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. Plans come with 100GB, 500GB, or 2000GB of data, and speed tier jumps are $10 each. This means that the top tier plan costs $99 per month for 500GB. 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. Here are Bendigo Telco’s NBN plans at a glance:

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Basic

  • Basic (NBN 12)

min. cost $1,656 over 24 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Fast

  • Standard (NBN 50)

min. cost $1,896 over 24 months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Faster

  • Standard Plus (NBN 50)

min. cost $2,040 over 24 months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Super-Fast

  • Premium (NBN 100)

min. cost $2,376 over 24 months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Super-Fast

  • Premium (NBN 100)

min. cost $2,616 over 24 months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 included. 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.

What does Bendigo Telco NBN offer?

Bendigo Telco NBN Plans

Unlimited data

X

Top-speed NBN Plan

Entertainment

X

Call packs

Choice of contract

X

Included modem


Available across FTTP, FTTB, FTTN


Bendigo Telco Network Coverage

Bendigo Telco’s NBN coverage is subject to that of the rollout taking place nationwide. By 2020, the fibre network will reach 93% of Australians, with the remaining 7% to be connected to either a fixed wireless or satellite service. NBN coverage currently extends to most capital cities and major regional hubs.

Bendigo Telco Features & Bonuses

Bendigo Telco sheds a lot of the ‘filler’ and instead focuses on broadband with lots of data and a straightforward approach.

  • Data: There are no unlimited NBN plans but users do get 2000GB to play with.
  • Modems: An unspecified modem is included in plans.
  • Call Packs: From $10 extra per month users can add on calls to local & national lines.

As mentioned, Bendigo focuses on broadband that’s easy to follow. While you won’t find a lot of gimmicky features, what you can expect is straightforward broadband and lots of data.

Bendigo Telco Basic NBN

Basic NBN with Bendigo Telco costs $69 a month. This tier is good for basic uses such as email, browsing, social media and one Standard Definition stream.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Basic

  • Basic (NBN 12)

min. cost $1,656 over 24 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Bendigo Telco Standard Plus NBN

Bendigo Telco’s smaller NBN 50 plan features 500GB of data for $79 per month. This tier is a huge step up from the basic NBN 12 speed, and can support multi-tasking and heavier video streaming.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Fast

  • Standard (NBN 25)

min. cost $1,896 over 24 months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Bendigo Telco Standard Plus NBN

If you need more data on the most popular speed tier, Bendigo Telco offers 2000GB for $89 monthly. This tier could be good for multiple streams and the whole family.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Faster

  • Standard Plus (NBN 50)

min. cost $2,136 over 24 months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Bendigo Telco Premium NBN

For the best of what NBN has to offer, Premium NBN (NBN 100) may be what you need. Bendigo Telco comes in at $109 for 2000GB – simple.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Bendigo Telco

Super-Fast

  • Premium (NBN 100)

min. cost $2,280 over 24 months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Bendigo Telco Customer Service & Support

Bendigo Telco has a comprehensive support system, including self help tools, an online chat that pops up as soon as you visit the site and a call centre. The call centre is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 12pm on Saturday.

  • Bendigo Telco Number: 1300 737 881

There is also a useful self-help section on the website, with many FAQs answered to troubleshoot your problems.

How does Bendigo Telco compare to other internet providers?

With its NBN and ADSL plans coming in at a relatively low entry price, 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’, especially when other providers can provide unlimited data; Bendigo Telco does not have unlimited NBN plans. Cheap providers worth keeping an eye out for include:

However, there’s more than just a cheap price to look out for; setup fees, modem costs, contracts and more can all weigh into the the overall purchasing decision.

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, in addition to unlimited data? 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.

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