Review of Barefoot broadband plans

Barefoot Telecom is a fully Australian-owned communications company. It offers both NBN and ADSL broadband internet, along with mobile phone subscriptions, to customers around Australia. Barefoot says it prides itself on customer service, with a locally-based customer service team and multiple channels of communication.

Barefoot offers broadband internet plans in both standalone form and as bundles with a phone service, with all of their ADSL plans utilising the Telstra broadband network. All of Barefoot’s plans offer unlimited data, so you can say goodbye to the days of throttled data speeds or excess charges. All plans also come on month to month contracts, meaning you’ll never be locked into a long-term plan. Barefoot also does not charge activation or plan change fees, making it one of the most flexible providers on the market. Read on for a full breakdown of Barefoot’s broadband plans, and how they compare to similar deals plans from other providers.

What does Barefoot Telecom offer?

ADSL plans and bundles

Like many other providers, Barefoot divides its ADSL plans into Metro and Regional options, which depend on the remoteness of your home’s location. You can select either a naked ADSL plan, or an ADSL bundle which includes line rental along with unlimited local and national calls. The plans come with $0 setup fees and you have the option to bring your own modem – otherwise, Barefoot will sell you one for $149. The ADSL plan options are as follows:

Standalone plans

Plan Metro Ultra Regional Ultra
Cost per month $49 $59
Included data Unlimited Unlimited

Bundled plans

Plan Metro Ultra Bundle Regional Ultra Bundle
Cost per month $69 $99
Included data Unlimited Unlimited
Local and national calls Unlimited Unlimited

NBN plans and bundles

The NBN promises faster, more consistent data speeds for the vast majority of Australians, and Barefoot’s broadband plans will allow you to take full advantage. There are four different plans to choose from, with a more expensive option bringing an increase in download and upload speeds.

For an extra $9 per month, you can turn your basic NBN plan into a bundle. This includes a VoIP NBN phone with unlimited local, national and mobile phone calls. To subscribe to an NBN plan, you’ll need a modem that’s NBN-compatible – if you don’t have one, you can purchase a router from Barefoot for $169 up front. Here are the NBN plans:

Plan Lite Mid Max Ultra
Cost per month $59 $69 $89 $99
Data speeds 12/1 Mbps 25/5 Mbps 50/20 Mbps 100/40 Mbps
Included data Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

How does Barefoot compare to other broadband providers?

ADSL plans

Barefoot offers some Australia’s most competitive broadband prices, an assertion their products certainly reflect. The basic ADSL Metro Ultra plan is one of the cheapest unlimited plans on the market at just $49/month – only three other providers offer a better value product, and none of them combine this with zero up-front fees. Unlimited ADSL data for under $50 per month is an absolute steal!

Those looking for phone calls will find the Metro Bundle is also among the best value in its segment. The $69/month price is on par with competitors such as TPG, Tellnet and Mate. Check out a sample comparison of Barefoot’s plans below:

NBN

The unlimited NBN plans on offer from Barefoot continue the telco’s theme of exceptional value. The NBN Lite plan is beaten by only four other providers on price, averaging around $5 per month difference – and only one of them matches Barefoot’s lack of setup or activation fees, which really shouldn’t be underestimated. The Lite Bundle, meanwhile, is possibly the cheapest NBN bundle in Australia. At just $68/month, it beats all other providers in our comparison including TPG, iPrimus, MyNetFone and several more.

This theme continues as prices increase, with Barefoot’s NBN plans among the cheapest options available for each NBN speed tier – the only exception is the maximum Tier 5 level, at which point several other providers undercut Barefoot’s flagship Ultra plan. Check out a sample comparison of Barefoot’s plans below:

Time to go Barefoot?

There are many telcos out there claiming to offer something special and fall short, but Barefoot Telecom’s claim that they are ‘not your average’ seems to be reasonably accurate. Prices on all plans are amongst the lowest on the market, whilst still providing unlimited downloads and, in the case of their bundles, unlimited phone calls as well. However, if you live in a regional area of Australia, you will need to pay a bit more.

When combined with a commitment to high-quality Australian customer service, it seems Barefoot Telecom will be a successful presence in the broadband market for years to come.

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