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Choosing the right type of internet for you

If you are thinking about getting connected at home or at work, you may be wondering which type of internet is right for you. Should you connect with ADSL, or skip getting a phone line installed and opt for Naked DSL? Can you connect to the NBN? Or should you choose mobile broadband for more freedom?

ADSL

ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) provides broadband accessvia copper telephone lines. Unlike in the days of dial-up, ADSL users can connect to the internet while using the phone line. To connect to ADSL, you must be within a certain distance from the exchange. The further you are from the exchange, the slower your internet access is likely to be.

Naked DSL

Naked DSL uses the same technology as ADSL, providing broadband access via copper phone lines, however, with Naked DSL you don’t need to pay for a phone line. This can save you money on paying for line rental, and you can still make calls using VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Similar to ADSL, you will need to be within a certain distance from the exchange to get connected.

NBN

The NBN (National Broadband Network) uses fibre cable (in most cases) to provide broadband to its users. NBN users can choose the data plan and the speed of the connection, depending on how much data they need, how fast they want their connection to be, and how much they are willing to pay.

If the NBN has passed your home or business, you can choose from one of the following tiers:

  • Tier 1: Up to 12Mbps download and 1Mbps upload.
  • Tier 2: Up to 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload.
  • Tier 3: Up to 25Mbps download and 10Mbps upload.
  • Tier 4: Up to 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload.
  • Tier 5: Up to 100Mbps download and 40Mbps upload.

You can find out if the NBN has passed your premises by checking the NBN coverage map.

Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband allows users to connect on-the-go. Using a dongle or a SIM, users can connect to the internet on their smartphone, tablet or laptop at home or out and about (wherever they receive signal). 3G is available in most parts of Australia now, while 4G coverage is expanding throughout major city centres.

Mobile broadband can be a great option if you want to be able to connect away from home, if you are travelling, or if you are a light user. Check the coverage in your area before you sign up.

Finding the right plan

If you want to find the right plan, first you will need to think about how you plan to use the internet. Light users can opt for a smaller data plan, medium users a regular data plan, while heavy users will need a larger plan.

Think about whether you need a phone line, and if so, if you want to bundle your phone and internet together. If you have NBN access, consider getting NBN connected, or if you need internet on-the-go, then mobile broadband may be a better option. Find out more about different types of internet plans, and compare your options and costs before you get connected.

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