Compare NBN Plans

Loading...

 

Advertisement

Best NBN Plans & Providers

Fact Checked Fact Checked

Are you trying to figure out which NBN plan best suits your data and speed needs? Canstar Blue compares the biggest and best National Broadband Network (NBN) providers and their plans to help you decide, from the cheapest deals with basic inclusions to unlimited data plans with high speeds and fast downloads. If you want a quick comparison, check out our ‘key takeouts’ from each provider and you’ll be better-informed about your broadband options.

Before we go into details about the NBN plans and providers we’ve compared, it’s important to understand the difference between the different NBN speeds you can sign up for, to help you put the prices of these deals into perspective. We also recommend you check your existing internet connection, to give you a good idea of what NBN download speed you think you will need – and what is going to represent good value for money for you. So, if you’re ready to jump in, here’s a quick comparison of plans across the main NBN speed tiers.

NBN Plans Compared

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, here are some top picks.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Compare NBN: Which plan is best for me?

There are a few things to consider when comparing NBN plans, especially when you’re looking for the best provider and deal to suit your needs. There are generally four speed tiers to choose from, and data inclusions can vary between providers (although you’ll find most plans do offer unlimited as standard). You’ll also need to consider if you want to sign on to a contract or prefer the flexibility of going month-to-month, along with any entertainment extras or bundles you want included. To help you get started comparing NBN options, we’ll take a look at the plans available from some of the most popular NBN providers around.

For more on how to choose the best NBN plans for you, hit the below links to jump to more information on comparing plan types, broadband speeds and more. Otherwise, scroll down for more details, offers and prices from some of Australia’s top NBN providers.

Infographic showing details featured in NBN plans

Top NBN Plans and Providers – September 2020

Here is a look at the plans on offer from the most prominent NBN providers. Click a link to jump to the provider of your choice, or scroll through to check out and compare what each of these providers have to offer:

Telstra NBN Plans

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, 500GB, 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 offers three speeds — NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100, however NBN 100 is only available to select customers with a FTTP or HFC NBN connection.
  • Data allowances vary from 500GB up to unlimited data.
  • Month-to-month plans feature a $216 modem fee, but this is free when you stay connected 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 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 fee may also apply.

Telstra NBN key takeouts:

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

Core

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $291 for first month

500GB Max Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $306 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Aussie Broadband NBN Plans

Aussie Broadband frequently tops speed tests for its fast, industry-leading NBN. Its premium NBN 100 plan lists a typical evening speed of 86Mbps; currently, this is faster than typical evening speeds cited by other leading providers.

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 deals are flexible and bill-shock free. Aussie Broadband offers every high speed tier, including NBN 75, NBN 250 and NBN 1000.

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

Unlimited Casual

  • 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

Unlimited Everyday

  • 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

Unlimited Family

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

min. cost $89 over first month

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

Optus NBN Plans

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:

  • Three base plans: An everyday unlimited internet plan starting from $75 per month; an ‘Entertainer Lite ’ plan costing $79 per month for NBN 50 with a Fetch Mini set top box; and a $90 ‘Entertainer’ plan with a Fetch Mighty and one premium channel pack. All options also include Optus Sport.
  • No lock-in contracts: All plans are month-to-month, with a $99 setup fee and $252 modem fee (modem fees are waived if you stay connected for 36 months).
  • Speed boost: Boost your plan to NBN 100 from $20 extra per month.

The most exciting plan seems to be the $90 one, which crams a lot of extra stuff in for that $15 premium and makes a great all-round package deal.

Optus NBN key takeouts:

  • Probably cheaper than you’d think.
  • Great entertainment options if you want them.
  • Easy to customise plans with phone and entertainment extras or add-on speed boosts.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Internet Everyday $75 and Phone Lite

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) of 44Mpbs from 7-11pm. Various factors affects speed and performance
  • Includes Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem cost or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $426 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +99 setup fee

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

Internet Entertainer Lite $79 and Phone Lite

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) of 44Mbps from 7-11pm. Various factors affect speed and performance
  • Includes Fetch TV Mini and Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem cost or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $430 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +99 setup fee

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

Internet Entertainer $90 and Phone Lite

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) of 44Mbps from 7-11pm. Various factors affect speed and performance
  • Includes Fetch TV + Premium Channel Pack and Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem cost or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $441 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +99 setup fee

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

Internet Everyday $75, Phone Lite and Premium Evening Speed $20

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20) of 80Mpbs from 7-11pm. Various factors affect speed and performance
  • Includes Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem costs, or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $446 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +$99 setup fee

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

Internet Entertainer Lite $99, Phone Lite and Premium Evening Speed $20

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20) of 80Mpbs from 7-11pm. Various factors affect speed and performance
  • Includes Fetch TV Mini and Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem costs, or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $450 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +$99 setup fee

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

Internet Entertainer $90, Phone Lite and Premium Evening Speed $20

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20) of 80Mpbs from 7-11pm. Various factors affect speed and performance
  • Includes Fetch TV + Premium Channel Pack and Optus Sport
  • Stay connected for 36 months and pay no modem costs, or pay $7 x per month remaining if cancelled earlier

min. cost $461 over first month
+$252 modem (included) | +99 setup fee

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

iiNet NBN Plans

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 four speed options, and each includes iiNet’s Netphone (VoIP) service.

  • There are two plan data options: 500GB or ‘Liimitless’ data – starting at $59.99 (NBN 12) and $69.99 (NBN 25) per month respectively.
  • Speed boosts are then available: NBN 50 costs $74.99 each month, and NBN 100 $99.99. 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 available from an extra $5 a month, but on six-month plans are often included at no extra cost, besides a $59.99 setup fee.

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.

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

NBN25 Liimitless

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Optional Fetch TV ($59.99 setup)

min. cost $69.99 over first month

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

NBN50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional Fetch TV ($59.99 setup)

min. cost $74.99 over first month

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

NBN100 Liimitless

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional Fetch TV ($59.99 setup)

min. cost $99.99 over first month

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

TPG NBN Plans

TPG faces increased competition from the likes of iiNet, Dodo and Optus, but it still offers 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  includes three plan options based on data allowance or call inclusions.

  • Basic Plans: TPG NBN 12 products 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 offers 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 deals 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 standard national calls, plus unlimited calls to 15 countries.

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 NBN key takeouts:

  • Easy to navigate product range.
  • No-contract options available.
  • Low data and basic speed options for those who want them.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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
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
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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone NBN Plans

Vodafone is the last of the ‘Big 3’ mobile carriers – after Optus and Telstra – to offer NBN, but has some downright competitive deals. All come with unlimited data, and prices start at just $65 a month.

  • There are three speed tiers available: NBN 25, 50 and 100. Prices start at $65 per month for new connections.
  • All products 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 internet 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 plans with no lock-in contracts.
  • 4G network backup on all plans.
  • Exciting periodic bonuses available.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Essential NBN Plan (Month to month)

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Special offer: $55 per month for the first 6 months, then $65 per month ongoing. Ends 30/09/20
  • $180 upfront modem, reduced to $0 over 36 months

min. cost $245 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Essential+ NBN Plan (Month to month)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Special offer: $65 per month for the first 6 months, then $75 per month ongoing. Ends 30/09/20
  • $180 upfront modem, reduced to $0 over 36 months

min. cost $255 for first month

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

Premium NBN Plan (Month to Month)

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Special offer: $85 per month for the first 6 months, then $95 per month ongoing. Ends 30/09/20
  • $180 upfront modem, reduced to $0 over 36 months

min. cost $275 for first month

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

Internode NBN Plans

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 only $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 $419.94 over six months

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

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Special offer: $59.99 per month for the first 6 months, then $79.99 per month ongoing

min. cost $359.94 over six months

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

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)

min. cost $599.94 over six months

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

MyRepublic NBN Plans

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 competitive prices and no-fuss offers. While you won’t get the ‘cheapest of the cheap’ prices with MyRepublic, it does offer a range of deals across several speed tiers, all with unlimited data.

MyRepublic has decided to focus on NBN plans at the NBN 25, NBN 50, NBN 100/20 and NBN 100/40 speed tiers, with unlimited data standard. There are two different plan types available on all speed tiers — no lock-in with option to BYO modem, or 12-month contract. Both the month-to-month and 12-month plans are the same monthly price, but locking in for 12 months will allow you to add on a standard NBN rental modem for $1 (plus postage) — the no lock-in plan requires you to pay full price for the modem. There are also  gamer-specific plans at NBN 50 and NBN 100 speeds (both NBN 100/20 and 100/40 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.

MyRepublic NBN key takeouts:

  • Some of the cheapest unlimited NBN 100 products out there.
  • Choice of NBN 25, NBN 50 or NBN 100 speeds, as well as NBN 250 for eligible customers.
  • Cheap no lock-in contract or 12-month plans.

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

Unlimited Essential Plan

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

min. cost $839 over 12 months

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

Unlimited 100/20

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20Mbps)
  • Included AC1600 Modem for $1 + P&H

min. cost $1,079 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited 100/20 Flexi

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20Mbps)
  • BYO modem or WiFi hub from $69 + P&H

min. cost $89 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Premium Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20Mbps)
  • WiFi hub from $1 + P&H

min. cost $1,199 over 12 months

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

Belong NBN Plans

Belong offers three high speed NBN options, all with unlimited monthly data. Prices start from just $55 per month and offer download speeds up to 30Mbps; Standard Plus (NBN 50) plans begin at $65 per month, while Premium (NBN 100) deals are available from $95 per month. Customers have the option of going month-to-month, or signing a 12-month contract for Standard Plus and Starter speeds. If you do decide to skip the contract, you’ll pay an extra $5 per month for both Starter and Standard Plus products.

Customers who sign up for 12 months will receive an included WiFi modem ($60 on month-to-month plans), and all offers come with $0 standard activation. New NBN customers are also entitled to a free Belong mobile SIM which comes pre-loaded with $80 of free mobile credit. You can activate your Belong mobile service on any unlocked phone via the Belong smartphone app.

Belong NBN key takeouts:

  • $5 monthly discount when you sign a 12-month contract.
  • Plans come with $80 free Belong Mobile credit.
  • Premium (NBN 100) speed available.
Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Belong Logo

NBN Starter

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50), capped at 30Mbps
  • $80 mobile credit

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
Belong Logo

NBN Standard Plus

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $80 mobile credit

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Belong Logo

NBN Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $80 mobile credit

min. cost $155 over first month plan period

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

Dodo NBN Plans

Dodo has a reputation for providing fairly cheap and cheerful home broadband, and its NBN plans are no exception. Opting for a simplified approach to an often-confusing product, Dodo’s offers all include unlimited data. There are three speed tiers on offer – NBN 25, NBN 50, and NBN 100 – and customers can choose from going contract-free, or signing up for 12 (and enjoying waived modem and setup fees, besides a $24.90 modem P&H fee).

With month-to-month modem and fees totalling $144.90, Dodo customers can save by committing to a longer-term contract. However, if you are looking for a basic NBN 12 option, you may want to shop around.

Dodo NBN key takeouts:

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

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

101GB Plan

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $0 setup fee including modem on 12 month plans ($24.90 modem p&h applies)

min. cost $804.90 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Dodo Logo

Unlimited Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $0 setup fee including modem on 12 month plans ($24.90 modem p&h applies)

min. cost $864.90 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Dodo Logo

Unlimited Plan

  • Premium Speed (NBN 100)
  • $0 setup fee including modem on 12 month plans ($24.90 modem p&h applies)

min. cost $1040.90 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

What are the best NBN plans?

At Canstar Blue, we have an expert methodology to identify the best value NBN plans available right now, based on a combination of price and features.

Here are the top 8 best NBN plans on our database as of September 2020, based on unlimited data on the Standard Plus (NBN 50) speed tier. One plan per provider.

Ranking Provider Plan Details
#1 Belong Unlimited Standard Plus, $65/month
#2 Tangerine XL Speed Boost BYO Modem, $59.90/month
#3 SpinTel Unlimited Plus BYO, $64.95/month
#4 MyRepublic Unlimited NBN Essential – Flexi BYO, $69/month
#5 Vodafone Essential+ BYO, $65/month
#6 Internode NBN Gold Unlimited BYO, $59.99/month
#7 Flip Family BYO, $69.90/month
#8 TPG NBN 50 SL Bundle, $69.99/month

See here for our NBN value rank methodology

We regularly update our list of the best NBN plans to help you find a great deal. You can also use our NBN comparison tool to see deals compared from a wide range of providers. Here, you will see products ranked by value with a score between 0 and 10.

What makes the best NBN plan?

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

  • Price
  • High speeds
  • Reliability of connection

Price

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 speeds you can comfortably afford each month. In contrast, if you’re a heavy video streamer or a big online gamer, you may be happy to pay a little extra for a faster plan.

Each household has different needs when it comes to an internet connection. We have several guides on specific types of plans depending on costs, inclusions and users:

Finding the perfect-fit plan involves a compromise between price and connection speed. Comparing before you commit can help you work out the best internet deals and cheapest NBN prices, but getting real value will often come down to choosing the best speed tier for your needs.

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. Not everybody needs high speeds, but you do need a plan that’s fast enough for how your use your broadband connection.

High speeds

When comparing NBN plans, 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 service will actually be. The speed tiers are:

  • NBN 1000/50 Home Ultrafast: Up to 1000Mbps download, 50Mbps upload
  • NBN 250/25 Home Superfast: Up to 250 Mbps download, 25Mbps upload
  • NBN 100/40 Premium Speed: Up to 100Mbps download, 40Mbps upload
  • NBN 100/20 Premium Speed: Up to 100Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
  • NBN 50/20 Standard Plus Speed: Up to 50Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
  • NBN 25/10 Standard Speed: Up to 25Mbps download, 10Mbps upload
  • NBN 12/1 Basic Speed: Up to 12Mbps download, 1Mbps upload

The additional Premium Evening Speed tier, which was introduced in early 2020 — the NBN 100/20 speed tier — is offered by some providers as a replacement to NBN 100/40, so keep this in mind if you’re comparing NBN 100 plans. The only difference between these is the upload speed — 40Mbps or 20Mbps. For most home internet use, upload speed isn’t as important as download speed, however, if you tend to upload large files regularly and you’re looking at NBN 100 as the best bet, you might find the 100/40 speed is more suitable for your needs.

Both the NBN 1000 and NBN 250 speeds are not widely available, with only a small selection of providers currently offering plans on these speed tiers. Another thing to consider if you’re looking at the faster speed tiers (even NBN 100) is they often require a certain internet connection type and may only be available in certain areas of the country.

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.

Internet connection types

The speed of your internet will be impacted by the type of NBN connection you have. There are seven technology types used to connect homes to the NBN, and the option available to you will depend on where you live.

Here are the seven types of NBN connections:

  • FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)
  • FTTB (Fibre to the Building)
  • HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial)
  • FTTC (Fibre to the Curb)
  • FTTN (Fibre to the Node)
  • NBN Fixed Wireless
  • NBN Sky Muster satellite

Most Aussie homes will be connected by fibre or HFC, with properties in rural and regional areas more likely to use fixed wireless or satellite. The fastest NBN speeds – such as NBN 250 and NBN 1000 – are currently only available to customers with FTTP or selected HFC connections. Homes with fixed wireless will generally get slower speeds.

How to compare NBN plans

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. Keep in mind that unlimited data is standard on most plans, and the speed tier you choose will have the biggest impact on the price you will pay.

Going with a plan without a contract may increase the monthly cost slightly compared with a one or two-year contract, not to mention any upfront fees or modem costs. Also, not all providers bundle in a TV or entertainment pack, so this is very much a point of personal preference. Entertainment bundles aren’t for everyone and are often more expensive or are an additional monthly cost — consider whether this extra entertainment option is something you will use, and whether it’s really worth the extra cost for your household.

Once you have a clear idea of what you want from the NBN, you should then compare plans from a range of providers. Keep in mind that while there are the big internet companies which have a large portion of the NBN market share, there are around 200 providers in total. Looking at offers from a range of telcos, both the big and small names, will help you to find the best plan for your home.

Top 5 Most Popular NBN Providers

Every year at Canstar Blue, we release our annual customer satisfaction review for NBN providers. Providers are ranked by speed and reliability, customer service, value for money, ease of setup, bill and cost clarity, along with overall customer satisfaction.

Here are the top 5 most popular NBN providers as rated by Australian consumers.

Ranking Provider Prices
#1 Aussie Broadband Plans from $59/month
#2 Westnet Plans from $59.99/month
#3 Internode Plans from $49.99/month
#4 Belong Plans from $55/month
#5 TPG Plans from $29.99/month

Source: Canstar Blue NBN customer satisfaction survey, July 2020. Sample size: 4,489.

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 providers below.

About the author of this page

Tara Donnelly

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor, Tara Donnelly. Having spent over seven years writing for and editing telco comparison websites, she’s an expert in all things phone & internet, including NBN plans and how to find the best deal for your family. She loves to highlight the next best NBN deals, while also flagging the things you need to be aware of. Tara also acts as a spokesperson for Canstar Blue.

Compare Wireless Routers

Advertisement