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What to consider when choosing an ADSL2+ plan in Brisbane

  • When is the NBN coming? The key factor when choosing an ADSL2+ service in Brisbane is considering when the NBN is due to rollout in your location. When it does, ADSL services will be switched off in a staggered fashion, typically over an 18-month timespan. Your ISP will almost always be happy to switch you to an NBN plan if you're still under contract, but you may get a better deal by going month to month for your ADSL2+ plan and then comparing all available providers once you need to switch to the NBN.
  • What speeds will I really get? Most ISPs will suggest ADSL2+ speeds of "up to" 24Mbps, but that's only a tiny part of the speed picture. You'll only ever see near those speeds if you are very close to the exchange and have good copper wiring. ADSL/ADSL2+ signal quality degrades over distance, and some of the copper in use in Australia's telecommunications infrastructure is significantly degraded at best.
  • Bundled service or Naked DSL? The vast majority of ADSL2+ plans are sold as bundles along with a fixed-line telephone service. That's not your only option though, depending on your ISP. If you're in range of a compatible exchange and your ISP offers it, you may have the option of "Naked DSL". Naked DSL uses the same copper infrastructure, but it only activates the frequencies that DSL requires. This means you won't get a dial tone on your line as you would with a regular phone service, but it also means you won't have to pay for a landline phone service you may not need. You need to carefully check pricing because in some cases a bundled service might be less expensive than its naked equivalent.
  • Do I want bundled discounts? Most ISPs will bundle in a modem/router if you need one, and may even offer it for free. It's worth ensuring that whatever device you're given is NBN-ready for future-proofing purposes. Other bundled goodies may include discounts if you bundle your mobile plan with the same carrier or discounts on entertainment packages.

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