The NBN is quickly rolling out across the country, but not without controversy. Telcos not being able to meet the speeds they advertise, poor service, expensive installation costs and so on. Some have even compensated customers for slow speeds. The NBN can seem like a nightmare, but if you purchase the right plan, it could be much better than your old ADSL connection.
In the vain of ‘trying before you buy’, a no lock-in contract NBN plan may be a good way to dip your pen in the ink. They allow you to sample the NBN on a monthly basis without being locked in for 12 months or longer, but there may be a few catches. See what the top no lock-in contract NBN plans are below. Hit a link to jump to your favourite provider.
No Contract NBN Providers
- Internode No Contract NBN Plans
- Dodo No Contract NBN Plans
- iiNet No Contract NBN Plans
- iPrimus No Contract NBN Plans
- MyRepublic No Contract NBN Plans
- TPG No Contract NBN Plans
- Belong No Contract NBN Plans
- Optus No Contract NBN Plans
- Telstra No Contract NBN Plans
- Vodafone No Contract NBN Plans
- Amaysim No Contract NBN Plans
- Other Telcos with No Contract NBN Plans
No lock-in contracts on a month-to-month basis may seem like the holy grail of NBN plans, but there are a few catches or hoops to jump through – high set-up costs, modem fees and higher ongoing costs being some of them. Nevertheless, if you find the right provider and plan, you can bag an awesome deal.
Internode No Contract NBN Plans
As part of the iiNet family, Internode has many competitive, no-contract NBN plans. Unlimited data starts at just under $70 a month, with speed jumps starting at an extra $10 a month. In total there are nine plans – a choice of three speeds and three options for data – 100GB, 500GB and unlimited.
- To go no-contract you’ll pay a $99 setup fee.
Internode keeps it simple, and while the near-$100 fee does look expensive, the convenience factor may be worth it. 12 or 24 month plans come with $0 setup, yet could attract up to a $300 cancellation fee if you leave before your contract expires.
Dodo No Contract NBN Plans
Labelled the ‘internet that flies’, Dodo starts out as one of the cheapest providers in the market. Plans start from under $30, but for this price you get a paltry 10GB. The cheapest unlimited plan is $59.90 a month.
- No-contract plans can be subject to upfront fees upwards of $200, which consists of NBN set-up and/or transfer, and the modem fee.
Speed boosts can then be added from $10 per month and call rates are PAYG as standard. Despite the set-up fees, Dodo may still be worthwhile going no-contract for; those who cancel on a 12 or 24 month plan can be hit with an $8 monthly fee for every month remaining on their contract.
iiNet No Contract NBN Plans
iiNet customers have a choice of three speed tiers – NBN 12, 50 or 100. To jump from one tier to the next you can expect to pay an extra $10-$20 per month. iiNet’s plans start at just under $60 for 500GB or just under $70 for unlimited data.
- No contract fees are $79.95 for set-up and $89 for a modem if you don’t have your own.
‘Pay as you go’ – or PAYG – home phone calls come as standard; home phone call packs can be added from about $10 extra per month. Below features some plans on Tier 4 of the NBN:
iPrimus No Contract NBN Plans
As another member of the Vocus Communications family – next to Dodo – iPrimus offers a pretty simple approach to NBN plans. Prices start at $60 for 100GB data on the NBN 12 speed tier. The next speed tier is NBN 50, and to get into unlimited data on NBN 50 you can look at paying about $80 a month.
- No-contract plans attract a $100 modem fee.
Those not wanting to be locked in also sacrifice their bonus feature – either 100GB data if on a data cap, or unlimited calls to AU landlines. The entertainment plan with Fetch TV also comes ona 24-month contract only. Still, the flexibility may be worth it for renters or for those who like shopping around.
MyRepublic No Contract NBN Plans
MyRepublic burst onto the scene in Australia in 2016, with some cheap top-tier NBN plans. Plans come on a 12 month contract by default. They cost about $70 per month on NBN 50, and an additional $15 for NBN 100, with unlimited data as standard, but its no-contract plans are a little different:
- No contract plans attract a minimum $120 modem fee, in contrast to a $60 fee for 12 month contracts, or just $1 for 24 month contracts. Landline calls to mobiles are also PAYG, while on contracts they are included.
NBN fixed-line customers get NBN 50 speeds as standard. There are no setup fees per se, but the modem fee can look prohibitive, but could be a small price to pay if you consider cancellation fees on contracted plans.
TPG No Contract NBN Plans
TPG is another provider in that game that supplies some dirt cheap NBN plans, starting from under $30. For this price, however, you receive a paltry 10GB on the most basic NBN speed. The cheapest unlimited plan is a hair under $60 a month.
- TPG’s no-contract option attracts a $99.95 set-up fee; the alternative is to sign up for 18 months.
TPG delivers some very cheap speed boosts too, with NBN 50 costing $70-odd for unlimited data. NBN 100 is an extra $20 on top of this. Voice add-ons are also available from an extra $10.
Belong No Contract NBN Plans
Belong is a relatively new NBN provider, and is a subsidiary of Telstra. Could you get Telstra quality without the Telstra price tag? Unlimited data starts at $60 a month but to go no-contract expect to pay $70 a month at minimum.
- NBN 12, 50 and 100 speed tiers are available and upgrades cost between $10-$30 extra per month. No contract plans also attract a $60 modem fee.
Belong’s simple plan builder makes it easy to see the difference in price between 12-month and no-contract plans. While there is a premium to pay, the flexibility may justify it.
Optus No Contract NBN Plans
All of Optus’ plans now come with unlimited data starting at just $60 a month. The base plan features ‘basic evening speeds’ (i.e. NBN 12). The next step up is one which includes a Fetch TV entertainment bundle, costs $80, and comes with the Standard Plus (NBN 50) speed.
- No lock-in contract plans attract a $200 set-up fee and $80-and-up plans come with an AC gigabit modem.
Call packs are available from an extra $5 per month. Further speed upgrades are also available from an extra $15 a month. Optus has made it super simple to see what you’re paying for and the $200 fee may be worth it for some.
Telstra No Contract NBN Plans
Australia’s biggest internet provider, Telstra perhaps unsurprisingly tries to entice customers into a plan with a lengthy contract. Many more plans are available on 24 month contracts, but Telstra does have a couple of ‘Casual’ plans:
- ‘Casual’ no contract plans: $69 for 100GB, or $79 for 1000GB. A $99 set-up fee applies, as does $120 ‘Casual’ fee AND $215 for the Telstra Smart Gateway.
There are no unlimited deals if you opt for a no-contract plan. NBN 25 comes as standard on the 100GB plan, while NBN 50 is standard on the 1000GB plan, with speed boosts available from $20 a month extra. PAYG call rates apply on Casual plans with rates from 30c a minute for national calls.
Vodafone No Contract NBN Plans
Despite being a well-known telco Vodafone has only recently started offering NBN plans. Vodafone offers three dead-simple NBN plans, with the choice of NBN 25, 50 or 100 speeds. All come with unlimited data.
- No contract plans attract a $150 upfront modem fee, which comes with a 4G mobile backup in case the NBN drops out for any reason.
Other than the modem fee, there are no setup charges and considering there may be early-exit fees on 24 month contracts, it could make sense to pay for the luxury of having a month-to-month plan.
Amaysim No Contract NBN Plans
All of Amaysim’s plans are no-contract by default and are dead-easy to follow. There are three base plans, and they stretch across three different speed tiers.
- A $109 modem fee does apply, but you are welcome to bring your own for no charge.
Speed tiers available are NBN 12, 50 and 100. Amaysim currently has no call packs, and it advises to choose another provider for your home phone calling needs.
Other Providers with No Contract NBN Plans
If the NBN providers above don’t tickle your fancy, there are a number of smaller providers that offer no lock-in contracts with unlimited data at a cheap price. Some don’t even charge set-up fees, but most of the time you will need to bring your own modem or have one supplied for a fee. Other providers worth considering are:
- Barefoot Telecom
- Boom Broadband
- Flip TV
- Hello Broadband
- Kogan Internet
- Mate Communicate
- Tangerine Telecom
With these small providers, unlimited data costs as little as around $60, with jumps in speed from around $10 extra per month. It’s not just the big guys offering big plans.
Is a No Contract NBN Plan the way to go?
No-contract NBN plans are a great way to sample a certain provider without needing to commit to a 12+ month contract. However, this freedom comes with a price:
- No-contract plans often come with set-up costs to the tune of $200+ and many do not include a modem. Some providers even charge more per month for the privilege, or do not offer all their plans with the no lock-in option.
Nevertheless, a no-contract NBN option may be the way to go if you’re just not 100% certain. Moving into a new place can be tricky – you don’t know good the internet is at that location, what provider to go with and so on.
- Signing up to a contract and later cancelling can cost over $200, plus any remaining months you have on your plan.
In this case, paying a set-up fee or a bit extra for a no-contract option may be worth it. Whatever contract type you decide to go with, make sure you compare a range of different providers first.