Cheap no contract broadband with LOTS of Data….does a ‘beast’ like that even exist?
Well, up until a few years ago, the answer to this was unfortunately “no”.
If you wanted your broadband connection to have a decent data allowance and come with a reasonable price tag, you had to agree to ‘marry’ your Internet Service Provider for a period of anything between 12 and 24 months.
This is more than what some celebrity marriages last for and similar to those marriages, if you wanted to walk away, you had to give your ‘ex-partner’ (the ISP) a pound of flesh!
If you didn’t want to commit and preferred to stay ‘single and looking’, you had to resign yourself to paying higher prices and getting significantly lower data allowances.
I hate lock-in contracts with a PASSION!
I strongly believe that your most important freedom you need to always defend as a consumer is your freedom to switch whenever a better deal comes along.
Up until several years ago, if you wanted to avoid a lock-in contract, you often had to resign yourself to living with a lower data allowance than your friends & neighbours who agreed (albeit reluctantly) to ‘marry’ their Internet Service Provider (a.k.a ISP).
Well, luckily for us all. This is no longer the case! 🙂
More and more ISPs now offer broadband plans that have no lock-in contract and yet still come with a decent data allowance and reasonable price tag.
However, many of those still come with various sneaky costs such as connection fees, hardware fees and fees for exceeding your data allowance.
Many also require you to ‘bundle’ your phone service with them or get ‘Naked‘ 😉 .
Well, as I don’t like sneaky fees and don’t like to make commitments of any kind as a consumer, I would like to suggest to you two different options that have none of that.
The first of these options (see below) is the BEST deal in Australia if you need to get ADSL Broadband setup at your place for the first time.
The second one is the BEST deal in Australia for your ongoing ADSL broadband needs once the initial connection is up and running.
Option 1: Belong Broadband Review
Belong is a wholly-owned subsidiary of none other than a ‘small family business’ called….Telstra!
To be honest with you, when I first started Spending Hacker, I never imagined that we will ever recommend on this site something coming from the ‘big T’ as their value proposition is usually quite poor.
However, this deal is definitely an exception and is hard to ignore!
Belong aims to deliver good value fixed broadband for the “price sensitive consumer” (yep, that’s the wording they use in their own press kit) so Belong is basically the budget version of Telstra in the same manner that Jetstar is the budget version of their parent company, Qantas.
Not only does Belong offer much better value plans than what you can get from Telstra and their ‘premium’ BigPond service but all their plans have a no contract option.
But that’s not what makes this deal special in itself.
The reason why this deal special is because if you just moved into a new place and need to get your ADSL broadband service connected for the first time or only ever had mobile broadband service at your current place of residence, Belong offers you to best chance I have come across in Australia to get ADSL broadband.
Let me explain:
If you moved to a new place or your existing place of residence doesn’t currently have an active ADSL service, you will need two things to get yourself connected:
- An active landline. Getting that will cost you anything between $59 and $299, depending on your particular circumstances (for example: whether the place ever had a landline connected before and how long ago, whether a technician needs to physically come to the premises etc).
- Getting ADSL enabled on your landline. Assuming the local exchange has available ports, the initial setup can cost anything from $50 to $200. The exact price will depend on the broadband provider you choose to go with.
And this is where Belong offers something none of its competitors can:
If you are connecting to their ADSL2+ service, they waive the $59 standard phone line activation fee and, wait for it…. waive the $299 new landline installation fee which you normally get charged if your premises never had an active Telstra landline before and a technician from Telstra needs to physically come to your premises.
This is something no other Telco in this country offers!
That’s why this deal is so appealing if you are looking to get connected to ADSL for the first time (if you recently moved house for example).
owned by Telstra, which is the same company that owns the bulk of the landline infrastructure in Australia (at least until the NBN becomes a viable alternative for the majority of Australians), has something to do with them agreeing to waive that fee… 😉
Telstra is basically using their unique position in the marketplace to build up market share for their ‘baby’.
All of Belong’s plans include an option for a month to month plan (so that you are not locked-in) and you will never be slugged with extra usage charges for exceeding your data allowance.
As all plans come with an option for a no lock-in contract, you can always leave after a month if you’re not happy and you get to keep the landline you got connected for FREE and which you can now use to get an ADSL broadband service from any other provider you wish (like this one for example).
Belong offers only two ADSL plans: $60 p/m for 100GB download quota or $70 p/m for unlimited data.
Both of these plans also include the payment for your landline line rental (Belong doesn’t do Naked ADSL) which also comes with unlimited local calls and calls to 13/1300/1800 numbers for no extra charge.
Given that the cheapest standalone landline plan currently available in Australia is Telstra’s own Homeline budget for $25.95 p/m, which doesn’t include any calls, it actually makes perfect sense and bundling with Belong gives you the better deal.
If you go with the 100GB plan and use up your entire data allowance, you have two options:
- Do nothing. In that case, Belong will slow your connection speed to 256kpbs (the equivalent of ADSL1 speeds). That may suck but at least there are no extra usage charges and no risk of a ‘bill shock’.
- If you do so, your new data allowance will come into effect immediately but the higher monthly charge will only apply from the beginning of the next calendar month.
Belong is not available everywhere (probably only in areas where Telstra’s ‘premium’ BigPond service has stiff competition) but you can easily check whether it is available where you live by typing in your landline number (if you have one already) or street address on their website.
There is a ‘catch’ though.
When you sign-up to Belong, they will charge you $60 for the ADSL modem and router they supply you (which also includes express delivery to your door by courier) unless you agree to a 12 month contract (bad idea!!), in which case you’ll get the modem for free.
This means that while Belong doesn’t charge for connecting your landline or setting up your ADSL service, you will incur an upfront cost of $60 if you go with their month-to-month option.
Still, if you are in a situation where you would otherwise need to pay $125 or even $299 to get your landline connected, this is cheaper!
The modem you’ll get from Belong comes fully pre-configured with your account details and the required ADSL settings so it’s a simple case of plug-and-play.
The video below outlines in real-time the setup process from your end. It’s just over 3 minutes long so that’s basically how long it should take.
If you don’t want to pay $60 for the Belong modem then you do have an option to go on a 12 month lock-in contract.
If you choose to do that, Belong will offer you the following two ‘sweeteners’:
- You will get the modem free of charge (including delivery); and
- $5 a month discount on your bill for the duration of your fixed-term contract (i.e. the first 12 months)
Whether that is enough of an inducement to lock yourself in for a year is a decision you need to make yourself but personally, I am not keen!
Keep in mind that if you do choose to go with the 12 month option and then decide to leave before your contract term is up, you will need to pay a penalty of $20 p/m for the remainder of the 12 month contract term.
Great deal for them…but not so much for you!
ything as a consumer is never (ever!) a good idea.
You should be a ‘promiscuous consumer‘ in order to secure the absolute best deal every time!
To get started, head over to the Belong website to see if they service your address and make your order.
Option 2: Spintel broadband review
Once you got yourself a free installation with the offer above and your ADSL service is up and running, you might want to consider looking at ‘greener pastures’ to get yourself more data for the same or even less monthly cost.
This is “Spend Less and Get More” by definition! 🙂
If so, Spintel’s ADSL plans might be a good option to consider.
Prices start at $54.95 per month in metropolitan areas which is UNBEATABLE given you get:
- unlimited data;
- no lock-in contract; and
- no broadband setup fee
Better yet, Spintel does not force you to buy a modem from them!
You are more than welcome to use any existing one you already have and they even provide setup instructions for many of them.
If you think you don’t need unlimited data and can manage with a 500GB allowance instead, you can save a further $5 p/m.
While Spintel’s reviews online leave a lot to be desired, we can say from personal experience that we had nothing but smooth sailing with them.
We also asked our subscribers who are currently with Spintel and have heard nothing but good things.
Finally, Spintel have also won many awards from consumer magazines like Money Magazine, BRW and PC User.
Bottom line, keep in mind that there is no contract and you don’t even pay any setup/installation fees so even if you decide to switch after a month, you will not be out of pocket in any way.
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