Review of MyRepublic broadband plans
It’s probably no surprise that many customers are looking for a better deal on their broadband internet plans. With so many different service providers out there these days, it can be confusing as to what to choose. Though, newcomer MyRepublic does offer some exciting yet straightforward plans on either an NBN or naked DSL connection, with those still on an ADSL connection automatically switched over to the equivalent NBN plan when the time comes.
What is MyRepublic?
MyRepublic is an internet service provider that services Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and recently arrived in Australia. In Australia, it specialises in unlimited NBN plans, and also has a range of unlimited naked DSL plans. It is one of the cheapest broadband providers in every country it serves, with a specific focus on young data-hungry users and gamers.
MyRepublic is perhaps best-known as one of the first providers to jump on board Singapore’s own NBN back in 2011. It was the first provider to offer South Asia a 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) Internet speed, which is just outstanding. The fastest the NBN in Australia promises to deliver is 100mbps – roughly 10 times slower. But if you’re looking to make the best of the situation, MyRepublic is definitely worth a look. So let’s dive in and find out exactly what’s on offer from this rather mysterious internet company. Given it has a rocket for a logo, it has a lot to live up to.
MyRepublic was criticised by some for poor customer service when it first launched in Australia, but if it’s dirt-cheap internet plans you want, look no further.
MyRepublic Internet Plans
With MyRepublic, there are four basic plan variations, with each plan available on an NBN fibre or fixed wireless connection, as well as a naked DSL connection.
- There is no apparent compromise among any of these connections, but NBN’s fixed wireless infrastructure will only allow for 50Mbps downloads as the maximum speed tier – Tier 3.
- Fibre connections see the biggest benefit, with speeds of up to 100Mbps on NBN Tier 4. Prices start at $69.99, or $84.99 for NBN 100 plans.
Calls are included to Aussie landlines on most plans. All calls are delivered through MyRepublic’s VoIP service, which is basically making phone calls over the internet.
Call to mobiles and international numbers are available from an extra $10 a month. Extra things like voicemail, private numbers and call ID are available from an extra $1.99 per month. Modems are also available from just $1 extra on a 12-month plan, or $99 if you opt for the no-contract plans.
MyRepublic for Gamers
MyRepublic claims it is 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
- Comes with a static IP
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 for Renters
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 contracts available with the only fee being for the modem.
- Unlimited data that’s on Tier 3 or 4 for NBN customers.
If you’re a renter or a gamer, or both, MyRepublic may be the ISP to choose as its speeds and flexibility are great selling points. Furthermore, MyRepublic is very vocal in the internet community, organising petitions and even internet-centric causes. If you’re after an ISP that actually seems to care about the products it’s selling then MyRepublic may be for you.
In July 2017, MyRepublic announced Australia’s ‘Gigatown’ – a town that MyRepublic nominates to receive gigabit internet speeds. This lucky town was Wollongong in New South Wales, and initial customers who registered their interest were signed up at no extra charge. A further small group of customers were able to sign up for around $130 per month. MyRepublic appears to be keeping subscription rates low to minimise contention and deliver maximum possible speeds to end users. It’s an exciting step for those living in the 2500 district; New Zealand has its own ‘Gigatown’ in Dunedin, and it’s only fair that Australia gets its own.
MyRepublic Naked DSL Plans
For DSL customers, the ‘naked’ part largely allows you to do away with phone line rental, which can be a significant extra cost in itself. So if you’re renting, this is a serious bonus that can add value to your overall plan. Furthermore, to go with no contract you only have to pay an extra $5 per month. As mentioned earlier, you also get a ‘future proof’ package from MyRepublic, which ensures that when the NBN comes to your area, you’ll be easily transitioned over. This is how MyRepublic’s plans line up.
MyRepublic NBN Plans
For fixed line NBN, customers have a choice of Tier 3 or Tier 4 NBN. Tier 3 (NBN 50) starts at under $70 a month, while for the top tier you can expect to pay about $85 a month. All plans come with unlimited data as standard, as well as landline calls. VoIP phone calling also remains the platform for home phone plans, and this is handy as you can just ‘plug and play’ with your home phone so you can call Nanna largely without trouble.
MyRepublic NBN Fixed Wireless Plans
Many users are now being connected to NBN fixed wireless. To put it very simply, fixed wireless is like your home connecting to a 4G data hub to get your internet, instead of connecting through fibre to the node or fibre to the premises. With MyRepublic you are afforded the same prices as those with fibre connections, but your top speed will max out at 50Mbps download and 20Mbps upload – Tier 3. This is through no fault of MyRepublic but is the maximum speed designated by NBN Co. Nevertheless, it’s still a pretty decent speed overall by Australian standards, and it affords quality internet to those who only a few years ago might not have had a broadband connection at all.
How does MyRepublic compare to other internet providers?
So far you’ve probably realised that MyRepublic has a variety of outrageously simple plans, which makes it easy to compare the telco to the competition.
MyRepublic NBN Plans Compared
MyRepublic’s NBN plans are some of the cheapest in the market, and they don’t compromise on data either. While many providers are still clambering to provide unlimited data at less than $70 a month, MyRepublic does it with ease, and even provides top-notch Tier 4 NBN speeds! Not many providers can match MyRepublic for the combination of:
- Cost per month
- NBN speeds
- Data included
As you can see below, MyRepublic is one of the cheapest NBN providers to offer both unlimited data and Tier 4 speeds. However, you will pay more per month for MyRepublic’s no contract, unlimited VOIP plan. This is still in line with the other main competitors, including SpinTel, Barefoot and Mate. Also worth keeping an eye out for is Buzz Telco.
MyRepublic NBN Fixed Wireless Plans Compared
If you’re in an area where fixed wireless is your only NBN source, then MyRepublic also stacks up really well here. MyRepublic beats out other providers that are once again $20-odd dearer per month. For unlimited data you can expect to pay around $90, while MyRepublic starts at around $70. While MyRepublic is clearly a leader in terms of price, Hello Broadband, and Tangerine also come into the fray, with Spintel rounding off the list. However, you should keep in mind that prices have a tendency to quickly skyrocket past $100 a month if you want to add any call inclusions, of which MyRepublic does well to include as standard.
Naked DSL Plans Compared
MyRepublic’s Naked DSL plans generally face a much more stiff competition as ADSL2+ has been around for a lot longer than the NBN, but in the naked DSL sphere specifically, MyRepublic once again stacks up incredibly well as its plans are similarly priced to other providers in the market. MyNetFone is the same price but on no contract, while providers iiNet and Internode also offer unlimited plans for around $70, but they’re on a 24 month contract with upfront fees to boot. $70 a month seems to be about the norm here and MyRepublic is right there with some of the biggest providers in Australia.
Is MyRepublic good value?
MyRepublic has a very simple suite of plans that are the same across both DSL and NBN connections. MyRepublic particularly stands out for its fibre NBN plans, which are some of the cheapest unlimited plans on top-tier speeds. The ‘disruptive’ telco frequently beats out broadband giants such as iiNet in terms of its price and inclusions. It’s not too shabby in the Naked DSL world either, among some of the cheapest providers to offer unlimited data.
MyRepublic frequently sits atop the pile in terms of data allowances and price. Across all three internet connection types, MyRepublic stands out for its no contract, fuss-free and fast unlimited data plans. We suspect a lot of people are excited by this new provider, and it’s sure to rattle a few cages in broadband land. This can only be a good thing, as competition could increase, which could also mean better value for the customer in the long term.
MyRepublic had its critics when it first launched in Australia in late 2016, but this appears to have been an issue dealing with the volume of new customers all wanting to sign up straight away. Now that things are settled down, MyRepublic is well worth a look when you’re readying to compare internet plans.