When looking for a new broadband plan, there are many factors you need to think about to ensure you’re either not shaped (internet slowed) or worse, incur excess download charges (you know the ones you hear about with customers getting a $10,000 bill!).

With the increase of speeds, ease of use, tie this with TV streaming services such as Netflix and Stan, it’s never been more important to ensure you don’t get locked in to a plan that you may outgrow in 6 months time. With a little research and planning, there are a number of ways you can ensure you get the right plan first time:

1. Check your monthly download stats with your current provider

This will give you the truest gauge as to how much you need. If you’re looking to add on other services like Netflix with your new found speed and plan, then just ensure you opt for a more suitable plan. For peace of mind, most providers offer “Unlimited” plans so it takes any worry or guessing out of the equation.

2. Check with other friends and family to see what limits they use

This might not be the best gauge but if you’re new to broadband or looking to take up new services, asking these questions might give you a good indication as to what will work in your circumstances.

3. Compare using our guide

We’ve put together a quick breakdown of what you can expect your plan to be capable of. although its a general guide, it provides a good overview for new users: