Moving house and relocating your broadband

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Make your move as smooth as possible with our guide on how to relocate your broadband service.

Moving to a new house is often a stressful experience. Between playing Tetris with your furniture to cram it all into the back of a truck, poring over tomes of paperwork and switching, cancelling or replacing the many utilities and services you've signed up to, it's almost impossible to get through the whole process without experiencing hiccups or breakdowns at some point.

To help you get through the ordeal without vowing bloody murder on those around you, we here at finder.com.au have put together this guide on switching your broadband service from your old house to your new one.

What do I need to consider before moving?

Before you pack the car and set the GPS for your new home, there are a few important factors you'll want to consider:

Is there broadband access at my new place?

Though most houses in Australia have access to broadband Internet, there are still blackspots across the country that lack the necessary infrastructure for high-speed Internet, especially in regional and rural areas. Even if a broadband service is available at your new house, it's important to double-check the specific type of connection you can get; depending on the technology used, you may be limited to slower broadband speeds than you're used to.

Can I stay with my current Internet provider?

Depending on where you're moving to, your new house might only have access to broadband services with a different provider from your current one. Any email addresses or phone numbers associated with your present provider will be lost in the transition unless you pay to have them ported over, and any bundled services such as pay TV or mobile phones may be cancelled or charged at a higher rate going forward.

What if I'm still under contract with my current provider?

If you signed up to your current broadband service on a long-term contract and that term hasn't ended, you will likely have to pay some form of relocation or cancellation charge as part of the moving process. Should you choose to stick with your current provider – and your new house is within reach of its network – relocating your existing service can cost as little as nothing at all or as much as a couple hundred dollars, depending on your particular provider.

However, if you're looking to switch to a new provider, you'll be slugged with a heftier early termination fee instead. This fee varies based upon how long you have left on your contract and can be as much as $500 or more with certain providers.

How much will it cost?

Relocation and cancellation fees vary dramatically from provider to provider and even from plan to plan. We've outlined some general costs below, but bear in mind that these are just a guide and may not be representative of costs applicable in your specific case.

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Relocation fee: $140
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $500 depending on contract term

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Relocation fee: $89 for standard
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $830 depending on contract term


Relocation fee: $0 - $99 depending on contract term
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $192 depending on contract term

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Relocation fee: $0 - $129.95 depending on plan type and contract term
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $350 depending on contract term

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Relocation fee: $0 - $69 depending on contract term
Early Termination Charge: $199

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Relocation fee: $0
Early Termination Charge: $0

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Relocation fee: $79.95 - $99.95
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $300 depending on contract term

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Relocation fee: $0 - $99
Early Termination Charge: $0 - $300 depending on contract term


What if I plan on moving again in the near future?

Whether you're a short-term renter or simply a nomadic individual, you might want to look at signing up for a month-to-month contract if you don't intend on spending years at your new place. With month-to-month contracts, you can cancel at any time and not suffer any termination or relocation charges, saving yourself another headache come time for your next move.

What about the NBN?

With more than half the country plugged into the NBN, there's a good chance your new place will fall within an area already kitted out with high-speed fibre optic cables. If that's the case, you're on easy street: any broadband plan you sign up for will be delivered over the NBN, ensuring you have a future-proofed Internet connection you won't need to replace for quite some time.

However, if the NBN hasn't rolled out to your new place yet, you'll want to be careful about which broadband plan you sign up for. Since the old copper network is being disconnected as part of the NBN rollout, any non-NBN plan you sign up for will only serve as a temporary solution for your Internet needs.

To avoid unexpected cancellation fees or loss of Internet access, it's important that you research a prospective provider's NBN upgrade plans. Some providers will even upgrade you from the copper network to the NBN for free as soon as it's available.

To check whether the NBN is available at your new home (or if not, when it's slated for installation) simply head on over to our NBN tracker page.

How do I pick the right broadband plan for my new home?

Finding a suitable broadband plan is tough at the best of times, let alone while you're deep in the throes of moving home. To make things a little easier for you, we've set up our broadband plan comparison tool for you below. Simply enter your new address into the address bar and you'll be presented with our top picks for broadband plans available at your new home.


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