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aaNet's $5 PAYG Plan ADSL2+ broadband

Posted By: evo, posted 2008/12/19 19:14
Internet service provider aaNet has introduced a pay as you go broadband ADSL2+ plan with an initial monthly fee of $5 p/month. After that data is available at only $1.50 per gigabyte.

This low pricing is guaranteed for six months, but there is no penalty for cancelling early.

This special offer is ideal for people who do not download large amounts on the web and value a cheaper upfront cost.
Expiry date:2009/01/09
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  • nod2008/12/19 19:39:44
    Thanks Evo and welcome to Buckscoop :)
    Good value if you are a low usage user
    75c per GB off peak 2am to 10am is great.

    You are looking at a $99 set up fee :)

    What exactly do you get for your $5 a month?
  • admin2008/12/19 20:07:10
    Yea - the setup fee is a bit.

    The price per gig is not bad. So working online doing a lot of browsing, skyping, emailing etc (no P2P / streaming TV) I'd feasibly use 5-6 gig a month peak time data. My monthly cost would be $12.50 to $14.50. For a light user this sort of setup makes sense. The only problem I have is with that setup fee and that the prices in the plan are only guaranteed for a six month period.
  • queenshrew2008/12/19 20:56:10
    Hrm..

    • Bundle your home phone and save $0.50 per month on your broadband connection


    Uh 50c??? Why would anyone bother? :p

    btw Welcome [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]evo[/COLOR] :)
  • admin2008/12/19 22:09:47
    :) - yea 50 cents is a bit ho hum....
  • fishmonkey2008/12/19 23:57:18
    this limited offer deal only covers exchanges where they have their MSANs, which in the scheme of things isn't very many...

    a big downside with aaNet is that NONE of their normal plans are flat-rate/shaped (i.e. with a fixed monthly fee and quota whereby your download speed is throttled when you are over quota)...
  • admin2008/12/20 00:04:15
    Is there a map of the MSAN's anywhere for reference that you know of fishmonkey?

    I'd add that if you were a user at risk of needing over quota / throttling protection you'd probably want to avoid this plan like the plague.
  • fishmonkey2008/12/20 00:14:35
    their list of MSANs is here:
    http://www.aanet.com.au/bbnext_status

    working out some basic numbers, if you only saw out the 6 month contract on this deal, and used 5GB a month, it would cost you:

    $5 + (5 x $1.5) + ($99 / 6) = $29/month

    which when you look at it like that, isn't that spectacular, is it???

    it's a classic honeymoon kinda deal, really...
  • scheps2008/12/20 22:50:13
    smart fish
    :)
  • admin2008/12/20 23:48:47
    fishmonkey;75865
    their list of MSANs is here:
    http://www.aanet.com.au/bbnext_status

    working out some basic numbers, if you only saw out the 6 month contract on this deal, and used 5GB a month, it would cost you:

    $5 + (5 x $1.5) + ($99 / 6) = $29/month

    which when you look at it like that, isn't that spectacular, is it???

    it's a classic honeymoon kinda deal, really...


    Obviously better if you spread it out over 12 months or more but the lack of a guarantee that the per gig price will remain at that level > 6 months is a risk.
  • jockreby20032008/12/21 10:22:17
    fishmonkey
    their list of MSANs is here:
    http://www.aanet.com.au/bbnext_status

    working out some basic numbers, if you only saw out the 6 month contract on this deal, and used 5GB a month, it would cost you:

    $5 + (5 x $1.5) + ($99 / 6) = $29/month

    which when you look at it like that, isn't that spectacular, is it???

    it's a classic honeymoon kinda deal, really...


    On those sort of numbers, you might be better off on a wireless plan, IF you can get a plan with zero setup fee and without a contract and with a cheap/free modem.

    (In fact it is difficult to get any internet plan without a setup fee and without a contract).

    In general aanet's prices seem to be very competitive. Infinitely better than most of the 200MB/$29-a-month plans (e.g. Bigpond)
  • photographyisart2008/12/21 11:29:04
    its not too bad considering some places like 3 charge $29 a month for 1 - 2 GB, however that is for wireless use with those dongle things.
  • fishmonkey2008/12/22 10:09:50
    well, pretty much anyone's prices are better than BigPond, and mobile broadband is not really a fair comparison...

    in any case, it's not that it's a bad deal in the short term, what i was really trying to get across is that if the special pricing only lasts 6 months and there are no alternative aaNet plans that suit you, then it's not gonna save you much... probably not worth going through the pain of a churn (service change from another provider)...

    however if you are currently on dial-up and happen to be on one of the available exchanges (oh, and they are only offering this deal for the first 50 people on each of the available exchange, so an absolute maximum of 300 new customers), then it wouldn't be a bad way to go... it's also a good deal if you are a modest downloader but want fast speeds nonetheless...

    basically aaNet has vacant ports on some exchanges sitting there costing them money, and cooked up this plan to increase their bottom line a little, and generate a bit of marketing hype...

    all that said, aaNet has a reputation as one of the better small providers in Australia...
  • stilted2008/12/22 11:56:52
    free churn for exetel customers as well - save $99

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