Compare Southern Phone NBN plans

Matt Sayer 19 May 2017

Southern Phone is on a mission to bring quality Internet services to regional Australia.

What you need to know about Southern Phone NBN plans

Internet access in regional Australia often leaves a lot to be desired. Low speeds and high costs are commonplace, and the lack of competing Internet providers only makes things worse. Southern Phone aims to change that. Backed by local councils from Bega Valley to Wollongong, the community-driven telco is bringing metro-quality Internet to regional towns all over the country.

As part of this mission, Southern Phone offers a variety of high-speed NBN plans to all regions where the NBN has rolled out. Along with standalone Internet plans, Southern Phone's also has bundles that include home phone and mobile services. These bundles collect all your communication needs under a single contract. You'll have to be in it for the long term, though, as Southern Phone's NBN plans are only available on 24-month contracts.

What are the different Southern Phone NBN plans?

There are three ways to connect to the NBN with Southern Phone: on a standalone Internet plan, through an Internet and home phone bundle or with a complete Internet, home phone and mobile package.

Standalone NBN plans come in four varieties based on their data caps. The S plan includes 50GB of data a month, the M plan includes 100GB, the L plan ups it to 200GB and the XL plan comes with unlimited data.

Home phone and Internet bundles start with their own S plan, which includes 50GB of monthly data along with unlimited local and national calls. The M bundle increases the data cap to 200GB and adds in unlimited mobile calls every month. If that's not enough, the L plan comes with all that plus an unlimited data cap.

Southern Phone's Internet, home phone, and mobile packages come in all shapes and sizes. Beginning with the S bundle, you'll get 50GB of NBN data, unlimited local and national calls from your home phone, and $100 of talk and text along with 200MB of data on your mobile. The M bundle is identical except that you get 200GB of NBN data a month. The L and XL bundles add in unlimited mobile calls from your home phone, $400 of talk and text, and 1GB of mobile data. These plans come with 200GB and 500GB of NBN data respectively. Finally, the XXL bundle features unlimited NBN data, unlimited talk and text, and 2GB of mobile data every month.

All combined Internet, home phone, and mobile packages also come with your choice of mobile handset bundled in. Simpler handsets come free of charge, while handsets like the iPhone 6s will add a premium to your monthly bill.

When it comes to Internet speed, your options are the same across all Southern Phone's standalone plans and NBN bundles. On all data-capped plans, speeds start at 12Mbps, but you can upgrade this to a maximum of 100Mbps depending on the infrastructure available at your address. The only exceptions are the L and XL Internet, home phone and mobile packs, which start at 25Mbps instead. Unlimited data plans only support a maximum of 25Mbps.

It's also worth noting that, depending on the network infrastructure available at your address, Southern Phone's home phone service will be connected either via the traditional copper network or through the NBN.

How much do Southern Phone NBN plans cost?

In keeping with its focus on accessibility, Southern Phone is one of the more reasonably priced NBN providers around. Standalone Internet plans start at $45 a month for the 50GB S plan, increasing to $50 a month for the M plan, to $55 a month for the L plan and to $65 a month for the XL plan.

Home phone and Internet bundles begin at $60 a month for the 50GB S plan and go up to $70 a month for the M plan and up to $80 a month for the L plan. The three-pack Internet, home phone and mobile bundles kick off with the S plan at $79 a month and increase by $10 a month for each subsequent tier up to the XL bundle. The XXL bundle bumps the price up by $20 for a total of $129 a month.

If you're looking to upgrade from the default speed on any of Southern Phone's plans or bundles, each increase from 12Mbps to 25Mbps, 25Mbps to 50Mbps or 50Mbps to 100Mbps will cost you an extra $10 a month.

On top of your monthly bill, you'll also be looking at an activation fee of $59. If you don't have an NBN-capable modem, you can add one to your chosen plan for just $14.95 including delivery.

It's worth bearing in mind that since all Southern Phone's NBN plans require you to sign up for 24 months, you'll face an early termination fee if you want to cancel your service early. This fee is calculated at $20 multiplied by the number of months left in your contract.

One thing you won't have to worry about with Southern Phone is excess data usage fees. Any time you go over your monthly cap, you'll simply see your speed drop to 256kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.


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    GarySeptember 29, 2017

    Is there a government plan for pensioner who live in the country with nbn.

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      ArnoldOctober 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      There is no specific plan for seniors but the government mandated all providers to give discounts to seniors and pensioners. Please speak with the provider of your choice and demand a discount from them.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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