Naked DSL Buyer's Guide

Naked DSL Buyer's Guide

The best plans, the hidden costs, and is it really the best broadband deal on the market?

If you're wondering about the new naked DSL deals on the market, look no further. PCA online presents the ultimate buyers guide that covers 'nothing but the naked truth'.

What is naked DSL?
Whilst some people might think there is something slightly rude or perverse about the name, the 'naked' in naked DSL (NDSL) just means there is no phone service connected to the DSL (digital subscriber line). In plain English, you get broadband, but you don't have a phone service on the telephone line and don't pay a monthly rental fee. Of course you'll need to use your mobile or VOIP to make your telephone calls.

How is this possible? With naked DSL, a portion of cable from the switch to the splitter is removed, allowing the dial tone to be removed from the line. Interestingly naked DSL has been technically possible since 1999. It's only just turning up now after more than six years of regulatory disputes.

Can everybody go naked?
First off you'll need a phone line. But more important is your location, and what ISPs are operating in your area. Not every ISP in every location offers naked DSL. In technical terms, this is because naked DSL can only be offered by ISPs who install their own DSLAMs in Telstra exchanges. Internode have thrown a spanner in the works by launching their Naked DSL products using Optus DSLAMs instead.

As managing director of Internode, Simon Hackett explains: "….the answer is ISP and geographically specific, so you need to apply with your chosen ISP to find out. ISP's like Internode offer services on a 'no success, no fee' basis, so there is no downside to applying to see what happens."

Where can I get it?
In each state, the availability of Naked DSL will depend on what exchange you are located near. According to the latest data we found, the following providers support naked DSL at the moment. In brackets, we've listed what states they operate ADSL 2+ services in:

- iiNet (SA, WA, NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, ACT, NT)
- Internode (SA, WA, NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS, ACT)
- Gotalk (SA, WA, NSW, VIC, QLD, TAS,)
- Exetel (SA, WA, NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT)
- Amnet (SA, WA)

Among the ISP's who are rumoured or planning to launch naked DSL:
- Engin
- TPG
- iPrimus
- Adam Internet

iiNet is the only national ADSL 2+ provider in Australia, so if you're living with a swag in the Northern Territory, this may be your only option.

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