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Review of Vodafone NBN plans

You may have noticed when shopping for a new internet plan that Vodafone was one key provider in Australia that lacked its own range of fixed line internet plans. Well wonder no more, because Vodafone has revealed the details of its NBN plans. Read below for a rundown of what Vodafone NBN has to offer and what it will cost you.

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Vodafone NBN Plans

Vodafone deals exclusively in NBN plans, shying away from ADSL completely. All of its NBN plans come with unlimited data and three speed tiers are available. See below for a quick glance of what Vodafone has dished up in the NBN space.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed

min. cost $249 over the first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed

min. cost $259 over the first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed

min. cost $279 over the first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

All three plans with a month-to-month contract – but not exactly as you know it. The modem is technically tied into a sort of 36 month contract, but again there is flexibility:

  • The modem costs $180 upfront, but for every month you stay on you’ll get $5 credited to your account.
  • This means that over the course of 36 months you’ll get the full $180 rebate.
  • Vodafone uses a built-in 4G data hub as part of the modem to use as a backup in case of any NBN outages, meaning you can stay connected to internet.

Vodafone also backs its plans with a ’30 Day Network Satisfaction Guarantee’, meaning if you don’t ‘love’ the network within the first 30 days of signing up, or within 30 days of NBN activation, you can cancel and not attract any extra fees. You do have to return the modem to a Vodafone store within 10 days, however.

You’re also able to change your plan once per bill cycle and you will be refunded any outstanding fees on a pro-rata basis, with the new monthly fee applied immediately. Vodafone is really upping the ante in terms of tying in both mobile and NBN plans, and makes it enticing for new customers to have both their services taken care of by Vodafone.

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How does Vodafone NBN compare to other providers?

Vodafone, as one of the three major mobile carriers in Australia – next to Optus and Telstra – competes reasonably well in the NBN space, but is faced with a tough challenge with a whole range of providers all offering cut-price plans and no-frills options.

Vodafone NBN 25 Plans Compared

If you have no need for a high-speed NBN plan and you’re looking for a cheaper option, NBN 25 plans may be the way to go. The minimum price you can expect to pay here is about $60 a month. Amaysim and Dodo offer cheap plans at around the $60 mark, albeit on the slower speed tier – NBN 12. You may find it’s worth spending an extra few pennies to upgrade to Vodafone’s plan.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed

min. cost $249 over the first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited Plan

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12)
  • $24.95 Upfront

min. cost $1,462.55 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Basic Speed – Unlimited Data

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed

min. cost $60 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Vodafone NBN 50 Plans Compared

The minimum price you can expect to pay at this NBN speed tier is around $75 per month, with many providers charging around $80-$90 a month, so Vodafone is definitely not too far off the pace. Once again though, smaller providers can offer cheaper prices. Set-up fees are again an issue here, and you may still find it worthwhile to pay a little bit more per month to go on a no contract plan with no set-up fees.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed

min. cost $259 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Entertainment

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee, $100 installation fee

min. cost $2,475 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Broadband + Entertainment Bundle

  • (50/20) NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed

min. cost $2524 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $101.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Ultra

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $200 upfront fee if on a no lock-in contract
  • $10 monthly discount if an existing Optus mobile customer

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75.00Advertised Data^^/billing period

Vodafone NBN 100 Plans Compared

At this top NBN speed tier, 100Mbps download speeds aren’t guaranteed, but high prices pretty much are. Expect to pay around $90 per month in most cases, though some providers are cheaper. Vodafone is in-line with other telcos – cheaper than some and dearer than a couple of others. You may have to keep an eye out for contention ratios if you want tip-top speeds!

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Plan (Month to month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed

min. cost $279 over the first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Entertainment Premium

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $99 connection fee, $100 installation fee

min. cost $3,295 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $1099.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Premium Speed – Unlimited Data

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed

min. cost $90 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Is a Vodafone NBN plan worth the money?

Vodafone is the last of the ‘Big 3’ telcos to come to the NBN plan world, with Telstra and Optus offering plans for quite a while. As far as price goes, Vodafone exists somewhere in the middle between these two providers, with Telstra’s plans generally dearer, and Optus plans generally on-par. The fact that Vodafone offers unlimited data across all of its plans is notable, as is its month-to-month contracts with the monthly rebates for the modem.

  • Perhaps Vodafone’s biggest selling point is the 4G mobile backup in case the NBN goes awry.

However, can you find a cheaper price elsewhere? The answer is probably yes. For Vodafone to keep up, it will have to be prepared to evolve in this fast-paced NBN landscape. Offering 4G backup and other perks is a good start and may entice a few customers over, but at the end of the day, there are other providers that may offer more for less.

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