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What to consider when choosing an ADSL2+ plan in Melbourne

  • When will my premises get NBN coverage? ADSL2+ services rely on the existing copper infrastructure, but every ADSL2+ service still operational in Australia is living on borrowed time. The National Broadband Network (NBN) is due to replace all ADSL2+ services by 2020. As such, sorting out the ideal plan is a matter of knowing when the NBN is likely to roll into town. Most ISPs will happily transition you to a similar NBN plan when the switchover occurs, but it may be wiser to opt for a short-term ADSL2+ contract to keep your options open.
  • What speeds am I likely to get? ADSL2+ scales by distance from your exchange, which means that the closer you are, the higher speeds you're likely to see. However, that's not a straight-line equation to your exchange as copper cable lengths may vary depending on how they were originally deployed. You've then got to factor in the actual quality of the copper in your premises and in the street as ADSL2+ is highly subject to environmental interference factors.
  • Bundled with a phone line or Naked DSL? Many providers will offer what's called "Naked DSL". Although this still uses the existing phone lines, only the frequencies that DSL requires are used. This means you won't get a dial tone, but you won't have to pay for a landline phone service you may not want or need either. However, be aware that you'll still have to pay a line rental for the copper, and some bundled plans may be cheaper than naked ones. Compare carefully because you could always opt for a bundled plan and simply never plug in a phone.
  • Do I get other bundled discounts? The ISP space is a highly competitive one, and it's worth checking for discounts, whether it's a bundled modem/router, an included entertainment package or a discount if you also have your mobile phone service through your broadband provider.

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