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
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. 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.
- NBN 50 is the minimum speed tier, with a jump to NBN 100 generally costing an extra $5 a month.
So if you want Tier 3 speeds, expect to pay $44.95 a month for the base plan, and so on. 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:
- There are no ‘unlimited’ plans, instead customers can receive up to 8.4TB data for $154.95 a month.
- 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.
- Many plans feature peak/off-peak data, with off-peak data being a lot more generous.
- 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.
- Plans start at $34.95 with the NBN 12 speed tier, while you will pay about $5 extra for the NBN 25 tier.
- There are also ‘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.
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
- Tier 3 speeds with upwards of 6.24TB total data from $84.95 a month.
Skymesh’s fibre NBN plans seem to offer the best value out of its NBN range, so let’s see how its plans compare. As you can see, Skymesh technically does not offer ‘unlimited’ data, but anything over 2 terabytes is a helluva lot. This is undoubtedly to discourage those heavy torrenters and downloaders from clogging up the network. Still, Skymesh features some tough competition, with many offering 1000GB+ data on the NBN 50 speed tier for under $80 a month. Other providers worth keeping an eye out for include Mate Communicate, Amaysim, Vodafone and Kogan NBN.
Skymesh SkyMuster NBN Plans Compared
Those living out in the bush have decidedly less broadband options – but there is still a choice. Skymesh is one of the premier providers in the SkyMuster space, providing pretty competitive plans on the whole. Other providers worth keeping an eye out for include Southern Phone, iiNet and Harbour ISP. Given the popularity of peak/off-peak data limits, it can be hard to decipher what plan is most competitive. With SkyMuster, you may want to take a holistic view, and consider what downloads you can make after midnight, as well as any free perks on offer such as data-free Netflix.
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
- No setup fees or lock-in contracts
Nevertheless, it’s worth taking a look at the other providers out there to see how far you can go with your budget.