AusBBS Broadband | ADSL2+ and Phone Plans

Recently purchased by amaysim, AusBBS broadband offers ADSL2+ services to Australian customers.

AusBBS occupies an unusual space in the broadband market, offering plans solely on the soon-to-be-obsolete ADSL network. Yet despite an ever-shrinking audience, the Internet provider continues to supply unlimited ADSL plans on month-to-month, 12-month and 24-month contracts to Australians waiting for the National Broadband Networks (NBN). AusBBS also offers home phone line rental with a pay-as-you-go phone service for those who don't already have an active phone service with another provider.

AusBBS ADSL plans

Broadband plans don't get much simpler than AusBBS's ADSL offerings. Just two plans are available: one with home phone line rental, and one without. Both plans include unlimited monthly data and are priced as follows:

  • Unlimited data plan: $35 per month
  • Unlimited data + home phone: $55 per month

It's important to note here that ADSL Internet requires you to purchase line rental in order for it to function at all. In other words, if you want to sign up for the $35 data-only plan, you'll need to pay for line rental from another provider as well as paying AusBBS for the data plan.

There are also setup costs to consider with AusBBS's ADSL plans. These differ depending on your chosen contract length: on a month-to-month contract, you're looking at $55; on a 12-month contract it's $35; and on a 24-month contract, setup is free.

Longer-term contracts do come with a catch, though: Cancel your service early, and you'll have to pay out a portion of the remaining cost of your plan. This fee is calculated as $20 multiplied by the number of months remaining on your contract.

How does AusBBS compare?

Since ADSL is its entire business, it's no surprise that AusBBS ranks highly on the short list of providers still offering the service in Australia.

AusBBS stacks up especially well if all you're after is standalone ADSL Internet. Provided you're already paying for home phone line rental from another telco, AusBBS's $35 data-only ADSL plan is one of the cheapest currently available, clocking in significantly cheaper than Spintel's $54.95 plan and Internet On's $59.90 plan. Only Dodo edges it out with its $29.90 plan, and even then Dodo's steeper $99 setup fee and mandatory $109 modem purchase mean AusBBS works out cheaper for at least the first eight months.

The competition ramps up in the ADSL and home phone bundle space, but AusBBS still manages to deliver some of the best value around. Not only does its $55 bundle plan represent one of the cheapest monthly rates on the market, the reasonable $55 setup fee is also one of the lowest around, making it a significantly easier buy-in than the $200 setup fee Optus charges, for instance.

Only Exetel offers a truly comparable bundle with its $54.99 plan, though you'll still be up for a steeper $99.95 setup fee. Exetel also has the edge for consummate chatterboxes, with the option to add an unlimited call pack to its plan for $10 extra a month – something that AusBBS doesn't offer.

Why should you consider AusBBS?

AusBBS only does one thing, but it does it well. Cheap monthly rates, low setup fees and unlimited data make its ADSL plans some of the best on the market, especially over the short term.

With the option to purchase standalone ADSL as well as a home phone and ADSL bundle, you don't have to abandon your current landline provider to sign up with AusBBS either. This is particularly beneficial if you're waiting on fixed wireless or satellite NBN services to roll out in your area, since you'll be able to cancel your AusBBS ADSL plan without affecting your phone service when the NBN is finally ready.

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