SkyMesh NBN broadband plans compared

While the name suggests that it focuses on satellite broadband, SkyMesh can hook up Australians to the NBN via a number of fixed-line or wireless services.


SkyMesh

SkyMesh offers fixed-line, fixed wireless and satellite NBN services across Australia, foregoing legacy ADSL connections altogether. You also have the option to sign up for a VoIP service through SkyMesh if you want a fixed-line telephone.

Rather than locking you into long-term contracts with varied set-up costs, SkyMesh only offers month-to-month plans with $0 set-up. The major complication here is that all its NBN plans enforce on- and off-peak data limits, whereas most providers limit this restriction to the satellite services only.

SkyMesh NBN plans

SkyMesh fixed wireless NBN plans

SkyMesh offers fixed wireless plans at NBN Basic, Standard or Standard Plus speeds. These plans are all split into peak and off-peak data, although there aren't off-peak heavy night-owl deals as there are via satellite. Pricing is the same as SkyMesh's fixed-line NBN plans above until you reach the top two data allowances on the Standard speed tier and the top three on the Standard Plus tier.

For more information on the extras SkyMesh offers with its NBN plans, click here.

SkyMesh satellite NBN plans

Delivered via NBN's Sky Muster satellites, SkyMesh's satellite plans are available with either a Basic or Standard NBN connection. Again, these plans divide their data caps into peak and off-peak amounts, with special OWL plans allocating almost all their data to the off-peak period. For those who prefer the midnight hours, these OWL plans actually offer quite impressive value for money.

For more information on the extras SkyMesh offers with its NBN plans, click here.

SkyMesh extras

Once you're on the NBN, you need a compatible modem-router so you can connect all the wired and wireless devices in your home to the Internet. If you don't have a suitable modem, SkyMesh sells the $159 D-Link TalkBox2800 although other models are available upon request.

How do SkyMesh's fixed-line NBN plans compare?



SkyMesh's pricing tier increments are about par for the course, but it still falls short thanks to its data limits. Keep in mind that price jumps vary slightly for the high-end plans, which also increase your data allowance as you ramp up the speed.

SkyMesh Teleron Exetel Mate Flip TV Barefoot MyNetFone
Standard $5 extra $10 extra N/A N/A $10 extra N/A $10 extra
Standard Plus $15 extra $20 extra $5 extra $10 extra $30 extra $10 extra $10 extra
Premium $20 extra $30 extra $35 extra $40 extra N/A $40 extra $30 extra

How do SkyMesh's fixed wireless NBN plans compare?

SkyMesh's fixed wireless NBN pricing and data allowances are the same as its fixed-line NBN services although, depending on your location, you might not have access to all the speed tiers. The comparisons below are all mostly based on rival's month-to-month plans. Keep in mind that the price of the modem and voice service varies between providers. You also need to allow for SkyMesh's unmetered Netflix and optional unmetered uploads.


Unless SkyMesh's off-peak deals work in your favour at the 90GB range, you'll find better value elsewhere – although remember to allow for unmetered Netflix and the option of unmetered uploads. As your data requirements rise, SkyMesh becomes less competitive.

How do SkyMesh's satellite NBN plans compare?

SkyMesh's satellite NBN pricing and data allowances stack up well against the competition, although you need to keep in mind how they divide their on-peak/off-peak data caps. At the lower data tiers, SkyMesh is bested by Reachnet's cheaper plans, but as your data allow increases, SkyMesh remains very competitive.

How do SkyMesh's phone packs compare?

While some providers don't charge a monthly fee for a pay-as-you-go VoIP service, SkyMesh wants $10 per month with 10 cents per call for local and national calls plus 30 cents per minute for mobile calls. It doesn't offer any extra packs with unlimited calls.

SkyMesh Barefoot Telecom Exetel Hello Broadband Flip TV SpinTel MyNetFone
Pay-as-you-go $10 extra N/A N/A N/A $0 extra $0 extra $0 extra
Unlimited local and national calls N/A N/A N/A $10 extra $5 extra N/A $10 extra
Unlimited local, national and mobile calls N/A $9 extra $10 extra $40 extra $10 extra $10 extra $20 extra

Why should you consider SkyMesh?

The potential for fibre to the premises speeds above the Premium tier will attract some people but, aside from this advantage, SkyMesh struggles to compete with other fixed-line NBN providers on the market. Its deals perhaps make the most sense for homes looking for a minimal peak download allowance but that will really make the most of off-peak usage, unmetered Netflix and possibly unmetered downloads.

Even these advantages lose their potency as you increase download limits towards unlimited. Realistically, a multi-terabyte allowance is as good as unlimited for many households, but you'll find truly unlimited deals elsewhere for less money. The lack of an option for unlimited voice calls will also disappoint people who want a home phone service and will put it to good use.


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    SteveJuly 28, 2017

    We live in the Kimberley’s at a remote resort and can only get a set amount of internet a month. So I’m just wondering why can’t we get unlimited internet access through satellite?

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      RenchJuly 29, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with SkyMesh or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      If you are with SkyMesh, you can have a look on this page for their NBN satellite plans. You may contact them directly to inquire if it’s possible for you to get unlimited internet on your address.

      Meanwhile, you can also check this page for other Satellite NBN broadband plans.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    ChopsNovember 9, 2016

    Do you operate out of WA? Margaret River?

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      LouNovember 9, 2016Staff

      Hi Chops,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve checked a number of addresses on Margaret River and I can’t find SkyMesh among the available providers. You can verify this by entering your complete address on our NBN tracker. Once you are able to get a result, just click the ‘Compare NBN plans’ button to check the broadband providers.

      Alternatively, you may also directly get in touch with Skymesh Customer Service and have them check your address.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    bettyJuly 23, 2015

    Can i get skymesh broadband without nbn

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      BrodieJuly 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Betty,

      Thanks for posting your question on finder.com.au. It really depends on the area you’re in. I’d recommend calling Skymesh Customer Service and having them check your address.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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