If you’ve recently had your home connected to the National Broadband Network, or best NBN, then you’re in luck. Your household has joined one of the 6.2 million premises with access to high internet speeds. Like most homeowners, you’re probably wondering if it will live up to your expectations. The short answer is, it depends. The long answer? It’s up to how ready you are for the NBN, and whether you know what to look out for when picking a provider or an internet plan.
In other words, your decision will have a bigger effect on your new broadband internet experience than you may realise. That said, once you know what to look out for and how to choose the best NBN plan, finding the perfect internet service for you and your family can be quite easy. As long as you ask yourself certain questions while you shop around, you should have little to no trouble finding and choosing the best subscription plan.
How Much Speed Do I Want My Household to Have?
Different internet service providers offer at least one plan at each speed tier available, and each speed is best for certain activities. The slowest one is good enough for basic internet activities – checking and answering email, checking social media accounts, casual Web browsing – but definitely not for heavy online gaming or constant video streaming.
The best thing for you to do when deciding how fast you want your chosen plan to be is to look at your household as a whole. Even if only one out of, say, five people is an online gaming enthusiast, your connection still needs to be able to handle their needs. So consider what everyone needs internet connection for and how often they’re online. Then you can start looking at plans in the speed tier that fits your household’s needs best.
How Much Do I Want to Pay?
To make things a little easier for you, it’s safe to assume that all plans will offer unlimited data, so you don’t have to add data constrictions to your list of considerations. However, at the end of the day, how much you pay per month for your connection will still be based on several things. These include desired speed, any additional services you may need other than internet, contract length, and potential additional fees.
For example, you already know that one of the middle speed tiers, 25Mbps or 50Mbps, will be best for your household. You may be tempted to just pick the cheapest plan at that tier, but you need to take a step back and really consider. That plan could have a data limit each month, for example, or you’d still have to shell out for setup or installation fees and a new modem at the start of your contract. In that case, you’d be better off with a plan that’s a little more expensive, but already has a modem and doesn’t make you pay for setup or installation. If you can find one that offers another service you need that you can bundle with your internet, then so much the better.
In short, define what “value” means to you, as far as your internet is concerned, then work out how much you’d be willing to pay based on that.
Which Provider is the Best?
This one largely depends on which providers have good coverage in your area, so check whether the provider offering the plan you really want is available. Otherwise, find out which providers are available, and make a list of subscription plans offering the same value as your first pick.
Once you have that list, do some further research so you can filter out the ones that are reliable and have good – if not great – customer service. Those are the ones to consider when making a final decision.