Compare 12-month ADSL plans

We've got everything you need to find the 12-month ADSL plan that's right for you.

What are the benefits of a 12-month ADSL plan?

12-month ADSL plans strike a balance between the freedom of month-to-month contracts and the subsidised cost of 24-month contracts. While the big plus for month-to-month contracts is the ability to cancel your plan at any time without penalty, most providers offset this by tacking on steep activation and setup fees, and in some cases, increased monthly costs. In contrast, these fees are typically waived on 12-month contracts.

At the same time, 12-month contracts require significantly less commitment than 24-month contracts. With the NBN more than halfway through its rollout, parts of the ADSL network are already being shut down, with NBN-accessible areas getting disconnected from the copper network within 18 months of NBN availability. Signing up for two years of ADSL when you could lose access to it within a year and a half is a risky proposition, which is why opting for a 12-month contract is often the better option.

What are the downsides to a 12-month ADSL plan?

Even though they require less commitment than 24-month plans, 12-month ADSL plans still lock you into a single service you might find doesn't serve your needs. Internet speeds on ADSL, for example, can vary drastically from provider to provider due to network congestion during peak usage hours. If you want to switch providers, though, most 12-month contracts will require you to pay an early cancellation fee of hundreds of dollars or more.

How can I compare 12-month ADSL plans?

Speed

ADSL Internet speeds are determined largely by your distance from your local telephone exchange, and should be mostly consistent from provider to provider. ADSL2+, the variant of ADSL offered by most providers, has a theoretical maximum speed of 24Mbps, though you will likely see speeds far lower than this unless you live next door to your local exchange.

Cost

With the NBN steadily rendering ADSL obsolete, competition between ADSL providers is fierce. As such, pricing for ADSL plans is the lowest it's ever been, and you can find plenty of affordable options by comparing different providers. To do so, just use our comparison tool at the top of this page.


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