Are you paying too much for your NBN?
There’s now a veritable fork-tonne of providers to pick from, which is great for competition. Because of this, changing your NBN can be one of the easiest ways to save a little bit more each month.
It’s also really easy. If you’re already connected to the NBN, changing providers should be almost instant for the most part.
You might not want to lock yourself in for a year-long contract with a provider you’re not familiar with, so we're taking a look at the cheapest no-contract unlimited NBN plans across the four main speed tiers.
Not all internet providers are equal – especially when it comes to the NBN. Thankfully, some providers have been doing a bang-up job of delivering high quality NBN, and thanks to the ACCC’s “Measuring Broadband Australia” program – which relies on real world testing data from Australian households – we’ve got a better idea of who they are.
A no-contract plan means you can change providers whenever you want, providing the freedom to leave if you come across a better deal. And in most cases, the difference between an NBN plan with a data limit and no data limit is smaller than ever. Spending as little as $5 more per month can take you from a 100GB allowance to an unlimited data plan.
Most providers will offer to sell you a modem, but there are a few who will force you to buy a model they range. For the sake of simplicity, we’re only comparing NBN providers that don't charge any setup fees – including those you’d pay for a modem.
These plans are sorted by price, with the cheapest up top.
NBN 50 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
In many cases, you can get an unlimited data NBN 50 plan for less than $70 per month. While some of the more "premium" providers can and will charge a little extra, you’ve got plenty of plans priced around the $65 mark.
Admittedly, some of this can be chalked up to promotional pricing. Click Broadband and Tangerine will all give you your first six months at a discounted rate. MyRepublic will discount your entire first year, while Flip TV has an introductory rate that runs for three months.
These discounts cut the price of their respective plans by up to $15 per month, and since they're contract-free, you can always leave as soon as the savings run out.
In terms of non-discounted pricing, Kogan Internet currently has the cheapest unlimited NBN 50 plan, priced at $65.90 per month.
NBN 100 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
The price spread between the cheapest and priciest NBN plans in this fastest speed tier is a little bit larger. At the low end, you can get an NBN 100 plan for $79.95 per month on MyRepublic, thanks to a year-long $10 per month discount ($89.95 per month thereafter).
Conversely, you've got NBN 100 plans from the likes of Aussie Broadband at $99 per month. This might seem like a huge difference, but Aussie Broadband boasts some of the NBN's fastest peak hour speeds. If you want consistently fast internet during high usage periods, this premium could be worth it.
NBN 25 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
NBN 25 plans seem to be slowly getting phased out and generally you can find an NBN 50 plan for around the same price as the lower speed tier. There are some providers that offer savings of between $5 to $10 per month on NBN 25 compared to their NBN 50 offerings, but overall, NBN 50 tends to be better value.
NBN 12 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
If you want to save as much as possible on your home internet, NBN 12 plans are the budget option of the broadband world. When it comes to the cheapest, you can save around $10 per month by going for a provider's NBN 12 plan instead of its NBN 50.
For example, Click Broadband will charge $48.88 per month for the first six months of its NBN 12 plan, or $59.88 for the first six months of its NBN 50 plan. It's great that there’s a cheaper option available if you need it, but it's also worth remembering that an NBN 50 plan is around four times faster. We'd say that's easily worth the $10 premium.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website. He's now had far too many phone plan related dreams.