nickb800: Surely the savings over 12 months with Orcon (being cheaper than Telstra Clear cable) would more than cover the $150 connection fee?

Depends on what you want. I decided that it wasn't paying that much extra for phone line, and the main reason I had picked Orcon over Telstra Clear at my new place was because Telstra Clear's address checker told me that it wasnt available at my new address, but it turned out it was. The connection fee was then just pushing my budget too much. Telstra clear internet only is $56, which is pretty good given that it doesn't involve paying for phoneline rental. There's always skype/ cellphone.