Naked DSL broadband plans give you the full service of home broadband internet without the extra cost of a home phone line – potentially delivering you significant savings if it’s a service you seldom use in this digital age when most people own smartphones.
If you’ve not heard the term before, a ‘naked’ plan is simply a broadband internet subscription with no home phone service. This is in contrast to ‘bundled’ plans, which include broadband internet and home phone line rental in one subscription. This means that naked plans are usually cheaper than their bundled counterparts.
In a modern world where mobile phones now reign supreme, the venerable landline is going more or less unused for many Aussie households. When combined with the construction of the high-speed, low-cost National Broadband Network (NBN), this means naked broadband plans are now an increasingly popular option for many homes and businesses.
What if I still want a home phone service?
Whilst naked broadband plans don’t include the use of a copper phone line, most service providers will still provide you with a home phone which uses a newer technology known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).
What is VoIP?
As the name suggests, VoIP is basically a group of technologies which allows you to make voice calls over the internet (rather than over the telephone network). In the same way that a traditional landline phone transmits your voice as a series of analogue electrical signals, VoIP transmits your voice digitally as a stream of data. Commercial VoIP services have existed for over a decade – you’re probably familiar with Skype or Viber, for example.
Whilst earlier services only allowed you to call people who used the same service, these days service providers will supply you with a VoIP phone service and let you make calls to just about anyone. Almost all naked DSL broadband plans now include a VoIP phone and handset which you simply plug into your router. There are a range of free and paid VoIP services.
The cost-saving benefits and VoIP phone capabilities of a naked broadband plan make them a very good proposition for modern Aussie households. So we’ve compiled a list of the cheapest naked broadband plans currently on the market – check them out below!
iiNet naked broadband plans
Customer favourite iiNet currently offers three Naked DSL broadband plans, all of which include its ‘Netphone’ VoIP service and come on either a month-to-month or 24 month basis (the latter includes a WiFi modem).
The cheapest plan provides 250GB for $59.99 per month, with PAYG phone calls. If that much data isn’t enough, you can go for the Liimitless plan, which provides unlimited data for $69.99 per month. The final option is the Liimitless plan with unlimited calls to both landlines and mobiles, for $79.99 per month.
These plans also provide the option of a VoIP international pack available for $10 per month, which includes calls to landlines in iiNet’s top 20 international destinations.
TPG naked broadband plans
TPG’s cheapest naked broadband plan is priced at $49.99 per month, providing 50GB of data – 25GB during peak and 25GB off-peak times. Peak hours run 8:30am through 3:30am and off-peak 3:30am through 8:30am.
TPG then offers three other naked plans at higher prices reflecting their increased data allowances, with the most expensive being the Unlimited plan for $69.99 per month. These plans are available over 6 or 18 months, with upfront costs of $129.95.
It’s important to note that TPG’s naked broadband plans don’t include a VoIP phone – if you want to make calls, you’ll need to use your mobile or another landline.
iPrimus naked broadband plans
Homegrown service provider iPrimus offers three different naked broadband plans, all of which include a VoIP phone service with PAYG call rates. The cheapest of these is the NakedDSL Starter Plus plan. Priced at $49.95 per month, the service includes a modest 40GB of data – 20GB during peak and 20GB off-peak times. Peak hours run 10am to 2am and off-peak 2am to 10am.
If you’re after something bigger, iPrimus’s other plans are the NakedDSL Family providing 100GB for $59.95 per month, or the NakedDSL No Worries with unlimited data for $69.95 per month.
These iPrimus plans are available on monthly, 12 month or 24 month terms, with set-up costs of up to $199 if you go for the no-lock in contract option, but less if you commit to a longer deal.
MyNetFone naked broadband plans
MyNetFone offers four different naked broadband plans, with its Basic 20GB (10GB peak, 10GB off-peak) being the cheapest at $39.95 per month. Peak hours run 10:01am to 11:59pm, and off-peak 12am to 10am.
The Economy and Standard plans include 500GB and 1000GB for $49.95 and $59.95 each month respectively, whilst the top Deluxe plan costs $69.99 per month for unlimited data and no peak limits. All four plans also include a VoIP phone with PAYG calls – in other words, you’ll only be charged for the calls you make.
MyNetFone’s plans are all available on monthly terms, however you’ll need to pay set-up costs off $99. On a 12 month plan this cost is cut in half, and if you sign up for 24 months you won’t need to pay anything.
Naked broadband: Things to consider
For consumers who have little use for a home phone line, naked broadband may well be a viable internet alternative. With the option of additionally employing a VoIP service provided by a service provider, users can still maintain a home phone line number while potentially avoiding some of the extra charges of a traditional phone line.
As with other broadband plans, you should shop around for the best option, and should be aware of the finer details of each plan. While greater value is generally provided by long-term plans, you should also bear in mind the costs that may be implemented by making variations to your plan. For instance, charges attracted by changing the plan, moving home, or for early termination of the plan. You should also consider:
- The cost of a modem, and whether one is included with a plan, and the compatibility of the hardware you already own with the service you have in mind.
- For plans containing peak and off-peak hours, consider when you are likely to spend the most time on the internet, and whether the combination of hours will provide value.
- How much data you are likely to use. While the plans looked at here are angled at less data-heavy users, there are also a number of naked broadband options for more data-heavy users.
There’s a plethora of value-packed naked broadband plans on the Australian market, with basic connections starting at less than $50 per month in many cases. The number of competing providers has resulted in consistently good deals for Aussie customers, but nevertheless, make sure you shop around to find the best deal for your needs.
You should also factor in things like up-front costs, your data use, and how much you use your home phone – not to mention contract length, especially if you might want to change plans in a few months’ time. One thing’s for certain, however – there’s never been a better time to shop for a cheap naked broadband plan!