Spark Broadband Plans Review
Choosing a new broadband provider and plan to part money with is not particularly exciting or something to look forward to. But if you’re shopping around for a better deal, then Spark might just be the spark you need to hunt out the next greatest broadband deal for your needs.
Spark provides both broadband internet and mobile phone plans, and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Spark is one of the largest telcos in New Zealand, and as you’ll find out, it offers one of the most comprehensive internet packages in the country. So, let’s see what exactly is in Spark’s broadband arsenal and how the telco compares to other NZ broadband providers.
Spark Broadband Internet Plans
Spark has three base broadband plans for you to choose from, and the connection you receive is simply the one available at your home. Prices are as follows:
- 60GB – $84.99 (includes landline)
- 120GB – $84.99
- Unlimited – $94.99
As you can see, there is a concise range of broadband plans to suit a variety of different needs. Those lucky enough to be part of the ‘Gigatown’ broadband scheme, you are afforded gigabit internet speeds at similar prices to regular old ADSL and VDSL plans.
- Non-Gigatown customers can also opt for speed boosts with fibre plans, up to 1000Mbps for an extra $45 a month
- Plans often include Netflix at no extra charge for 12 months and a Spark Wi-Fi network to connect to when you’re out and about
Spark is one of few ‘full service’ internet providers in New Zealand. This means that while you do tend to pay a fair bit for your broadband plan, you’ll get a lot of extra bonuses. For example, you can get free Wi-Fi in many places as well as various discounts and rewards to other services. With many of the premium plans, you also get access to Lightbox TV, which is ordinarily worth $12.99 a month. So you may be quite amazed at the prices displayed, but you do get a fair amount of goodies for your dollars.
At this stage there is strong reason to go for an unlimited plan as often they don’t cost much more than the data-capped plans, and the data-capped plans are such a significant step down in terms of data allowed. For worry-free browsing, unlimited plans look to be the way to go.
How does Spark internet compare to other providers?
We know that Spark internet plans tend to be at the more expensive end of town, so you’ll have to take into account all of those extra features you’ll get for your money. But in terms of basic price, this is how Spark lines up with other NZ broadband providers.
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As you can see, Spark is not exactly the cheapest to offer unlimited data, but what it lacks in ‘cheapness’ it more than makes up for with extra perks. As we mentioned, Spark isn’t just about broadband. With many plans you also get free Netflix, free Wi-Fi in a lot of places and free Lightbox, which is worth $12.99 a month. You will do well to find better value.
- Orcon offers Apple TV on some plans,
- Slingshot offers a free Google Chromecast streaming dongle with some of its plans
As far as home phone bundles go, Spark is a pretty standard affair, with unlimited national calls for an extra $5-$10 a month, which is virtually uniform across the board with other providers. Where Spark stands out is its rural/wireless plan offerings, which can provide much-needed service to those living out of the metro areas and providing reliable internet that can be a great asset to their lives. Prices aren’t cheap, but as Spark infrastructure grows, you can expect prices to come down.
Is a Spark broadband plan worth the money?
Spark is perhaps the largest internet service provider in the country, and its plans demonstrate this. Often its plans at face-value are quite expensive, but when you dig deeper and look at the benefits of Spark you’ll realise you could actually get quite good value for money. For example, its prices for unlimited data are more expensive than some providers, but on many plans you get freebies like free Netflix and free Lightbox, which is worth at least around $20 a month. What’s more is Spark’s vast network affords you free Wi-Fi in a lot of places to the tune of 1GB a data, so you don’t have to use your mobile phone’s data. Even better is you get generous discounts if you bundle your broadband with your Spark mobile phone plan, which can boost value further. For a complete telco ‘experience’ Spark is a little more expensive than the others but that’s more than made up for with the large range of extra perks that comes with it.