Broadband Basics

How to choose the right fibre plan for your home

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February 26, 2019

If you’re looking to upgrade to fibre broadband, there are a few simple factors that make choosing a fibre plan easier. Below are some key things to consider to make sure you’re getting the best plan for your needs…

Can you get fibre? Simply visit the Chorus Broadband Checker and enter your address to see what broadband options are available to you. 

Data usage

First, you'll need to think about how much data you need. The amount of data you have on your fibre plan, will affect how much content you'll be able to stream, download or access. 

Start by thinking about what you use the internet for. If your ideal weeknight is curling up in front of Netflix and binging on the latest shows, you'll want to go for a much higher amount of data than if you're simply going to be sending emails and browsing the web. The same goes for any activity that consumes a lot of data, including video calls and online gaming. You’ll also need to consider how many people will be using the internet at your place. A family of five will generally use more data than a couple. To get the best streaming experience, we always recommend an unlimited plan. If you're still unsure of how much data you'll need, use the Chorus Data Calculator – a handy tool that estimates how much data you’re consuming.   

Speed

When choosing a fibre broadband plan, you’ll also need to think about how fast you want your broadband connection to be. If you're streaming video or playing games online, slower speeds will lead to buffering and interruptions, which can be a real disruption (and let’s face it, usually means game over). If you're streaming any sort of online content, go for a minimum speed of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher on a fibre plan so you can make the most of your connection.  

Landline requirements

While some consider landlines to be a thing of the past, there are still plenty of people who want their home to have a landline phone. If it's important to you, make sure to opt for a fibre plan that includes a landline connection. 

Add-ons

Finally, you should also keep an eye out for any deals or add-ons that may be available as part of a fibre plan. For example, some providers offer free access to subscription streaming services and sometimes even extras like a new TV. It's also possible to bundle your broadband in with power or phone plans, which can be a great way to streamline the number of different bills you have to pay.

Finding the right plan

Now that you’ve had a read through the different elements that make up a fibre broadband plan, check out comparison tools like broadbandcompare.co.nz or glimp.co.nz. They’ll show you different options available in your area, as well as any special deals on offer. 

If your home is located in an area where you can't get fibre yet, head over to the Chorus Broadband Checker. Enter your address, and we'll show you the different types of connections you have access to. 

So what are you waiting for? Get set up with the best broadband plan for your needs and start streaming the content you love. 

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