Compare Southern Phone ADSL plans

Matt Sayer 19 May 2017 NEWS

Good Internet is hard to come by in regional Australia, but Southern Phone wants to change that.

What you need to know about Southern Phone ADSL plans

Australia's a big place, and building a network that covers it all is a tough task. That hasn't stopped Southern Phone from trying, though. The community-focused telco has set itself the goal of bringing affordable telecommunication services to regions of Australia typically overlooked when it comes to reasonably-priced, high-speed Internet.

To achieve this, Southern Phone offers a range of ADSL plans available throughout regional Australia, all the way from Cape York in Queensland to Zeehan in Tasmania. Plans come in a variety of configurations ranging from standalone Internet packages to complete telecommunication bundles with home phone and mobile services packed in. The only downside is that they're all limited to 24-month contracts, so you'll want to make sure you're in it for the long haul before you sign up.

What are the different Southern Phone ADSL plans?

Southern Phone splits its ADSL plans into three main tiers: standalone Internet plans, home phone and Internet bundles, and triple packs with home phone, Internet and mobile phone services.

If you're looking for no-frills Internet, Southern Phone's standalone ADSL plans cater to all online appetites. Starting at 100GB of data a month with the S plan, they go all the way up to 1000GB a month with the XL plan.

Home phone and Internet bundles offer slightly fewer options. The basic S bundle comes with 50GB of monthly data and unlimited local and national calls, while the M bundle upgrades that to 200GB of monthly data and adds in unlimited mobile calls, too. The only other option is the L bundle, which includes unlimited local, national, and mobile calls along with unlimited monthly data.

You've only got one choice if you want to group your ADSL, home phone and mobile phone services into a single contract. Southern Phone's 150GB triple pack bundle comes with 150GB of data, $20 of national call credit from your home phone, $100 talk and text credit from your mobile phone, and your choice of a free mobile handset. Certain handsets, like the iPhone 6s, will add a premium to your monthly bill, though.

Internet speeds are the same across all Southern Phone's ADSL plans and bundles. While each supports a theoretical maximum of 20Mbps, factors such as proximity to your local telephone exchange and the condition of the telephone lines connecting your house will impact this and could reduce the speed you'll ultimately get.

How much do Southern Phone ADSL plans cost?

Southern Phone's ADSL plans might not be as cheap as some metro Internet providers, but in terms of regional pricing, they're some of the most affordable on the market.

For standalone ADSL, you'll be looking at $49.95 a month for the 100GB S plan. From there, you can upgrade to 150GB, 250GB, 500GB or 1000GB of data a month, with each higher tier adding $10 to your monthly bill.

Home phone and Internet bundles start at $70 a month for the S plan, increasing to $80 a month for the M plan and $90 a month for the unlimited L plan. The 150GB Internet, home phone, and mobile phone triple pack will set you back $99.95 a month.

Beyond the monthly payments, you'll also have a few upfront costs to deal with when signing up to Southern Phone. A $59 activation fee applies to all plans, and if you need an ADSL modem, Southern Phone will throw one in for just the $14.95 delivery cost. Should you want to cancel your service before the minimum 24 months is up, you'll have to pay an early termination fee of $20 multiplied by the number of months left in your contract.

No matter which plan you choose, you won't have to pay any excess usage fees if you go over your monthly data limit. Instead, Southern Phone will reduce your Internet speed to 64kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

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