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 December 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)

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $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)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $739.88 over 12 months

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

NBN Premium Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $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.

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NBN12 Liimitless

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • 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 Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • 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 Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • 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.

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Good Mates

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $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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Best Mates

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

min. cost $75 for one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Soul Mates

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $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 (NBN 12)
  • $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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Max

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

min. cost $75 for one month

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

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $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 Internet Deals

Flip has the notable reputation of having the cheapest unlimited NBN deals across three speed tiers, and that in itself is a deal. But sign up before 31 December, 2018, and you can score a monthly discount of up to $10 on your Flip NBN plan for your first three months of service.

For under $50 per month, you can get unlimited data on Flip’s NBN 12 plan. For NBN 25 plans, you’ll pay just $54.90, and for fast NBN 50 speeds you’ll pay $59.90 per month. After three months, these prices will go up by $5 (for the Value 12 plan ) or $10 (for Family 25 and Fast 50 plans), but again, you’re free to shop around. All Flip plans are available on a month-to-month basis, and all setup costs are waived through to 31 December, 2018.

Flip also allows you to add on international TV packs from about $12.95 a month, offering channels from a variety of countries across Europe and South America. So if you’ve ever wanted to watch Macedonian TV, Flip TV could be a great pathway into getting cultured.

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Value 12

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $149 optional modem
  • Special offer: $49.90 per month for first 3 months, then $54.90 onwards. Ends 31/12/18

min. cost $49.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Family 25

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $149 optional modem
  • Special offer: $54.90 per month for first 3 months, then $64.90 onwards. Ends 31/12/18

min. cost $54.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Fast 50

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $149 optional modem
  • Special offer: $59.90 per month for first 3 months, then $69.90 onwards. Ends 31/12/18

min. cost $59.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised 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 Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $1,755 over 24 months

100GB Max Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $2,235 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited + Streaming

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $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 $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, with an $180 upfront for the Wi-Fi hub. 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 monthly discounts on Vodafone’s 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)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $180 upfront 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 Plan (Month to Month)

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

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

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)

min. cost $1,440 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Plan – Turbo

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Plan – Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

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

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Unlimited Basic

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • 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 Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • 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 Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • 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
iPrimus Logo

Entertainment Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • 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 $110Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

TPG Internet Deals

TPG offers NBN plans on both month-to-month and 18-month contracts. Whilst a free Wi-Fi modem now comes as standard with every plan, the 18-month contract waives your $99.95 setup fee.

For a limited time, customers opting for a 18-month plan will also receive their first three months of mobile service free, by bundling their NBN with a TPG Mobile plan.

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NBN12 SL

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month 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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NBN12 Extra

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN12 XXL

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,469.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised 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
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month 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
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,649.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

NBN100 XXL

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $2,009.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109.99Advertised 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. NBN plans are available on Basic, Standard Plus, and Premium speed tiers, with prices beginning from $60 per month for unlimited data. All plans are available contract-free and month-to-month, and compatible modems are also available.

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Unlimited Turbo

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)

min. cost $70 over one month

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

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

min. cost $100 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised 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) until 10 January, 2019. 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

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 December, Start is waiving all setup costs for month-to-month NBN customers (normally $59.95). You can also add a Start Gateway to your plan for $139.95 upfront, but BYO modem options are also available.

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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Optional $139.95 modem available
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived through to 31/12/18)

min. cost $75 for first month

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

Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional $139.95 modem available
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived through to 31/12/18)

min. cost $85 for first month

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

Faster Unlimited Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional $139.95 modem available
  • $59.95 set-up cost (waived through to 31/12/18)

min. cost $95 for first month

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

Optus Internet Deals

Optus offers unlimited data on all NBN plans, with both Standard Plus (NBN 50) and Premium (NBN 100) speeds available. Customers can choose from its NBN-only plans with no added extras, or entertainment packages which include Fetch TV, one channel pack, and Optus Sport. If you sign up for a two-year contract, you’ll pay $99 upfront, while month-to-month customers will need to pay a $200 setup charge.

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70 Plan

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

min. cost $1,779 over 24 months

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

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport

min. cost $2,259 over 24 months

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

70 Plan + speed boost

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

min. cost $2,499 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

90 Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport

min. cost $2,979 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Foxtel Internet Deals

Foxtel now bundles broadband in with its pay TV service, and it offers pretty exciting deals. Foxtel regularly waives setup fees and contracts, meaning if you purchase at the right time, all you’ll have to pay upfront will be the first month’s plan fee. 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 (including the iQ3 box, installation, activation, and more), so this is a serious discount.

Until 24 December, 2018, Foxtel is offering to waive both the standard TV installation fee, and the 1Q4 box fee – meaning new customers can save a total of $225. You’ll also get your first month on a 24-month contract at a reduced price.

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Unlimited Broadband + Entertainment

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Includes TV Entertainment pack
  • Special offer: $75 for first month, plus installation and iQ4 box fees waived. Ends 24/12/18

min. cost $2721 over 24 month plan period

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

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Includes Drama TV Combo + 45 entertainment channels
  • Special offer: $75 for first month, plus installation and iQ4 box fees waived. Ends 24/12/18

min. cost $2976 over 24 month plan period

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

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Includes Sports HD TV Combo + 45 entertainment channels
  • Special offer: $75 for first month, plus installation and iQ4 box fees waived. Ends 24/12/18

min. cost $3432.06 over 24 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $143Advertised Data^^/billing period
Foxtel Logo

Unlimited Broadband + Platinum HD

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Includes 90+ channels
  • Special offer: $65 for first month, plus installation and iQ4 box fees waived. Ends 24/12/18

min. cost $4896.06 over 24 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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