AusBBS Broadband | NBN and ADSL2+ plans compared

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

Previously an ADSL-only Internet provider, AusBBS now offers broadband plans on both Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) and the soon-to-be-obsolete ADSL network. These plans are available on month-to-month, 12-month and 24-month contracts, and are supplemented by a variety of phone services delivered via the traditional landline network as well as on the Internet using voice over IP (VoIP) technology.

AusBBS NBN plans

NBN plans through AusBBS are available for Australians with access to fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB) and fibre to the curb (FTTC). These plans support all four main speed tiers of the NBN, from Basic up to Premium.

All AusBBS's fixed-line NBN plans include unlimited data and are priced as follows:

  • Basic Unlimited: $60 per month
  • Standard Unlimited: per month
  • Standard Plus Unlimited: $70 per month
  • Premium Unlimited: $90 per month

In addition to the monthly fee, AusBBS charges an activation fee of $55 on month-to-month contracts. This drops to $35 on 12-month contracts, and is waived completely on 24-month contracts.

If you need a new modem to service your NBN connection, AusBBS will bundle one in for an extra $59.95 plus delivery on any of its plans.

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 set-up 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, set-up 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?

AusBBS rivals some of the cheapest broadband providers in Australia with its low-cost plans, and its extensive range of Internet and phone bundles provides plenty of options for those wanting to do more than just stream Netflix.

How do AusBBS's NBN plans compare?

Despite only recently adding NBN plans to its portfolio, AusBBS stacks up quite well against the leading providers of Australia's largest broadband network. Its Basic Unlimited plan stands alongside prominent budget-priced plans from providers like Mate Communicate, Flip TV and Hello Broadband, offsetting its slightly-higher monthly fees with lower set-up and modem costs. The only ding against it is the lack of a phone service, which you could get for a similar monthly price from Spintel's NBN Entry Bundle plan.

AusBBS maintains its competitiveness at higher speed tiers, too. As you can see in the table below, the prices for its Standard and Standard Plus plans don't stray too far from the norm, but it's at the Premium tier that AusBBS truly finds its form. Few other providers offer an unlimited plan at Premium speeds at such a low price point, making AusBBS well worth considering for those with a hunger for high-speed, uninhibited broadband Internet.

AusBBS Spintel Mate Communicate Hello Broadband Flip TV Tangerine
Standard (25Mbps) $10 extra N/A N/A $8 extra $10 extra N/A
Standard Plus (50Mbps) $20 extra $10 extra $10 extra $13 extra $30 extra $15 extra
Premium (100Mbps) $30 extra $25 extra $40 extra $49.05 extra N/A N/A

How do AusBBS's ADSL plans 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. 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 set-up fees and unlimited data make its ADSL plans some of the best on the market, especially over the short term.

Also, 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. 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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