No Contract Broadband Plans NZ
No contract broadband - as the name suggests - is a broadband with no contract or no credit check internet plan. The benefit of no contract internet is the flexibility that it offers. With broadband deals constantly changing, it’s nice to have the option to not be locked into a contract. Additionally, if you travel a lot, it makes it easy to cancel your existing plan without any termination fees. However, while no contract broadband offers flexibility, there can be increased set up and modem costs.
Benefits of a No Contract Broadband Plan
You can cancel your broadband connection at any time
If you no longer need your internet connection, or you want to change providers, just call your current broadband provider to cancel (as long as it is a no contract plan). They will organise the cancellation for you.
There are no early termination fees
One of the best parts of having a no contract plan is the lack of early termination fees, which can end up being a few hundred dollars. Fees are the last thing you want to deal with when your plans change.If you are no longer satisfied with your current no contract internet provider, you can hunt around for a better broadband deal. You can feel free to find a better plan or provider whenever you want, because there’s nothing tying you up!
Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is ADSL broadband?
ADSL broadband has been the standard in NZ for a long time and, depending on the quality of your lines, gives download speeds of up to 24Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps. The national average is about 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. This is plenty for the basics like emailing, surfing the net and checking social networks. To find and compare the best no contract broadband plans for ADSL, try out our comparison services here at glimp.
How much faster is VDSL broadband?
Heaps faster! You could get download speeds of up to 70Mbps and upload speeds up to 10Mbps. There are several factors involved such as the condition of the copper cables and the distance from the nearest cabinet. The closer you are to the cabinet – the better. No contract internet is widely available for VDSL broadband, which is a good option for many users across New Zealand.
Should I choose VDSL or Ultra Fast Fibre? (Ultra Fast Broadband)
If you can get both at your address, then you should consider fibre. It uses fibre optic cabling instead of copper which means the speeds are more consistent and faster. Fibre is a little trickier to install than VDSL, but it’s worth it. Luckily, many fibre broadband options include no contract plans.
How fast are the Ultra Fibre plans?
With Ultra Fibre 30, the service can deliver Fibre speeds up to 30mbps downstream and 10mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre 100 can deliver Fibre speeds up to 100mbps downstream and 20mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre 200 can provide 200Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream. Ultra Fibre Gigatown can provide an amazing 1000Mbps downstream and 500Mbps upstream (only available in Dunedin).
Actual speeds will be affected by various factors including NZ and overseas networks, your modem and computer technology, internal home wiring and other environmental factors.
Standard Fibre Installation
The standard fibre installation should suit most New Zealand homes. It requires a technician from your Local Fibre Company to carry out work at your house. They will make sure you understand what's required and won't start any work unless you're happy with what's proposed.
It includes all the work needed to connect your home to the fibre running down the street:
- Installing the fibre cable from the street through to your home (up to 200m of cabling from the roadside curb to house).
- Installing and connecting the necessary equipment outside (the ETP) and inside (the ONT) your home.
- Making sure the fibre service is running and disconnecting the copper broadband connection to your home.
- Your Local Fibre Company staff will do their best to minimise any impact on grassed areas and if hard surfaces are affected, they will be resealed.
You'll need this if your house is more than 200m from the Fibre access point on the street. Or if you decide to install your fibre modem in a different place from the ONT and need additional wiring as a result.
The Local Fibre Company staff will let you know if your place needs a non-standard installation and what that's likely to cost before they start any work.
Getting the installation work done
You may need to allow a full day for the work to be done and you'll also need to be available on-site as the installation team will be working both inside and outside of your home.
Don't worry though. The installation team will make sure you understand what's required and they won't start any work unless you are happy with what's being proposed.
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