so you’ve got access to the nbn – now what?
Finally, you’ve received a golden ticket in your letterbox notifying you that your house is nbn ready, woohoo! You can already picture your house in all of its high-speed glory. Imagine streaming Netflix from every room, while simultaneously uploading videos to social media and using your smart home devices – all without any disruptions.
But, you soon realise that you know nothing about connecting to this mythical nbn that you’ve heard so much about. How do you choose a provider? What's the best plan for your household? And what is all this chat about ‘speed tiers’? But don’t fret, there are only a few simple steps to follow before your high-speed internet dreams become a reality.
1. shop around for the right provider and plan
With nearly 70 nbn providers to choose from, picking the right deal can be exhausting and confusing. But before you start pulling your hair out at the thought of this, we’ve got a few handy tips and guidelines to help make your decision a little easier.
The provider you choose will predominantly be determined by the plans they offer and whether they meet your needs while still aligning with your budget.
It’s a good idea to choose a flexible month-by-month plan that doesn’t have any long-term lock-ins so you can easily switch plans or providers if a better offer comes up. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any promotional deals or streaming packages.
Here at amaysim, all our nbn plans include no lock-in contracts, meaning you're free to switch between plans (or change providers), without any hassles!
2. choose a speed
Choosing the right nbn speed for your household can be daunting. There are so many pieces to the puzzle and it’s hard to know which one is best for you.
The first thing you need to understand is that each category is a ‘speed tier’ with a theoretical maximum speed (which is most-likely what is quoted to you by providers). There are so many factors that can affect your internet speed. From the type of nbn internet connection in your street to the number of others users. So it’s safe to say, the speed you’re quoted isn’t always going to be speed you actually get.
When it comes to choosing the right nbn speed and data allowance for your household there are a few considerations that should help make your decision a little easier. Do a household census of how many people use the internet, how many devices will be connected at the same time and what your main use of the internet will be.
If your household is made up of web surfers and social networkers who only use the internet casually, your data requirements may be quite low. However, if you’re a household of serious gamers and full-time streamers your data needs may be a lot higher.
To make selecting your plan more straightforward, all amaysim nbn plans include unlimited data, which means you’ll never have to worry about running out of data or being capped.
Most providers will have a selection of plans to choose from, ranging from slower speeds with less data to faster speeds with lots of data. Here at amaysim, we've broken our plans into three different speed categories; Basic, Standard Plus and Premium
The Basic Speed plan is ideal for a household of 1-2 people and is fast enough for web browsing, social and media and non-HD video streaming. Current ADSL connections can reach these speeds so if you really want to take advantage of the nbn’s lightning-fast connection we recommend trying a higher speed tier.
Standard Plus is the next step up and is great for slightly larger households where there are 2-4 people using the internet at any given time. This plan will easily meet your HD video streaming needs (like Netflix & Stan) as well as being suitable for online gaming and loads of music streaming.
The final, and fastest speed is Premium and is designed for households with more than 4 people who have multiple devices connected at once. Enjoy Ultra HD (4K) video streaming, super responsive online gaming and the ability to hook-up multiple smart home devices.
3. contact your chosen provider
Once you’ve chosen the right plan for your household, it’s time to contact your provider of choice to help you make the switch.
Signing up to the nbn with your current service provider might seem like the path of least resistance, but if you’re switching from ADSL, it's a good time to shop around for a good deal.
If you're looking for a hassle-free way to sign up to the nbn, we've made the process at straightforward as possible. Once you’ve checked your address is ready to connect, simply pick your speed and you’ll be able to complete the signup process online (no paperwork, no hassles).