Tomi Broadband | NBN Plans Compared

Tomi is redesigning NBN plans with more useful features. See what you can get with Tomi, and compare the options

Tomi Broadband, these days just going by Tomi, offers a range of NBN plans that all provide unlimited data.

Tomi is entirely dedicated to NBN broadband plans using the NBN fibre network and offers both 12-month contract and non-contract plans. They’re fundamentally the same, with the only difference being that monthly non-contract plans have a $99 activation fee while 12-month contract plans have no activation fees.

It's a remarkably simple system and all you need to do is check the availability in your area and choose the speed you want – which, of course, is where the differing costs come into play.

Tomi Broadband NBN plans

To use a Tomi plan you must be in an area serviced by the NBN fibre network. Tomi breaks down its offering into three different plans:

  • Lite: $64.90 per month for unlimited data with a Basic NBN connection
  • Superfast: $74.90 per month unlimited data with a Standard Plus NBN connection
  • Hyper: $84.90 per month unlimited data with a Premium NBN connection

NBN connection speeds differ from provider to provider, and the speed tier itself doesn't tell the whole story. It's important to consider typical speeds during heavy-use periods, such as the peak evening hours of 7:00PM to 11:00PM. Tomi provides the following speed guidelines for its plans during this period:

  • Lite plan: 20.91Mbps
  • Superfast plan: 43.60Mbps
  • Hyper plan: 80.00Mbps

As noted before these are the same for both 12-month contracts and month-to-month plans. The only difference is a one-off $99 connection fee for month-to-month which is waived if you're willing to go on contract. The big difference of course, is your total minimum spend.

Tomi Broadband extras

Tomi offers PauseTime, letting you put your account on hold if you're going away for a while. You can activate PauseTime as needed, for up to 28 days per 12 month period meaning you don’t keep paying for a connection you won’t be using.

In addition to no data caps, Tomi also has no speed shaping and no peak or off-peak limits. The self-service portal means you can track your usage in real time, but with unlimited data you're unlikely to be too worried.

Tomi will provide you with a router, a TP-Link C2 Archer, which is going to cost you $105 including delivery around the country. This doesn't appear to be an option – you'll get the modem on both the contract and the month-to-month plans and you'll see that additional money reflected in your minimum payment amount. For what it's worth it's a reasonable, well-regarded product but it does date from 2014 in technology terms.

If you have opted for a 12-month contract plan and need to terminate your account early you will get slugged with a fee: $192.50. This means that if you have a better than average chance of needing to terminate early, you might want to consider the contract-free plans and save yourself a potential $93.50.

How does Tomi Broadband compare?

Tomi is moderately competitive compared to other NBN Fibre offerings. Looking at the same speed package on a 12-month contract from Dodo, for example, you're paying a little bit more for the Basic package, although Dodo does include a home phone bundle.

A provider such as iPrimus will charge more per month for unlimited at Basic speeds, but you could also up your speed to the same price range and get a Standard Plus package, although with only 500GB of data.

On the month-to-month style no contract, Tangerine comes into play with a very competitive offering: the XL Boost Unlimited, with Standard Plus speeds and unlimited data, all for $69.90 per month and, again, contract free.

At the other end of the speed scale, Tomi becomes a lot more competitive. If you look at the Tomi Hyper plan, it's at the Premium speed tier and still has unlimited data. Vodafone offers the same service at a slightly higher price while iiNet charges more again per month – though it bundles in a pay-as-you-go home phone.

Why should you consider Tomi Broadband?

If you're an absolute speed demon and looking for a low cost NBN package that offers top-tier speeds and, most importantly, has unlimited data, then Tomi is very much worth looking at.

If you're not in an area where those Premium speed are available or you're looking for a bundle package, then Tomi is a harder sell with other cheaper options available. But if the option to go contract free and the PauseTime feature is of interest, then it's definitely worth considering.

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