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#1 mango

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:35 PM

I'm looking for a good cheap internet connection.
We really don't require much download-wise. 10GB is actually a pretty good size for us, and we really don't require a home phone but if had it would use a few $ a month.
Mobile broadband with the USB stick isn't an option, we get bad reception in our house and DH will be using the internet for XBOXlive. We have had the stick for the last year and been ok for general internet use but will be no good for DH. Hes been doing all his gaming at our shop until now, so need to upgrade the home internet now the shop is closing.

So far I have seen:
Optus Fusion $79/month, 120GB including home line rental, local/national calls and calls to optus mobiles.
Optus broadband bundle $65/month, 120GB includes home line rental and $30 calls to local/national and mobiles.
AAPT $59.90/month, 20GB, Home phone line rental, no calls.
I'm also yet to look at dodo, TPG, telstra and Iinet.
If anyone has any recommendations or ones to avoid please share.

TIA

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 08:47 PM

Is the optus broadband bundle for Adsl 2 ? Sorry I'm looking at moving from telstra
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:02 PM

I'm not sure. It just says super fast broadband.
Heres the link Optus broadband bundle

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:14 PM

I'm with TPG adsl 2+ and very happy with them.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:18 PM

Try Exetel. I don't know what their current packages are like, but they were really good when we were with them. We only left as we wanted ADSL2 and Telstra have it locked down in our area. Just as well their package for home phone and internet was cheaper than what we were paying anyway, as I generally hate Telstra as a rule.
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 10:03 PM

With the Iinet ADSL2+ home1, does that mean thats package1 and you would either need an active line already or you get the phone package too? It doesn't mean that you could just get that and nothing does it?
Here's the link.

Sandy TPG does look good. So far it seems the best.
Alana - TPG ADSL2+, TPG Naked ADSL2+

Swarles - Yet to look at Exetel.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE(Swarles Barkley @ Apr 17 2011, 09:18 PM) View Post

Try Exetel. I don't know what their current packages are like, but they were really good when we were with them. We only left as we wanted ADSL2 and Telstra have it locked down in our area. Just as well their package for home phone and internet was cheaper than what we were paying anyway, as I generally hate Telstra as a rule.


We have Exetel for work, their packages are just fantastic (huge download limits, minimal prices) however their entire team is based in Sri Lanka and there is virtually no customer support. Good option if you just want to 'set and forget' and have a fairly good understanding of how internet works and what you want.


We use iiNet at home, the Naked DSL plan. We hate paying line rental because we hardly ever use our home phone, and the download package is sizable for us (DH downloads games, movies, music etc). Great customer service- almost every time we've had to phone, we've gotten a great rep who has given us a quick, easy solution.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 04:42 PM

Are there any other suggests to internet carriers? So far TGP looks to be the best deal for what we need.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:26 PM

QUOTE(AK2 @ Apr 18 2011, 08:53 AM) View Post

We use iiNet at home, the Naked DSL plan. We hate paying line rental because we hardly ever use our home phone, and the download package is sizable for us (DH downloads games, movies, music etc). Great customer service- almost every time we've had to phone, we've gotten a great rep who has given us a quick, easy solution.


We're on iinet too, have been since they set up. iinet are one of the better companies for internet packages as they have great customer service should you need it. We were on naked but are now on ADSL + line rental, as the price was the same (but download was higher) when we moved recently. Good to consider if they service your area.

I was on TPG for ages when living at my parents. They are a cheap company so the prices are great, but their customer service is terrible. Sounds like Exetel. Their service drops out a fair bit in my parents area for some reason and when you call them it sounds like they are reading off a tip sheet. They do NOT have proper IT experience. I will never use them again.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE(AK2 @ Apr 18 2011, 08:53 AM) View Post
We use iiNet at home, the Naked DSL plan. We hate paying line rental because we hardly ever use our home phone, and the download package is sizable for us (DH downloads games, movies, music etc). Great customer service- almost every time we've had to phone, we've gotten a great rep who has given us a quick, easy solution.

We use macs in our households and almost most of the internet providers we have been with have laughed at us when we have needed support, as they don't support macs mad.gif Luckily the only times we have ever really needed support were when the problems were relatively easy to fix with Google's help, and I was able to do it myself. I can't say that in 2.5 years with Exetel I ever had to contact them about anything though, so I wouldn't know what their support is like, I did find their forum useful for some things though (like outages etc)
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