MyRepublic NBN and ADSL broadband plans compared

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MyRepublic offers high-speed plans that cater to web surfers, streamers and gamers, making it well worth considering.


MyRepublic launched onto the Australian broadband market with a bang, promising a simple unlimited data plan with the fastest possible speed your connection can deliver. It has since expanded its offering with two NBN speed tiers and a naked ADSL plan for those who have yet to receive NBN in their area.

There's also a special plan for gamers, where MyRepublic will prioritise and optimise game traffic over anything else, potentially reducing lag while playing online. In addition, all of MyRepublic's broadband plans include a voice over IP (VoIP) phone service with unlimited calls to Australian landline numbers thrown in for free.

The beauty of MyRepublic is its simplicity. There are no confusing data caps spread across different price points to worry about as all plans come with unlimited data and a VoIP service.

MyRepublic NBN plans

MyRepublic'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. Fixed wireless is limited to Standard Plus speed (50Mbps) while the NBN's various fixed-line connections adds a Premium speed (100Mbps) option.

On a Standard Plus connection you're looking at $69.99 per month, while a Premium connection will cost you $89.99 per month. Both plans are available on a casual month-to-month, 12-month or 24-month contract, and the monthly plan price remains the same regardless of your commitment level.

You'll also need to pay for a modem, which MyRepublic charges $99 for on a no-lock-in contract or $199 for the higher end model. You'll receive a discount on either modem if you sign up for a 12-month or 24-month contract.

MyRepublic also offers dedicated Gamer plans that are only available on a 12-month contract. Pricing for the Gamer plans sits at $10 more per month than their equivalent regular plans, with the Standard Plus plan clocking in at $79.99 and the Premium plan coming in at $94.99.

MyRepublic's unlimited NBN plans include unlimited calls to Australian landlines for free, with mobile and international calls charged at their standard call rates. An extra $10 a month will get you unlimited calls to Australian mobiles while $20 a month will get you unlimited international calls to 40 landline and 30 mobile destinations.

To use the phone service, you will need to provide your own compatible handset. You can elect to transfer your existing phone number to MyRepublic or they can provide you with a phone number.

MyRepublic ADSL plans

MyRepublic keeps things simple with ADSL, offering just a single naked ADSL plan with unlimited data. "Naked" ADSL means you won't have to worry about the significant cost of line rental and with MyRepublic you also get unlimited calls to local and national landlines thrown in for free.

The downside is that you will have to purchase a modem from MyRepublic which can set you back as much as $99 on a no-lock-in contract.

MyRepublic extras

An NBN connection won't do you much good without a compatible modem-router capable of sharing that connection among your various devices. Unlike some other ISPs, MyRepublic requires you to buy their modem-router regardless of whether you own an existing compatible model or not, so you will need to factor that cost in.

MyRepublic offers two models, the Wi-Fi Hub+ and the Halo. The Wi-Fi Hub+ is MyRepublic's entry-level modem-router with wireless speeds of up to 1600Mbps and suited to connecting up to 10 Wi-Fi devices simultaneously. The upfront cost depends on your choice of plan commitment: $99 on a no-lock-in contract, $60 on a 12-month plan and $1 on a 24-month contract term.

The Halo ups the wireless speeds to 2200Mbps and can accommodate up to 20 devices simultaneously, which should be sufficient for most households. The upfront cost is $199 on a no-lock-in contract, $159 on a 12-month plan and $99 on a 24-month contract.

MyRepublic also includes a voice over IP (VoIP) phone service for all of its broadband plans, so right out of the gate you get unlimited calls to any landline number in Australia for free. Calls to mobiles cost 20c per minute plus a call connection fee. For $10 extra a month you get unlimited calls to mobiles, while an extra $20 a month includes international calls to 40 landline destinations and 30 mobile destinations.

How does MyRepublic compare?

As with most Internet providers, MyRepublic keeps its monthly pricing consistent regardless of contract length. Since it only charges a slightly higher modem fee for the freedom of a month-to-month contract instead of a locked-in 12- or 24-month contract, the below comparisons are all based on its more flexible month-to-month plans.

How do MyRepublic's NBN plans compare?

MyRepublic's fixed-line Standard Plus (uses nbn50, but speeds are variable) plan with unlimited data and calls to landlines offers good value but it isn't the cheapest on the market.

Mate Communicate and Barefoot Telecom both offer NBN plans with unlimited data at Standard Plus speeds at a cheaper monthly rate with a no-lock-in contract, however you lose out on the phone service bundled in with MyRepublic's plan.

These two providers also offer a better deal if you require VoIP, with the cost remaining cheaper for the same plan but with unlimited calls to not only landlines but mobiles as well. You also won't have to worry about spending $99 on a modem from MyRepublic as both Barefoot and Mate Communicate allow you to use your existing modem.


Meanwhile, MyRepublic's Premium (uses nbn 100 with variable speeds) plan with unlimited data and unlimited calls to Australian landlines is one of the most competitive on the market. Simply put, you'll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper plan at this speed tier.

How do MyRepublic's fixed wireless NBN plans compare?

Only a handful of providers currently offer unlimited data plans on fixed wireless at the Standard Plus (nbn50) speed tier with included unlimited calls to Australian landlines, reducing MyRepublic's competition significantly.

At the time of writing, MyRepublic's fixed wireless unlimited plan is unmatched in the market. Just remember that you will need to factor in the cost of a modem from MyRepublic, which will set you back $99 on a no-lock-in contract.

The closest comparable plans come from Mate Communicate and Barefoot Telecom but they are pricier per month and come with no phone service. Aussie Broadband matches MyRepublic in terms of price but only comes with 250GB of included data. However, all of the aforementioned providers allow you to use your existing router, saving you the upfront cost of $99.

How do MyRepublic's ADSL plans compare?

MyRepublic's naked ADSL plan with unlimited data offers reasonable value. "Naked" ADSL means you won't have to worry about the significant cost of line rental and with MyRepublic you also get unlimited calls to local and national landlines thrown in for free.

The downside is that you will have to purchase a modem from MyRepublic, which can set you back as much as $99 on a no-lock-in contract.

That said, there are cheaper plans available from competitors. Barefoot Telecom has an ADSL plan comparable to MyRepublic's for just $59 a month, though that price is only valid for the first six months. It also comes with unlimited data and unlimited local and national calls within Australia on a no-lock-in contract complete with no set-up fees and no modem costs.

If you're not concerned about making calls, there's the $55 unlimited ADSL2+ plan from AusBBS, which includes the cost of a phone line with no-lock-in contract and allows you to use your existing modem, though there is a $55 set-up fee.

How do MyRepublic's phone packs compare?

If making calls is just as important to you as streaming Netflix, MyRepublic is a decent option. As you can see in the table below, its call packs are generally cheaper than those offered by the competition except for two (Barefoot Telecom and MATE Communicate). MyRepublic does not charge for a basic pay-as-you-go phone service and also throws in unlimited calls to Australian landlines for no extra charge while also offering competitive rates for mobile and international calls.

MyRepublic Barefoot Telecom MATE TPG Exetel Spintel Hello Broadband Flip TV
Pay-as-you-go $0 extra N/A N/A $0 extra N/A $0 extra $0 extra $0 extra
Unlimited local and national calls to landlines $0 extra N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $5 extra $10 extra
Unlimited local, national and mobile calls $10 extra $9 extra $9 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra $10 extra $20 extra

Why should you consider MyRepublic?

MyRepublic overall offers good value for heavy data users at the highest speed tier available at their address. The inclusion of gamer-specific plans is also a big plus if your online interests include a lot of gaming activities. For those who still need a landline, the fact that all MyRepublic's plans, both on the NBN and using ADSL, include unlimited calls to Australian landlines is also a compelling if not unique factor.

However, that also means they’re not going to be the best option if you want a simple, low-speed plan, because that’s not the space that MyRepublic plays in.

Unfortunately, MyRepublic does not publish the speeds customers can expect during the crucial peak hours whereas most other major Internet service providers do. This busy period from 7pm to 11pm is when many people are trying to access the Internet, typically causing congestion and lower speeds. For this reason, our recommendation would be to go a month-to-month no-lock-in arrangement so you can see how the network performs, and if you're not happy with the speeds then you can always exit to another ISP with no financial penalties.


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