Expert Picks: Best NBN Plans (January 2022)

Whether you’re new to the NBN, or already connected, finding the best NBN plan for your home and needs can be a struggle. And while price is important, opting for the cheapest plan available doesn’t always mean you’ll be getting the best value for your money.

Finding the best plan means working out not only your monthly budget, but also your data and speed needs. With four main NBN speed tiers available to most Aussie consumers, there are hundreds of NBN plans out there to choose from – luckily, Canstar Blue is here to help you sort through what’s on offer.

How we help you find the best NBN plan

Using Canstar Blue’s unique Value Score feature for ranking NBN plans, we’ve picked out the best-value options from each speed tier: NBN 12 (Basic Evening Speed), NBN 25 (Standard Evening Speed), NBN 50 (Standard Plus Evening Speed), and NBN 100 (Premium Evening Speed).

The Value Score is a rating of between 1 and 10 that takes into account not only a plan’s monthly cost, but also features such as speed and data allowance, as well as customer service and billing options. We give Value Scores to all fixed-line NBN products listed in our NBN plan comparison tool, so you can make an informed decision about which NBN provider is best for you.

The higher a plan’s score out of 10, the better value it is according to Canstar Blue’s methodology. Overall, if a plan has a low monthly cost and includes great features, it’s more likely to receive a higher Value Score than pricier plans with fewer inclusions. More details on how our Value Score works can be found below, or you can read the full methodology document here.

So, if you’re looking for an NBN plan that combines a competitive price with great inclusions, we’ve picked out the best-value unlimited data NBN plans on our site right now.

Best NBN Plans January 2022

Sponsored Plans

The following table shows a selection of sponsored unlimited data Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50), and Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost (excluding discounts), from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The table below shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Best ‘Basic’ NBN Plan

Flip Value 12 BYO

Value score: 9.1

Flip is one of the most consistently lowest-price NBN providers on the market, and one of the few telcos offering plans across all four speed tiers. However, the best value can typically be found in Flip’s unlimited data NBN 12 and NBN 25 plans, which frequently offer discounts on already-cheap standard prices.

Normally priced at $44.90 per month, Flip’s Value 12 plan is currently available for just $34 per month for your first six months. This plan offers a typical evening speed of 11Mbps during busy hours, and features $0 setup fees and no lock-in contract. You can also add Flip call packs from just $2.95 per month, and a pre-configured modem from $149 upfront plus $20 postage (or $129 upfront, plus postage, for seniors).

The following table shows Flip’s Value BYO plan. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

Best ‘Everyday’ NBN Plan

Tangerine Standard Speed BYO Modem

Value score: 8.3

If you’re looking for a step up from basic speed NBN, Tangerine’s unlimited NBN 25 plan is priced at an affordable $44.90 per month for your first six months, then $59.90 per month ongoing. However, as this is a no-contract plan you’re free to switch speeds or providers at any time with no cancellation fees.

Along with unlimited data, you’ll get typical evening speeds of 25Mbps between the hours of 7pm and 11pm plus the option to bring your own modem. You can also add Tangerine’s home phone call packs, including unlimited local, mobile and national calls, from $10 extra per month.

The following table shows Tangerine’s Standard Speed BYO plan. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

Best ‘Family’ NBN Plan

Flip Family 50 BYO

Value score: 9.1

Flip’s Family plan comes out as the best-value option on our site if you’re looking for NBN 50 with unlimited data, at $54 per month for your first six months (normally $64.90). With typical evening speeds of 48Mbps during peak periods, Flip offers fast speeds alongside flexibility and value.

All plans are available month-to-month and contract-free, with no setup or activation fees. While this plan is BYO modem, you’re free to purchase a pre-configured device at the checkout from $149 upfront (plus $20 delivery).

The following table shows Flip’s Family 50 plan. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

Best ‘Fast’ NBN Plan

Kogan Gold Unlimited BYO

Value score: 9.2

Not just an online retailer, Kogan now offers a small suite of NBN plans, and its premium speed NBN 100 is a solid pick for homes wanting fast broadband at a lower price. With a standard monthly price of $78.90 for unlimited data, its one of the lowest-priced NBN 100 offers on the market, outside of promotional offers and introductory discounts.

This plan includes no lock-in contract, and a typical busy hour speed of 90Mbps. If you have your own NBN-ready modem, this plan is available BYO, but you can also add a device from $69 upfront. Kogan also offers an Internet Price Pledge – meaning if you find a better price on the same speed plan from an approved major provider, Kogan will refund you double the price difference.

The following table shows Kogan’s Gold Unlimited BYO plan. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

Which NBN speed do I need?

We’ve got a complete breakdown on each speed tier in our guide to NBN speeds, but essentially – NBN 12 is the slowest (and cheapest) option, with NBN 100 being the fastest (and most expensive) of the four main speed levels on offer to most households. There are some ‘ultra-fast’ plans available from a handful of providers, which you can find out more about in our NBN 1000 guide.

Not every provider will offer each speed, and not every customer will be able to connect to the fastest NBN 100 plans – the speeds available to you will depend on the connection type at your address, although most homes can connect to NBN 12, NBN 25 and NBN 50.

Here’s how each speed tier varies.

Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)

  • Downloads of up to 12Mbps/uploads of up to 1Mbps
  • Good for small households and light users

Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

  • Downloads of up to 25Mbps/uploads of up to 5Mbps
  • Good for streaming and households of 2-3 people

Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

  • Downloads of up to 50Mbps/uploads of up to 20Mbps
  • Good for HD streaming, heavier use and online gaming

Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

  • Downloads of up to 100Mbps/uploads of up to 40Mbps
  • Good for ultra-HD streaming and gaming, big households, and data-intensive use

How much data do I need?

Unlike the days of ADSL and dial-up, data use is less of a concern on NBN plans. Most plans include unlimited data as standard, with no on-peak or off-peak periods and no shaping (slowing down) of data speeds once you exceed a monthly allowance.

You may be worried about how much data you need on an NBN plan, but even entry-level prices and speeds should generally offer unlimited gigabytes, meaning you can stream, download, and upload to your heart’s content with no restrictions.

Why Compare NBN Plans with Canstar Blue?

Our Value Score Methodology for rating the best NBN Plans

While pricing is always a major consideration, there’s more to finding the best NBN plan than simply looking for the cheapest deal. In addition to comparing on pricing alone, Canstar Blue also gives you the opportunity to sort and search for plans based on our unique Value Score.

Value Scores range from 1 to 10, with a higher score indicating a better value NBN product. The Value Score consists of a Price Score and Feature Score: the Price Score accounts for 70% of the overall ranking, with the Feature Score contributing to 30%.

Best value NBN methodology

Price Score

Price Scores are calculated by comparing a plan’s minimum cost per period to the cost of other plans available in the market over one, 12, and 24 months. Minimum cost equals the monthly cost, plus the cost of modem and delivery and any other setup or contract fees, minus any discounts or credits for that period. Using these values, Canstar Blue calculates and assigns a Price Score of between 0 and 100 to each plan.

Feature Score

The Feature Score compares more than 100 features found on fixed line NBN plans, which are grouped into the following three categories:

  • Customer Service and Support (40% of score): Availability of support through call centres, in stores, in-home, online, self-service, and other channels.
  • Inclusions (35% of score): Typical speeds and data inclusions.
  • Billing and Payments (25% of score): Payment, statement, and billing frequency and options.

Scores of between 0 and 100 are given for each of the three categories; these are rounded to the nearest whole number when comparing plans on a Canstar Blue NBN search result. The Value Score, Pricing Score and Feature Scores of plans are re-calculated daily, with changes then reflected on our comparison tool, so you can be sure you’re seeing the best deals and best NBN plans in real time.

 

 

How we pick the best plans

  1. Best Basic NBN Plan: The best-ranked NBN plan at NBN 12 speeds, as determined by Canstar Blue’s Value Score.
  2. Best Everyday NBN Plan: The best-ranked NBN plan at NBN 25 speeds, as determined by Canstar Blue’s Value Score.
  3. Best Family NBN Plan: The best-ranked NBN plan at NBN 50 speeds, as determined by Canstar Blue’s Value Score.
  4. Best Fast NBN Plan: The best-ranked NBN plan at NBN 100 speeds, as determined by Canstar Blue’s Value Score.

In the event that two or more plans have the same value score in any given category, the cheapest option will be featured.

The absolute cheapest NBN plan on our database is TPG’s entry-level NBN 12 offering, which is priced at $29.99 per month. However, this plan only includes 10GB of data monthly, so is suitable for only very light internet users, and is likely aimed at customers who need an NBN connection to use their home phone.

If you want cheap NBN plans with unlimited data, expect to pay around $45 per month as standard for plans on the basic NBN 12 speed tier. Keep an eye out for introductory offers that give you new customer discounts, and can save you around $10 per month for the first six or 12 months of your plan.

The fastest speed tier available to residential NBN customers is NBN 1000, which offers download speeds up to 1000Mbps, or one gigabit. However, these plans are only available to homes with certain NBN connection types – either Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), or selected Hybrid Fibre Coaxial connections (HFC).

For everyone else, the fastest NBN plans on offer are usually NBN 100, or even NBN 50 depending on your location and connection type. While NBN 1000 and even NBN 250 plans offer excellent speeds, they’re also expensive, so customers in search of good value and lower prices may prefer to stick with NBN 100 or lower.

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