used for residential customers, and that they will cut you off if they suspect you're using it for business. (There's also extra charges for paper bills and non-direct-debit accounts, though that's pretty standard these days.)

Does $100 for all the bandwidth you can eat sound tempting, or would you rather stick with your present provider? Is naked DSL a more appealing option for cost reasons? Share your thoughts in the comments?



    The question needs to be asked if there is an acceptable usage policy, and if so what is it? 100GB, 200GB?

    their ADSL1 version is limited to 1.5mbit, which seems weird since my current non ADSL2 connection is getting about 7mbit on a good day. It would be a better offer if it was just a matter of connecting as fast as your exchange would let you.

      Problem is Telstra charge a fortune for >1.5Mbit connectivity on ADSL1.

        They sure do..
        I pay 50% more for an 8mbit ADSL1 connection (throttled to 3mbit for the majority of the time) than I did for a 16Mbit (real world speed) ADSL2+ connection from the same ISP.

    simply not sustainable. Once all the leechers churn over and turn on their torrents their speeds will grind to a halt.

      Interestingly, exactly why my ISP has (unofficially) said they are unlikely to offer any more GB on their current largest plan....

    I think that the people who torrent illegally would get into a lot of trouble since the only fine print on the unlimited bandwidth is that AAPT does not condone illegal downloads.

    Is that probably why most people use iiNet?

    TPG $50 for 120gb (60/60) Does this house well.

    7 People living in it atm. Plenty of xbox live and torrenting.

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