Bendigo Telco NBN, ADSL and Mobile Broadband Plans Compared

Bendigo Telco provides broadband services not only to residents of Bendigo, but to customers right around Australia.

Though it might sound like a small, local-only business, Bendigo Telco is actually part of an Australia-wide organisation made up of telecommunication providers supplying Internet and phone services across the country. These providers are:

  • Bendigo Telco
  • Tastel
  • South East QLD Telco
  • Central Coast Telco
  • Goulburn Valley Telco
  • VicWest Telco

Despite the different names, each of these providers offers the exact same services. This makes it easy to compare all their broadband plans in one fell swoop, with the results relevant regardless of where you live. For simplicity, however, we'll be referring to Bendigo Telco from here on out.

Bendigo Telco's portfolio covers a broad range of Internet and phone services. Along with NBN and ADSL plans, the telco offers home phone services delivered using both the traditional landline network as well as Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. For Aussies on the go, Bendigo Telco also supplies mobile broadband plans operating on the Optus 4G network.

Bendigo Telco NBN plans

NBN plans with Bendigo Telco are provided over fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB), fibre to the curb (FTTC) and fixed wireless connections only. These plans are available only on 24-month contracts and come with a single, unchangeable data cap of 2000GB a month.

The four main NBN speed tiers are all supported, giving you a choice of the following four plans:

  • NBN Basic, which comes with a Basic NBN connection for $65 a month
  • NBN Fast, which comes with a Standard NBN connection for a month
  • NBN Faster, which comes with a Standard Plus NBN connection for a month
  • NBN Super-Fast, which comes with a Premium NBN connection for a month

You won't have to pay any set-up fees on Bendigo Telco's NBN plans – unless your area isn't already wired up for NBN, that is – but you'll have to pony up a $200 early termination fee if you want to cancel your service prior to the end of your 24-month contract.

Two VoIP call packs are available alongside the above plans. For $10 extra a month, you'll get unlimited local and standard national calls, while $20 extra a month will add on unlimited calls to mobiles within Australia, too.

Apart from that, there are no further upfront costs attached to Bendigo Telco's NBN plans. All come with a free Wi-Fi modem-router bundled in, and there are no excess usage charges either – if you use up the whole 2000GB in less than a month, your Internet speed will simply drop to 1Mbps until the start of your next billing cycle.

Bendigo Telco ADSL plans

Bendigo Telco provides both standalone ADSL plans and home phone and ADSL bundles. The former requires you to have an existing landline phone service active at your house, whether it be supplied by Bendigo Telco or another provider. The latter comes with home phone line rental and pay-as-you-go calls bundled in, so no existing service is required.

Standalone ADSL plans operate on a month-to-month basis, while the ADSL bundles are locked to a 24-month contract. Both are available with either a 100GB data cap or a 1000GB data cap. Pricing is as follows:

  • Standalone ADSL 100GB - $50 a month
  • Standalone ADSL 1000GB - $60 a month
  • ADSL Home Bundle 100GB - $75 a month
  • ADSL Home Bundle 1000GB - $85 a month

A one-off connection fee of $150 applies to the standalone ADSL plans; the 24-month bundles waive this fee. Cancel one of the ADSL bundles before the two years is up, however, and you'll have to pay an early termination fee of $150.

Regardless of your chosen plan, if work has to be done installing a new telephone line or relocating an existing one as part of the connection process, you will have to cover the cost of that too. These charges can range from $60 up to $299 depending on the scale of work involved.

By default, no modem is included with any of Bendigo Telco's ADSL plans. If you require one, Bendigo Telco can supply one for an additional upfront charge.

Exceeding your monthly data limit on either the standalone ADSL plans or ADSL bundles won't incur any penalty fees. You'll instead have your Internet speed slowed to 256kbps for the remainder of your current billing cycle.

Bendigo Telco mobile broadband plans

Powered by the Optus 4G network, Bendigo Telco's mobile broadband plans come in both month-to-month and 12-month varieties. While monthly pricing is the same irrespective of contract length, opting for a 12-month contract gets you bonus data to use every month.

Five plans are available:

  • Flexi Small, which comes with 5GB on a month-to-month contract or 8GB on a 12-month contract for $20 a month
  • Flexi Medium, which comes with 8GB on a month-to-month contract or 15GB on a 12-month contract for $30 a month
  • Flexi Large, which comes with 15GB on a month-to-month contract or 25GB on a 12-month contract for $45 a month
  • Flexi XLarge, which comes with 50GB on a month-to-month contract or 60GB on a 12-month contract for $60 a month
  • Flexi XXLarge, which comes with 70GB on a month-to-month contract or 90GB on a 12-month contract for $80 a month

There are no other upfront costs associated with Bendigo Telco's mobile broadband plans. You will have to pay an early termination fee if you sign up for a 12-month contract and cancel your service before the year is up, however. This fee differs depending on your chosen plan and can be as much as $310.

The other cost to keep in mind on Bendigo Telco's mobile broadband plans is potential excess data charges. Use more than your monthly data limit, and you'll automatically be charged $10 for a credit of 1GB extra. Blow through that extra 1GB, and you'll be charged an additional $10 for another 1GB. This rate will continue until the end of your current billing period.

How does Bendigo Telco compare?

With so many broadband services on offer, Bendigo Telco faces plenty of competition in the battle for your dollar. Here's how it fares.

How do Bendigo Telco's NBN plans compare?

Bendigo Telco's NBN plans are aimed squarely at those wanting to go all-in on their broadband service. 2000GB of monthly data and no set-up or modem fees provide a strong draw, but they come at the expense of committing to a full two-year contract, and it's here that Bendigo Telco struggles to match the value offered by the competition.

Comparing similar 24-month Basic plans, MyNetFone, Dodo and Optus all offer cheaper alternatives that come with unlimited data plus a pay-as-you-go VoIP phone service at no extra cost. Meanwhile, Spintel, Exetel and Flip TV support shorter-term contracts on their unlimited plans while still beating Bendigo Telco with a lower monthly rate.

Mate Communicate is even more compelling, offering a no-lock-in, month-to-month plan with unlimited data and no set-up costs, giving you the freedom to cancel at any time without penalty.

The story is much the same with Bendigo Telco's Standard NBN plan. 24-month plans from MyNetFone and Dodo get you unlimited data at a cheaper price while still benefitting from $0 set-up and modem costs, plus they include a complimentary pay-as-you-go VoIP phone service. Alternatively, 12-month plans from Belong and Nextalk require less commitment while still boasting no set-up fees, though neither comes with a phone service bundled in.

Bendigo Telco continues to lag behind the competition with its Standard Plus plan. MyRepublic and Exetel charge considerably less for their equivalent long-term plans, with MyRepublic even bundling in a VoIP phone service with unlimited local and national calls as a bonus. Meanwhile, Mate Communicate and Tangerine offer no-lock-in, month-to-month plans with no set-up fees and cheaper monthly rates for those wanting more flexibility out of their broadband service.

Bendigo Telco fares no better at the Premium end of the NBN spectrum. MyRepublic and MyNetFone once again match the $0 set-up costs while charging less per month, plus they add in a VoIP phone service at no extra charge. The unlimited local and national calls bundle in with MyRepublic's plan make it especially compelling.

If you don't need unlimited data, Spintel's 18-month 1000GB Premium Bundle presents an even more attractive option. With a significantly lower monthly rate than Bendigo Telco's offering plus a pay-as-you-go phone service included at no extra cost, it represents more bang for your buck over the long term.

Since Bendigo Telco also offers call packs for bundling with its NBN plans, it's worth comparing these too. Here, Bendigo Telco is again beaten on price by providers like Spintel and MyRepublic, though its charges are no higher than providers like MyNetFone and Infinity.

Bendigo Telco MyNetFone Infinity TPG Exetel Spintel MyRepublic
Unlimited local and national calls $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra N/A N/A N/A $0 extra
Unlimited local, national and mobile calls $20 extra $20 extra $20 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra

How do Bendigo Telco's ADSL plans compare?

Competition in the ADSL space has been on a steady decline since the rollout of the NBN, leaving Aussies with limited options for broadband delivered over the traditional landline network. Even with fewer alternatives, though, Bendigo Telco's ADSL plans are a hard sell.

Provided you already have an active landline phone service, Bendigo Telco's 100GB standalone ADSL plan isn't miles away from the competition. It's more expensive than Spintel's 100GB plan, and similarly-priced plans from Southern Phone and Ant Communications work out cheaper thanks to their included modems, but the differences aren't dramatic.

All that changes once you start comparing ADSL plans with larger data caps. Unlimited plans from Mate Communicate, Dodo and TPG outperform both Bendigo Telco's 100GB and 1000GB plans, with lower monthly rates and cheaper upfront costs.

Bendigo Telco doesn't stack up any better with its ADSL bundles. If you don't have much of a data appetite, Exetel and TPG offer 50GB on-peak/50GB off-peak plans at nearly half the monthly price of Bendigo Telco's 100GB plan, plus both lock you in for just 18 months instead of 24. If you'd prefer 100GB of anytime data, iPrimus and Start Broadband will provide you with it at a considerably cheaper rate than Bendigo Telco.

The competition only gets tougher when comparing unlimited ADSL bundles. Here, Bendigo Telco's 1000GB offering is no match for Exetel and TPG's significantly cheaper bundles. Mate Communicate also presents a compelling alternative, offering the freedom of a no-lock-in, month-to-month contract along with a cheaper monthly rate, no set-up fees and unlimited local and national calls thrown in to boot.

How do Bendigo Telco's mobile broadband plans compare?

Since Bendigo Telco offers different data caps for its month-to-month and 12-month mobile broadband plans, it's worth comparing both separately.

How do Bendigo Telco's month-to-month mobile broadband plans compare?

Bendigo Telco does quite well for itself in the mobile broadband space, especially at the budget end. Its 5GB plan isn't the cheapest around, but it's within striking distance of leading plans from providers like Jeenee Mobile and Spintel.