What are the best internet deals?

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It’s probably fair to say that internet in Australia is lacking by global standards, and compared with other countries pretty expensive for what you get. In this sense, it’s reasonable to assume that people want to get the best deals on their internet wherever possible.

Luckily, month to month you can expect at least a handful of service providers to sweeten the deal on what they already offer and throw in things like free activation, free modems, and discounts and so on. Canstar Blue explores some of the more noteworthy internet deals currently available, as well as what you’ll need to keep in mind if shopping around.

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Internet Deals October 2018

Whether you’ve got an NBN or ADSL connection, there are some great internet deals to be found out there. If you go out hunting, you’ll probably realise that some of the more noteworthy deals are found with providers you may not have heard of, so it pays to do a bit of digging and potentially move away from the bigger providers. You can expect $0 activation, included modems, discounted plans or other perks if you shop around, but there may be a few catches. Let’s see what the providers are doing – hit the links below to see what your preferred carrier is offering:

Exetel Internet Deals

On many of Exetel’s NBN plans, customers stand to receive free activation plus unlimited VoIP home phone calls and a Wi-Fi modem for only $10 a month. Prices for Exetel NBN start at just under $40 for 100GB of data, while the cheapest unlimited deal comes in at just under $55. Note that to waive the modem fee you’ll need to be willing to sign up for 12 months.

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

NBN Basic Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $679.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $739.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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 Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

iiNet Internet Deals

iiNet has long won Australia over with its customer service and competitively priced internet plans. iiNet has released a deal that includes Fetch TV packages at no extra cost, but how big of a bonus you get depends on your internet plan.

The most common included bonus is available on 24-month plans, which features a Fetch Premium TV bundle plus one entertainment channel pack. This usually costs at least $5-$10 per month on top of your internet plan, so it makes for some solid savings over two years.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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NBN12 Liimitless

  • Basic 12/1 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $1,679.76 over 24 months

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

  • Standard Plus 50/20 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $1,919.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN100 Liimitless

  • Premium 100/40 speed
  • Fetch included

min. cost $2,399.76 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Mate Communicate Internet Deals

You may not have heard of Mate Communicate, but you may want to listen up after seeing its plans. It already has some of the cheapest plans in the land, with a dead-simple approach to NBN. You get no contracts and no setup fees, with the only upfront fee being the modem, and even that’s optional.

Mate isn’t running any current offers on its NBN plans, but with competitive pricing and no lock-in contracts, it’s still a provider that’s well worth considering.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Good Mates

  • Basic Evening Speed 12/1
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $59 for one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Yeah Mates

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed 50/20
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $69 for one month

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

  • Premium Evening Speed 100/40
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $99 for one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Barefoot Telecom Internet Deals

Barefoot is cut from the same cloth as Mate, as Mate owns Barefoot. Barefoot also offers cheap NBN plans, all with unlimited data, and no set-up costs (besides an optional modem). So whether you go Barefoot or Mate, you can’t really put a foot wrong between the two. See what we did there?

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Lite

  • Basic Evening Speed 12/1
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $59 for one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Bigfoot

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed 50/20
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $69 for one month

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

  • Premium Evening Speed 100/40
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $99 for one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Flip TV Internet Deals

Flip TV has the notable reputation of having the cheapest unlimited NBN deals across three speed tiers, and that in itself is a deal. But act now, and you can score a $10 monthly discount on your Flip TV NBN plan for your first six months of service.

For under $40 per month, you can get unlimited data, and typical evening speeds of up to 11.14Mbps on NBN 12. For NBN 25 plans, you’ll pay just $49.90, and for fast NBN 50 speeds you’ll pay $54.90 per month. After six months, these prices will go up by $10, but again, you’re free to shop around. All Flip TV plans are available on a month-to-month basis, and all setup costs are waived throughout October.

Flip TV also allows you to add on international TV packs from about $10 a month, offering channels from a variety of countries across Europe and South America. If you’ve ever wanted to watch Macedonian TV, Flip TV could be a great pathway into getting cultured.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Value 12

  • Basic (NBN 12)
  • $119 optional modem

min. cost $39.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Family 25

  • Standard (NBN 25)
  • $119 optional modem

min. cost $49.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Fast 50

  • Standard Plus (NBN 50)
  • $119 optional modem

min. cost $54.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra Internet Deals

Telstra has re-jigged and simplified its plan offerings lately. It has lowered the price of its unlimited data plan to $89, and for extra goodies thrown in you’ll pay $99 a month.

The $99 bundle includes Foxtel Now for 24 months, with your choice of one Starter Pack: choose from Entertainment, Docos, Drama or a Kids bundle. Foxtel Now enables you to watch on up to 5 devices, streaming on two at the same time. This $99 deal also includes Telstra TV. 

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Essential

  • Standard 25/5 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $1,755 over 24 months

100GB Max Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $2,235 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited + Streaming

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included
  • Telstra TV & 24 Months Foxtel Now included

min. cost $2,475 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Internet Deals

Southern Phone is a telco that gives back to rural and regional councils. It also has a suite of very competitive mobile plans, and some competitive NBN plans as well. For a limited time, Southern Phone has reduced the price of its unlimited standard plus (NBN 50) plan to just $58 a month (down from $70), while its premium 2000GB plan is reduced to $88 a month (normally $110).

Both these plans have this reduced price for the first six months of your plan, after which they revert to their normal prices. Both of the $58 and $88 plan offers expire 31 October, 2018; each plan is listed below at its non-promo price.

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Unlimited Turbo

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • Reduced to $58/month for first six months, expires 31 October

min. cost $1680 over 24 Months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Max

  • Premium Speed Tier(NBN100)
  • Reduced to $88/month for first six months, expires 31 October

min. cost $2640 over 24 Months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $110Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

MyRepublic Internet Deals

MyRepublic caused a stir when it first released in Australia in 2016, and since then has been providing pretty competitive unlimited NBN Deals. Currently, the telco is running a limited-time promotion on its four Unlimited Essential plans, offering each plans at a reduced price of $62.95 per month (normally $69.99). This includes the no-contract and 12-month Essential plans, and both contract-free and 12-month Unlimited Essential Bundles featuring home phone.

MyRepublic also offer several Gamer’ plans, with static IP addresses and other perks to enhance the gaming experience. MyRepublic has in the past offered discount vouchers for gaming mouses, PlayStations, VR Headsets and other tech goodies, so it pays to keep an eye out.

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Gamer Pro Essential

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $1 upfront WiFi hub cost

min. cost $960.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed(NBN 100)
  • $1 upfront WiFi hub cost

min. cost $1,140.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $94.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone Internet Deals

As the last of the ‘Big 3’ telco networks in Australia to offer internet plans, Vodafone has come out racing. Unlimited data on NBN 50 is just $69 per month, and the option is there for a no lock-in contract. For new customers who already have a postpaid Vodafone mobile plan, there are periodical discounts and bonus offers that apply if you bundle both internet and mobile plans. Vodafone has historically offered up to a year’s worth of free Netflix with its plans – don’t be surprised to see it again.

  • Vodafone’s plans are month-to-month and you pay $180 upfront for the Wi-Fi hub, and every month you stay on you get a $5 rebate on your plan; this means that over 36 months you pay $0 for the Wi-Fi hub.
  • Existing customers also receive $10 a month off their Essential +NBN or Premium NBN plan.

All of Vodafone’s plans come with unlimited data and no setup fees, barring the $180 modem.

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Essential+ NBN Plan (Month to month)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $180 upfront modem, reduced to $0 over 36 months
  • Plan reduced to $59 if an existing Vodafone customer

min. cost $249 for first month

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

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $180 upfront modem, reduced to $0 over 36 months
  • Plan reduced to $79 if an existing Vodafone customer

min. cost $269 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Dodo Internet Deals

Dodo has been around for a while now and is known as the ‘internet that flies’. Now, it also has some competitive NBN deals across a variety of speed tiers. Dodo rejigged its plan offerings recently, and now lays claim to unlimited data for $60 a month. Dodo also provides incentive for 24-month plans, waiving setup fees and other associated upfront costs that the one-month plans get slugged with. Dodo also provides Fetch TV deals from an extra $15 a month on its plans.

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Unlimited Plan

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12)

min. cost $1,440 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited Plan – Turbo

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed (NBN25)

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited Plan – Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

iPrimus Internet Deals

As part of the Vocus Communications group, iPrimus offers some pretty competitive plans over an ADSL2+ or NBN connection. For a limited time, iPrimus sweetens the deal and offers rewards for signing up for 24 months. You can opt for either a national call pack, or 2000 minutes to selected countries. You’ll also get one month free, applied to the third bill.

iPrimus offers unlimited data from $70 a month, but keep in mind to get the best deals you’ll need to be signed up for two years. You can also add Fetch TV to your account on iPrimus’ NBN & entertainment bundles.

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

  • Basic Speed
  • Included modem
  • One month free + bonus 2000 international minutes OR unlimited calls to AU Numbers

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Speed
  • Included modem
  • One month free + bonus 2000 international minutes OR unlimited calls to AU Numbers

min. cost $1,920 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Entertainment Basic

  • Basic Speed
  • Fetch Mighty set-top box + premium channel pack
  • Included modem
  • One month free + bonus 2000 international minutes OR unlimited calls to AU Numbers
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $2,400 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Entertainment Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Speed
  • Fetch Mighty set-top box + premium channel pack
  • Included modem
  • One month free + bonus 2000 international minutes OR unlimited calls to AU Numbers
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $2,640 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $110.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Start Broadband Internet Deals

Start is one of the smaller telcos in this list, but it has an offer that may convince you to sign up with them. While not the cheapest telco out there – Start’s unlimited data starts at about $75 a month – it does have no lock-in contract options, and this month you can go faster on your NBN for less.

Until the end of October, you can receive discounted speed boosts, with $10 off the NBN 25, NBN 50, and NBN 100 boost add-ons. This is arguably one of the more exciting deals out there, but you may still be paying slightly more than with other ISPs to use Start – so it pays to shop around.

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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Standard speed
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived on contract)

min. cost $134.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Start Logo

Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Standard Plus speed
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived on contract)

min. cost $144.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Start Logo

Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Premium speed
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived on contract)

min. cost $154.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Amaysim Internet Deals

Amaysim is arguably one of the most exciting new internet providers, and deals exclusively in NBN plans. It offers both fixed-line and fixed wireless NBN plans, with three speed tiers available; these plans are often discounted even further, although this usually applies to the first six months only. While there’s not yet any October offers available, these deals come and go – so you’ll have to think about switching pretty quickly if you do come across an Amaysim discount.

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Basic Speed – Unlimited Data

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed
  • $0 standard activation fee + BYO modem option

min. cost $60 over one month billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Standard Plus Speed – Unlimited Data

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed
  • $0 standard activation fee + BYO modem option

min. cost $70 over one month billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Premium Speed – Unlimited Data

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed
  • $0 standard activation fee + BYO modem option

min. cost $90 over one month billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Foxtel Internet Deals

Foxtel offers broadband – yes that’s right – and it offers pretty exciting deals, too. Foxtel regularly waives setup fees and contracts, meaning if you purchase at the right time, all you’d have to pay would be the first month’s plan fee and that’s it. However, these deals come and go periodically so you’ll have to be on your toes. Foxtel’s total installation fees can be upwards of $400, so this is a serious discount. The fee encompasses the iQ3 box, installation, activation, and more.

Until 13 October, Foxtel is offering a discounted price on your first two months on the Unlimited Broadband + Drama, Unlimited Broadband + Sport and Unlimited Broadband + Platinum HD bundles. As well as low prices for two months, you’ll also get the $100 standard installation fee waived.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Entertainment

  • Standard Plus speed
  • Standard install fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $1712 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $104Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Drama

  • Standard Plus speed
  • iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $364
  • Special offer: $75/mth for first 2 months

min. cost $1852 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $124Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Sport

  • Standard Plus speed
  • iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $364
  • Special offer: $75/mth for first 2 months

min. cost $2080.00 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $143Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited Broadband + Platinum HD

  • Standard Plus speed
  • iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $364
  • Special offer: $65/mth for first 2 months

min. cost $2812.00 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $204Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

What’s the deal with these internet deals?

The hottest trend with the best internet deals at the moment seems to be offering entertainment packs and discounts to help the budget. Often entertainment packs are additional cost burdens when signing up to a new plan – some to the tune of $10 or more per month. If you’re after a new plan but concerned about the massive upfront cost, choosing a provider offering these deals may be the way to go. Other providers also offer discounts to entice you over, but you’ll have to keep in mind when taking advantage of these deals:

  • Deals & discounts may only be available for the first few months of a plan
  • More notable deals are often only found on 24-month contract plans
  • Other providers offer free set-up and free modems as standard, so these deals may not be as good as they sound

All in all, while these deals sound great, there are sometimes a number of hoops to jump through. It never hurts to compare, though, and before choosing a new provider it pays to see how they stack up alongside other plans.

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