Review of Inspired Broadband plans

Inspired Broadband is a Melbourne-based internet provider with a difference, because the company is a social enterprise which has partnered with Care Australia to help fund education and training in Cambodia. Inspired Broadband offers both NBN and ADSL plans, with a portion of its profits from your monthly subscription going towards books, teacher training and scholarships to disadvantaged children.

Inspired Broadband’s plans are available on month to month or 12 month contract terms, and all come with either an NBN VoIP phone connection or standard line rental, with multiple voice calling packs offered as optional extras. Read on for a full breakdown of Inspired Broadband’s plans and see if they offer the right subscription for your needs.

What does Inspired Broadband offer?

ADSL plans and bundles

Inspired Broadband offers two different naked broadband plans on ADSL – one for metro customers and one for regional subscribers. You can choose from a 12 month contract with no connection fee, or the flexibility of a monthly agreement with a $99 connection fee. Inspired also gives you the choice of BYO modem or purchasing a modem for a $99 one-off fee, giving you the flexibility to keep your own existing hardware.

To turn your plan into and ADSL bundle simply costs an extra $20/month, which includes line rental and allows you to option call packs based on how much you use. Check out the full plan details below:

Plan Metro Unlimited Regional Unlimited
Cost per month $38 $58
Data allowance Unlimited Unlimited
Call pack options (on bundles) ·         PAYG (included)

·         Unlimited national calls (+$10/month)

·         Unlimited national and mobile calls (+$25/month)

NBN plans

Inspired Broadband provides unlimited data on its NBN plans, which you can customise with your choice of three different speed tiers, as well as the aforementioned contract options and call packages at the same price as on ADSL. Inspired will sell you an NBN-ready wireless modem for $129 up front, or you can bring your own (as long as it’s compatible). With all the call and plan options the same as on the ADSL plans, your NBN options are as follows:

Data allowance Unlimited
Data speeds 12/1 Mbps 25/5 Mbps 50/20 Mbps
Cost per month $58 $68 $88

How does Inspired Broadband compare to other providers?

Inspired Broadband’s ADSL plans offer extremely good value in comparison to other unlimited broadband providers. At just $38 per month, the company’s Metro Unlimited plan is the second only to Dodo as the cheapest plan on the market. With all-Australian customer support and the knowledge that your money is going to charitable programs around the world, Inspired Broadband provides possibly the best entry-level plan there is. Check out a sample comparison below:

Inspired Broadband’s ADSL bundles also offer great value, although the prices are no longer industry-beating. At $68 per month, Inspired offers similar pricing to Barefoot and Tellnet, whilst other providers such as TPG and AusBBS offer cheaper prices on their unlimited bundles.

In NBN terms, Inspired Broadband also offers scarcely-believable prices on its unlimited plan. The basic Tier 1 NBN plan starts at $58 per month, on par with the likes of Tangerine Telecom and Barefoot. With the cheapest equivalent plans starting at $54 per month, Inspired truly is pushing the limit of what providers are willing to offer, resulting in nothing but benefits for Aussie customers.

It’s a similar story as speeds increase. Inspired Broadband takes out the gong for cheapest plan at Tier 2 speeds (25/5 Mbps), at just $68 per month – on par with Tangerine, TPG and several others. Whilst the Tier 4 plan loses out to AusBBS and several others on price, it still represents one of the five cheapest plans in the segment. Check out a sample NBN comparison below:

Inspired Broadband offers one of the most compelling value equations on the market. With extremely low prices, value-packed plans and the added knowledge that your money is going to social enterprise cause where it’s needed most, there’s little reason not to check out one of their plans.

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