Foxtel NBN and ADSL Broadband plans compared July 2018

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Foxtel combines its popular subscription TV platform with broadband services to your home delivered over ADSL2+ copper or via the NBN.


In 2015, after two decades spent dominating the Australian pay TV landscape, Foxtel spread its wings and swooped into the broadband market with a range of ADSL bundles designed to consolidate customers' Internet, phone and entertainment needs into one simple bill. With the rollout of the NBN, Foxtel has since broadened its bundle line-up to include broadband services delivered over the nascent network.

Foxtel's NBN and ASDL bundles follow a similar structure, combining a home phone and broadband service with either the Foxtel Entertainment package or the Foxtel Platinum HD package. These bundles are available on 12-month and 24-month contracts only.

Foxtel Broadband NBN bundles

Foxtel only offers its NBN bundles to customers eligible for fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the building (FTTB) connections. Provided that's you, you can choose between a number of plans bundling together an unlimited data cap with your choice with a variety of Foxtel channel packages.

Currently, you have four basic options to choose from:

  • Unlimited nbn + Entertainment Bundle includes unlimited standard local and national calls along with a 50Mbps connection for $101 a month
  • Unlimited NBN + Sports HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local and national calls along with a 50Mbps connection for $130 a month
  • Unlimited nbn + Drama and Sports HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local calls and a 50Mbps connection for $121 per month
  • Unlimited nbn + Platinum HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local and national calls along with a 50Mbps connection for $164 per month

The phone service included with Foxtel's NBN plans is a Voice over IP (VoIP) service, meaning it uses your Internet connection to make and receive calls rather than a traditional landline.

Each of Foxtel's NBN bundles supports higher NBN speed tiers, too. The default 50Mbps connection can be upgraded to 100Mbps for $20 extra a month.

However, it's important to be aware that the NBN speed tiers don't necessarily reflect how fast your Internet connection will be. In practice, numerous factors affect the performance of NBN connections, and Foxtel offers the following guide to advise the minimum typical speed you're likely to see during the peak evening hours of 7:00PM to 11:00PM:

  • 50Mbps connection: 30Mbps typical minimum speed
  • 100Mbps connection: 60Mbps typical minimum speed

Since Foxtel's NBN bundles include both TV and Internet services, there are quite a few set-up and equipment fees you'll have to contend with. On the TV side, you'll be up for a standard installation fee of $100 along with a $125 equipment fee for the iQ3 set-top box. As for broadband, the mandatory Foxtel Wi-Fi modem adds another $140 to your upfront costs while the bundle itself incurs an activation fee of $99.

You can mitigate some of these costs by signing up for a 24-month contract that can waive both the Wi-Fi modem fee and the bundle activation fee.

Keep in mind that signing up for a 12-month or 24-month contract with Foxtel means accepting stiff penalties if you decide to cancel before the full term is up. These penalties are calculated based on how long you have left on your contract, but in the worst case they could be as much as $300 for your Foxtel TV service, $300 for your broadband and $150 for your phone service. Altogether, you could be out as much as $750 for cancelling your contract early.

You can find more information on the Foxtel TV packages included in Foxtel's NBN bundles here. Alternatively, for more information on the extras Foxtel offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Foxtel Broadband ASDL bundles

Foxtel's ADSL bundles mirror its NBN bundles, offering the same inclusions for the same price albeit with a traditional ADSL or ADSL2 Internet connection instead of the multiple NBN connections available. As such, they feature a home phone service, an unlimited data cap and one of a range of Foxtel channel packages.

Here's how these four options pan out:

  • Unlimited ADSL + Entertainment Bundle includes unlimited standard local calls for $101 per month
  • Unlimited ADSL + Sports HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local and national calls for $130 per month
  • Unlimited ADSL + Drama and Sports HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local calls for $121 per month
  • Unlimited ADSL + Platinum HD Bundle includes unlimited standard local and national calls for $164 per month

With so many services bundled together, Foxtel's ADSL bundles pack some hefty up-front set-up fees. Along with the standard $100 Foxtel TV installation fee, you'll need to cover a $125 charge for the iQ3 set-top box, a $140 charge for the required Foxtel Wi-Fi modem and a separate $99 activation fee. If that's all a bit too much, you can reduce the up-front costs by signing up for a 24-month contract, in which case you won't have to pay the Wi-Fi modem or bundle activation fees.

Before you commit to a long-term contract, be aware that cancelling your service before the term has expired will incur a number of early-termination charges. Each component of Foxtel's ADSL bundles carries its own charge: for the Foxtel TV service and the Foxtel broadband service, it can be as much as $300 each; for the home phone service, it goes up to a maximum of $150. However, these fees decrease the longer you spend on contract.

There's one other set-up fee you'll need to consider, too. If you don't have a serviceable home phone line on Telstra's landline network connected to your house, you'll need to get one installed at a cost of $70 for a standard installation, or $240 if cabling work is required.

You can find more information on the Foxtel TV packages included in Foxtel's ADSL bundles here. Alternatively, for more information on the extras Foxtel offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Foxtel Broadband extras

If the standard call inclusions packed in with Foxtel's broadband bundles don't meet your needs, Foxtel has two additional call packs that just might. For $20 extra per month, you'll get unlimited calls to standard mobile and national numbers, while $10 extra per month will provide you with discounted call rates to landlines in 25 international destinations and mobiles in five international destinations.

How does Foxtel Broadband compare?

Foxtel only offers broadband and home phone services as part of a bundle with its TV service. However, since the only two Internet providers to offer Foxtel bundles are Telstra and Foxtel itself, comparing Foxtel's broadband bundles gets a little tricky.

A thorough comparison requires calculating how much it would cost to sign up with a separate Internet provider then purchase a Foxtel TV subscription on its own. This means paying two bills, but that hassle can save you a significant amount of money in both the short and long term.


How do Foxtel Broadband's NBN bundles compare?

When you subtract the cost of the Foxtel channel packages from Foxtel's NBN bundles, what's left represents the broadband and home phone services only. This makes it possible to perform a direct comparison.

Minus the TV component, Foxtel's unlimited NBN bundle works out at $75 per month, with an up-front cost of $314 on a 12-month contract and a total minimum cost of $1139 over 12 months.

In contrast, Teleron's Ultimate Silver bundle would set you back just $70 per month and cost you quite a bit less both upfront and over the full year. The same goes for MyNetFone and Hello Broadband's unlimited plans, though again these only include a pay-as-you-go phone service instead of unlimited local calls.


However, under certain conditions, Foxtel does manage to come out ahead of the competition. If you're looking to go all-in and purchase the comprehensive Platinum HD channel package and you're happy to commit to a 24-month contract, Foxtel's bundles work out slightly cheaper than assembling your own bundle piecemeal from other providers.

For simplicity, the plans compared above are based on the default NBN speed Foxtel includes with its bundles. Using the table below, the same comparisons apply to higher speeds, too.

FoxtelSpintelTeleronFlip TVHello BroadbandBuzz TelcoMyNetFone
25MbpsN/AN/A$10 extra$10 extra$10 extra$10 extra$10 extra
50Mbps$0 extra$10 extra$20 extra$30 extra$25 extra$15 extra$20 extra
100Mbps$20 extra$25 extra$30 extraN/A$49.05 extra$20 extra$30 extra

With Foxtel charging on average slightly more than its leading competitors, it doesn't compare any better at higher NBN speeds than it does at its default speeds.

How do Foxtel Broadband's ADSL bundles compare?

Since the Foxtel TV service included with Foxtel's ADSL bundles is also available as a standalone service, you can combine it with home phone and Internet bundles from other providers to deliver the same complete package without a Foxtel broadband connection. This allows for comparing Foxtel's ADSL bundles with other options on the market.

The simplest way to do this is to subtract the cost of the Foxtel TV service from Foxtel's ADSL bundles. Discounting the cost of the TV service in Foxtel's unlimited ADSL bundle produces an equivalent home phone and broadband bundle priced at $75 per month with an upfront cost of $314 on a 12-month contract and a total minimum cost of $1139 over 12 months.

This doesn't fare particularly well against the competition. Exetel and AusBBS's 12-month unlimited plans clock in considerably cheaper on an upfront and month-by-month basis, with the only catch being the inclusion of pay-as-you-go calls instead of the unlimited local and national calls Foxtel packs in with its bundle.

Considering you can upgrade to unlimited calls for just $10 extra per month with Exetel, though, or go with either Barefoot Telecom or MyRepublic's slightly more expensive bundle plans, Foxtel still ends up the less affordable option.


Why should you consider Foxtel Broadband?

The appeal of Foxtel's broadband bundles is simple: convenience. By combining Internet, home phone and pay TV into a single monthly bill, it takes care of your entertainment and communication needs in one go. Not only does this save you the hassle of paying multiple bills, it means you only need to deal with one company should you have any issues with your broadband, home phone or TV service.

Of course, that convenience comes with a cost. Shopping around for separate Internet and home phone plans from other providers and combining them with a standalone Foxtel subscription can save you quite a bit of money, so you'll need to decide whether the leg work is worth the extra cash in your pocket.

A smaller yet still noteworthy benefit of Foxtel's broadband bundles is the pricing consistency between ADSL and NBN connections. Because Foxtel's default NBN bundles cost the same as its ADSL bundles, you can smoothly upgrade from one to the other without any unpleasant bill shock. For Aussies still waiting for the NBN rollout to reach them, this can make the transition considerably less painful.


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    LawlerJuly 21, 2017

    When will nbn be available to my address?

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      LiezlJuly 21, 2017Staff

      Hi Lawler,

      Thanks for your question. You may use our NBN tracker on this page by simply entering your address, to know check when the NBN is coming to you.

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