SpinTel Broadband Plans Review
An Australian telco which offers both mobile phone services and fixed-line home broadband, SpinTel was founded in Sydney back in 1996. It provides ADSL and NBN internet connections, as well as mobile broadband plans for browsing on the move. SpinTel also provides a range of home phone plans that you can bundle with your internet plan. So, how does SpinTel really stack up? Canstar Blue has reviewed all of SpinTel’s broadband plans so you can determine which one could be right for you.
How does SpinTel compare to other NBN providers?
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest monthly cost to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. These plans have been compared to SpinTel’s cheapest unlimited NBN 50 plan. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
SpinTel NBN Plans
SpinTel’s NBN plans are a little easier to follow in that there are no urban, regional or metro price differences to deal with.
Choosing a monthly contract will incur a $49 set-up fee, while going for 12 or 24 months will waive that fee, and if you sign up for 24 months you get $70 credit. You also get the choice of either a $69 or $149 modem. Here’s a snapshot of SpinTel’s unlimited data plans.
SpinTel ADSL Plans
SpinTel’s ADSL offerings include 200GB, 500GB, and unlimited data options, with prices beginning from $44.95 per month. Customers can choose between a month-to-month plan, or signing up for a 12-month term: year-long plans include a $69 account credit, while both options are free of setup fees.
ADSL plans vary slightly depending on your location, with ‘Metro’ and ”Urban’bundles available. Below you’ll find Spintel’s 12-month plans and prices.
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Small Home Bundle
min. cost $470.40 over 12 month plan period
Large Home Bundle
min. cost $590.40 over 12 month plan period
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SpinTel Mobile Broadband Plans
SpinTel uses the Optus 4G network to provide its mobile broadband service, covering 98.5 per cent of the Australian population. There are four different mobile data packages to choose from, as well as the option to purchase one of two USB modems or a Wi-Fi modem for $99 each.
The following table shows a selection of published Exetel mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
SpinTel Wireless Broadband Plans
Spintel offers up to 500GB of data on casual and 2-month contracts, with prices beginning at $49.95 per month for 200GB at speeds of 12Mbps. The requisite NetComm modem comes with an upfront cost of $145 plus postage, but if you opt for a 12-month plan, you’ll receive a $100 account credit to help offset this charge. Spintel also gives customers the option of adding unlimited home phone to their wireless plan, for an additional $10 per month.
Spintel Wireless Broadband Plans
The following table shows a selection of published Spintel wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.
How does SpinTel compare to other broadband providers?
SpinTel has garnered a reputation as a premier bargain provider in Australia, and for good reason. Both its ADSL and NBN plans are among the cheapest products currently available. So let’s dive in and see how SpinTel stacks up.
SpinTel ADSL Plans Compared
SpinTel’s 50GB urban plan is one of the cheapest in Australia, but what about its plans with meatier data inclusions? SpinTel’s unlimited urban plan is one of the cheapest with unlimited data in Australia and beats out a lot of competition. At this bargain end of the price spectrum, expect competition from providers like AusBBS, TPG and Exetel. At under $60 for unlimited data plus home phone line rental, SpinTel is onto a winner. However, while the advertised price of $30 looks promising, you will in fact be slugged with $24.95 line rental, which you could potentially find for cheaper elsewhere. Going ‘naked’ with SpinTel costs about $5 extra a month.
SpinTel NBN Plans Compared
SpinTel is again one of the cheapest providers, this time offering unlimited data on NBN Tier 1 for less than $60 a month. It competes alongside Inspired Broadband, MyNetFone and TPG again as some of the cheapest around. But watch out for setup fees! They can be a nasty extra cost that stings the purse strings a little. While you can’t expect the earth at this price, you can expect some form of PAYG call packs to be included, and most of these providers seem to offer it.
For NBN Tier 2, SpinTel charges a minimum of $64.95 for unlimited data. This stacks up against the likes of the familiar faces Inspired, TPG and MyNetFone. Tangerine Telecom also rounds out the list with a plan that is $10 dearer, but also includes landline calls throughout Australia.
On NBN Tier 3, SpinTel charges you at least $74.95 a month, and you’ll sacrifice unlimited data, instead getting 1000GB. Nevertheless, it is still one of the cheaper providers out there, but having peace of mind with unlimited data may be worth the extra $10-odd a month you get with other providers. Inspired makes an appearance yet again, while Internode and Teleron also come to play. Keep an eye out for setup fees and lengthy contracts as these can play into the overall value stakes.
On the fastest tier – Tier 4 – you’ll again get 1000GB of data with SpinTel, instead of the customary unlimited deal. Many providers like to charge over $100 a month for Tier 4 speeds, however some gems can be found under $100, with some even under $90. At $84.95 a month, SpinTel remains one of the cheapest. However, hot on its heels are brands such as MyRepublic, MyNetFone, Internode and iiNet. MyRepublic is one of the cheapest providers going around, but you will be subject to contracts and you won’t get any calls included. Though the same can be said for other providers.
SpinTel Mobile Broadband Compared
SpinTel’s mobile broadband compares pretty well against the competition, however keep in mind that SpinTel’s deals are not ‘SIM only’ and you’ll be subject to paying nearly $100 for its compatible dongle or Wi-Fi router. If you’re just after a data SIM for your tablet, choosing a SIM only plan may be the way to go. However, if you’re looking for mobile data for the home or for your laptop, SpinTel may be the way to go. Overall, SIM only seems to be a cheaper alternative, and a few providers standout here. Keep an eye out for providers such as Yomojo, Vivid Wireless, OVO Mobile and Jeenee Mobile that all offer at least 10GB for $30 or less.
Should I choose an internet plan with SpinTel?
SpinTel is one of the cheaper providers offering ADSL, NBN and mobile broadband. However, there is more than meets the eye with SpinTel. Often there are extra charges such as line rental and setup fees to contend with, and while these are pretty normal across the board, the fact that SpinTel claims X price, before going on to tell you the price is actually Y (especially for the first month), is a little disappointing.
Nevertheless, SpinTel is not alone in this regard, and its plans are seldom beaten on price alone. Although if you’re getting connected for the first time and have to contend with setup fees, there are a few other providers out there that may ease the burden of setup and line rental costs as well as lengthy contracts. Shop around. You’ll find good deals.
About the author of this page
This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor, Tara Donnelly. Having spent over seven years writing for and editing telco comparison websites, she’s an expert in all things phone & internet, including NBN plans, wireless technology, the latest mobile devices and how to find the best deal for your family. She loves to highlight the next best deals, while also flagging the things you need to be aware of.