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Review of Skymesh broadband plans

In the world of broadband, the big fish like Telstra and Optus still dominate the ranks, but there is an undercurrent of smaller providers offering great value. Skymesh is one of them, and has surprisingly been around for a few years. Founded in Brisbane in 2005, Skymesh has expanded to provide its customers affordable and effective broadband plans. Find out all you need to know in this Canstar Blue review.

Skymesh has evolved to become one of the premier NBN providers in Australia. As such it has a range of plans to suit a lot of potential suitors.

  • Skymesh has a range of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre to the Building (FTTB) plans
  • Not only this, Skymesh has also made use of the NBN satellite service SkyMuster, as well as fixed wireless services
  • VoIP calling services are also available

In fact, Skymesh offers so many plans that it can be confusing, so let’s break down what you can actually get with Skymesh:

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Skymesh NBN Plans

Skymesh offers well over 30 plan combinations across its FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, Skymesh and fixed wireless NBN services. Below is a general overview of what Skymesh has to offer both FTTN and Fixed Line NBN customers.

Data Included Peak/Off Peak Price Per Month
6/0GB $29.95
30/60GB $39.95
60/120GB $49.95
120/240GB $59.95
240GB/1TB $69.95
600GB/1TB $79.95

Source: Skymesh website

Generally, data allowances remain the same across all speed tiers, but the price increases by $5-$10 per month when you opt for a higher speed.

  • Tier 2 plans attract a $5 monthly premium over Tier 1 plans
  • The jump from Tier 2 to 3 costs an extra $10
  • Tier 3 to 4 is an extra $10

So if you want Tier 2 speeds, expect to pay $34.95 a month for the base plan, and so on. The end result is that a Tier 4 plan is generally $20 dearer than the equivalent Tier 1 plan. It’s promising to see you seemingly don’t have to compromise by opting for one particular NBN delivery over another.

However, there are a couple benefits to choosing a faster NBN speed tier, but they are likely not deal-breakers for those opting for cheaper plans:

  • The latter two plans receive an extra 1TB off-peak data when you jump from a Tier 1 plan to a Tier 2 or Tier 3 one
  • Tier 4 plans add many extra terabytes of off-peak data, so it may pay to go into a dearer plan if you’re downloading a lot
  • Note, no Skymesh plans are actually ‘unlimited’
  • Off-peak hours are between midnight and 7am

So, if you’re still with us and have wrapped your head around Skymesh’s dizzying array of NBN plans, it’s time to look at its Skymuster plans.

Skymesh Skymuster Plans

SkyMuster is the latest in NBN Co’s internet arsenal. You get a lot of the benefits of NBN, but it’s available to people even in remote locations that cannot access fibre broadband. To connect you to these various mobile broadband services, Skymesh has a range of plans that are quite peculiar and interesting.

  • The pricing is much the same as its regular NBN plans: Expect to pay a little more for a faster speed tier, whereas the inclusions remain largely the same until you reach higher price brackets.
  • Many plans also come with a $10 per month discount when you bundle your existing eligible landline service with your new broadband service. This changes the value stakes slightly.

Peak/Off Peak Data (GB)

Price Per Month From

5/5

$34.95

15/15

$39.95

30/30

$44.95

35/50

$54.95

40/55

$69.95

45/60

$94.95

50/70

$119.95

55/80

$149.94

Source: Skymesh website

  • These prices increase $5 a month by opting for Tier 2 Speeds
  • There are also 5 different ‘Night Owl’ plans with more data in off peak periods for those who get their downloading done in quiet hours
  • Off peak hours are between 1-7am

Extra Skymesh Perks

Beyond its bucket load of NBN plans, Skymesh has a range of perks that may sweeten the deal. Most of these are only available on the fibre NBN plans.

  • Unmetered Netflix content. Yes, that’s right – watching Netflix over your Skymesh connection will not be counted against your data allowance. This would be especially useful for the Netflix addict that doesn’t otherwise use much data, thereby allowing them into a smaller and cheaper plan.
  • No set-up, activation or establishment fees. Often these can run into the hundreds of dollars – luckily Skymesh has waived these fees.
  • No contracts. Month to month plans with the ability to cancel with 30 days’ notice.
  • Local call centre with personalised support. There will be no waiting in phone queues with Skymesh’s call-back sales and support function.

These are just some of the perks that Skymesh has included to ensure the overall internet experience is satisfactory. The unmetered Netflix is especially juicy, and we suspect many users will want to champ at the bit at this plan, given how popular Netflix is.

How does Skymesh broadband compare to the competition?

Skymesh’s huge range of NBN plans makes the brand contend with a lot of others. Luckily it seems to compete fairly well, however there are a few providers that are also worth taking a look at for included value.

Skymesh Fibre and Fixed Wireless NBN Plans Compared

Skymesh’s fibre NBN plans seem to offer the best value out of its NBN range, so let’s see how its plans compare.

Plans under $50 Compared

In this small segment of the market, there are only a handful of NBN providers offering similar plans as to what Skymesh offers. Perhaps the closest plan based on price alone to Skymesh’s cheapest plan is the Dodo $29.90 a month plan. Here, Dodo offers a little more data, and this is indeed the case across the board. Keep an eye out for NBN providers like Aussie Broadband, AusBBS and SpinTel, which all offer some form of plan under $50, however keep in mind the meagre amount of data you receive in return. However, unmetered Netflix content on a Skymesh plan could really matter here, so take that into consideration too.

Plans over $50 Compared

This segment sees a lot more competition, and at least 500GB with Tier 2 speeds is a common feature. For around the $60 mark, there are some familiar faces in SpinTel and Aussie Broadband, while Exetel and Teleron also come to play. Also worth considering is MyRepublic, which offers Tier 3 or 4 speeds – depending on connection – for less than $60 with unlimited data to boot.

Skymesh SkyMuster Plans Compared

  • 55GB/80GB peak/off peak plan from $149.94 a month

Skymesh competes in this relatively new and exciting range of broadband plans, and tends to do quite well. In these wireless services, expect costs to be slightly higher for the amount of data you will receive, and there are also fewer providers offering the services. Naturally, expect prices to get cheaper as the service becomes more popular.

In this segment, iinet and Harbour ISP seem to be popular providers. Generally, there are plans available for less than $50 a month, but expect relatively low amounts of data. For anything appreciable – say, over 100GB – you have to be willing to budget at least $60-$80. Also note that only two speed tiers are available – NBN 12 and NBN 25. Skymesh benefits from having a solid amount of off-peak data but somewhat fails to stack up to these other two providers in terms of peak data and price.

Is Skymesh NBN a good move?

Skymesh is certainly one of the providers with the biggest swag of NBN plans on the market. With every conceivable NBN delivery, Skymesh is well placed to offer something for everyone wanting an NBN plan. From the urban dwellers wanting high-speed cable, to the rural battlers who can only access satellite and mobile services, Skymesh is well-suited to tackle your NBN needs.

However, even with its huge collection of plans, Skymesh is decidedly middle-of-the-pack when it comes to all-out value. Although, these may be the tipping points you need to get you to go with Skymesh:

  • Convenient and efficient customer service with a local call centre
  • Unmetered Netflix streaming

Nevertheless, it’s worth taking a look at the other providers out there to see how far you can go with your budget.

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