Sydneysiders, we’ve all recognized the importance of the internet over the past year. From working from home to Skype drinks with mates, watching our favorite shows to home yoga, the internet is playing an increasingly important role in our lives.
With that in mind, why not find the very best internet for your needs? Here are four things to look out for when choosing from the list of internet providers in Sydney.
1. Broadband Type
You first have to decide on what kind of broadband you want in your home. Your options typically depend on where you live and what is available in your area. For example, the NBN is finally being rolled out in more areas throughout Australia, but so is the faster 5G network, so you might want to check if you can have 5G installed at your Sydney home or business before going with the NBN.
For those who are yet to have access to either the NBN or 5G networks, there is a range of Wi-Fi and broadband services available. You should take your time to research which of these services is right for you so that you are not paying too much for home or business internet.
2. How Long Do You Need The Plan To Last?
Broadband plans are available in either “no lock-in” contracts or those that ask for a specific time commitment (generally one or two years). Longer-term contracts can be good for specific home and business owners as the ISP will often provide you with a free connection and free modem. However, you might have to pay a lot more if you try and get out of the contract early. However, month-to-month providers will often make you pay for the modem and to have the connection finalized.
3. Data limits
You next have to decide whether you want an unlimited or limited data plan. Typically, unlimited plans cost more than their limited counterparts. However, you can relax with the peace of mind that you won’t take on extra charges for surpassing your limit.
If you are on a budget or don’t spend too much time on the internet, you might only need a limited plan, as you don’t want to be paying for an unlimited plan if you by no means reach that limit.
If by chance, you do surpass your limit, one of two things will typically happen:
- Your internet service provider (ISP) will charge you for the amount of extra data you use, or;
- Your ISP will slow down your connection until the new month begins and speeds can pick up again.
4. Your Phone & Internet Usage
It’s important to know how you use your internet and how this impacts your data usage. You might be really into online gaming, and this is what uses the bulk of your data. Or you might love getting around every new Netflix series? Either way, it’s good to look at what options you have for streaming services and extras like home phone plans.
However, when you bundle the internet and home phone together, the only thing covered is the phone line rental and not the calls you make to other numbers. When it comes to streaming services, various providers will have specific arrangements as to what kind of phone calls and how many phone calls are included before they start charging your account. Make sure you’re not getting “free” calls you actually have no use for or paying far too much for the calls you typically make.
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