How do AGL’s new NBN plans compare to other “bundle and save” options?
The energy giant has released its first set of NBN plans with $15 off when you bundle your utilities bills.
AGL, one of Australia's three largest gas and power providers, is entering the home Internet market with a freshly announced suite of NBN plans. The energy company already owned a part of the telecommunications market through its subsidiary, Southern Phone, but has not directly offered plans itself until now.
It's launching with three unlimited data plans, priced between $75 and $95 per month. AGL is hoping to entice more customers over with a special $15 discount when you bundle it with an AGL gas or electricity plan, too.
AGL isn't the first energy company to offer bundling discounts, with Origin, Dodo and Sumo all offering $10–$15 per month off when you bundle your energy and Internet bills.
What NBN plans is AGL offering?
The three plans that AGL is offering cover all the basic NBN speed tiers except NBN12. Here are the options:
- Home Basic NBN25. Unlimited data for $75 per month ($60 with bundling). Typical evening speed of 19Mbps.
- Home Standard NBN50. Unlimited data for $80 per month ($65 with bundling). Typical evening speed of 38Mbps.
- Home Fast NBN100. Unlimited data for $95 per month ($80 with bundling). Typical evening speed of 76Mbps.
There isn't a set-up fee and the plans are month to month. If you take AGL's recommended modem for 12 months, it is free. If you don't stay the 12 months, you'll get charged $8 for every remaining month, up to $96. You can also bring your own modem and avoid this fee altogether.
How does AGL NBN hold up to other energy/Internet bundles?
To give you an example of how AGL's plans stack up against the competition, we've compared its NBN50 plan to another NBN provider from our database, Dodo. When you bundle Dodo NBN with an energy plan, you'll get a $5 monthly discount for both gas and electricity, up to $10 off. This discount lasts for 12 months.
|Provider + plan||Standard price||Bundle discount price (with gas + power)||Typical evening speed|
|AGL Home Standard NBN50||$80/mth||$65/mth||38Mbps|
This table makes it clear that Dodo is the better deal, with or without bundling. Dodo is cheaper, faster and even has Fetch entertainment options for people who are interested, while AGL has no extra features to distinguish it.
Is AGL NBN worth it?
Not necessarily. Even assuming you're happy to switch your electricity or gas over to AGL or are already an AGL customer, the $15 discount only just brings its NBN plan prices to competitive levels. Without the discount, the plans are a bit pricier than what you'd expect for those typical evening speeds.
Bundling your energy and Internet bills does make paying your utilities bills a bit easier if you've just got one company to deal with. Just remember that it's always worth spending a bit of time comparing your options to make sure you're getting the best deal.
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