Compare Exetel ADSL plans

Matt Sayer 1 May 2017 NEWS

Save time and money with these no-nonsense ADSL plans from Exetel.

What you need to know about Exetel ADSL plans

Founded with the goal of providing low-cost, bureaucracy-free broadband to the Australian public, Exetel has spent the last 10 years building a user base of over 100,000 Aussie homes and businesses, emerging as Australia's largest independent ISP. Rather than expand its services with more and more features, Exetel has used its experience to make its broadband plans as simple as possible.

You won't find any Foxtel subscription bundles or multi-tiered phone packages; plain, uncomplicated Internet is the order of the day. Other than a basic Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service, the biggest consideration you'll have is whether to sign on for 18 or 12 months, or on a month-to-month basis. Longer contracts have lower set-up fees and a bigger discount on Exetel's optional ADSL modem. However, you'll face a steep termination fee if you want to cancel your contract early.

What are the different Exetel ADSL plans?

To keep things as simple as possible, Exetel offers just two tiers of ADSL: one with a 50GB on-peak/50GB off-peak monthly data allowance, and one with unlimited data. Both include free home phone line rental with pay-as-you-go calls, or you can bundle in Exetel's VoIP service for unlimited local, national and mobile calls each month.

No matter which plan you go with, the Internet speed you get will depend on environmental factors such as your distance from the local telephone exchange, and the network infrastructure installed at your premises.

How much do Exetel's ADSL plans cost?

Exetel's pared-down approach to ADSL plans pays off when it comes time to pull out your credit card. For $39.99 a month you get the 50GB on-peak/50GB off-peak plan with pay-as-you-go calls, or you can upgrade to unlimited data for $54.99 a month. If you want to take advantage of unlimited local, national and mobile calls with Exetel's VoIP service, it costs an extra $10 a month.

Committing to an 18-month plan saves you even more, with no activation fee and the option to purchase an NBN-ready ADSL modem for a discounted $59. A 12-month plan bumps the activation fee to $59.99 and the modem to $79, while a month-to-month contract ups the cost again to $99.99 and $99 respectively.

On both the 18-month and 12-month plans, you'll be slugged with an early termination fee if you choose to end your service before the contract is up. Depending on how long is left on the contract, you may have to pay up to $350 in early termination charges.

Exetel doesn't charge excess usage fees, but if you go over the monthly cap on the 50GB/50GB plan, your Internet speed will drop down to 128Kbps.

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