The start of a new year is the perfect time to take stock of your life, audit your expenses, and work out if there’s any money to be saved. Changing your NBN plan is one of the easiest ways to save a bit of cash each month. With so many providers fighting for your dollars, there’s always a deal around. Better yet, the process of swapping NBN providers should take less than a day, with almost no down-time.
So we’re going to take a look at some of the cheapest contract-free unlimited NBN plans around.
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Unlimited NBN 50 plans with no-contract
In many cases, you can nab yourself a contract-free NBN 50 plan for less than $70 per month. More premium providers can and will charge extra, but there are plenty of cheaper options too.
Some of this can be chalked up to promotional pricing. For example, Tangerine will cut $10 from your bill for your first six months. That means you can get an NBN 50 plan with unlimited data for $59.90 per month, and $69.90 per month thereafter. Since the plan is contract-free, you always have the option of leaving after your discount ends. Tangerine also offers a 14-day risk-free trial.
If you’d prefer a plan free from timed promotional pricing, you could consider SpinTel where $64.95 per month will get you an unlimited data NBN 50 plan with typical evening speeds of 40Mbps.
Alternatively, Kogan has a similar plan for $65.90 per month with typical evening speeds of 45Mbps, which are some of the highest evening speeds reported by any provider for an NBN 50 plan.
Unlimited NBN 100 plans with no-contract
When it comes to NBN 100 plans, Tangerine is once again the cheapest around thanks a to a promotional discount. $79.90 per month gets you an unlimited data NBN 100 plan. After your first six months are up, you’ll pay $89.90 per month.
If you’d rather avoid plans with limited-time discounts, SpinTel has an unlimited data NBN 100 plan at $84.95 per month, or Kogan has one for $85.90 per month.
NBN 100 plans from more premium providers like Aussie Broadband and Superloop are normally just shy of the $100 mark. However, both telcos have recently introduced cheaper NBN 100 / 20 plans. A typical NBN 100 plan has upload speeds of 40Mbps, whereas these plans have upload speeds of 20Mbps.
In exchange for slower upload, you get a $10 or so discount on your plan. Aussie Broadband’s NBN 100 / 20 plan sells for $89 per month, while Superloop’s goes for $89.95 per month. The pair report some of the fastest evening speeds around, measuring in at 86Mbps and 90Mbps, respectively.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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