In the land of broadband, there’s a lot more than just Telstra these days. A lot of smaller providers have cropped up in recent years, and thanks to the wholesale nature of the NBN, there are now more than 100 to choose from, depending on where you live. With so many little telcos knocking around, it’s hard for any to stand out from the crowd. However, one that has managed to do so is MyRepublic, and it’s been labelled the ‘Telstra killer’. Find out why it’s earned that reputation as we compare Telstra and MyRepublic broadband plans.
Originating from South East Asia, MyRepublic offers simple, no-frills plans with incredible value, whereas Telstra’s broadband plans sit at the more expensive end of the market. So why would anyone go with Telstra these days? Well, you might be surprised to know there are still many reasons to go with Telstra, but with MyRepublic in town, you now have a tough decision to make. It’s a David vs Goliath battle, so let’s see who will win the fight.
MyRepublic vs Telstra: How do they compare?
It’s the battle of the young hotshot upstart versus the old, tried and tested veteran. MyRepublic’s plans are certainly cheaper than Telstra’s comparable offers, but once you factor in the added features that are available with Telstra’s broadband plans, you start talking more about ‘value’ than just ‘cheap’. So it really depends on what you’re looking for as well as how much you want to pay.
- MyRepublic: Unlimited data as standard, starting at $69.99 a month. Tier 3 NBN speeds already bundled in.
- Telstra: Prices starting at $70, with unlimited costing $99 a month. NBN 25 speeds as standard, with speed boosts from $20 a month extra.
NBN Plans Compared
From the snapshot above, MyRepublic seems to have it all over Telstra in terms of budget broadband plans. This is especially true on the NBN. In fact, Telstra’s unlimited data plans cost close to $100 a month. Also, all of Telstra’s NBN plans are on Tier 2 as standard, which if you’re familiar with the NBN Speed Tiers, offers download speeds of only 25Mbps.
MyRepublic, on the other hand, has all fixed-line NBN plans on Tier 3 or 4– affording you very quick maximum speeds of 100Mbps downloading. The transparency of MyRepublic’s plans means you know what you’re getting and you don’t have to worry about if plan X with X speed is better than Y plan with Y speed. So, it appears that MyRepublic has it all over Telstra in terms of budget value, but where does Telstra come to play?
For NBN plans, Telstra offers an unrivalled amount of perks and extras. This is especially true as you move up to the higher price brackets. For example, plans over $100 a month often include extra goodies like Foxtel packages,
- Foxtel Now entertainment packs included. Access to premium shows like Game of Thrones and HBO masterpieces.
- Telstra TV included on many plans, making it easy to watch Stan and Netflix.
- NBN 25 speed tier as standard, with speed jumps available from $20 per month extra.
- Telstra offers pay-as-you-go home phone call rates as standard, but MyRepublic offers call packs from about $10 extra per month.
If you’re in the market for a Pay TV subscription anyway, it could make sense to go with Telstra who have it all sorted. So if it’s all-out entertainment you want, it makes sense to go with Telstra. If you just want no-frills NBN then it pays to go with MyRepublic and its top-tier speeds.
DSL Plans Compared
Perhaps the most noteworthy thing that these two providers share is that you get the same value with a standard DSL connection. With both MyRepublic and Telstra, it’s much the same story as their NBN plans. Keep an eye out for entertainment bundles from Telstra, and keep an eye out for no-frills basic broadband from MyRepublic. On that note, MyRepublic comes to the game here with naked DSL.
The benefit of naked DSL is you are not paying extra for a home phone and line rental. Given less and less of us even have a home phone these days, it could work out to be more cost effective to opt for a Naked DSL plan. As usual, MyRepublic’s plans are unlimited, whereas Telstra’s are data-capped unless you’re willing to spend close to $100 a month.
Cable Broadband Compared
This one’s a pretty easy one to compare – MyRepublic does not have any cable broadband plans, whereas Telstra does (depending on your location of course). Telstra’s cable broadband benefits from having fast broadband that rivals the NBN for speed. It’s only available in selected areas – usually capital cities – so it’s worthwhile having a look to see if it’s even available in your area. The minimum you can expect to pay is $70 a month for the most basic plans. And the most expensive is $140 a month for unlimited data. Entertainment bundles are not sacrificed here, either. With selected plans, you’ll get the Telstra TV entertainment bundle included as well as Foxtel packs from time to time. It’s a pretty easy win for Telstra here.
MyRepublic vs Telstra: Who wins the fight?
On the surface, MyRepublic does appear to offer the best ‘bang for buck’, and based on cost alone it does prove to be the ‘Telstra killer’. However, there is still merit for Telstra. Due to its partnerships with the likes of Foxtel, opting for a more expensive plan with Telstra may prove to offer better value. As it we mentioned earlier, it’s a case of cheap vs value.
Simply put, Telstra offers superior bundling options with Telstra TV and Foxtel. If you’re thinking of budgeting around $90-$100 per month anyway for a broadband plan, it makes sense to go with Telstra as it offers supreme bundling value. MyRepublic offers great NBN Tier 4 plans for a cheap price, as well as naked DSL. It’s a no-frills ISP and that’s about where the fun stops. In summary:
- If it’s just straight broadband you want, then you might want to choose MyRepublic. Its Tier 3 & 4 NBN plans and unlimited data, as well as no-fuss DSL plans, make it the most cost-effective option.
- If it’s unrivalled entertainment you want, then you might want to choose Telstra. Its partnership with Foxtel makes it a ‘double threat’ in terms of broadband and entertainment.
So, MyRepublic isn’t exactly the Telstra killer a lot of pundits were betting on. There is still strong merit for Telstra, but it all lies on what you want out of your broadband provider. As usual, it pays to compare a bunch of different providers to see how far your dollar can go.