If you're a video addict, then "unlimited" broadband plans can be appealing -- but who offers them and who has the best deal? This Planhacker guide rounds up all the "unlimited" ADSL2 and NBN plans we could find so you can choose the right one for you.
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TPG first announced plans for an "unlimited" broadband service way back in September 2012. That deal is finally available, but as with any purportedly unlimited deal, it pays to read the fine print carefully.
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The National Broadband Network (NBN) promises faster data speeds, but if you've been enjoying an "unlimited" plan on ADSL you haven't been awash with options to match that on the NBN. AusBBS has introduced a range of unlimited NBN plans, which are the first we've seen in the local market, but you will pay extra for the privilege.
There are already lots of National Broadband Network (NBN) plans to choose from, but none yet offer an "unlimited" option that doesn't count data. TPG is planning to offer such a deal for $69.99, which would match its existing unlimited ADSL2+ offer.
The battle over whether TPG's advertising for a $29.99 unlimited broadband plan was deceptive has been running for quite a while and isn't finished yet. But this is now a practical outcome for consumers: if you signed up for the Unlimited ADSL2+ plan at that price but feel you were misled as to the total cost, you can now ask to be released from your contract.
If you're a heavy internet user, getting shaped at the end of the month can be a major nuisance, and no-one wants to pay a fortune for excess data. The solution is an unlimited broadband plan, but what choices do you have? Planhacker rounds up all the unlimited ADSL2+ deals.
Most Australians only use 6GB of data a month, but if you're in the group who consume 100GB or more, then an "unlimited" broadband plan can be appealing. Here's what's available in the unlimited space on an ADSL2+ connection.
Dodo is one of the handful of companies which offers an unlimited ADSL2+ broadband service, but one of its main issues is that you could only get it bundled with a Dodo home phone service, for which the rates were (and are) fairly uncompetitive. Dodo is now offering the unlimited broadband package on its own with no bundling requirement in selected locations. That makes a cheaper deal, but it's still not necessarily a good choice.
Mobile plan deals with "unlimited" calls have long been a feature of the postpaid contract market, but they're now becoming increasingly common for no-contract prepaid deals as well. Which ones actually offer good value?
The comments on yesterday's Planhacker listing of unlimited broadband deals unearthed so many extra contenders that there was only one thing to do: a major update to incorporate them all. So that's what I've done -- there's now a much longer list of providers, although because of the ludicrous "no torrents" rules that many providers apply, that doesn't necessarily mean there's a better range of good choices . . . Check out the updated list at the original link.
The concept of an "unlimited" deal has been back in the news recently, with the ACCC continuing its crackdown on providers using the term without clarification. If you can negotiate those pitfalls, an unlimited plan makes sense, and means you won't face shaping or high excess fees. We've rounded up all the unlimited broadband deals for Australian Internet users.
TPG has dropped the price on its unlimited broadband plan from $75 to $59.95, which a quick glance at our Planhacker Unlimited broadband guide suggests makes it a very competitive deal. It's not available nation-wide, but if you can get it and use a lot of data it's definitely worth adding to your shortlist.
iiNet's acquisition of AAPT's consumer ISP business has resulted in its first product casualty: the withdrawal of the unlimited download plans it launched back in February. That's one less option for unlimited downloads, which confirms as ever our general position that most ISPs just don't want to go there.