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IPSTAR NBN broadband plans compared

IPSTAR services fixed-line broadband clients in cities and regional areas and also provides fixed wireless and NBN satellite in rural areas.

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Is IPSTAR right for me?

  • What does IPSTAR offer? IPSTAR operates solely in the NBN space, offering fixed-line, fixed-wireless and satellite NBN plans around Australia.
  • Product highlights: IPSTAR offers reasonable prices plus a wide range of speeds, data caps and contract terms.
  • Watch out for: IPSTAR charges a set-up fee if you want to sign for a month-to-month contract on its fixed-line and fixed-wireless plans. It also charges extra if you need an NBN-compatible router, even if you commit to a 12-month or 24-month contract.
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IPSTAR's NBN plans explained

IPSTAR offers two main unlimited fixed-line and fixed-wireless NBN plans.

Fixed-line plans are available on all speed tiers, with different pricing for different speed options:

  • NBN Basic speed (nbn12): $60 per month
  • NBN Standard speed (nbn25): $65 per month
  • NBN Standard Plus speed (nbn50): $70 per month
  • NBN Premium speed (nbn100): $100 per month

Fixed-wireless NBN plans are available on 60/20 Mbps speed at $85 per month.

IPSTAR NBN satellite plans

IPSTAR's NBN satellite plans explained

IPSTAR offers a range of six NBN core satellite plans which are configured with two different speed options, making 12 total plan offerings. Each is available on monthly, 12-month and 24-month contract terms. This service offering is particularly complex, so we’ll break it down.

First, we look at the speed options. For the prices quoted below, customers receive a Basic NBN connection (nbn12). For an extra $5 per month on top of the quoted plan prices, customers can receive a Standard NBN connection (nbn25).

How does IPSTAR compare?

  • Varied and competitive satellite NBN plans
  • Fixed-line and fixed-wireless plans are also reasonably priced
  • Set-up and router fees are quite high on month-to-month contracts

At the outset, it needs to be noted that IPSTAR’s plan offerings are quite complicated. Not only do they differ by NBN speed chosen, but they also feature four different data inclusions for fixed customers and six different data inclusions for satellite customers. The requirement for customers to use an IPSTAR-provided modem router on fixed services adds an additional cost, whereas satellite customers can choose to BYO to save a bit of money.

In comparison, many other NBN providers offer unlimited data plans (IPSTAR does not), and their service offerings are also significantly easier to understand. Providers like Vodafone offer just a handful of plans to consider compared to IPSTAR’s 8 fixed services and 14 satellite plans.

That said, if you require satellite NBN, most providers adopt a similarly complex plan structure.

Why should you consider IPSTAR?

While the vast majority of IPSTAR’s NBN satellite plans are competitive, the difference between providers is often less than a couple of dollars a month. Rather than focus on cost, it's worth considering what your typical data usage looks like. Do you use most of your data at night during peak times, or are you able to schedule your large downloads for the off-peak period? If you can, you can potentially save quite a bit of money each month by downloading your Netflix shows during off-peak periods to watch later (for example). For this kind of user, IPSTAR is quite competitive indeed.

However, if you’re looking for a fixed-line or fixed-wireless NBN connection, you’ll find better offerings from other providers. While IPSTAR prices competitively for satellite users, fixed customers will find unlimited data plans elsewhere, sometimes at a faster speed tier, for the same price as IPSTAR charges for a lower data inclusion.

The only IPSTAR plans that come out ahead in pricing are the very low data inclusions. This means that if you’re a very casual Internet user and only need a connection to check your emails occasionally or read the news, IPSTAR can be a very cheap way to get online. Anything more than casual use, though, and you’re better off elsewhere.

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    DeanOctober 19, 2017

    hi, I had satellite NBN with someone else but went back to mobile broadband because of cost issues but your 300gb plan looks goo. I still have all the satellite gear here , can it be reused? not that it matters much as its free install anyway, but would make things easy..

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      GruOctober 20, 2017

      Hello Dean,

      Thank you for contacting finder, a comparison website and general information service.
      While we do not represent IPSTAR or any of the companies featured on our pages, we can provide you with general advice and guide you in making an informed decision.

      For you question, the satellite gear may still be reused but it would still depend on IPSTAR if you would be better of with new gear.
      It may in fact make the installation simpler if you go with new gear. If you want to gain more clarification on this and if you would really want to use your existing satellite gear, you may contact IPSTAR directly.

      Hope this helped.


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