The best broadband plans for renters

With a housing market that’s becoming increasingly unaffordable for some families, more than four million Australians now live in rented accommodation. As a result, some internet service providers have jumped on board with broadband plans tailored specifically for renters. These include plans with short contracts and easy relocation options, amongst other features. So what are the best deals available for renters? This is a guide to what you should consider.

Specific broadband plans for renters

A good example of a specific broadband plan for renters is one provided by MyNetFone. The Aussie ISP is a specialist in digital voice and data communications, and now provides broadband internet to both homes and businesses. Its latest Renters Internet Plan is designed to be quick, easy and affordable. Priced at $49.95 per month on a six-month contract, it provides you with 500GB of anytime data – of which only downloads count towards your quota.

As a naked plan, it comes with a free VoIP netphone rather than traditional phone line rental. The offer also comes with a free Wi-Fi modem and, most importantly, a free relocation service should you choose to move. It’s got pretty much everything you could ask for as a tenant. Check out the details (and compare similar plans) below:

Monthly contracts

Since there aren’t many plans tailored specifically to your needs, the next best option for renters is a month-to-month broadband plan. No lock-in contract means you’re free to chance plans or cancel at any time without exorbitant fees – perfect if you’re moving houses or spot a better deal.

Many providers also let you bring your own modem, which saves you a fair amount of money. What’s more, many monthly plans are ‘naked’ plans with no home phone line rental, saving you a significant amount of money each month; these plans are perfect if you don’t really use your home phone.

The downside of monthly plans is often a higher monthly fee than a contract plan, and that you’ll likely have to pay up front for your installation (and more for a modem if you don’t have one). Despite this, it’s a small price to pay for being free to upgrade, downgrade or cancel your plan at your own discretion. Most major service providers in Australia offer both naked plans and bundles on month-to-month contracts, including Telstra, Optus and iiNet. Compare monthly broadband plans below:

Price and inclusions

Broadband plans tend to come in two varieties – naked plans (which are simply broadband) and bundles (which include phone line rental and often other features like entertainment subscriptions or set-top boxes). If you’re renting, then naked plans are often a superior way to go. Having fewer expensive features means you save a lot of money, and you don’t have to pack up your home phone, cable TV box and whatever else you’ve bought every time you move house.

Another thing to consider is your type of internet connection. The two main types of internet infrastructure are ADSL and HFC cable (usually just called ‘Cable’) – you can find out more about how these work here. ADSL is the more common of the two as it just involves existing copper phone lines, but it’s also slower as a result.

If you’re someone who downloads or streams a lot of content then a faster cable connection is probably the way to go, but keep in mind the possible downsides – a higher monthly fee compared to ADSL, and potential lack of a cable connection if you move to a new house, which would necessitate a change of broadband plan.

All in all, renters are pretty well covered when it comes to home broadband plans, but whether you rent or own your own home, the most important message is that it’s good to shop around and keep an eye out for the best deal.

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