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What to consider when choosing an ADSL2+ plan in Canberra

  • When will the NBN arrive? If you're considering an ADSL2+ service, you need to think about the timeframe for NBN availability. As the NBN rollout progresses, ADSL exchanges are sequentially switched off, typically over an 18-month time span. It's usually fuss-free to switch to an NBN plan with most major ISPs if you're already on a long-term contract, but it may make more sense to opt for a short-term ADSL contract so that your options are open when the NBN arrives.
  • What speeds am I going to get? ADSL2+ has a theoretical top speed of 24Mbps down, which sounds fast. The problem is that those speeds are only achievable in lab conditions, and they trail off quickly as soon as you leave the exchange. The further away you are, the more your speed will drop just by distance, let alone the actual quality of the copper or other interference factors.
  • Bundled with a phone line or naked DSL? For the most part, when you sign up for an ADSL2+ plan, the phone line and service are bundled in. You do have the alternative option with many ISPs of what's usually called "naked DSL", which uses the same copper but only activates the frequencies that DSL itself requires. This means you don't get a dial tone, but you also don't pay for a phone service you don't need. However, careful comparison is vital as in some cases a bundled service might be cheaper than its naked equivalent, especially when you factor in the reality that you've got to pay line rental on the copper regardless.
  • Do I want bundled discounts? A modem-router is usually supplied with most contract plans, especially for 24-month contracts, and it's worth seeing if what you get with your ADSL plan is NBN ready as well. Aside from that, some ISPs will bundle in entertainment options, or in some cases discounts if you're already buying other services from them, such as mobile phone plans.

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