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Re: Best NBN Plans, so you can spend more time riding!
« Reply #3 on: 02 Aug 2017, 03:30 PM »
I guess I should've qualified my post with the facts, rather than leave them to be found on a link. For NBN plans you pay an amount of cash and get four things. 1) Speed, 2) data, 3) phone and 4) cost of phone calls. Service reliability isn't in the equation as it all comes from the same place, as best I understand it, so supplier is irrelevant - apart from maybe their billing practices / general competence anyway.

So, for me, I pay $100 / month to get 1) the top 100/40 speed (which is running at 44/23 during the nominally 18 month transition period and should increase from there), 2) Unlimited data ($10 less if take a 500Gb cap), 3) phone service with my old number ported to it, so totally seamless transfer and 4) Unlimited Aussie ph calls including mobile and free or insanely cheap overseas calls.

You can pay more and supposedly get more features with others, but when you compare them with this base cost of the premium service (which nobody is making you buy, can dial it back a bit and save more), there is no comparison. If you do apples with apples, that 500Gb limit at 12/2 with an unlimited phone comes to $60 and makes those add-on packages pretty expensive...

Most people don't know their phones MUST be converted to VOIP when the copper network shuts down next year. So you lose the $30 + call costs bill from Telstra / whomsoever, and turn it into $10 plus have to buy a $45 Cisco adapter if don't have the right phone handset (who does). That is why you can bump up what you pay for the internet to a more premium service as in reality it doesn't cost much more. But there are plenty of people out there that will convert your phone and try to keep charging you the $30 plus call costs - oh they may sweetly give you the $45 adapter, but now you know why this is just a stupid thing to do, economically speaking anyway...


Edit: Just adding that I was a bit over the daily drop-outs because it meant the phones didn't work either as they wouldn't auto-connect until the modem was power cycled, which not everyone could do if I wasn't there, so I complained to Exetel - should've done it much sooner! Within a week an NBN tech visited and found the line had been left connected in the exchange, so he disconnected it and the problem went away, now it is days or weeks between dropouts. With the latest consumer action re Telstra not being able to deliver 100Mbps but charging for it I have lobbed the q in about my 44 received .vs. 100 charged. Whilst I know it is a temporary thing because of shared lines until the cut-over happens, it is reasonable that I not be charged for it if I am not getting it. We'll see how that goes, but it is a provider-independent issue as that is geographical, but despite it not being their fault, it is a reasonable q so I'll see what Exetel does with it...
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Re: Best NBN Plans, so you can spend more time riding!
« Reply #2 on: 02 Aug 2017, 02:46 PM »
Im with Telstra bigpond and i get 400GB a month and have never had any problems.................yet & i also use Netflix and im on the internet every day, but i love this quality service!!!
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Best NBN Plans, so you can spend more time riding!
« Reply #1 on: 29 Jul 2017, 01:00 PM »
I went to some trouble to check out the range of offers on the market and it came down to one. Exetel. See https://www.exetel.com.au/broadband/nbn

Many others offer frills that sound cool, but I didn't find one where the add-on services were a) wanted, and b) couldn't be purchased for less and added to a base NBN plan. All we want is NBN and Netflix. Also unlimited phone use for $10 / month, which you just need to buy a Cisco SPA-112 adapter and you can plug your existing phone/s into it.

Apart from the above, which is good, hard won info, what I also wanted to do in this post is make the manual for the included modem available to others. So here it is attached to this post! Because when I put it down here: https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2632665 it was only good for 7 days.

In the above Whirlpool thread is also mentioned the procedure to use the VDSL (NBN) modem in bypass mode in case you already had a high performance wireless router. But the instructions are easier to find and follow at the bottom of this thread: https://forum.exetel.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=252&t=43512.

Two months on I am finding the NBN service to be generally pretty good, although having almost daily drop-outs that seem to affect half of all NBN users - just power cycle the modem or router and then it works for another day or so. Speed is 42 / 24 on the 100/40 plan - when all existing standard telephone lines come off the system (the oft-referenced 18 month transition misery period), apparently speeds will get even better.

Hope you find this info helpful...

PS: I get no kick back / benefit other than the warm inner glow of helping out my fellow Australians. Should you find a better deal / useful complementary info, please do add it - note you can do guest posting here, as long as you can stumble through a couple of Ducati-centric (sorta) questions...
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