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 going around, as well as what you’ll need to keep in mind if shopping around.

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Internet Deals August 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:

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. How big of a bonus you get depends on your internet plan. The most common included bonus is that on 24 month plans, customers receive the Fetch Premium TV bundle plus one entertainment channel pack at no extra cost per month. This usually costs at least $5-$10 per month on top of your internet plan, making for some solid savings over two years. Unlimited data starts at about $70 a month with basic NBN speeds, making iiNet a viable internet and entertainment option for school holidays and throughout the year.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Essentials Plus

  • 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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Advanced

  • 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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Ultimate

  • 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

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. It also has a bevy of ‘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 (NBN50)
  • $1 Upfront modem

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(NBN100/40)
  • $1 Upfront modem

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 $80 a 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 NBN plan.

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

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Essential+ NBN Plan (Month to month)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed
  • $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 $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Premium NBN Plan (Month to Month)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed
  • $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 $89.00Advertised 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.

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Unlimited Broadband + Entertainment

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • 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 Go To Site
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Unlimited Broadband + Drama

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $1952 over 12 month plan period

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

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $2060.03 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $133Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Broadband + Platinum HD

  • Standard Plus 50/23
  • Standard Install Fee – $100, iQ3 equipment fee – $125, modem fee $140, bundle activation fee – $99 – Total $464

min. cost $2912.03 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $204Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

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.

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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 $59.99Advertised 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

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 August you can receive discounted speed boosts, with $15 off the NBN 100 boost. This is arguably one of the more exciting deals out there, but you may still be paying more than with other ISPs to use Start. Nevertheless, Start is a social enterprise that connects those most in need to free internet – a noble purpose.

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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • NBN 12 speed

min. cost $134.95 on no lock-in contract

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

  • NBN 50 speed

min. cost $139.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • NBN 100 speed
  • Start ‘Gateway’, with $15 delivery fee

min. cost $149.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised 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 and to sign up to one of the largest providers in Australia but keep in mind to get the best deals you’ll need to be signed up for 2 years.

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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $60 modem on 12 month plan/$100 modem on 1 month plan
  • 1 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 $80.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Entertainment

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $55 activation fee + $15 P&H

min. cost $2,160 over 24 months

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

Kogan Internet Deals

Kogan now offers NBN plans, and they are very easy to follow. Users can get NBN 25 max speeds for under $60 a month. Plus, until 6 September, customers who buy the Silver or Gold plan get the Kogan Mobile Large plan, which has unlimited calls & texts plus 16GB data for free. This ordinarily is worth $36.90. We like the sound of that. Modems are also a fairly low $69 and are optional, meaning you don’t need to pay anything other than the plan fee on the first month if you have your modem situation sorted.

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Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN 25 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $57.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $57.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Silver Unlimited

  • NBN 50 speed
  • Free Kogan Mobile Large plan, offer ends 6 Sept
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $65.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Gold Unlimited

  • NBN 100 speed
  • Free Kogan Mobile Large plan, offer ends 6 Sept
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $85.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85.90Advertised Data^^/billing period

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. Plans are often discounted even further. This usually applies to the first six months only, and Amaysim’s plans are month to month, so you’ll have to ask yourself is it worth sticking around for six months? The suspected answer is probably yes, as it’s rare to find comparable plans for so cheap. In any case, these deals come and go so you’ll have to think about switching pretty quickly if you want to make the most of it.

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

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed

min. cost $60 over 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

min. cost $70 over billing period

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