If you’re just after a cheap, no-frills broadband plan, have you considered getting naked? Put that shirt back on! We mean naked DSL broadband. Naked DSL basically means you get the broadband, without the unnecessary filler like home phone plans and pesky line rental. Naked DSL internet gives you the full service of home broadband without the extra cost of a 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 broadband plans are usually cheaper than their bundled counterparts.
In a modern world where mobile phones now reign supreme, the venerable home phone 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 are the cheapest naked DSL plans?
There are four key providers you’ll need to look out for when it comes to some cheap naked DSL plans. They are:
All of these providers offer something under $60 per month for at least 500GB of data. iiNet’s naked broadband plans mirror those of its subsidiaries – you’ll find that these plans are virtually one and the same. MyNetFone has the cheapest plans – starting from just $39.95 per month – but there’s more to naked DSL than just price alone. Let’s break it down further.
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 Wi-Fi modem).
The cheapest plan provides 250GB for $59.99 per month, with PAYG phone calls. If that much data isn’t enough for you, 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, which costs $10 more at $79.99 per month. These plans also provide the option of a VoIP international pack available for $10 extra 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. While this plan is a little lackluster, you can step it up for a bit more money and get a lot more data.
TPG offers three other naked plans at higher prices, reflecting the 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.
MyNetFone naked broadband plans
MyNetFone offers four different naked broadband plans, with its Basic 20GB plan (10GB during peak, hours, 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 sub-$40 price tag makes it the cheapest naked DSL plan in this list, but its data allowance is lacking. To get 500GB you’ll need to spend close to $50, for example. However, this is again an encouragement to move up to another price bracket to receive a lot more data.
The Economy and Standard plans from MyNetFone 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 hour 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, but 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. Here’s a snapshot of what MyNetFone has to offer:
MyRepublic naked broadband plans
New hotshot rookie MyRepublic is a relatively new addition to Australia, but its introduction has been noteworthy. Its plans are sure to ruffle a few old feathers, especially in the NBN value stakes. That value also carries over to its naked DSL plans. All of its plans feature unlimited data, so what’s to be said of its dearer plans? Simply, you are paying more differing amounts of VoIP calls. The dearest plan – $89.99 a month – comes with unlimited local and national calls over VoIP, paired with no contract. The cheapest plan has pay-as-you-go (PAYG) calls combined with a 12 month contract. No matter your naked tastes, MyRepublic sure has a range of plans that provide solid value.
What is VoIP?
VoIP is a group of technologies which allows you to make voice calls over the internet rather than over a 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 call 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 good proposition for modern Aussie households. 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 VoIP. It’s a great alternative in this digital world where many households don’t even rely on a landline anymore.
Is naked DSL worth the money?
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 deal for you, and 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 extra 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.
It’s also important to weigh up the extra upfront costs of naked DSL, versus the ongoing costs of an ADSL2+ plan with things like line rental and lock-in contracts. For example, take a look at these four ADSL2+ plans from Dodo, Inspired, AusBBS and Barefoot. While they appear much cheaper on a monthly basis for unlimited data, they don’t include line rental and home phone costs that you’ll have to front up for yourself. So take these into consideration the next time you’re in the hunt for a new internet plan.
Apart from these factors, 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 geared towards 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 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. One thing’s for certain, however, there’s never been a better time to shop for a cheap naked broadband plan!