Bendigo Telco Broadband Plans Review
Bendigo Telco has been around for some time, but only recently has it been met with spotlight. After Bendigo Bank stopped selling telco products, it bought a significant share in Bendigo Telco. Bendigo Telco provides both mobile phone plans and home broadband plans, on both ADSL and NBN connections, as well as offering 4G, SIM Only mobile internet using the Optus network.
Bendigo Telco’s broadband plans offer huge amounts of data for you to use, and its reasonable pricing makes it quite attractive for customers all around Australia. The plans can also be bundled with home phone packages for a complete communications solution for your family. Read on for a full breakdown of Bendigo Telco internet plans and find out how they compare to those from other providers.
Bendigo Telco Internet Plans
Bendigo Telco has a wide variety of broadband plans across the NBN, ADSL and mobile connection types. Plans start at just $50 a month, but find out what you get for your money below.
Bendigo Telco NBN Plans
Bendigo Telco’s range of NBN plans is fairly comprehensive, with all four speed tiers on offer. All plans come with 2000GB data, and speed tier jumps are $10 each. This means that the top tier plan costs $95 a month. Plan prices don’t change whether you are a FTTP, FTTN, FTTC or Fixed Wireless customer.
- An NBN router is included with the plan and plans come on a 24 month contract.
As with all providers, NBN Co may charge a $300 setup charge for new establishments. This fee is not unique to Bendigo Telco.
Bendigo Telco ADSL2+ Plans
If you need an active home phone line, Bendigo Telco provides the goods. You get a choice of either 100GB data or 1000GB, costing $75 or $85 a month respectively. You get an active home phone line, which is worth about $30, but you don’t get any calls incldued. Calls start at 18c each.
- Alternatively you can buy a standalone ADSL plan and use your existing home line. Plans are $50 for 100GB or $60 for 1000GB.
There is no excess data charge – instead downloads are shaped to 256kbps, which is pretty much unusable for anything but email. New connections incur a $150 setup fee, and plans come on a month-to-month basis as standard. Customers must purchase their own router.
Bendigo Telco Mobile Broadband Plans
If you’re on the move, Bendigo Telco also provides mobile broadband plans. There are five base plans in total, with incentives to sign up for 12 months. The plans are:
- $20 – 5GB or 8GB
- $30 – 8GB or 15GB
- $45 – 15GB or 25GB
- $60 – 50GB or 60GB
- $80 – 70GB or 90GB
As you can see there is strong incentive to sign up for 12 months. Plans are available on a postpaid basis and there is a charge of $10/1GB if you exceed your data limit.
How does Bendigo Telco compare to other internet providers?
With its basic ADSL plans starting at $50 a month, Bendigo Telco looks pretty cheap, but dig beneath the surface and some extra charges may lurk. Other providers may be able to provide more ‘bang for buck’.
NBN Plans Compared
If you’re after an NBN plan, Bendigo Telco doesn’t disappoint but it isn’t exactly a leader either. For tier one speeds unlimited data can cost less than $60 a month. At this speed, Bendigo Telco competes with Exetel, Amaysim, Barefoot and Mate. It’s hard to separate them all here, and while 2000GB is a lot of data it isn’t unlimited.
For Tier 2 NBN speeds, you can expect to pay about $10 per month extra with a lot of providers. Once again Bendigo Telco doesn’t fare too badly, but there may be cheaper providers out there. Here, you’ll have to keep an eye out for Mate and Barefoot again, as well as Flip TV and Hello Broadband, all of which have a pretty solid range of home phone bundles to pile in as well.
With Tier 3 NBN speeds, Bendigo Telco charges $85 for 2000GB, which is still plenty – but it’s not the safety net of unlimited. Since NBN Co lowered its wholesale charges for NBN 50, a lot of cheap providers have jumped on board. Providers to look out for here are Mate and Barefoot, as well as TPG and MyRepublic.
For the fastest speed tier – Tier 4 – you’ll once again be relegated to 2,000GB of data, and if you’re downloading a lot you may find this data cap to be eaten up rather quickly. Nonetheless, for a hair under 100 bucks, Bendigo Telco is pretty competitive in the grand scheme of things. However, it is by no means the cheapest. The cheapest providers here consist of familiar faces – MyRepublic, Barefoot, Mate and TPG.
ADSL2+ Plans Compared
Bendigo Telco’s ADSL bundle packs less of a punch, being let down by charging a fair amount extra for line rental. Many providers offer cheaper ADSL plans that include line rental. Cheap providers in this space include Spintel and AusBBS as well as Barefoot and Mate.
Mobile Broadband Plans Compared
- Starts at 5GB for $20 a month
Bendigo Bank offers a concise but effective range of mobile broadband plans, but with a bit of hunting around you can potentially find better value elsewhere. For example, you can usually find 10GB or more for about the $30 mark from providers such as Yomojo, OVO Mobile, Jeenee Mobile and Vaya. And this is true across all data points, but Bendigo does offer pretty good deals if you sign up for 12 months.
Is Bendigo Telco broadband good value for money?
Bendigo Telco has a comprehensive range of home broadband plans that look pretty cheap to start with. However, can you find more ‘bang for buck’ elsewhere? The answer is probably yes. This is because Bendigo Telco’s broadband plans are not necessarily always the cheapest out there, but getting a free modem with no set-up fees or other hidden fees in some cases is a serious kicker. In any case, it pays to shop around.
Please note that all pricing details in this report are correct at the time of publication. To ensure you’re seeing the latest prices, check the provider’s website.