Read This Before Switching To The NBN [Infographic]

Read This Before Switching To The NBN [Infographic]
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By 2020, every household in Australia is expected to connect to the NBN – and those who don’t will have a raft of telecommunications products and services switched off. The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has put together an infographic explaining five things you need to know to ensure the big switch runs as smoothly as possible.

When the NBN finally rolls into your area, everything from existing telephone networks to EFTPOS machines will be affected. If you’re one of the approximately six million Australians who are clueless about the NBN, this infographic represents a great primer on what the switchover entails.

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It contains everything you need to know about the NBN, including how to register business devices, the differences you may encounter compared to existing networks and what to expect when dealing with installers.

We trust that most Lifehacker readers are thoroughly across this information – but if you know someone who’s still in the dark, send this link to bring them up to speed.

Once you’ve settled on making the switch, you’ll nauturally need to choose a provider. Here are some of the most popular plans currently offered by Australia’s major telcos. Click on the interactive tables below to learn more about each plan.

NBN 25 plans (low speed)

NBN 50 plans (mid speed)

NBN 100 plans (high speed)

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This story has been updated since its original publication.


  • I’d have amended the Questions to Ask – they need “Who do I complain to?” as number 1.

  • 1. Do i wan’t a working, reliable and future forward internet connection?
    2. See above
    3. See above
    4. See above
    5. See above

    If you answered yes to any of the above considerations then stick with the devil you know as long as you can.

  • {They Find Out The NBN Is Compulsory}
    This is so wrong, for so many people … I will never use their already outdated NBN in my home …. FWN are the way to go, … no need to talk to o’seas ‘support’ staff , many of whom are difficult to understand when there are ultra fast wireless networks right here in Aus
    Stop scaring people into demanding they pay for a service they don’t HAVE TO HAVE, if they don’t want it.
    Do your own research folks

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