Recently purchased by amaysim, AusBBS broadband offers ADSL2+ and a range of NBN services to Australian customers.
What services does AusBBS offer?
AusBBS offers a variety of NBN services including Fibre, Fixed Wireless, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP or Estate Fibre) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB). For those not eligible for NBN, AusBBS also offers ADSL2+ plans. Outside of its broadband plans, AusBBS also offers voice options, like voice over IP (VoIP) dedicated phone services over fibre and voice bundles for NBN.
How much does AusBBS cost?
AusBBS's NBN plans (FTTP, FTTN and FTTB) are priced differently depending on your choice of speed, data allowance and contract length. Customers have the option of 50GB, 200GB (not available at 12/1 Mbps), 500GB (not available at 12/1 Mbps and 50/20Mbps) Unlimited or pay-as-you-go (PAYG) per month. The lowest data tier, PAYG, includes 10GB and charges $0.85 per GB after the base amount is exceeded. The minimum monthly NBN cost is $34.95 per month for 12/1 Mbps PAYG and the maximum is $175 for 100/40 Mbps and unlimited data. ADSL2+ plan pricing varies depending on geographical location and included data. Metro customers pay less, whereas zone 1 and regional customers pay more per month. ADSL plans also include a PAYG option (with the same pricing structure as NBN PAYG), a 50GB option (available for zone 1 and regional only), 200GB (available for zone 1 and regional only), 500GB (available on regional only) and unlimited. The minimum cost for an ADSL plan is $29.95 for on-net on PAYG and the maximum cost is $89.95 for regional unlimited with a bundled phone line. For an additional cost, ADSL customers can also opt to bundle a phone line with unlimited plans. AusBBS also charge a connection fee on month-to-month (casual) plans and 12 month plans. Connecting ADSL will cost customers $125 on a month-to-month plan and $75 on a 12 month plan, whereas an NBN connection will cost $99 on a month-to-month plan and $49 on a 12 month plan. In addition to a credit refund for an optional modem (not available for NBN Fibre or Copper), signing up to a 24 month contract on ADSL or NBN incurs no connection fee.
What additional services are included?
What voice options are provided?
AusBBS offers three types of phone services, Estate phone, VoIP and NBN Phone (UNI-V). Each is priced differently and has different inclusions.
NBN Phone (UNI-V)
AusBBS offers NBN Phone services as a standalone product or bundles with an NBN Fibre package. Connecting an NBN phone will incur a $99 activation fee on month to month and $49 on a 12 month plan. There is no activation fee when signing up for 24 months. See below for pricing on bundles and standalone NBN phone:
*UK, U.S.A, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Malaysia, Canada and India
Estate Phone (LBNco)
AusBBS sells an off-NBN fibre (Fibre Estate) option on the LBNCo Open Access Network. Customers have the option to bundle an Estate Phone with an LBNCo Fibre plan. Customers will pay a $99 fee for activating a month to month plan and $0 on 12 and 24 month agreements. Unlike NBN phone, Fibre Estate phone plans are priced the same with or without a bundled Fibre package. Below are the pricing details for Estate Phone:
* Canada, France,Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA ** China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, USA *** Canada, France,Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA, China, India, New Zealand, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, South Africa
VoIP (Voice over IP)
AusBBS also offer Voice over IP (VoIP) services. Pricing for VoIP services is identical to pricing for Fibre Estate phone, including the $49 setup fee for month to month plans. 12 and 24 month commitments do not incur a connection fee.
What happens if I exceed my monthly download limit?
Pros and cons
- No off-peak/on-peak data. AusBBS don't mess around with on-peak and off-peak restrictions. Though this is quite common these days, not everyone has adopted this approach.
- Refer a friend program. This unique incentive rewards you for referring friends to AusBBS. If you refer a friend, you receive a credit equal to the cost of their first month. Better yet, you can refer as many friends as you like, so you technically go the whole year without paying if you refer 12 friends.
- Huge range of options. AusBBS has a huge range of options. This can be a little overwhelming at first, but it's great for anyone looking to customise their plan.
- Website lacks information. Fibre Estates and LBNCo might be familiar someone who knows what they are shopping for, but to the regular customer the lack of information only adds to the confusion of the already overwhelming plan options.
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