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Southern Phone review

Our verdict: Regardless of your connection type, Southern Phone has an internet plan for you – covering NBN, satellite, mobile broadband and home wireless, all with Australian support.

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Congratulations, Southern Phone!

Southern Phone received the highly commended award for 'NBN Provider - Superfast Speeds' in the 2024 Product Awards.

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Pros

  • Australian customer support
  • Carbon neutral
  • Special seniors bundle

Cons

  • Contracts on mobile broadband plans

Compare Southern Phone plans

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Southern Phone NBN Basic
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $55/mth for the first 6 months, then $65/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Standard
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$75
per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
Price
$75 per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Fast
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $85/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
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Southern Phone NBN Sky Muster Plus Small
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
16Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
16Mbps
nbn™25
$55
per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Price
$55 per month
Min total cost is $55 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Sky Muster Plus Medium
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
31Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
31Mbps
nbn™50
$70
per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
Price
$70 per month
Min total cost is $70 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Sky Muster Plus Large
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
48Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
48Mbps
nbn™100
$79
per month
Min total cost is $79 for first month
Price
$79 per month
Min total cost is $79 for first month
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Southern Phone X-Small
Mobile broadband
Optus network
12 Month contract
  • 12 Month contract
  • BYO device
7GB
Data
7GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$15
per month
Min total cost is $180 over 12 months
Price
$15 per month
Min total cost is $180 over 12 months
Southern Phone Small
Mobile broadband
Optus network
12 Month contract
  • 12 Month contract
  • BYO device
15GB
Data
15GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$25
per month
Min total cost is $300 over 12 months
Price
$25 per month
Min total cost is $300 over 12 months
Southern Phone Medium
Mobile broadband
Optus network
12 Month contract
  • 12 Month contract
  • BYO device
50GB
Data
50GB
4G / 3G
Speed
4G / 3G
$40
per month
Min total cost is $480 over 12 months
Price
$40 per month
Min total cost is $480 over 12 months
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Southern Phone Home Wireless
Home wireless
Optus network
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • Modem cost $210
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
4G
Speed
4G
$60
per month
Min total cost is $270 for first month
Price
$60 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $270 for first month
Southern Phone Home Wireless 24 Month
Home wireless
Optus network
24 Month contract
  • 24 Month contract
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
4G
Speed
4G
$60
per month
Min total cost is $1,440 over 24 months
Price
$60 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $1,440 over 24 months
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Southern Phone NBN Fixed Wireless Basic
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Southern Phone NBN Fixed Wireless Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $156
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
45Mbps
nbn™75
Speed
45Mbps
nbn™75
$75
per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
Price
$75 per month
Min total cost is $75 for first month
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Southern Phone review: Our verdict

Southern Phone has been providing broadband connections – to regional Australia in particular – for a long time. It continues to do so after being bought out by AGL at the end of 2019.

Its NBN plans aren't anything too special – they cost about the same as other NBN plans on Finder.

All of Southern Phone's internet plans are also carbon neutral at no extra cost to you.

Southern Phone internet is right for you if

  • You're looking to bundle NBN with mobile and home phone plans, and you would like some discounts.
  • You're interested in a carbon-neutral internet provider. All of Southern Phone's internet, home phone and mobile products are certified carbon neutral by Climate Active.

But keep in mind that

  • Southern Phone's mobile broadband plans require you to sign a 12-month contract. You can be charged anywhere between $25 to $275 for early termination, depending on the plan and the number of months left in the contract.

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Value for money

Southern Phone NBN plans cover all speed tiers upwards from NBN 25.

Prices are in line with the average cost of NBN plans on Finder, but the introductory discount does make it more attractive for the first 6 months.

You have the option of bringing your own modem or buying one for $156, which is just above the average modem price on Finder.

Southern Phone's satellite internet plans all come with unmetered and uncapped data during off-peak hours. This goes for almost all online activities except video streaming or any activities involving the use of a VPN.

All plans offer a maximum off-peak speed of 25Mbps, with the option to BYO modem or buy one from Southern Phone for $156.

Southern Phone's mobile broadband plans aren't the most competitive on the market.

The prices aren't the best for the amount of data included and you could find plans with more data for the same price from other providers.

  • Keep in mind: All of Southern Phone's mobile broadband plans require you to sign a 12-month contract, which isn't common as most plans come with no lock-in contracts these days. Early termination fees range from $25 to $275, depending on your plan and the number of months remaining in the contract.
Southern Phone offers one unlimited data home wireless plan priced at $50 a month for the first 6 months, then $60 per month.
  • Keep in mind: While this is a very attractive price, download speeds are capped at a maximum of 20Mbps.

This plan uses the Optus 4G mobile network so the availability and speed of the internet rely on it.

This plan can only be used with a modem supplied by Southern Phone. The modem will cost you $210. You can pay for it upfront in one go or in instalments over 24 months. If you leave before the 24-month contract ends, you'll need to pay $8.75 per month for every month left in the contract.

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Performance

Southern Phone is not included in the ACCC Broadband Performance Report, so the reliability of its speeds cannot be officially verified.

  • Why does this report matter? The ACCC Report allows customers to see which NBN providers are delivering the speeds they've advertised, as a measure of reliability.

Based on its advertised typical evening speeds for NBN plans, you can expect to get the maximum speed only on its NBN 25 plan.

  • Good to know: Maximum speed is the fastest speed you can get on a speed tier. For example, NBN 100 plans will come with a maximum speed of 100Mbps.

Southern Phone runs its home wireless plans on the Optus 4G network and its mobile broadband plans on the Optus 3G/4G network, so speeds may vary depending on your location and signal strength.

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Customer service

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Live chat available
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Australia-based customer support

You can get in touch with Southern Phone in the following ways:

  • Call the team from 8am–6pm AEST, Monday to Friday
  • Live chat with an associate on its website from 8am–8pm AEST on any day of the week
  • Good to know: Southern Phone's customer support team is based in Moruya, NSW.

Which rivals are giving Southern Phone internet a run for its money?

For another carbon-neutral option:

Belong logo
Belong was the first carbon-neutral telco in Australia and offers similar plans to Southern Phone. Plan prices are slightly higher but the modem is almost half the price of Southern Phone's.

For a cheaper option:

spintel logo

SpinTel is a budget-friendly broadband provider with plans that are cheaper than Southern Phone's. SpinTel also offers an NBN 15 plan if you're looking for a lower speed tier.

For reliable speeds:

Exetel

Most of Exetel's plan prices are comparable, if not cheaper, to Southern Phone's. One significant difference is that Exetel has topped ACCC's broadband performance report multiple times in the last 12 months.

Ready to sign up to Southern Phone?

Signing up to Southern Phone is fairly simple once you've worked out what plan is right for you.

Simply click the green "Go to site" button in our comparison table. All you'll need to do then is type in your address to check the plan availability in your area and sign up to the NBN plan of your choice.

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What if I'm moving house?
You can select a date during the sign-up process for when you'd like your new Southern Phone plan to be activated. Keep in mind that it could take up to 5 business days to get connected.

Make sure to give your current provider a heads-up in case there's a notice period to account for. You don't want to be stuck paying for 2 internet services.

If you're still feeling unsure about the process, check out our guide on how to switch broadband providers.


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    BettyJuly 24, 2019

    I was offered a plan of $96 per month with unlimited texts on mobile and calls. I have just now received a monthly account for $176. Also I cannot connect the landline phone since receiving the new modum but have been charged for a long distance phone call. I have tried to contact Southern Phone without success.

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      NikkiJuly 24, 2019

      Hi Betty,

      Thanks for leaving a message on our page. Sorry to hear you haven’t had success contacting Southern. I’d be glad to check your July account for you however Finder doesn’t have this kind of access. It would be best to contact Southern Phone’s billing department directly to investigate the charges on your account. Also, since you are experiencing technical difficulties with your new modem, when you speak to Southern, request for a home service technician and inquire about the costs.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of further help. Hope this helps and find a solution to this soon.

      Cheers,
      Nikki

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    davidApril 26, 2017

    do i have to change to nbn or can i stay with my adsl bundle including mobiles

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      ArnoldApril 26, 2017

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Unfortunately, All ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ internet services from all providers will be disconnected.

      Moving to the nbn™ network is not automatic and the following services will be permanently disconnected if you do not arrange to move them to the nbn™ network before the advised date.

      We suggest you prepare before calling your preferred provider so you can discuss all your requirements before ordering your services and booking an installation. Your service provider will be able to advise you, discuss the options and the range of competitive nbn™ plans that they have to offer. After notification that you can switch to the nbn™ network, you will have 18 months to move your services to the new network before the existing network is switched off. We will send you reminders, but we highly recommend switching well before your disconnection date as it may take time to process your order.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    ronbeeAugust 30, 2016

    Does Southern Phone have technicians come out to set up a service?

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      DeeSeptember 1, 2016Finder

      Hi Ronbee,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, Southern Phone have technicians who will set-up the services. However, please note that customers are required to pay a $59 setup fee.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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