Barefoot Telecom offers NBN and ADSL plans with unlimited monthly data limits and no lock in contracts.
What services does Barefoot offer?
Barefoot offers a wide variety of NBN services, including fibre to the premises (FTTP), fixed wireless, fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the basement (FTTB). If NBN is not available in your area, they also offer ADSL plans.
Each plan has an unlimited monthly download limit and the option of adding a phone service. Barefoot also provides BYO mobile phone plans on the Optus 4G network. All of the services are month-to-month (no contract) and there are no early termination charges or activation fees if you need to change or cancel your plan.
How much does Barefoot cost?
Setup costs vary based on the service you choose and the speed available (this will depend on the services available at your home address). The setup fee for all NBN plans include a modem with Voice Port. ADSL customers, on the other hand, need to supply their own modem or purchase one through Barefoot for an additional $99.
Adding a phone service, which includes unlimited calls to local, national and Australian mobile numbers, costs an additional $9 per month on NBN plans. Adding phone options for ADSL customers costs between $20 and $40 extra per month.
What additional services are included?
Mobile Phone Plans
Barefoot Telecom broadband offers a variety of BYO mobile phone plans on the Optus 4G network. Plans start at $19 per month and include data limits ranging 100MB to 8GB. An automatic excess data fee of $9.00 per 1GB is charged if you go over your data limit. This is designed to reduce “bill shock” at the end of the month. All of the mobile plans are month-to-month and you can cancel your plan at any time without early termination charges.
What voice options are provided?
All Barefoot NBN plans offer a phone service for an additional $9 per month. This includes unlimited calls to Australian local, national and mobile numbers. Calls to 13 or 1300 numbers cost an additional 50 cents per call on FTTN and fixed wireless plans.
On ADSL plans, phone services include unlimited calls to Australian local and national numbers. Calls to Australian mobile numbers cost 40 cents per minute, and calls to 13 or 1300 numbers are 50 cents each.
Pros and cons
- No lock in contract. Whether you sign up to the NBN or a mobile phone plan, none of the services Barefoot provides will lock you in a contract. This provides you with the peace of mind knowing that you are able to change or cancel your plan at any time.
- Unlimited monthly download limit. Each of the internet services available through Barefoot offers unlimited data, so you don’t have to worry about your internet slowing down or having to pay any excess data charges.
- Value for money. All of the plans are on the cheaper side when compared to those offered by competitors such as Telstra. It’s also worth noting that very few providers offer unlimited data for all their plans.
- Modem costs. Unless you are an NBN customer, Barefoot does not supply you with a modem. The NBN modem is included in the $99 set up fee but if you are an ADSL customer, you have to supply your own or purchase one.
- No Fixed Wireless on larger NBN plan. Fixed Wireless is not available on Barefoot’s MAX and Ultra NBN plans.