If you count yourself among the millions of Australians want to desert their home phone landline in favour of a mobile phone, but who still require affordable fixed-line internet -- Naked DSL could be exactly what you are looking for.
‘Naked’ refers to the absence of home phone line rental in what's required to connect to a broadband internet plan. Usually, you need an active phone line to run any DSL service, but with Naked you strip away this commitment.
‘DSL’ stands for Digital Subscriber Line, just like it does in the more-familiar acronym: ‘ADSL’. ADSL is still the most common form of fixed-line broadband internet connection in Australia. Put our two terms together and you have Naked DSL – a fixed-line broadband solution that will deliver ADSL2+ speeds, but without the added cost of a home phone line.
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Typical ADSL connection / Broadband bundle
For a typical ADSL connection, the normal copper telephone wire to your house is activated for broadband use at the central telephone exchange by a technician, allowing for broadband internet service to your home. You then plug an ADSL modem in to your wall to connect to the network, plus you can still make regular phone calls through your landline phone.
With all home phone connections in Australia, you ‘rent’ the copper line to your house for a fixed monthly fee so that you can make or receive phone calls. On top of this ‘rental’ charge, you then pay extra for the calls you make using any one of a handful of schemes.
Now that your phone landline is activated and your ‘rent’ for it paid, you can pay for an ADSL/ADSL2+ broadband plan. In essence, you have three billing events: line rental, the calls you make on your home phone and finally your broadband bill. These are sometimes all bundled in to one plan/bill from your carrier, which is aptly called a ‘bundle’ plan.
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The difference when going Naked
In short: money. With Naked you save money by not having to pay for the line rental on a voice service (ie: a traditional phone line). The physical cabling is still there, and is being activated, but is only being purposed for internet traffic.
You can still make and receive calls with a Naked service, but you’ll be using something called Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). In this case, your provider is now handling your voice service using the internet and can charge for it as part of your internet package. The physical copper line leading to your house does not have to be registered with the central exchange for voice services, which translates in to savings for you.
These VOIP phones look and act just like a normal wireless home phone. You dial out to any number and you’ll connect. You are provided with a number for people to dial in. The only difference is that your phone number will probably start with a different digit than you’re used to.
- You pay less per month. The naked nature means that you don’t pay the standard cost of a monthly line rental
- You can still make voice calls via VOIP. Sometimes these calls even boast better call rates than traditional services
- If you don’t want to make calls from your home at all (you rely on a mobile phone), then there are plenty of plans that don’t include or charge extra for VOIP
- If your internet connection drops out, or if you have a power blackout, then you will not be able to make or receive calls
- Very occasionally you can find a Bundled plan for cheaper than a Naked plan
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Setting Up Naked DSL
The most confusing part of the Naked DSL product suite is what you imagine might happen to your phone line if and when you cancel your phone service.
The answer is that you won't notice anything physical. The copper line still exists into your house and your normal phone sockets remain 'as is'. You plug your new Naked DSL modem and VOIP router into the same sockets as a regular phone. The difference that you'll see is that when you do make phone calls, your calls will be routed over the internet. There may also be some set up costs with your new Naked Broadband plan and a line activation cost (depending on ISP and contract term) so be aware of that when deciding on Naked DSL.