Switching to the National Broadband Network should mean faster download speeds and improved overall internet performance. However, the NBN has been met with criticism and disappointment in some quarters, with lacklustre results and more expensive plans. MyRepublic has arrived in Australia determined to change the way we think about high-speed fibre-optic broadband, while providing the cheapest unlimited Tier 5 plan on the market. A broadband provider with a rocket for its logo has a lot to live up to, but MyRepublic is really starting to take off Down Under.
What is MyRepublic?
MyRepublic is an internet service provider that currently services Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and now Australia. In Australia, the telco specialise in unlimited NBN plans, but it also has a range of unlimited ADSL2+ plans to attract new customers before they switch over to the NBN.
MyRepublic was one of the first providers to jump on board Singapore’s own NBN back in 2011. Indeed, it soon became the first provider to offer South Asia a 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) Internet speed, which is outstanding. The fastest the NBN here promises to deliver is 100Mbps – roughly 10 times slower. So, let’s jump in and see what MyRepublic has to offer.
What broadband plans does MyRepublic offer?
MyRepublic offers eight plans in total – four Naked DSL plans and four NBN plans. All plans come with unlimited data, so you’re probably wondering why there’s so many. The main differences lie in whether you are on a 12 month contract or no contract at all, or whether you want a VoIP call package added to your plan or not. Let’s get a quick rundown.
|VoIP Package Options||12 month contract||Mont-to-month|
|With PAYG VoIP||$59.99||$79.99|
|With Unlimited VoIP
(local, national and mobile calls)
Source: MyRepublic website
Perhaps the greatest selling point of MyRepublic is the fact that there’s no difference between the ADSL2+ and NBN plans. Both are:
- Unlimited in data
- Either included with unlimited or pay as you go (PAYG) VoIP calls
- Either on a 12 month contract or no contract
This is designed to make the transition from ADSL to NBN seamless when the improved technology arrives in your suburb.
While the ADSL2+ plans are great value in themselves, MyRepublic’s NBN plans really stand out for value. For under $60, you can get unlimited data on the fastest NBN tier. This tier promises 100Mbps downloading speeds, and 40Mbps uploading speeds. These speeds were largely unheard of before the NBN was rolled out, and MyRepublic has made them accessible to many customers. At this price, the NBN actually starts to look quite exciting!
If the NBN is about to be rolled out to your area, MyRepublic has also made it easy to transition. As many know, once the NBN is rolled out to your home, you have no choice but to choose an NBN plan – so say goodbye to your trusty ADSL2+ connection you may have been happy with for years. MyRepublic claims to take much of the fuss out of transitioning.
Once the NBN arrives near you, MyRepublic allows you to hold onto your existing contract and Wi-Fi modem as it works for both ADSL2+ and NBN. This is why the telco’s NBN and ADSL2+ plans are the same – because they allow for easier transitioning. It appears that MyRepublic is future proofing, which is refreshing to see. Let’s take a look at MyRepublic’s plans, keeping in mind that the ADSL2+ and NBN plans are structured the same way.
VoIP – or Voice over Internet Protocol – is a way of calling over your internet connection, instead of over a home phone line. With MyRepublic, there is no home phone line rental – and hence no extra costs for this – which is why the ADSL2+ is ‘Naked’, instead of bundled. So what will VoIP services cost you?
- Paying an extra $10 a month will get you an unlimited Aussie Landlines plan, where you can make unlimited national and local calls.
- An extra $20 a month will get you unlimited calls to local and national landlines, as well as mobiles.
- An extra $30 a month will get you all of this, plus unlimited calls to included international destinations
- The PAYG plans bill local calls at 20c each, national calls and mobiles at 20c per minute (plus connection fee).
VOIP is aimed at replacing your traditional home phone, and if you’re in the need for this then MyRepublic offers great value.
Contract or No Contract:
To commit, or not to commit – that is the question. MyRepublic helps you answer that question by covering all bases with its plans. Again, there’s no difference between ADSL2+ and NBN plans.
- You tend to pay $10 extra a month to go no contract
- No contract options mean you must pay an extra $99 upfront (instead of $1) for the modem
While you likely will pay extra over 12 months with a no contract plan, having the flexibility is great for people who don’t want to be tied down, or for renters who are likely moving again within a year, or for exchange students or the like who are only here short-term. So while you will pay more in the long run, having flexibility is likely to appeal to many people, like:
MyRepublic claims to be the first network engineered for gaming. MyRepublic caters towards gamers by providing:
- Ultra-low latency
- Dedicated routes to popular international servers (i.e. gamer traffic is prioritised)
- Claims to be more stable for consistent online gaming and chat experience
Plus, keep an eye out for bonuses when signing up, like $200 off a Playstation 4 Pro console and the like. For many gamers unsatisfied with how their current providers prioritise gaming, MyRepublic may be a provider that offers a superior experience. Nothing’s worse than getting a bad score because your lag means you are a second behind the action!
MyRepublic also doesn’t compromise speed or data allowances for opting for no contract – the likely scenario for renters and short-term stays. MyRepublic claims to be good for renters because:
- The modem works with both ADSL2+ and NBN, so it’s compatible wherever you go
- No lock-in contract for $10 a month over regular plans and $99 upfront
- Unlimited data that’s on Tier 5 for NBN customers
If you’re a renter or a gamer or both, MyRepublic may be the ISP to choose as their speeds and flexibility are great selling points.
How does MyRepublic compete with other providers?
So far you’ve probably realised that MyRepublic has a variety of outrageously simple plans, and this makes it easy to compare to the competition.
NBN Plans Compared
MyRepublic’s NBN plans are some of the cheapest in the market, and they don’t compromise on speed or data allowance either. While many providers are still clambering to provide unlimited data at under $60 a month, MyRepublic does it with ease, and even provides Tier 5 speeds! Not many providers can match MyRepublic for the combination of:
- Cost per month
- Data included
As you can see below, MyRepublic is the cheapest NBN provider to offer both unlimited data and Tier 5 NBN speeds. It’s not just a little bit cheaper, but $30 a month cheaper. However, you will pay more per month for MyRepublic’s no contract, unlimited VOIP plan, at $89.99. That said, it is still in line with plans from the likes of Activ8Me, Exetel and MyNetFone, which previously held the title of cheapest around.
Naked DSL Plans Compared
MyRepublic’s Naked DSL plans face much tougher competition as ADSL2+ has been around for a lot longer than the NBN, and many Aussie providers can offer low prices. The good thing, however, is that MyRepublic still fares very well in the unlimited Naked DSL sector. Its bargain-basement plan comes in at $10 cheaper than the competition. Providers such as iiNet and Internode also offer unlimited plans for around $70, but they’re on 24 month contracts, with upfront fees to boot.
Is MyRepublic worth the money?
MyRepublic has a very simple suite of plans that are the same across both DSL and NBN connections. MyRepublic particularly stands out for its NBN plans, which are the cheapest unlimited data deals you are likely to find. It is frequently beating out broadband giants such as iiNet in terms of value and inclusions. It is not too shabby in the Naked DSL world either, being among some of the cheapest providers to offer unlimited data. Across both connection types, MyRepublic stands out for its no contract, fuss-free and fast unlimited plans. This boastful telco is certainly living up to the hype.