Before coming to australia, my life was almost inseparable with Internet. I eat, drink and sleep Internet. Internet in Singapore was quite affordable at that time as I was sharing with my housemates and each of us had to fork out around sgd 10 per month. With this little amount of money we enjoyed unlimited, high-speed broadband services.
Things are really different here in Australia. Everything is more expensive, especially telecommunication/internet services. For example, I need to have at least AUD0.50 in order to make a local sydney call, which is a bit “insane” to me as in singapore/malaysia you can use Sgd0.10 or Myr0.10 to call someone “locally”. But slowly I have to get used to the fact that: “Everything in Australia is more expensive except cars!”
Back to Internet services, subscribing Internet has been our top priority. But due to my stinginess, we only want best deals. After a little survey, we found out that, apart from two main ISP (Optus and Telstra), there are over 20++ smaller ISP in Australia. There are different types of services also, like ADSL, ADSL2+, cable, satellite.. The ISPs here seldom offer unlimited broadband services like Singapore. Instead, they offer different “download limit” plan. For example, a 200MB plan allows you to download at the “high-speed” for 200MB at most each month. If you exceed the limit, you are either “charged” with per-minute-rate or capped with a certain lower speed like 64Kbps or 128Kbps. But what can we do with 200MB?! Of course they also offer plans with more download allowance at higher price of course. This is one of the huge culture shocks for me as I use Internet like drink water 😛
After much comparison, we got ourselves the most “value-to-money” plan offered by TPG Internet. We will have 30GB(20GB/10GB) per month at the cost of AUD50 monthly. Together with the monthly home phone charges of AUD20, our monthly expense on Internet will be about AUD70! A significant increase from sgd10!! The speed is ADSL2+, about 10Mbps. If exceeding the usage, the speed will be capped to 128Kbps (must be extra caution about this when subscribing!!) We ordered online and the router/modem was delivered to our place within 2-3days. Then have to wait for our home phone provider (telstra) to activate the ADSL service. And finally, we are able to online at home yesterday!! Hooray! Up to now, the speed is fast and we have used up about 150 MB peak hour data usage and it is still counting…
This is our modem with wireless and VoIP function:
By the way, these are a few websites that help us to decide which ISP to use:
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