Broadband Deals – Search, Compare and Sign Up!

Want some help in finding the right broadband plan? Look no further! At BroadbandDeals.com.au we’re constantly researching and updating the best broadband deals in Australia. Our online tools make it easy for you to research and compare broadband plans that are available in your local area.

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Simply enter your phone number or address above and you’ll see the ADSL, ADSL2+ and Naked DSL plans at your location. Once you’ve found the best deal you can sign up online!

Why do we ask you to enter a phone number or address? Because it’s the only way we can show you a list of plan availability in your area. Every phone exchange – usually the size of several suburbs – in Australia has different broadband providers and plans that are available, so it is important to search for providers and plans that are actually in your local exchange. A generic list of hundreds of broadband plans isn’t much help to you at all if you can’t get those deals. Please enter your phone number or address above, to see what broadband deals are available in your area!

The phone number and address information you enter above is not stored or used for any marketing purposes – it’s simply to help you find a better broadband plan!

Broadband Terminology

ADSL2+

This is the fastest broadband service you can get over a copper phone line presently. To get ADSL2+ you need to have a connected phone line. If you don’t want to pay for a phone line each month, but want the same ADSL 2+ speeds, then Naked DSL may be a better service for you.

The maximum download speed for ADSL2+ is 24 Mbps, but in reality no one gets downloads that fast because your speed slows the further you are from the local phone exchange. The copper phone line in the street and wiring and equipment in your house can also slow speeds down. But most people will get somewhere between 5Mbps and 15Mbps.

ADSL2+ is available via the equipment (or DSLAMs) of a number of internet service providers like iinet, Optus, Internode and more. These plans are available at hundreds of exchanges throughout Australia where these ISPs have installed their own DSLAMs.

Some ISPs can also provide ADSL2+ services  via a wholesale arrangement with Telstra in the exchanges where they don’t have DSLAMs. These plans are referred to sometimes as “Off-Net”, “Reach” or “Extended Network”. They tend to be slightly more expensive with less data allowance than direct ADSL2+ plans, although they have seen significant price drops in recent times.

Naked DSL

This provides ADSL2+ download speeds, but you don’t need to have a connected landline. With many people relying on their mobile phone to make and receive all calls, the traditional landline is frequently seen as redundant. Naked DSL is provided by the same copper cable in the street that provides ADSL2+, but does not require you to pay ongoing monthly line rental fees on an “active” service.

Naked DSL is available only where providers like iinet, Optus and Internode has their own DSLAMs installed at phone exchanges. Telstra does not currently offer any Naked DSL as a retail or wholesale service.

Some Naked DSL providers require you to have an active phone line before you apply for a Naked DSL service. This may seem counter-intuitive as you are trying to avoid connecting a landline, but if you choose to go with an ISP that insists on this process, then the landline is disconnected when the Naked DSL is provisioned.

ADSL1

In some phone exchanges there are no ADSL2+ or Naked DSL services available. Almost all of these exchanges in Australia are serviced by ADSL1 broadband. When broadband was first released over a decade ago, ADSL1 speeds started at 256kbps. Some ISPs now only provide ADSL1 with speeds of at least 1.5Mbps (1500kbps). Some ISPs still offer 512k plans and most offer 8Mbps plans.

All ADSL1 services require a landline to be connected and active.

There are hundreds of thousands of Australians who are unable to get ADSL2+ or Naked DSL even when it is available in their local exchange because their phone line is connected via Pair Gain, a sub exchange or a RIM. These nasties are Telstra equipment which do not allow the necessary direct connection to the ADSL2+ DSLAM at the exchange.

If you are connected to a RIM or sub exchange you can still probably get a 1.5MB and sometimes  a 8MB ADSL1 service. You will really only be able to find out what you can get for applying for the plan you would most like to be connected to. If it can be provisioned, then great! If your preferred plan is not available, then all reputable ISPs will not charge you anything, but will inform you of your available options.