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Naked DSL plans

Enjoy ADSL internet without the need for a home phone line by signing up for a naked DSL plan.

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Naked DSL is a type of internet connection that uses the copper telephone network to send and receive data signals. It's sometimes cheaper than a regular ADSL2+ plan because you don't have to pay for a home phone line. Use the table below to filter naked DSL plans according to monthly cost and how much data you get.

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What is naked DSL and how does it work?

Naked DSL uses exactly the same technology for broadband as a regular ADSL connection: electronic data signals sent through old copper wires. Where they differ from each other is that naked DSL doesn't use the other usual part of ADSL, namely sending telephone voice signals.

Since it uses the exact same cables but removes the need for voice transmission, you won't have to pay for the extra capability or any calls you would otherwise place, making naked DSL potentially cheaper than ADSL, though not always. This means you won't get a home phone line, but you'll be able to access the Internet just fine.

Who needs naked DSL?

With everyone and their dog owning a smartphone these days, home phones are becoming less and less important for Australians (only about half own one and even fewer use it, according to a Finder survey). Anybody who doesn't need a home phone can probably go for naked DSL, including:

  • Recent renters who don't have their phone set up
  • Students or those living in a sharehouse
  • Young people or anyone who always has their smartphone on hand

What are naked DSL speeds like?

Naked DSL speeds can theoretically top out at about 24Mbps, but in Australia you'll typically get a much slower connection of 8–12Mbps. This is precisely the same as an ADSL2+ connection. There's no real way to increase these limits since they're restricted by the copper wires carrying the signals.

In comparison, an average NBN plan might offer maximum speeds of 25–50Mbps and deliver a typical speed of 20–45Mbps.

What should I look out for when comparing naked DSL plans?

  • Price: Not all plans are the same and different providers have different deals. Unlike with the NBN, the provider you go with won't affect your typical connection speed so you can choose based on brand, reliability or pure price alone.
  • Data: If the plan comes with limited data, make sure it's enough for your needs. Exceeding data limits can bring sharp fees from certain providers. Likewise, don't pay for more data than you need, or grab an unlimited data plan and stop worrying about it. Also keep an eye out for peak and off-peak data limits, which still apply to some plans.
  • Contract type: Longer term contracts (12 or 24 months) often provide better value by reducing activation costs and set-up fees. Be aware of signing up for one if you're at all likely to move or change providers during the contract, as early cancellation can attract huge termination fees.
  • VoIP: If you still want to make calls from home without getting a phone line, some plans come with Voice over IP (VoIP) options where you can make voice calls using data. Unlike a rental phone line, your VoIP line goes down if you have a blackout or the Internet fails.

Is naked DSL a good deal?

In short, probably not. Changes to the ADSL market sparked by the NBN rollout have led to many providers folding line rental costs into their regular ADSL2+ plans. Dedicated naked DSL plans often don't undercut ADSL2+ plans by much, or, in some cases, at all.

Pros

  • Ideal for anyone who doesn't want a home phone
  • Can be cheaper than ADSL2+ from select providers
  • VoIP often has cheaper call rates than traditional lines

Cons

  • Nowhere near as fast as the NBN or other fibre-based tech
  • Not always cheaper than ADSL2+
  • Still requires a copper line connection, which can attract additional set-up fees over ADSL2+ from some providers

How to set up naked DSL

So long as your house is connected to the copper telephone network, there's no real set-up required at your end. Simply purchase a plan, plug in your modem and you should be good to go.

The only technical issue might be at your provider's end, where it has to send a technician to the phone exchange to configure your wires for only data, instead of the usual phone plus data.

Do I need a new modem?

If you've been connected to the Internet before, chances are your modem will work perfectly fine for your new naked DSL plan. Unless your modem is extremely old, you should encounter no problems, but check with your provider just to make sure.

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