Compare Foxtel ADSL plans

Matt Sayer 16 May 2017 NEWS

With the rise of online streaming, Foxtel's move into the Internet business makes a whole lot of sense.

What you need to know about Foxtel ADSL bundles

US TV shows aren't the only thing Foxtel is serving up these days. After conquering the Australian pay TV market, the media company has set its sights on the telecommunications industry, expanding its business to include a host of Internet and home phone services. It's a smart move given the increasing popularity of online streaming over traditional TV, especially when the company's own Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now services are currently putting money into the pockets of other ISPs.

To carve up a slice of the Internet pie for itself, Foxtel has established its own ADSL broadband bundles combining Internet, home phone, and Foxtel TV services into a single package. Available on 12-month and 24-month contracts, these bundles are the only way to get Internet from Foxtel since the company does not offer standalone ADSL plans.

What are the different Foxtel ADSL bundles?

Foxtel offers four main ADSL bundles to new customers. The basic bundle comes with 200GB of data every month, unlimited local calls and the Foxtel Entertainment TV Pack featuring 45 channels including Lifestyle, FOX8 and National Geographic. The Unlimited bundle upgrades this with unlimited data every month, while the Unlimited Sport bundle adds in the Sports TV pack with ESPN, FOX Sports and more. Lastly, the Unlimited Platinum bundle packs in every single channel available on Foxtel.

No matter which bundle you go with, your Internet speed will be determined by a number of different factors such as your proximity to your local telephone exchange and the quality of the copper network installed at your residence. Optimally, you won't see speeds any higher than 24Mbps.

As for phone services, the basic bundle includes unlimited local calls, while the three other bundles come with unlimited local and national calls. An unlimited mobile calls pack and an international calls pack are also available as optional add-ons.

If you're an existing Foxtel subscriber, you'll be able to add either the 200GB or the unlimited data ADSL and home phone bundle to your contract without changing your current TV package.

How much do Foxtel's ADSL bundles cost?

Foxtel's ADSL bundles aren't short on features, and their prices reflect that. At the low end, the basic 200GB bundle will set you back $101 a month, while upgrading to the unlimited data bundle will run you $111 a month. Adding on the Sports TV Pack will bring that up to $140 a month, while the all-encompassing Unlimited Platinum bundle tops out at $212 a month. If you sign up for any of the bundles before May 13, you'll get $10 off your monthly bill for your first 12 months.

Existing Foxtel subscribers can add the 200GB ADSL connection and home phone line rental to their current contract for $75 extra a month or add the unlimited data option for $85 extra a month.

If you sign up for any of Foxtel's ADSL plans, you'll also have a few upfront costs to deal with. New Foxtel customers will need to pay a $100 standard TV installation fee to get their service set up along with $125 for a Foxtel iQ3 set-top box. Both new and existing customers will require a Foxtel Hub modem, available for $140 on 12-month contracts or bundled in free on 24-month contracts. Last of all, every bundle comes with a $99 activation fee.

You'll also need to consider Foxtel's early termination fees in case you decide to cancel your service before the end of your contract. Foxtel charges for each of its services that you cancel, with a maximum fee of $300 each for its TV and broadband services and $150 for its home phone services. These fees will decrease the longer you stick with your contract.

Excess data charges aren't an issue with Foxtel's ADSL plans. If you go over your monthly data limit, your Internet speed will slow down to 256kbps until the next billing cycle.

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