You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good NBN connection. Sure, Telstra and Optus may charge you top dollar, there are other options.
When it comes to NBN 50 plans, you can nab yourself one for less than $70 per month on a smaller provider.
Last week the ACCC released its most recent real-world NBN speed report, and it looks like TPG is the leader of the pack. And in another spot of good news, the results across the board weren't too bleak.
NBN 50 plans are a safe bet if you don’t know what NBN speed to go for; they tend to be the sweet spot when it comes to speed and value. An NBN 50 plan will be a significant step up from an ADSL connection, but not quite as pricey as an NBN 100 plan.
But if you have the need for speed, there are cheaper NBN 100 options available thanks to promotional discounts. While these all tend to be time-based offers where you’ll only save for the first six months of your contract, a discount is still a discount.
With that in mind, here are some of the cheapest NBN 100 plans and NBN 50 plans around with unlimited data.
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 85Mbps 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. This discount increases based on how many active services you have.
Tangerine is also worth considering, 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 its plans are all contract-free and have no early exit fees. Better yet, Tangerine offers a 14-day risk-free trial. If you’re not happy with your NBN service during your first 14 days, Tangerine will provide a full refund of your plan fees and any modem charges.
MyRepublic has its own NBN 100 offer, but this one runs for a year. You'll pay $79.95 for your six months, and then $89.95 per month thereafter. You will have to commit to a year-long contract, however. MyRepublic reports typical evening speeds of 83Mbps for its NBN 100 plans.
If you’re after one of the fastest NBN plans around, it’s worth considering Superloop. $89.95 per month will get you an unlimited NBN 100 plan with typical evening speeds of 90Mbps. Those are some of the highest evening speeds reported by any NBN provider right now, besting the likes of Aussie Broadband, TPG, iiNet, and more.
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 again, offers a 14-day “risk free trial” on all plans. And since this plan is contract free, you can always just leave.
Internode has a similar offer, charging $59.99 for the first six months, and $79.99 per month thereafter. You will have to sign a six-month contract, however. Internode’s typical evening speeds are a little bit higher, measuring in at 44.4Mbps.
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.
Belong has a similar offer: $65 per month will get you an NBN 50 plan on a 12-month contract. This does however include your modem, and a bonus $80 credit for a Belong mobile plan. If you’re looking to swap mobile provider too, that’s at least two months of free service.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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