Compare Australia’s Top NBN Plans

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Are you trying to figure out which internet plan best suits your data and speed needs? Canstar Blue has compiled a comparison of the biggest National Broadband Network (NBN) providers and their plans to help you decide, from the cheapest with the most basic speeds, to unlimited deals with lightning-fast downloads. If you’re in a hurry, check out the key takeouts from each provider and you’ll be better-informed about your broadband options.

Before we go into details about the NBN providers we’ve compared, it’s important to understand the difference between the data download speeds you can pay for, to help you put the prices of these plans into perspective. It’s also a good idea if you check the details of your existing broadband plan, to give you a good idea of what download speed you think you will need – and what is going to represent good value for money for you. But first, here is a quick comparison of plans.

NBN Deals – quick glance

This page lists NBN plans from Australia’s biggest providers, but if you’re in a hurry and just want to see a quick selection of deals, we’ve got some top picks below. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited data NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest, all on the NBN 50 speed tier. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $180 modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $249 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

NBN50 SL

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
iiNet Logo

NBN50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $74.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $74.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Family

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $79 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited Essential Flexi Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $69 + P&H

min. cost $79 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $79.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN Speeds

Mother and children watch tablet via the internet.

The NBN is available to retail customers on four different speed tiers, which ultimately dictate how fast your internet will be (and how much you will pay).

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

When visiting various Internet Service Provider (ISP) websites, you might realise that you have to do some digging to find out how fast you can go for your money. So, this is what you can expect with the NBN.

The higher the speed tier, the faster your internet should be, with an emphasis on ‘should’. While the speeds listed above are theoretical and achievable, speeds in reality may change based on numerous factors, such as demand during peak periods, where you live, and even the weather. The technology through which your NBN service is delivered will also have an impact.

Generally, the faster you go, the more you will need to pay. It’s worth noting, however, that NBN 12 is not actually considered ‘superfast’ internet as it’s comparable with most standard ADSL2+ connections. Instead, NBN 25 is said to be the first superfast speed tier. Now, let’s assess what some of the biggest NBN providers are offering.

NBN Plans

Top NBN Plans

Below we have listed the best NBN plans from these 12 major providers. Hit a link to jump to your favourite telco, or scroll through and wait for a good deal to catch your eye:

NBN article Telstra

Telstra

Telstra boasts a simple mix of NBN bundles to pick from, based on varying data allowances. The first step is to decide how much data you think you will need (100GB, 200GB, or unlimited), and then you can start to consider add-on extras such as Telstra TV (which gives you access to Netflix and Stan) and Foxtel.

  • Telstra’s base NBN speed on unlimited plans is Standard Plus Evening Speed (up to 50Mbps), with speed boosts available from an extra $30 a month.
  • Speed boosts appear to be on a month-to-month basis, so you can sample Premium speeds without worrying about being locked-in for too long.
  • Data allowances vary from 100GB up to unlimited data.
  • Month-to-month plans feature a $216 modem fee, but this is free when you connect for 24 months.
  • Unlimited data starts at $90 per month.
  • New connections incur a $99 setup fee.

When you’re thinking about signing up to a Telstra NBN plan, look carefully at the potential start-up costs. Telstra says an additional fee of $240 may apply if you require a professional installation. And if you’re in a new development and not already connected to the NBN, a $300-odd NBN Co New Development Charge may also apply.

Telstra NBN key takeouts:

  • Impressive entertainment options available (Telstra TV, Foxtel), plus included national calls on all plans.
  • Upgrades to premium NBN 100 speed available for eligible customers.
  • No lock-in contracts, but setup costs may apply.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Essential

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $286 for first month

100GB Max Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Core

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $291 for first month

200GB Max Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $306 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article iinet

iiNet

iiNet was taken over by the TPG Group in late 2015, but maintains its own identity and broadband plans. It has a solid reputation for good customer service, but iiNet is about more than just friendly voices when you pick up the phone, as its NBN packages will attest. There are a total of seven plans, and each includes iiNet’s Netphone (VoIP) service.

  • There are two plan data options: 500GB or ‘Liimitless’ data – starting at $59.99 and $69.99 per month respectively.
  • Speed boosts are then available: NBN 50 costs an extra $10 each month, and NBN 100 another $10 again. Note that all plans on these tiers come with unlimited data.

The cheapest Premium 100Mbps plan is priced at $99.99, and includes unlimited data. After that you, could pay out $109.99 or $119.99 depending on your call packs preferences. Fetch entertainment bundles are also available from an extra $5 a month, but on six-month plans are often included at no extra cost.

These iiNet plans are available with no lock-in contract, or over six months. However, the former will mean you need to pay extra if you buy a pre-configured modem.

iiNet NBN key takeouts:

  • Cheap Fetch entertainment options.
  • Good choice of plans for heavy data users, and those with a need for speed.
  • VoIP services are available. You can also add the international VoIP pack for an extra $10 per month.

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NBN25 Liimitless

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $419.94 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN 25 Liimitless

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $69.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Fetch included

min. cost $449.94 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $74.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $74.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $74.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN100 Liimitless

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Fetch included

min. cost $599.94 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
iiNet Logo

NBN100 Liimitless

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

min. cost $99.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article iinet

Vodafone

Vodafone is the last of the ‘Big 3’ mobile carriers – after Optus and Telstra – to offer NBN plans, but has some downright competitive NBN deals. All plans come with unlimited data, and prices start at $59 a month.

  • There are three speed tiers available: NBN 25, 50 and 100. The fastest plans start at $89 per month for new connections.
  • All plans come with no lock-in contract by default, but users will pay $180 upfront for the modem.
  • The modem comes with 4G backup, and is reduced to $0 over 36 months through monthly credits to your account of $5.

Vodafone is also backed by its 4G network, with all routers coming with in-built 4G backup just in case the NBN service is down for whatever reason. Vodafone also backs its plans with a 30-day network satisfaction guarantee, meaning you can leave your contract if you’re not happy. Aside from this, Vodafone also offers big bonuses such as bonus mobile data, free Netflix and other goodies from time to time.

Vodafone NBN key takeouts:

  • Competitive NBN plans with no lock-in contracts.
  • 4G network backup on all plans.
  • Exciting periodic bonuses available.

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Essential NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $180 modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $239 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $180 modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $249 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Premium NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $180 modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $269 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article TPG

TPG

TPG faces increased competition from the likes of iiNet, Dodo and Optus, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer great plans. TPG breaks its NBN plans into three different categories – NBN 12, NBN 50 and NBN 100 – all of which come with a Wi-Fi modem and are bundled with the telco’s Digital Voice Service. Each category includes three plan options based on data allowance or call inclusions.

  • Basic Plans: TPG NBN 12 plans all come with a maximum download speed of 12Mbps. The cheapest deal at $29.99 comes with just 10GB of data, while the cheapest unlimited plan will cost $59.99. In between you can get 100GB of data for $49.99.
  • Standard Plus Plans: TPG NBN 50 plans come with a maximum download speed of 50Mbps. The standard configuration comes with unlimited data. The cheapest of these Standard Plus plans is the $69.99 package which brings local, national, mobile and international calls at PAYG rates. You can then add a voice pack for $10 a month.
  • Premium Plans: TPG’s NBN 100 plans are for serious internet users, bringing a maximum download speed of 100Mbps. You’ll pay a minimum of $89.99, while an extra $20 will get you unlimited calls, plus unlimited calls to 11 countries and 500 minutes to India.

All plans are available with no lock-in contract, or as an 18-month deal. The difference is that if you want the flexibility of leaving any time you like, you’ll need to pay a $99.95 set-up fee. TPG is also fast building its own FTTB (fibre to the basement) network set to rival the NBN itself, so watch this space.

TPG NBN key takeouts:

  • Easy to navigate product range.
  • No-contract options available.
  • Low data and basic speed options for those who want them.
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TPG Logo

NBN12 SL

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,109.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN50 SL

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

NBN100 SL

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,649.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN article internode

Internode

Internode is a direct subsidiary of its bigger brother, iiNet, and other provider included in this guide. Internode was one of the originators of ADSL2+ internet, and now features as a top telco for NBN, as well as home phone and mobile services. Internode offers unlimited Standard NBN 25, Standard Plus NBN 50 and Platinum NBN 100 speed tiers (labelled ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’ ‘Gold’, and ‘Platinum’ respectively).

The range of data and speed options available through Internode makes it a great way to create a customised, mix-and-match NBN plan, with unlimited data beginning at $69.99 per month for NBN 25. If you’re looking for something faster, NBN 50 is available from $79.99 per month, and NBN 100 from $99.99, and all options can be purchased on a monthly basis or on a six-month contract. Like iiNet, Internode users can also bundle in a Fetch entertainment pack from $5 extra per month, and call packs from an additional $10 monthly.

Internode NBN key takeouts:

  • A variety of speed, data, and contract options.
  • Plenty of add-on extras, such as calls and Fetch TV.
  • Part of the iiNet family.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Internode

NBN Silver Unlimited

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $374.89 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Silver Unlimited

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $69.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $554.89 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $79.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

min. cost $674.89 over six months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

min. cost $99.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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MyRepublic logo

MyRepublic

MyRepublic has created a lot of buzz and since its introduction to the Aussie market in 2016 it has amassed a strong following thanks to its cheap prices and no-fuss plans on offer. While you won’t get the ‘cheapest of the cheap’ prices with MyRepublic, it does offer tantalising plans – all with unlimited data.

This telco has decided to focus on NBN plans at the NBN 50 and NBN 100 speed tiers, with unlimited data on all plans. There are three different plan types available on both speed tiers — no lock-in, 12 month contract and a 12-month BYO modem option. Both the month-to-month and standard 12-month plans are the same monthly price, but locking in for 12 months will allow you to add on a standard NBN modem for $1 (plus postage) — the no lock-in plan requires you to pay full price for the modem. The BYO option will save you a few dollars across both speed tiers, but you’ll need to ensure your modem is NBN compatible. There are also two gamer-specific plans on NBN 100 speeds with perks and optimised services included with the aim to create a great experience for online gamers.

Home phone packs are available as add ons, with a $0 connection offering access to Aussie landline numbers only. You’ll need to pay extra to access calls to Australian mobile and international numbers. There are optional modems available on all plans and while the 12-month contracts are several dollars more than the flexi plans, the advantage to a contract is that if you want to add on a standard modem, it will cost you $1 (plus postage), while you’ll be paying $69 (plus postage) on the flexi plan.

MyRepublic NBN key takeouts:

  • Some of the cheapest unlimited NBN 100 plans out there.
  • Choice of NBN 50 or NBN 100 speeds.
  • Cheap no lock-in contract or 12-month plans.

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Unlimited Essential BYO Modem Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • BYO modem or WiFi hub for $69 + P&H

min. cost $900 for 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Essential Flexi Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $69 + P&H

min. cost $79 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Essential Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Included AC1600 Modem for $1 + P&H

min. cost $959 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium Promo BYO Modem Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • BYO modem or WiFi hub for $69 + P&H
  • Special offer: $89.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $94.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $1,079.40 for 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium Promo Flexi Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $69 + P&H
  • Special offer: $94.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $99.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $94.95 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $94.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium Promo Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Included AC1600 Modem for $1 + P&H
  • $94.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $99.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $1,150.40 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $94.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Premium Flexi Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • BYO modem or WiFi hub for $69 + P&H
  • $99.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $104.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $99.95 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Premium Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • WiFi hub from $1 + P&H
  • $99.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $104.95 per month ongoing
  • Special offer: $1 HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless headset for PS4™ & PC (RRP $185)

min. cost $1,210,40 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Aussie Broadband

Aussie Broadband frequently tops speed tests for its fast, industry-leading NBN. Its premium NBN 100 plan lists a typical evening speed of 90Mbps; currently, this is faster than typical evening speeds cited by Telstra, Optus, iiNet, and TPG.

Customers may also appreciate Aussie Broadband’s range of plan add-ons and options, commitment to customer service, and simple, no lock-in plan structure. With no set-up or exit fees on month-to-month plans, no data overage charges, and the option to bring your own modem, the company’s NBN plans are flexible and bill-shock free.

Aussie Broadband NBN key takeouts:

  • One of the highest-rated NBN providers in speed tests.
  • No surprise fees, even on month-to-month plans.
  • Australian customer service.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Starter

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $55 over first month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Everyday

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $69 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Family

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $79 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Sumo

Sumo offers four internet plans spread across four NBN speed tiers – Basic (NBN 12), Standard (NBN 25), Standard Plus (NBN 50) and Premium (NBN 100).  What’s great about Sumo is the discount available for customers who bundle their NBN service with a Sumo energy plan: $5 per month when bundled with electricity alone, or with both electricity and gas.

Sumo’s NBN plans come with a no lock-in contract as standard, with no setup fees and an optional $10-a-month VoIP charge if you want to make local and national calls. You can bring your own model to Sumo, or opt to buy a pre-configured device at sign-up for $89 (including delivery).

With electricity bundled in, Sumo’s NBN plans work out to be some of the cheapest in the business. But. of course, you’ll need to assess whether Sumo’s electricity and gas plans are right for you before adding them to your plan.

Sumo NBN key takeouts:

  • Discount for bundling broadband with energy (electricity or electricity/gas).
  • No lock-in contracts.
  • Basic (NBN 12) plans available.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Sumo Basic

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $89 optional modem

min. cost $70 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Sumo Standard

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $89 optional modem

min. cost $80 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Sumo Standard Plus

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $89 optional modem

min. cost $90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Sumo Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $89 optional modem

min. cost $100 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN article exetel

Exetel

Exetel has been around for quite some time now, offering some of the more competitive NBN plans out there. Unlimited data starts at an affordable $69.99 per per month, for Standard Plus Evening Speeds (NBN 50); if you’d like to upgrade to Premium NBN 100, you’ll pay $89.99 per month.

Although slower NBN speed tiers aren’t available from Exetel, the company does offer a simple plan structure. Plans are available on a contract-free basis, with just a $79 upfront setup fee and included WiFi modem with free shipping. Unlimited home phone calls can also be added from about $10 extra per month, and you can change your plan at any time with no penalty. Exetel also offers optimised performance for streaming video, so you’ll get the most out of your Netflix or Stan account.

Exetel NBN key takeouts:

  • Free modem on all plans, and no lock-in contracts.
  • Cheap pricing for NBN 50 speeds when compared to other providers.
  • Unlimited data offered on all plans.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $148.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $168.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN article TPG

Dodo

Dodo has a reputation for providing cheap and cheerful home broadband, and its NBN plans are no exception. Opting for a simplified approach to an often-confusing product, Dodo allows customers to select from unlimited data or 101GB per month. There are two speed tiers on offer – NBN 25 and NBN 50, named Turbo and Supercharged respectively – and customers can choose from going contract-free, or signing up for 12 or 24 months (and enjoying waived modem and setup fees).

With month-to-month modem and fees totalling over $200, Dodo customers can save by committing to a longer-term contract. However, if you are looking for a basic NBN 12 plan – or for premium NBN 100 speeds – you may want to shop around.

Dodo NBN key takeouts:

  • A mix of plans that are easily tailored to your data and speed requirements.
  • The option of month-to-month, 12-month, or 24-month contracts.
  • Good balance of additional call extras for reasonable prices.

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101GB Plan

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $1,440 over 24 months

101GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Plan – Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Special offer: $5 monthly discount – was $75/mth

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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iPrimus

iPrimus now offers just NBN 50 speeds, which it refers to as Supercharged. Plans come on a 24 month basis as standard, while 12 month options cost $60 for a modem and the one-month plan is $100 for the modem. All plans include unlimited data.

Like with many other providers in this list, iPrimus also offers plans with Fetch TV entertainment bundles. These packs start at $90 a month on the most basic speed tier, and it includes a Fetch Mini set top box, one channel pack, unlimited data and unlimited standard national calls.

iPrimus NBN key takeouts:

  • Only offering NBN 50 plans.
  • Local and national calls included.
  • Entertainment extras available.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $60 modem on 12 month plan
  • One month free
  • Bonus 2000 international minutes or unlimited calls to AU numbers on 24 month contracts

min. cost $1,920 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Entertainment Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $2,230 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus

Optus recently revamped its broadband plans, with a more streamlined approach allowing customers to more easily navigate their options and choose a bundle that’s right for them – and the headline is that all its NBN offerings now come with unlimited data. Optus is working hard to battle for its image as a premier provider, while still offering competitive prices. The short and skinny is as follows:

  • Two base NBN plans: An everyday unlimited internet plan starting from $70 per month, or an ‘Entertainment’ plan costing $90 per month for NBN 50 with a Fetch set top box and entertainment pack included, along with Optus Sport.
  • Two contract options: Month-to-month, attracting a $200 set-up fee, or 24 months, with a $99 set-up cost.
  • Speed boost: Boost your plan to NBN 100 from $30 extra per month.

The most exciting plan seems to be the $90 one, which crams a lot of extra stuff in for that $20 premium. Optus Sport ordinarily costs an extra $14.99 per month, while Fetch packs start at $6 a month; factor in included unlimited calls to Australian landlines and mobiles, and you’ve got a great all-round package deal.

Optus NBN key takeouts:

  • Probably cheaper than you’d think.
  • Great entertainment options if you want them.
  • Fairly simple product range to select from, add-on speed boosts.
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70 Bundle Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes phone line

min. cost $1,779 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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90 Bundle Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $2,259 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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70 Bundle Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes phone line

min. cost $2,499 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
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90 Bundle Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $2,979 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Data^^/billing period
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The Top NBN Providers as Rated by ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) releases its findings into the performances of NBN providers about once every quarter. The consumer watchdog in its reports uses real-world tests and other benchmarking criteria to determine what popular provider most consistently hits its maximum speeds. Recently it reviewed the following NBN providers, calculating the following average download performances during busy hours (7pm to 11pm):

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  • TPG performed at 86.7% of its maximum plan speed
  • Optus performed at 85.5% of its maximum plan speed
  • Aussie Broadband performed at 85.3% of its maximum plan speed
  • MyRepublic performed at 84.8% of its maximum plan speed
  • iiNet performed at 84.2% of its maximum plan speed
  • Telstra performed at 83.1% of its maximum plan speed
  • Exetel performed at 82.8% of its maximum plan speed
  • Dodo & Primus performed at 80.4% of its maximum plan speed

While there are a variety of factors at play, TPG could be considered a reliable and fast performer, with the big guys not far behind it.

What makes a good NBN plan?

Generally, a good NBN plan relies on the right combination of three elements:

  • Price
  • Speed
  • Reliability

Every Aussie household wants a reliable connection that won’t drop out or slow down, but the right price and speed may vary between families and individuals. If you’re on a tighter budget, you may be limited in terms of the maximum speed you can comfortably afford each month. In contrast, if you’re a heavy downloader, you may be happy to pay a little extra for a faster plan.

Finding the perfect-fit NBN plan for yourself or your family often consists of a compromise between price and connection speed. Comparing broadband plans before you commit can help you suss out the best deals and cheapest prices, but getting real value will often come down to choosing the correct NBN speed tier.

Recent research from Canstar Blue has shown that not every NBN user is aware of their current plan speed, which can cause issues if your connection isn’t fast enough to handle your household usage.

When comparing NBN options, it’s important to look not just at the potential download speeds, but also each telco’s listed Typical Evening Speed for plan tiers. This is the average speed users on a plan will experience during peak periods (between 7pm – 11pm), and is generally the most accurate indicator of how fast your plan will actually be. Once again, these tiers are listed below.

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12): 12/1 Mbps download/upload
  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25): 25/5 Mbps download/upload
  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50): 50/20 Mbps download/upload
  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100): 100/40 Mbps: download/upload

If you’re torn between two speed tiers, it may be safest to pick the faster option (assuming it fits within your budget). With price differences between speeds still averaging at around $10 each month (depending on your telco), making the decision to upgrade may pay off down the line – resulting in an overall better performance from your NBN plan.

TPG NBN plans
An example of how NBN plans are advertised by providers, with a focus on typical evening speeds.

What does the best NBN plan look like?

The ‘best’ NBN plan for you will depend on factors such as how much data you need, what speed tier you’d prefer, and any additional features you’re interested in, not to mention your budget. Just for fun, here is an example of what the best NBN plan might include, based on the factors discussed:

 Unlimited data

 NBN Standard Plus speed (NBN 50)

 No contract term

 TV package included

 $69.99 per month

Keep in mind that unlimited data pretty much comes at standard these days, and the speed tier you choose will have the biggest impact on the price you will pay. Going with a no contract plan may also increase the monthly cost slightly compared with a one or two-year contract. Also, not all providers bundle in a TV pack, so this is very much a point of personal preference.

Other NBN providers

In this report we have reviewed the NBN plans of 10 major service providers, but it’s important to know that there are numerous other telcos out there all desperate to get you connected. You can learn about more of them in our article named: The best NBN providers you’ve never heard of, or browse through selected NBN providers below.

Best NBN plans from each provider

Cheapest Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) Plans

The below table features all Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans featured in this article, in price order.

Provider Plan Inclusions Price
TPG NBN12 SL
  • Unlimited data
  • 18-month contract term
$59.99
iiNet NBN 12 Bronze
  • 500GB
  • Six-month contract term
$59.99
Internode NBN Bronze Unlimited
  • 100GB
  • Six-month contract term
$49.99
Sumo Sumo Basic
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$79.99

Cheapest Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) Plans

The below table features all Standard Evening Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans featured in this article, in price order.

Provider Plan Inclusions Price
Vodafone Essential NBN
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$59
Dodo 101GB Plan
  • 101GB of data
  • 24-month contract
$60
Aussie Broadband Everyday
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$69
Telstra Core
  • 200GB
  • No contract
$75
Sumo Sumo Standard
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$80

Cheapest Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The below table features all Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans featured in this article, in price order.

Provider Plan Inclusions Price
Vodafone Essentials+ NBN
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$69
Exetel Standard Plus
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$69.99
TPG NBN50 SL
  • Unlimited data
  • 18-month contract term
$69.99
Dodo Unlimited Plan – Supercharged
  • Unlimited data
  • 24-month contract term
$70
Optus 70 Bundle Plan
  • Unlimited data
  • 24-month contract term
$70
Aussie Broadband Family
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$79
iiNet NBN 50 Liimitless
  • Unlimited data
  • Six-month contract term
$74.99
Internode NBN Gold Unlimited
  • Unlimited data
  • Six-month contract term
$79.99
iPrimus Unlimited Supercharged
  • Unlimited data
  • 24-month contract term
$79.99
Sumo Sumo Standard Plus
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$90
Telstra Unlimited
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$90

Cheapest Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The below table features all Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans featured in this article, in price order.

Provider Plan Inclusions Price
MyRepublic Unlimited Premium Promo Flexi
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$79.95
Vodafone Premium NBN
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$89
Exetel NBN Premium Unlimited
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$89.99
TPG NBN100 SL
  • Unlimited data
  • 18-month contract term
$89.99
Aussie Broadband Power User
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$99
iiNet NBN 100 Liimitless
  • Unlimited data
  • Six-month contract
$99.99
Internode NBN Platinum Unlimited
  • Unlimited data
  • Six-month contract term
$99.99
Optus 70 Bundle Plan + speed boost
  • Unlimited data
  • 24-month contract term
$100
Sumo Sumo Premium
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
$100

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