Another week, another news cycle dominated by the train wreck that is the NBN. This week the conversation has focused on price. Namely, that it's too damn high.
But sometimes you've got to work with what you've got.
In case you missed the news this week, providers such as Vodafone and Vocus (parent company of Dodo and iPrimus) want NBN wholesale pricing cut.
Even Telstra CEO, Andy Penn, chimed in to say that NBN plans are too expensive. But that's not all. ACCC chairman Rod Sims added his own two cents; he'd like to force NBN Co to keep offering more affordable NBN 12 plans.
In short, it seems like everyone but NBN Co itself thinks NBN access costs are a bit much.
But while the current NBN situation is far from ideal, sometimes we have to make do with whats available. And while companies like Telstra might charge you $90 per month for an NBN 50 plan, there are plenty of smaller providers who'll sell you a similar service for a lot less.
With that in mind, here's a look at some of the cheapest NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans around.
Some of the cheapest unlimited NBN 50 plans
Thanks to a promotional offer, Tangerine has one of the cheapest no-contract NBN 50 plans around right now. You’ll pay $59.90 per month for your first six months, and then $69.90 per month thereafter. Tangerine reports typical evening speeds of 42Mbps, and offers a 14-day “risk free trial” on all plans. And since this plan is contract-free, you can always leave whenevs.
SpinTel has another cheap NBN 50 plan with no promotional discounts and no contract. You’ll simply pay $64.95 per month. The plan’s typical evening speeds are a little lower however — measuring in at 40Mbps — and you will need to pay $74 upfront.
Exetel also has a no-contract NBN 50 plan, billed at $64.99 per month. It's a bit more expensive than Tangerine, but the pricing isn’t subject to promotional discounts, so it won’t increase down the line.
You will, however, need to pay a $79 setup fee. Exetel reports typical evening speeds of 43Mbps, which are slightly faster than SpinTel’s. Not bad for an extra 4 cents per month.
Some of the cheapest unlimited NBN 100 plans
Vodafone has one of the cheapest NBN 100 plans around right now, thanks to a discount. You'll pay $69 per month for your first six months, and then $89 per month thereafter.
While Vodafone's NBN plans are technically contract-free, you will have to pay out a modem fee if you leave within your first 36 months.
This works out to be $180, minus $5 for each month you've been connected. Vodafone reports evening speeds of 83Mbps on NBN 100 plans.
If you're already a Vodafone mobile customer, you can save between 5% and 20% on a Vodafone NBN plan by bundling it with your existing service.
Tangerine is next up, with another promotional discount. You’ll pay $79.90 per month for your first six months, and then $89.90 per month thereafter.
Tangerine reports typical evening speeds of 83Mbps, and as with its NBN 50 plan, has a 14-day risk-free trial available. This plan is entirely contract-free and has no early exit fees.
MyRepublic has its own NBN 100 offer, but this one runs for a year. You'll pay $79.95 for your first year, and then $89.95 per month after that.
The plan is also contract-free. Much like Vodafone and Tangerine, MyRepublic reports typical evening speeds of 83Mbps for its NBN 100 plans.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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