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The renters’ guide to broadband

Finding a broadband plan that fits the rental lifestyle isn't always easy. We've broken down the key factors that you'll want to consider.

Broadband and renting

While there are plenty of guides on how to survive the renting life, one factor that often gets overlooked is finding the right broadband plan. Where price, speed and data caps are still primary concerns, what if your rent suddenly goes up and you need to downsize your broadband plan to compensate? What if your landlord goes bust and you find yourself unceremoniously kicked to the curb?

That’s why it’s important to choose a broadband plan that matches the malleability of the renting lifestyle. To help you find that plan, let’s go over the key factors to consider for a rent-friendly broadband plan.

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What about mobile broadband?

Depending on your data needs, you might find that, rather than springing for a traditional home broadband connection, you prefer the versatility of a mobile broadband plan. Whether it be using your phone as a wireless hotspot for browsing the web on your larger laptop screen or picking up a dedicated Wi-Fi modem for sharing a 4G connection with more than a dozen devices at once, a mobile broadband solution offers a lot more flexibility than a regular fixed-line connection.

The big advantage of mobile broadband for renters is that you can take it with you from one residence to another, no installation or relocation fees to worry about. The catch is that mobile reception can differ drastically from suburb to suburb and you could find yourself moving into a place where the wireless Internet speeds are really slow.

You’ll also want to carefully consider the cost of mobile broadband, as the price per MB is magnitudes higher than it is for a fixed-line connection. Data caps on mobile broadband are also significantly lower, making it awfully easy to rack up hundreds of dollars’ worth of excess usage charges without realising it.

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