Compare Start Broadband NBN plans

Matt Sayer 22 May 2017 NEWS

If you're looking for an NBN plan that benefits your local community, Start Broadband might be the provider for you.

What you need to know about Start Broadband NBN plans

Saving money on your Internet service is great and all, but what if you could help nurture your local community at the same time? This is the mission Start Broadband set itself. By using the revenue from its simple, confusion-free broadband plans to fund local mentorship programs and community grants, the telco gives Aussies a way to support the less fortunate while still receiving quality Internet service.

Spearheading that service are Start Broadband's NBN plans. To save you the hassle of multiple contracts, each plan comes bundled with a pay-as-you-go phone service, which you can upgrade with a variety of optional call packs. And for added flexibility, you can sign up to any plan on a month-to-month contract or commit for the long haul on a 24-month contract.

What are the different Start Broadband NBN plans?

Start Broadband keeps things simple with just two basic NBN plans: the Everyday bundle and the Unlimited bundle. The only difference between the two is their monthly data caps. The Everyday bundle includes 100GB of data a month while the Unlimited bundle includes unlimited data. In terms of Internet speed, both plans come with your choice of a Standard (nbn25), Standard Plus (nbn50) or Premium (nbn100) connection.

If a pay-as-you-go phone service isn't to your liking, you can upgrade either of the two plans with unlimited local, national, and Australian mobile calls every month. Or, if you've got a lot of mates overseas, you can add on an International Saver pack for $100 of call credit to international landlines every month.

How much do Start Broadband NBN plans cost?

Start Broadband's community initiatives are laudable, but they don't come free. As such, its NBN plans are priced smack-bang in the middle of the market, neither the cheapest nor the most expensive going around.

With the default Standard NBN connection, the Everyday bundle will cost you $65 a month, and the Unlimited bundle will run you $75 a month. If you're after something faster, $10 extra a month will boost the speed to a Standard Plus connection and $20 extra a month will max it out with a Premium NBN connection.

If you want to get unlimited calls to local, national and Australian mobile numbers, you'll need to pay $20 extra a month. If it's overseas calls you're after, $100 worth of international call credit will set you back an additional $15 a month.

Once you've sorted your monthly bill, you'll have a few more costs to deal with. A $59.95 setup fee applies to all month-to-month contracts, but this is waived on all 24-month contracts. You'll also need to purchase an NBN modem if you don't already have one. This will run you $139.95 on a month-to-month contract, but Start Broadband will throw it in for free if you commit to the full 24 months.

When choosing between a month-to-month and a 24-month contract, you'll want to consider the early termination fee you'll have to pay if you cancel your service before your contract term is up. This fee is calculated as the number of months remaining in your contract (up to a maximum of six) multiplied by the lowest-cost Start Broadband bundle available. Currently, this is $65, which works out to a maximum early termination fee of $390.

Thankfully, you won't have to worry about any excess usage fees with Start Broadband's NBN plans. If you go over your monthly data limit, Start Broadband will simply reduce your Internet speed to 256kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

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