choosing the best nbn plan

During these uncertain times, there is one thing that everyday Australians are looking for in every aspect of life – value. And because of the amount of time that people are having to spend at home, this is especially true for a connection to the nbn™ network. When it comes to the nbn™ network, determining which plan is the overall best is decided by the number of features a plan has, how useful those features are and of course, the price of the plan.During these uncertain times, there is one thing that everyday Australians are looking for in every aspect of life – value. And because of the amount of time that people are having to spend at home, this is especially true for a connection to the nbn™ network. When it comes to the nbn™ network, determining which plan is the overall best is decided by the number of features a plan has, how useful those features are and of course, the price of the plan.

In this day and age, benefits are a powerful tool in determining if something is best, and this isn’t different for nbn™ plans. But what benefits do internet service providers make available within their nbn™ plans? There are a number of benefits which internet service providers add to their plans and determining the value of each of these benefits is important when it comes to determining the overall value of an nbn™ plan.

unlimited data

One of these benefits which people look for in an nbn™ plan is unlimited data. This feature has become particularly important during the isolation period, as people have been forced to spend more time at home and away from work, leaving them with little more than to use the internet and spend time in their homes. Unlimited data is so important during this period that many internet service providers are actually removing the data cap on their capped plans, so people are able to surf, stream and search to their heart’s content, without the need to worry about going overboard on their data and being unable to use the internet for large periods of time over the isolation period.

Having unlimited data is not only a great benefit, but it can also bring a lot of peace of mind to people who benefit from it. At MATE, we’ve been aware of the benefits that having unlimited data offers to people for a lot longer than the other internet service providers, as well as the peace of mind that it brings. So while there are many internet service providers who still cap their plans after a certain number of gigabytes, you can breathe easy knowing that every single one of our nbn™ plans comes with unlimited data, so you don’t worry about hitting those pesky data caps at a time where you need the internet most. If you’d like to learn more about our nbn™ plans, complete with unlimited data, check out our nbn™ plans page here, or give our friendly, all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.

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no contract plans

Another benefit which many Australians look for in potential nbn™ plans are no contracts. Although it might seem like only a minor benefit, having no contract in your nbn™ plan actually allows for a lot of flexibility. Having no contract in your nbn™ plan means that you can change between plans that your provider offers, as well as being able to change internet service providers without having to pay any fees for leaving your current internet service provider.

During the isolation period, having a no contract nbn™ plan has become more important than ever, as people need to be able to quickly change their plan in order to suit their new lifestyle. If you’re still an essential worker and you’re not using the internet as often as you normally would, a no contract plan allows you to quicky and easily downgrade your plan, so you don’t have to spend as much on your connection to the nbn™ network as you normally would. Or are you having to work from home, making you rely on your home internet now more than ever? Upgrading your nbn™ plan to a more powerful one is sure to remove to remove some of the hassles that are associated with working whilst on a slow internet connection.

At MATE, we know that almost everyone appreciates the flexibility that comes with having no contracts, which is why every single one of our nbn™ plans comes without contracts, so you can have the freedom to upgrade and downgrade your nbn™ plan so that it suits your lifestyle. If you’re on a MATE nbn™ plan and you’re looking to upgrade or downgrade your existing plan, or if you’re looking to sign up to one of MATE’s no contract nbn™ plans, check out our nbn™ plans page or give our experienced, all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


nbn™50

When looking at some of Australia’s most popular nbn™ plans, outside of having no contracts and unlimited data, the one other thing that all these plans have in common is that most of them have a typical busy download speed of 40.5 mbps, placing these plans in the nbn™50 speed tier. For those who aren’t as tech savvy as some others, the nbn™ network is divided into five tiers which differ in download and upload speed.

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The five regular speed tiers of the nbn™ include nbn™ 12, with a download speed of 12 mbps and an upload speed of 1 mbps, nbn™ 25, with a download speed of 25 mbps and an upload speed of 5 mbps, nbn™ 50, with a download speed of 50 mbps and an upload speed of 20 mbps, nbn™ 100/20, with a download speed of 100 mbps and an upload speed of 20 mbps and nbn™ 100, with its blisteringly fast download speed of 100 mbps and an incredible upload speed of 40 mbps.

If you’re looking for the most effective speed tier of the nbn™ network whilst still keeping the cost down, it’s very difficult to look past going for an nbn™ plan that’s in the nbn™ 50 speed tier. Although it hasn’t got the extremely fast download speeds that are associated with nbn™ 100, but a download speed of 50 mbps and an upload speed of 20 mbps isn’t anything to scoff at, and it’s perfect for young families who like to use the internet, but don’t heavily rely on it for tasks such as heavy study or working from home.

As well as this, plans which use the nbn™ 50 speed tier are often a lot less expensive than plans which make use of the nbn™ 100 speed tier, which means that although they’re efficient, they’re also cost-effective, which in these uncertain times, is an extremely powerful benefit.

At MATE, we’re aware of the versatility and cost-effectiveness of the nbn™ 50 speed tier, which is why we developed our best mates nbn™ 50/20 plan, which is designed to let you make the most of the nbn™ 50 speed tier. With this plan, you get to make the most of a 50 mbps download speed and a 20 mbps upload speed, which also offers you a typical busy download speed of 42 mbps. With the best mates nbn™ 50/20 plan, you’ll be able to comfortably browse, check emails, stream music and television and do online gaming during a typical busy download period, making it perfect for students, sharehouses and families. If you’d like to learn more about the best mates nbn™ 50/20 plan, or any of our other incredible nbn™ plans, check out our nbn™ plans page, or give our all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


internet speed

nbn™ 50 is perhaps the most popular speed tier that the nbn™ network has to offer, however that doesn’t mean that it’s the fastest speed tier that the nbn™ network has offer. That accolade belongs to the nbn™ 100 speed tier, which offers a download speed of 100 mbps and an upload speed of 40 mbps. Because of the high speeds which this tier achieves, plans that utilise the nbn™ 100 speed tier are often picked up by those who use the internet a lot, such as avid online gamers, large families, sharehouses, and people who do a lot of business from home.

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If you’re looking for a nbn™ plan that makes the most of the nbn™ 100 speed tier, then look no further than the team at MATE. At MATE, we make the most of the nbn™ 100 speed tier with our soul mates nbn™ 100/20 plan. With a download speed of 100 mbps and an upload speed of 20 mbps, during a busy typical download period, this plan offers 83 mbps, making it one of the fastest plans available. In fact, our soul mates nbn™ 100/20 plan is so fast, that WhistleOut have named it one of the best-value nbn™ 100 plans available on the market.

With this plan, you’ll be able to game, study, stream and surf with ease, regardless if you’re in the typical busy download period or not. So, if you’re looking to sign up for our soul mates nbn™ 100/20 plan, or if you want to learn more about our range of other nbn™ plans, have a look at our nbn™ plans page, or give our customer service team a call on 13 14 1313 14 13 today.


value

On the opposite end of judging an nbn™ plan on its performance, another means of judging an nbn™ plan is on how much you save by using it. Whereas the nbn™ 100 speed tier is the tier that’s used to provide performance, the nbn™ 12 speed tier is the tier that a lot of value plans are on. With a download speed of 12 mbps and an upload speed of 1 mbps, nbn™ 12 is the most basic speed tier, making it perfect for those who don’t need to use the internet as often, such as the elderly or people who are away from home for work for the majority of the day.

If you’re looking for an nbn™ plan that utilises the nbn™ 12 speed tier and offers a lot of value, then the good mates nbn™ 12/1 plan is the perfect plan for you. With a download speed of 12 mbps and an upload speed of 1 mbps, the good mates nbn™ 12/1 plan doesn’t provide the fastest internet, but unlike some other plans that make use of the nbn™ 12 speed tier, the good mates nbn™ 12/1 plan is uncapped, which means that you don’t have to worry about any of those pesky data caps, letting you check your emails and browse the internet to your heart’s content. If you’d like to learn more about our good mates nbn™ 12/1 plan, or any of the other plans that we have on offer, give us a call on 13 14 13 today or check out our nbn™ plans page.


nbn™ packages

Another way to determine if an nbn™ plan is of good value or can be considered amongst the best is by finding out what it can be packaged with. There are many different packages which internet service providers make available to their customers, including mobile plans, set-top boxes, cable tv subscriptions and home phone services, just to name a few. As a consumer, it can be down to you to determine which you would get the most value out of, so that you can add the most value to your nbn™ plan. If you’re looking to beat the boredom during this isolation period, there are a range of entertainment options for you to add to your nbn™ plan in order for you to develop really valuable nbn™ packages

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Despite the appeal of adding entertainment options to your nbn™ plan, the most useful features that are added onto nbn™ plans are features which you’ll be able to make use of every day, such as mobile plans and home phone services. Find yourself on the go more than most? Pair an nbn™ plan with a 4G mobile plan. Find yourself at home and don’t need to use your mobile phone often? Pair an nbn™ plan with an nbn™ home phone service.

At MATE, we offer our home phone service to be paired with any of our nbn™ plans, as well as any of our 4G mobile plans to be paired with any of our nbn™ plans, allowing you to customise an nbn™ package to make it suit your lifestyle perfectly. Plan on staying at home and making the most of your nbn™ connection during the isolation period? Pair our soul mates nbn™ 100/20 plan with a home phone service, so that you can keep in touch with friends and family. Looking to keep in contact with clients on the go, as well as do a majority of business from home? Consider pairing our soul mates nbn™ 100/20 plan with our 40GB mobile plan, to get the most out of your mobile phone and out of your connection to the nbn™ network. If you’d like to learn more about bundling a 4G mobile plan or home phone service to your nbn™ plan, check out our nbn™ plans page or give our all-Aussie support team a call on 13 14 13 today.

As you can see, there are a number of ways for you to determine which plan is the best nbn™ plan available, so it’s up to you to determine which one best suits your lifestyle. Are you looking to get something more than just a connection to the nbn™ network? Maybe have a look at the range of nbn™ packages that internet service providers have made available and see what you get for just a fraction of the cost. Or are you looking to stream, surf and search without being held up by data caps, maybe a plan with uncapped data will work. Or if you’re looking for some flexibility with your plan due to these uncertain times, it’s best to look for a no contract plan.

No matter what you’re looking for in an nbn™ plan, you can count on the team at MATE to have a range of plans and packages that are designed to suit every single lifestyle. So, if you’d like to learn more about the nbn™ plans that our team has on offer, check out our nbn™ plans page, or give our friendly, all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


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Other Frequently Asked Questions about the nbn™

how does the nbn™ installation into my home or business work?

The installation of the nbn™ network into your home or business is designed to be as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you’re having the nbn™ network installed directly into your home for the first time, you will more than likely need to have someone over the age of 18 to invite the installer into the home and sign off on the installation work that they do.

In most cases, you’ll need to work with the installer based on standard installation requirements in order to find the best spot for your device to be installed (if applicable) – an area that’s easy for you to access as well as an area where the technician can easily connect your device to the premises connection device outside. Depending on the connection type, if no physical device is required (such as for an FTTN/FTTB connection) the nbn™ network will be established via a standard telephone wall socket.

what nbn™ plan is right for me?

At MATE, we have a number of nbn™ plans that are designed to suit a range of different lifestyles. Are you retired, but still looking to keep in touch with friends and family? Try out our good mates nbn™ 12 plan, offering a typical busy period download speed of 10 Mbps and designed for basic internet browsing. Or are you looking for a high-speed plan with unlimited data? Then maybe our soul mates nbn™ 100 plan designed for 6 or more people, with a typical busy period download speed of 83 Mbps. No matter what you need the internet for, you can guarantee that MATE has the nbn™ plan to suit you.

One thing you’ll need to keep in mind is that not only is your internet speed affected by the type of plan that you have, it’ll also be affected by the type of connection that you have to the nbn™ network. For example, if you have a plan that provides you with a typical busy period download speed of 43 megabytes per second (Mbps) but you’re connected to the nbn™ network via FTTN technology, your average internet speed may be slightly slower.

As well as this, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration when judging your internet speed. This can include location, distance from Fixed Wireless position (primarily applies to rural/inland internet users), quality of devices and many more factors. Please consider that these factors can have a significant impact on your overall impact speed, even if you’ve just purchased and have a high-speed nbn™ network connection to your home.

who will be getting access to the nbn™ network?

Quite simply, the nbn™ network aims to eventually give high-speed internet connections to every single home and business in Australia. By the end of 2020, nbn™ hopes to achieve this goal of providing quality internet across Australia, so you can utilise the entirety of the internet at high speed, no matter where you are in the country.

Even though everyone will be getting access to the nbn™ network, it is gradually being rolled out across the country. This means that there are some areas, such as capital cities, that will be receiving high-speed internet a lot sooner than those who live in rural areas. As well as this, you’ll need to take into consideration how you’ll be receiving the nbn™ network, as there are a number of ways that you’ll be connected.

Who will be getting access to the nbn™ network?

If you want to know how you’re connected to the nbn™ network, there’s a very easy way to find out. On the MATE website, we have all the locations where the nbn™ network is available, and how it’s been made available. Before you select one of our many nbn™ plans, you’ll be asked to enter your address and see if your home or business is connected to the nbn™ network and how it’s been or will be connected to the nbn™ network. With this information, you’ll be able to determine what type of nbn™ plan will best suit your home or business.

what do I need to do to be prepared for the nbn™ network?

As the nbn™ network is rolled out, it will replace the existing copper telephone infrastructure, which means that services that once existed on this infrastructure will be terminated. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that all aspects of your home that used the ADSL infrastructure are ready to be connected to the new fibre optic infrastructure.

Thankfully, preparing your phones and internet using appliances for the nbn™ network is incredibly easy. Simply call an nbn™ provider like MATE and talk to them about what plan would best suit your lifestyle. At MATE, we’re all about getting your devices back up and running as soon as possible. If you want your devices on the nbn™ network as soon as possible, check out our range of high-quality, high-speed nbn™ plans on our website, or you can live chat with us online or email us at support@letsbemates.com.au.

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