Inspired Broadband | NBN and ADSL plans compared

Inspired Broadband offers affordable ADSL2+ and NBN bundles with unlimited data.

Melbourne-based Internet provider Inspired Broadband pitches itself as a community-focused organisation more interested in customer service than satisfying shareholders. It supplies NBN and ADSL broadband to Australians around the country both as standalone Internet services and packaged together with a home phone service. The type of phone service offered varies depending on the broadband connection: NBN bundles come with a Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service while ADSL bundles include a traditional landline phone service.

Inspired Broadband NBN plans

Inspired Broadband offers four NBN plans, each loaded with unlimited data and available only on a 24-month contract. These four plans cover all four tiers of NBN speeds and are priced as follows:

  • Unlimited Basic NBN: $69.95 a month
  • Unlimited Standard NBN: $79.95 a month
  • Unlimited Standard Plus NBN: $89.95 a month
  • Unlimited Premium NBN: $99.95 a month

While Inspired Broadband doesn't charge any set-up fees with these plans, you will have to pay $99 upfront for the included Wi-Fi modem. Additionally, if you decide to cancel your service before the two-year contract is up, you'll be hit with an early termination fee of as much as $199, depending on the time remaining on your contract.

Each of Inspired Broadband's NBN plans can be bundled with one of three VoIP phone packages for an additional monthly cost. A basic pay-as-you-go service will set you back $5 extra a month; unlimited local and national calls will cost you $10 extra a month; and unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls will increase your bill by $20 a month.

Inspired Broadband ADSL plans

Two basic ADSL plans are available through Inspired Broadband: a standalone ADSL service, and an ADSL and home phone bundle with three options for call inclusions. All plans come with unlimited monthly data and can only be purchased on a 24-month contract.

Pricing for Aussies living in the areas Inspired Broadband classifies as "metro" looks like this:

  • Unlimited ADSL standalone: $49 a month
  • Unlimited ADSL Bundle: $79 a month

The default ADSL bundle includes pay-as-you-go calls, but you can add on unlimited local and national calls for an extra $10 a month, or go all-in with unlimited local, national and mobile calls for $20 extra a month.

For anyone outside Inspired Broadband's "metro" classification, a $20 per month surcharge applies to each of the four plans.

None of Inspired Broadband's ADSL plans come with standard set-up fees, but you will have to fork out $99 upfront for the included Wi-Fi modem. You should also be aware that Inspired Broadband charges an early termination fee if you want to cancel your service before the end of the two-year term. This fee can be as much as $199, depending on how long you have left on your contract.

How does Inspired Broadband compare?

With their fixed 24-month contracts, Inspired Broadband's NBN and ADSL plans are aimed at Aussies looking to minimise their upfront costs in exchange for long-term commitment. Because of their hefty monthly fees and modem costs, though, these plans don't represent the same value-for-money that many competing plans do.

How do Inspired Broadband's NBN plans compare?

Looking at Inspired Broadband's Basic NBN plan, there are numerous cheaper alternatives from providers like MyNetFone, Hello Broadband and Dodo. Not only do these plans charge less per month, they feature lower upfront costs plus they come bundled with a pay-as-you-go phone service for free – rather than charging the $5 extra a month Inspired Broadband does.

It's a similar case with Inspired Broadband's Standard NBN plan. MyNetFone, Dodo and Hello Broadband again offer significantly cheaper plans that pack in a free pay-as-you-go phone service, making Inspired Broadband's offering a seriously tough sell.

Little changes at the Standard Plus tier of NBN plans. Here, MyRepublic enters the fray with a plan that's not only considerably cheaper than Inspired Broadband's offering, but comes bundled with a VoIP phone service plus unlimited local and national calls. Meanwhile, Hello Broadband and Dodo continue to deliver more value at lower prices with their NBN and phone packages.

Inspired Broadband doesn't fare a whole lot better at the Premium NBN speed tier, either. MyRepublic once again beats it with a cheaper plan that benefits from a bundled phone service, as does TPG. Many competing plans are also available on no-lock-in, month-to-month contracts as well, making them more compelling if you don't want to commit to the full two-years Inspired Broadband requires.

Inspired Broadband's NBN bundles don't fare any better than its standard plans. Comparing the premiums it charges for unlimited calls, it isn't any cheaper than the competition, as you can see in the table below.

Inspired Broadband MyNetFone Hello Broadband Dodo MyRepublic
Unlimited local and national calls $10 extra $10 extra $5 extra N/A $0 extra
Unlimited local, national and mobile calls $20 extra $20 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra

How do Inspired Broadband's ADSL plans compare?

Signing up for a 24-month ADSL plan might not seem like the best move given the limited lifespan of the larger ADSL network, but Inspired Broadband offsets this by providing an upgrade path for ADSL customers when the NBN rolls out in their area. Provided you don't require a non-standard connection, Inspired Broadband will switch you from ADSL to the NBN without charging any additional installation fees.

As convenient as that is, though, it isn't enough to stave off the better ADSL deals out there. On the standalone front, Inspired Broadband is bested by the likes of Dodo and TPG, both of which serve up cheaper standalone ADSL plans at a significantly lower monthly cost and with fewer upfront fees.

Inspired Broadband's ADSL and home phone bundle stacks up much the same. TPG, Hello Broadband and Optus all offer considerably cheaper plans with the same inclusions, while MyRepublic couples its cheaper plan with the addition of unlimited local and national calls – a $10/month extra if you want the same through Inspired Broadband.

Why should you consider Inspired Broadband?

Inspired Broadband is a tough sell. Committing to a full 24 months with any Internet provider is a big ask, and although Inspired Broadband does away with set-up fees, it still charges an upfront fee for the included modem – something a lot of providers bundle in for free with their 24-month plans.

Still, Inspired Broadband does offer a reasonable number of options with its broadband plans. Internet and phone bundles with a variety of call inclusions allow you to tailor a complete telecommunications solution to your specific needs. And, if you're stuck in limbo waiting for the NBN to roll out in your area, the smooth upgrade path from Inspired Broadband's ADSL plans to its NBN plans promises to save you a headache or two when the times comes to make the switch.

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