Boom Broadband: NBN plans

Choose between an NBN Fibre or an NBN Wireless connection with Boom Broadband and experience the wonders of high speed Internet.

Boom Broadband is a Melbourne-based Internet provider focused on supplying NBN services to homes across Australia. In addition to standard fixed-line NBN connections, it offers fixed wireless connections as well as a Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service for making and receiving calls over the Internet. Select residents in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland can also sign up to Boom Broadband's ADSL service while they wait for the NBN to roll out in their area.

All Boom Broadband's plans are available on both 12-month and month-to-month contracts for the same monthly price, though setup costs are steeper on a month-to-month contract.

Boom Broadband NBN plans

Boom Broadband's NBN plans support all standard NBN access technologies: fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB), hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) and fixed wireless. Regardless of technology, three of the four main NBN speed tiers are available: Basic, Standard and Standard Plus. Boom Broadband does not offer the fastest Premium speed tier.

On the data front, Boom Broadband's NBN plans come with either a 50GB cap or an unlimited cap. On a Basic NBN connection, this gives you a choice between the following two plans:

  • Light, which includes 50GB of data for $45 a month
  • Extreme, which includes unlimited data for $60 a month

Boosting your Internet speed to a Standard NBN connection will cost you an extra $10 a month, while upgrading to a Standard Plus connection will set you back an extra $20 a month.

While the monthly pricing is identical regardless of contract length, the initial setup fees are not. On a month-to-month contract, you'll need to pay an upfront fee of $100, but this drops to $50 on a 12-month contract. However, that discount comes with a caveat: if you cancel a 12-month contract with Boom Broadband before the full year has elapsed, you'll have to pay out an early termination charge equal to $25 for each month remaining on your contract.

At least you won't have to worry about any excess data charges with Boom Broadband. On any of its 50GB plans, going over your monthly data cap will simply cause your Internet speed to slow to 256kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Boom Broadband offers with its NBN plans, click here.

Boom Broadband ADSL plans

While Boom Broadband has expanded its Internet operations to include ADSL services, it does not yet offer these in all areas of Australia. Currently, it claims availability to "most exchanges" in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, but you'll need to check the Boom Broadband website or contact the provider directly to verify if you're eligible for its ADSL services.

If you are, Boom Broadband offers just a single plan to service your ADSL needs:

  • Extreme, which includes unlimited data and home phone line rental for $74.95 a month

Like its NBN plans, Boom Broadband's ADSL plan is available on both a month-to-month and a 12-month contract. Setup fees on a month-to-month contract amount to $60, but this drops to $35 on a 12-month contract.

While home phone line rental is bundled in for free with Boom Broadband's ADSL plan, the cost of setting up that phone line is not. For a standard installation where a visit from a technician isn't required, you'll be looking at an extra $65 upfront.

However, if a technician visit is required, that goes up to $125. Meanwhile getting a whole new phone line installed will set you back a cool $300.

Boom Broadband extras

An NBN connection won't do you much good without a compatible modem-router capable of sharing that connection among your various devices. If you don't already have a suitable model ready to go, Boom Broadband will bundle in either the TP-Link TD-W9970 or the TP-Link Archer VR500V for an additional one-off charge.

The TD-W9970, which supports 300Mbps wireless speeds over 2.4GHz, will set you back $100 on one of Boom Broadband's 50GB plans or $50 on an unlimited plan. The Archer VR500V, which supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies, clocks in at $125 on a 50GB plan and $75 on an unlimited plan. FTTP and fixed wireless customers signing up to an unlimited plan get a slightly better deal, with Boom Broadband bundling in a TP-Link WR-841N modem-router for free.

Boom Broadband also offers Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service alongside its NBN plans. For $10 extra a month, you get the basic pay-as-you-go service featuring 20c/call local and national calls plus 15c/min mobile calls. $15 extra a month gets you unlimited local and national calls plus the same 15c/min mobile calls, while $25 extra a month gives you unlimited local, national and mobile calls within Australia.

How does Boom Broadband compare?

As with most Internet providers , Boom Broadband keeps its monthly pricing consistent regardless of contract length. Since it only charges a slightly higher setup fee for the freedom of a month-to-month contract instead of a locked-in 12-month contract, the below comparisons are all based on its more flexible month-to-month plans.

How do Boom Broadband's fixed-line NBN plans compare?

Boom Broadband's fixed-line NBN plans aren't terrible by any stretch, but they're nevertheless out-classed by many of the other options on the market.

For instance, its Basic speed 50GB plan costs more per month than 100GB plans from Exetel and Spintel, both of which also bundle in a pay-as-you-go phone service for added value. If that's not enough, Teleron's 200GB Regular Bronze plan not only packs four times the data of Boom Broadband's offering, it includes a VoIP phone service with unlimited local calls to boot. All that for the same monthly price as Boom Broadband's plan.

The situation is much the same when comparing unlimited data plans. Boom Broadband's Extreme plan cannot keep up with the likes of Spintel's Unlimited bundle, which not only boasts a cheaper monthly price and pay-as-you-go calls, but throws in a free modem as well. Meanwhile, Infinity and Nextalk scrap the setup fees on their plans to save you money from the get-go, making them cheaper than Boom Broadband over both the short and long term.

The above comparisons are based on plans with Basic NBN connections, but they remain valid across higher speed tiers too. As you can see in the table below, Boom Broadband charges a comparable premium for similar connections to its competitors – not to mention it offers nothing in the Premium NBN speed tier at all.

Boom Broadband Spintel Teleron Exetel Flip TV Infinity Telco Buzz Telco
Standard $10 extra N/A $10 extra N/A $10 extra $5 extra $10 extra
Standard Plus $20 extra $10 extra $20 extra $5 extra $30 extra $10 extra $15 extra
Premium N/A $25 extra $30 extra $35 extra N/A $20 extra $20 extra

How do Boom Broadband's fixed wireless NBN plans compare?

Like most NBN providers, Boom Broadband groups its fixed wireless plans in with its fixed-line plans, charging the same rates regardless of which technology you have available to you. As such, Boom Broadband's fixed wireless plans stack up much the same as its fixed-line plans – until the Standard Plus speed tier, that is.

Only a handful of providers currently offer fixed wireless services with a Standard Plus connection, reducing Boom Broadband's competition significantly. Unfortunately, this isn't enough to give it the edge, as providers like Spintel and Teleron continue to offer larger data caps, lower prices and more inclusions. For example, Spintel offers double the data of Boom Broadband's 50GB package at a cheaper monthly rate and bundles in a VoIP phone service for good measure.

Boom Broadband's unlimited Standard Plus fixed wireless plan fares much the same. Spintel again charges less per month for its equivalent plan, as do Tangerine and Hello Broadband. Tangerine even does away with setup fees, making it an especially attractive option over the short term.

How do Boom Broadband's phone packs compare?

If making calls is just as important to you as browsing Facebook, you'll want to give Boom Broadband a miss. As you can see in the table below, its call packs are considerably more expensive than those offered by its competitors. Not only does it charge for a basic pay-as-you-go phone service (something which an increasing number of NBN providers bundle in for free these days), it also charges steeper rates for its unlimited call packs.

Boom Broadband Barefoot Telecom Infinity TPG Exetel Spintel Hello Broadband Flip TV
Pay-as-you-go $10 extra N/A N/A $0 extra N/A $0 extra $0 extra $0 extra
Unlimited local and national calls $15 extra N/A $10 extra N/A N/A N/A $5 extra $10 extra
Unlimited local, national and mobile calls $25 extra $9 extra $20 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra $20 extra

How does Boom Broadband's ADSL plan compare?

The limited availability of Boom Broadband's lone ADSL plan already puts it at a disadvantage compared to other plans on the market. Even assuming you have access to the service, it doesn't stack up particularly well against many of the other options currently available.

AusBBS and Exetel both offer dramatically cheaper plans, both in terms of monthly rate and setup fees. Each includes line rental, too, so you won't be stuck having to purchase that separately. Meanwhile, Barefoot Telecom and Mate Communicate bundle in unlimited local and national calls while still hitting a lower price point than Boom Broadband's pay-as-you-go offering.

Why should you consider Boom Broadband?

While Boom Broadband offers less competitive pricing on the market, its plans are still within the realm of affordability. Provided you're happy using your mobile phone instead of a landline, both its 50GB and unlimited NBN plans aren't that much more expensive than the cheapest competing plans currently available.

If you live on the fringes of metro Australia and only have access to fixed wireless NBN, Boom Broadband has the added advantage of offering Standard Plus speed fixed wireless plans where many other NBN providers don't.

Boom Broadband also only counts downloads against your data cap, meaning you can upload as much as you want without impacting your monthly quota. If you spend a lot of time streaming video to YouTube or Twitch but don't actually download much per month, Boom Broadband's 50GB plan is worth considering.

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