Pay-As-You-Go NBN Provider AusBBS Updates Pricing, Now Offers 10GB Plans

When AusBBS launched its pay-as-you-go (PAYG) NBN plans earlier this year, we noted that it was an interesting idea in theory but terrible value in practice. The company has now updated its offering, making it more competitive.

The big shift is that rather than including just 1GB of built-in data, the plans now offer 10GB. Most other NBN providers also offer 10GB as a minimum inclusion on entry-level plans, so that makes the offering slightly more compelling. (In its announcement, AusBBS credits comments from Lifehacker readers as part of the reason for the change.)

The company has also ditched its low-speed 12/1 plan. A 25/1 plan costs $42.95 per month; a 50/20 plan is $52.95, and a 100/40 plan is $64.95. The 25/1 plan is cheaper than the previous offering. The 100/40 is more costly than before (it used to be $59.95), but does have the larger data allowance as compensation.

AusBBS has also adjusted its PAYG pricing for extra data above the 10GB provided. You'll pay 85 cents per GB up to 25GB; 40 cents per GB between 25GB and 100GB; and 1 cent per GB for anything above that level.

If you only very occasionally use more than 10GB a month, those plans aren't terrible value. But if you ever did use 100GB in a month, you'll pay an extra $42.75, meaning you've paid $85.70 in that month on the 25/1 plan. Plenty of providers will give you far more data than that for less money. Exetel, for example, will sell a 25/5 plan with 100GB of data for $50.

I can see the PAYG feature appealing to people who travel often and want a permanent connection without always paying for data they don't use, and it's good to have options other than "take this connection and shape it". Nonetheless, I suspect most people need more than 10GB a month. What do you think?



    Whoa. The headline here should be: "Comments made on an online article actually WERE read by someone and made a difference".

    Oh, and for the article... 10 Gig is way too small as "base" data if your speed is 100Mbps. It's like driving a Ferrari only on residential streets.

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    An interesting way to charge for connections. First 10GB free, another $12.75 for the next 15GB, $30 for the next 75GB, then 1c per GB after that. Still a bit expensive, but an interesting model.

    Why is the NBN going to be so damn expensive? I just can't see myself moving over to it if i'm honest. Not until I absolutely need to stream HD video or something.

      Just curious, but how much do you currently pay for your home internet & home phone combined?

      I agree that these AusBB plans would be too expensive for me because I would always be going over the 10GB included. But the article mentions you can get a $50/month NBN plan from Exetel giving you 100GB quota (and shaped thereafter?). I'm not sure it's even possible to get a naked ADSL (or plain copper phoneline rental + ADSL) for that cheap per month at any quota level, but if you can I'd like to be corrected!

      Its cheaper than ADSL at every single price point. At the low end check out TPG Unlimited on nbn for $60, also pennytel broadband plans. At the high speed end check out exetel and skymesh.

    hmm interesting, I checked out exetel and the largest downloads they offer is 300GB, currently in my house we use 600-800 a month, at least with this plan you could get a tez for $115. Unless their fair use policy doesn't allow that amount of data.

      You can get 1tb for around 99 at 100mbit with providers like iinet/skymesh. Exetel have targeted lower quota users with their plans

    I'm having a hard time figuring out whether these plans are aimed at low use or very high use NBN customers.

    For 1Tb of data, the cost is $94.70 at 25/5, $104.70 at 50/20, and $114.70 at 100/40.
    Over at Internode, it costs $144.95 at 25/5, $154.95 at 50/20, and $164.95 at 100/40.

    Obviously Internode has a very high quality international network + aussie customer service and that costs big $'s - depending on what quality of service these guys provide, and what limitations their "fair use policy" sets out, they may actually be really good value if your use is >500Gb/month regularly.

    There's a few things that need clarification here:
    - what backbone/IP connectivity is in use? Who is their upstream provider?
    - where is the customer service team located?
    - what does fair use mean? Can I use 10,000Gb of data if I want?

    On a 100mbps plan, it's theorectically possible to burn through 36Gb in one hour.

    What we are aiming for is a higher degree of flexibility for customers. No need to change plans when your usage goes up and down, savings when you have a low usage month and no bill shock for the occasional high usage month.

    A couple of clarifications.

    The fair use policy is to prevent frequent usage above 100GB /mo. ie 2 months in a row above 150GB and we would ask the customer to move to a suitable cap plan. As high bandwidth apps grow and our volume increases we also expect this fair use threshold to increase.

    For IP connectivity
    - NBN we go through Nextgen/NBN
    - ADSL2+ we use a mixture of iinet and Telstra

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