GUEST ARTICLE: Every Australian knows that phone and internet companies intentionally make their plans as confusing as possible. Weird acronyms, hidden terms and conditions and a different answer every time you call customer service. We’ve all experienced it. And then along comes the strangest name for a service ever – Naked ADSL.
So is it worth paying attention to or is it just a clever marketing stunt? Read on and all will be revealed. And I promise no more bad puns.
What Is Naked ADSL?
When we all started using broadband internet a few years ago, the great progress was that we could make calls and use the internet at the same time. No more ‘engaged’ tones for hours like when using slow dial up at 56kbps.
This was ADSL and it had speeds up to 1500kbps! It was fast and could share internet and a phone service over the one copper phone line coming into your house.
ADSL2+ was released more recently and its speeds were significantly faster again – potentially over ten times faster! Phone and internet were shared on the one copper line.
At about the time ADSL2+ was released, mobile phone plans started becoming far better value. With great mobile Cap plans, the home phone started becoming redundant for many people – except it you had to have a phone line for ADSL or ADSL2+. People begrudgingly paid for line rental each month, just so they could get fast broadband.
Here’s where Naked ADSL comes into the picture….
Naked ADSL is identical to ADSL2+ in speed and reliability, except that you remove the phone service on the line. There’s no dial tone and you don’t have to pay $30 line rental any more!
The internet is still running over a copper line into your house, but it’s Naked – it’s got nothing else on it.
Why Is Naked ADSL So Popular?
Naked ADSL is enticing for a number of reasons:
- No longer pay $30 per month line rental for a phone service you never use. iinet can transfer your home phone number to iinet VoIP
- You don’t want to pay the phone line connection fee to Telstra when you move into a new place
- The internet speeds are super fast – up to about 24mbit depending on your location
- Mobile phone plans offer so many ‘included calls’ now that you don’t need a landline anymore
- Some Naked ADSL providers offer VoIP, so you can receive phone calls and make cheap, high quality calls over the internet. You can even use your existing phone handsets in most cases.
The main downside to Naked DSL is that if you are transferring from another internet provider there may be several weeks of internet downtime. It depends on your current service, and is worth checking before you transfer. Brand new connections usually take between 2 to 4 weeks to be finished.
You may be tempted to sign up for instant wireless internet access via 3 Mobile, Vodafone or Virgin Mobile instead and use that as your primary home internet access method.
Be warned! Those kinds of wireless Internet access are upto 90% slower than Naked ADSL and if you live in an area where lots of people have wireless internet access you will quite likely suffer from slow download speeds and an unreliable connection.
How Much Does Naked ADSL Cost?
Naked ADSL plans with most providers start at about $49.95 per month for between 2GB to 10GB in download allowance. Plans increase to give you more data allowance, with the most popular price range being about $59 to $69 per month.
Who Offers Naked ADSL?
There are a growing number of Naked ADSL providers and you will generally get what you pay for.
Internode bundles a NodePhone2 VoIP service with $10 of included calls for free with Naked ADSL accounts and iinet offers Naked ADSL customers their iiTalkPack plan for free (normally $20) including unlimited local and national calls to landlines.
The next tier of providers like TPG, Exetel, and Netspace are ISPs that offer significantly higher download allowances at a more budget price but you won’t get as high a level of service (especially with TPG and Exetel which offer a barebones service).
Out of the major telecommunications companies only Optus and Primus currently offer Naked ADSL. AAPT has been threatening to for a while, but it’s never materialised. Telstra don’t offer it because it clearly attacks their line rental revenue.
Where Is Naked ADSL Available?
It’s available at over 400 telephone exchanges, which includes locations in every state in Australia. The plans that you can get will depend on the providers available at your exchange, so check out what options you have first in your area.
Over 100,000 households are now connected to Naked ADSL in Australia. It’s definitely one of the fastest growing broadband services and with good reason!
This guest article has been written by Luke Howes, who operates a website devoted entirely to Naked DSL. Luke has been advising Australians for over 7 years (in plain English) on the best ways to save money with phone and internet connections. If you’d like some advice about Naked DSL, then send Luke an email.
If you’d like to see what Naked DSL providers and plans you can get, visit www.Naked-DSL.com.au and enter your phone number or address.