The pros and cons of Australia’s affordable NBN plans

Looking for the best NBN plan for you? We have compared seven brands based on their main features, pros and cons, and to which customers they’re best suited to.


Westnet promises to deliver a high performing data plan. As a subsidiary of iiNet, this brand is more focused on providing quality internet and phone bundles. Westnet is applicable to both homes and start-ups, which require reliable Internet speed and affordable, VOIP-based international calls.

Broadband3PRO: Upon signing up for an account, you won’t feel the extra obligation of paying for phone bills. Westnet guarantees convenience as both services may be bundled in one go. Their Netphone offers international call rates, which are much cheaper in comparison to regular phone lines.

CON: You are tied down to a plan in the first two years. If your family prefers to include FetchTV in the bundle, you’ll need to pay a minimum of $10 per month. The same goes with Netflix in combination to the Broadband or Fibre plan, with its standard rate at $8.99 per month.

Extra charges may need to be tracked as you upgrade your services.


As one of the biggest DSL providers in Australia, this company has a wide network of broadband services with over one million customers.

PRO: Like its partner company Westnet, iiNet also provides a reliable internet connection. It equally has high quality, customisable phone plans. It also includes a WiFi modem for free, once you sign up for a NBN Fibre Plan.

This brand serves another set of locations in Australia. It’s better for you to look up an area in the sites of either Westnet or iiNet, and see if any of the companies currently serve your neighbourhood.

As you refer to their maps, their reliable services can be further customised and divided into Fixed Line (mostly fibre or wire based), or Fixed Wireless (applicable for accessing the internet while on-the-go).

CON: In comparison to other providers, its phone and broadband bundles can be expensive. Its latest, comprehensive package comes at $79.90 per month, on a two year contract. Though its price may be expensive, its plan already includes Free Fetch TV, Netflix, a WiFi Modem and a set-up fee discount.


Searching for the least expensive service? Dodo has a wide range of home bundles to suit your needs.

PRO: At $79.90, the company already offers its unlimited NBN data promo. However, this promotion is limited periods only.

Dodo claims to not have any peak and off peak data streams. Either way, they still have the lowest rates, which can be beneficial if you’d still like to use the provider within the next few years.

CON: Dodo has a smaller geographic coverage in comparison to the first two providers. Check if your area will receive a better reception as you sign up for an account with them.


With their free Email accounts, addresses and free tech support services, iPrimus is mostly a fit for small businesses. Any start up won’t need to worry about over budgeting in utilities, as they don’t provide extra charges if the quota has been exceeded. The connection simply slows down with the data range extension.

PRO: A good data partner for start-ups and smaller companies.

CON: Their services require a lock-in commitment for at least a year. If your office hasn’t finalised its choice on a service provider, you’ll need to check your options first before signing up for an account with iPrimus.


As this provider claims for transparency in its services with no hidden charges, Optus offers a variety of NBN bundles for purposes of entertainment in the home. This brand is best applied to homeowners.

PRO: It clearly presents most of its offerings, so it’s easier for prospective consumers to make a purchase decision. Optus does not also require a lock in if customers are not ready to commit with a plan yet.

CON: Its prices are at par with much bigger networks, with a wider geographical coverage. You might need to check if your specific area will be best covered by Optus.


Although it has provisions for business equipment, Telstra mostly capitalises on home bundles. Its two main packages include:

  • Broadband and Home Phone
    Broadband, Entertainment and Home Phone

PRO: While this brand has a much more limited set of plans in comparison to other providers, Telstra does not put much pressure for customers to get attached on a lock down agreement. Both of its 24 and month-to-month plans have equally reasonable prices.

CON: The company has released its NBN services for businesses, but it has yet to put an itemised range of packages along with their corresponding prices.


This organisation has lately released the lowest unlimited data usage plan at $69.99 per month. This is ideal for businesses which heavily use the internet, but do not have enough budget to sustain their data needs.

PRO: Has the most affordable call rates and unlimited data usage package.

CON: To ensure excellent service, customers will further need to clarify the provider’s extent of speed based on their area and chosen equipment.

Every provider has its pros and cons when it comes to their speed and price of services. Consider your circumstances and service standards, so you can wisely choose the plan which fits you.

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