The number of renters in Australia is increasing as the local housing market makes owning a home a pipe dream for a large number of people. When you don't have a permanent place to settle down in, procuring a landline internet connection is a pain in the neck with most contracts locking you in for two years lest you want to pay a high premium to use the service. MyNetFone aims to solve this problem by bringing out an broadband plan aimed squarely at renters.
So the lease for your rental home is 12 months and the contract for your broadband plan is 24 months. What happens when you have to move your year is up? You can cancel the contract or pay a relocation cost to move your connection with you to a new place, both of which will incur a hefty fee.
You could have signed onto a no-contract broadband plan but they are usually exorbitantly expensive and the data cap is smaller than their 24-month counterparts. Having moved over 10 times in my life, these are problems that I have encountered many times myself and adds to the stress of moving. MyNetFone has made an attempt to make having broadband easier for renters with what they claim is the first DSL internet plan tailored for this market segment. The company is a reseller of Optus.
Here's the breakdown:
- MyNetFone Renter Internet Plan
- Price: $49 per month with
- One-off cost: Fee of $99 + $16.95 modem postage fee.
- Data allowance: 500GB per month
- Contract length: Six months.
- Additional features: Free relocation and free modem.
To put things in perspective, Optus charges $80 per month for a 200GB data allowance on its standalone broadband plans on a 24 month contract. For Telstra it's $75 for 100GB. TPG charges $39.99 for 150GB. The prices go up for plans no-contract arrangements.
Lifehacker wil be doing a broadband pricing comparison soon so stay tuned!
If you're a renter and want to find out more about the plan, you can visit the MyNetFone website.