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Activ8me review

Our verdict: While Activ8me offers plans across all NBN connection types, it has some pretty hefty activation and exit fees.

Pros

  • Local Australian support
  • BYO modem options

Cons

  • $98 activation fee on month-to-month fixed line plans
  • $150 exit fee on 6-month contracts

Compare Activ8me plans

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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 155GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$34.95
per month
Min total cost is $34.95 for first month
Price
$34.95 per month
Min total cost is $34.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite 155GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™12
Typical download speed not provided
$34.95
per month
Min total cost is $209.70 over 6 months
Price
$34.95 per month
Min total cost is $209.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Sky Muster Satellite Sonic 155GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
Data
155GB
Off peak 135GB, Peak 20GB
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™25
Typical download speed not provided
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $39.95 for first month
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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me Opticomm Fibre Standard 6 Months
Fibre
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase from $139.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
10.73Mbps
Speed
10.73Mbps
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Activ8me Opticomm Fibre Standard 1 Month
Fibre
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $164.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
10.73Mbps
Speed
10.73Mbps
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $157.95 for first month
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $157.95 for first month
Activ8me Opticomm Fibre Sonic 1 Month
Fibre
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $164.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
24.44Mbps
Speed
24.44Mbps
$69.95
per month
Min total cost is $167.95 for first month
Price
$69.95 per month
Min total cost is $167.95 for first month
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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 100GB 6 Months
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase for $59.95
100GB
Data
100GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $359.70 over 6 months
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 100GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
100GB
Data
100GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$59.95
per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
Price
$59.95 per month
Min total cost is $59.95 for first month
Activ8me NBN Fixed Wireless Broadband Plus 250GB 1 Month
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84.95
250GB
Data
250GB
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
Speed
nbn™50
Typical download speed not provided
$64.95
per month
Min total cost is $64.95 for first month
Price
$64.95 per month
Min total cost is $64.95 for first month
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Activ8me review: Our verdict

Activ8me may offer plans across all connection types, but its value depends on which one you're after.

If you're after fixed-line NBN, you're almost certainly better off looking elsewhere. Activ8me's plans come with slow typical evening speeds and various activation and exit fees.

Most fixed-line NBN providers offer close to maximum speeds on their plans, with no set-up or activation fee.

Activ8me scores much better if you're a satellite NBN customer, as its plans compare well against other satellite providers.

Here's what stands out with Activ8me:

  • 100% Australian customer support based in Victoria.
  • You can bring your own modem to avoid paying for a new one.

But there are a few things to watch out for:

  • 6-month contracts have an expensive $150 exit fee.
  • Slow speeds on fixed-line NBN plans compared to other providers.
  • $98 activation fee on month-to-month fixed-line plans, where most providers have none.

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Value for money

It's hard to compare the value of satellite plans since data is split into peak (7am-1am) and off-peak (1am-7am) allowances.

Activ8me's Sky Muster plans largely offer more off-peak data than peak, which isn't really helpful unless you download files overnight.

However, this is a common trend for Sky Muster plans, with other providers like Reachnet offering a similar split in data.

Activ8me's Sky Muster Plus plans, on the other hand, have a more balanced peak allowance.

  • Good to know: Sky Muster Plus plans are a little more expensive than regular Sky Muster, but come with lots of "unmetered" activities. This means they won't count towards your data allowance. Only activities like video streaming and VPN use will count towards your monthly data limit.

Activ8me offers NBN plans on 2 speed tiers, but they come with poor download speeds.

Where most NBN providers now offer close to maximum speeds on a plan's speed tiers, Activ8me falls short.

  • Good to know: Activ8me's fixed-line NBN plans offer less than 85% of their maximum speed during busy periods, which isn't great. Maximum speed indicates the fastest speed a plan on that speed tier can go. For example, a maximum of 100Mbps on an NBN 100 plan. You want to get as close to 100% as possible.

When it comes to price, Activ8me's NBN 50 plan is on par with the average on Finder, while its NBN 100 plan is $10 above average.

Activ8me lets you BYO modem. If you choose not to, you can purchase a new modem from it for $110, which is more expensive than other providers. Keep in mind there's also a $15 delivery fee.

Things to watch out for:

  • Fixed line plans are available on monthly or 6-month contracts. Monthly contracts have a $98 activation fee, while 6-month contracts have a $150 exit fee if you cancel early.
  • If you exceed your satellite plan's peak or off-peak data limit, your speeds will be slowed down to 128kbps (which is basically nothing) until the end of the month.

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Customer service

Have an issue? Activ8me has a couple of ways to get in touch. You can:
  • Ring the customer support team 8am-8pm AEST Monday to Friday, or 8am-5pm Saturday.
  • Leave a message on the Activ8me Facebook page.
  • Send an email to the care team if you don't mind a bit of a slower response.
  • Good to know: Activ8me's call centre is local and based in Victoria.

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Bonus features

Activ8me has a handful of unusual bonus features on its NBN plans.

💰 Referral bonus

If you refer a friend and they sign up to Activ8me, you'll both get a $20 credit on your accounts.

This is one of the weaker referral discounts available from an NBN provider.

Which rivals are giving Activ8me a run for its money?

If you're not sold on Activ8me, check out a couple of its competitors.

For better-value satellite:

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Not only does SkyMesh have some cheaper plans on offer, it doesn't charge any set-up or activation fees to get your service going.

For more reliable speeds:

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When it comes to fixed-line NBN, you can't get much faster than Optus. It regularly tops the rankings of the ACCC's Broadband Performance Report for delivering maximum plan speeds.

Ready to sign up to Activ8me?

If you're after an Activ8me satellite plan, just click the green "Go to site" button in our comparison table. This will take you through to Activ8me's website, where you can enter your details and finalise your order.

Compare Activ8me plans

Those looking for NBN plans will need to check Activ8me's website directly, as these are unavailable to purchase via Finder.

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What if I'm moving house?
If you're an existing customer, let Activ8me know before you move and it will handle the rest. It says that your Internet should be up and running on the same day you place your order, or any date you specify.

It's also a good idea to give your current provider a heads-up if you're switching. That will save you from accidentally paying for 2 Internet bills. Check out our guide on how to switch broadband providers for more.


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    DerekAugust 7, 2018

    How can I buy some extra gigs to tide me over till next month?

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      JeniAugust 7, 2018Finder

      Hi Derek,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Can you log in to Activ8me’s page? If yes, at the left navigation menu you will see Buy Data Block. It lets you buy more data to use with your service.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    GraemeAugust 4, 2017

    Will fetch TV work with satellite ethernet?

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      RenchAugust 4, 2017Finder

      Hi Graeme,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, Fetch TV will work with a Satellite ethernet connection. Fetch recommends a minimum broadband connection of 3Mbps for stable viewing across all devices.

      Please feel free to learn more about Fetch TV.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    SlowOctober 12, 2016

    I have a current service provider and they have rung saying I need to change to the NBN now or I will lose my Internet connection.
    My concern is that it’s going to cost me more money and I seriously doubt that it will improve the service. I currently pay $24.00 per month and only my emails and Facebook. Is there other ways that I can keep the cost down and how long before the current service is turned off?

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      JasonNovember 11, 2016Finder

      Hi Slow user,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Typically, you have about 18 months to switch before your home phone and Internet services will be disconnected. It’s important to get switched over to NBN before the cutoff date as you run the risk of losing your home phone number and Internet services if you don’t switch to NBN. Most ISPs will transfer you to an NBN plan free of charge. NBN plans can also offer Internet speeds that are better than ADSL connections.

      Please get in touch with your Internet service provider and check with them if there will be any changes in your monthly bill if you move to NBN or you can also check other NBN plans that can help you save money.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    MartinMay 3, 2016

    What minimum download/upload speed using your 50/20 Mbps option could I expect?

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      BrodieMay 6, 2016

      Hi Martin,

      You’ve reached finder.com.au, not Activ8me. Unfortunately, Activ8me (and most broadband providers) do not specify a minimum speed as speed can be impacted by a number of factors including congestion and geography.

      Cheers,
      Brodie

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    JohnOctober 9, 2015

    Must I cancel my satellite service now that I am connected to fixed wireless service? John Gibson

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      BrodieOctober 12, 2015

      Hi John,

      Typically, your wireless service provider will transfer you from your satellite service. To confirm, you may need to contact the Activ8me customer support center on 1300 76 02 19 or visit the support section of their website to confirm if you can already cancel your satellite service.

      Cheers,
      Brodie

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