No Contract NBN Plans

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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.

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In the vein 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

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.

Mate No Contract NBN Plans

All of Mate’s plans come with no lock-in contract, so have at it. All plans also have unlimited data, and in a relatively rare feat, no setup fees. The only upfront extra fee you’ll pay will be for the modem, and even that’s optional.

  • Mate has all four NBN speed tiers available – Basic, Standard, Standard Plus and Premium.

Mate’s plans are some of the most competitive on the market – and with an Aussie call centre, all plans are backed by support you can trust.

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 first month

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

  • Standard Evening Speed 25/5
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $69 for first month

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

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

min. cost $75 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised 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 first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Barefoot No Contract NBN Plans

Barefoot is owned by Mate, and plans are identical. It all just depends on what logo you like more, we guess. Once again, you can expect unlimited data and no lock-in contracts as standard across all plans.

  • All four NBN speed tiers are available – Basic, Standard, Standard Plus and Premium.

The only upfront fee you’ll pay is for the modem, which is optional; if you’ve got your own, you’re sorted.

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Lite

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

min. cost $59 for first month

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

  • Standard Evening Speed 25/5
  • $149 for preconfigured modem (optional)

min. cost $69 for first month

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

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

min. cost $75 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised 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 first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Flip No Contract NBN Plans

Flip already boasts some of the cheapest unlimited plans across three speed tiers – Basic, Standard and Standard Plus. Starting at under $40 for basic NBN, you can’t really put a foot wrong with Flip. As well as this, plans can be had on a no lock-in contract, with the setup fee often waived.

  • There is a setup fee for no lock-in contracts, but this is often waived.

Flip also gives you the ability to bundle in TV entertainment packs from around the globe, from Ecuador to Macedonia. So if you’re an expat missing a taste of home, you’re covered.

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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
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Exetel No Contract NBN Plans

Exetel has quite a few plans, with some of the cheapest NBN plans on the market. Unlimited plans start at about $55 a month. To go on a no lock-in contract, you can expect to pay a setup fee for the modem, and that’s about it.

  • The Wi-Fi modem is optional and costs $59 upfront, and Exetel values it at $140.

Speed tiers available include Basic, Standard Plus and Premium. The convenience of the pre-configured modem may make it worth it, but if you’re fairly tech savvy you could go your own way and get a no-contract plan for a relatively small price.

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Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $59 Upfront + $20 shipping if wanting a modem

min. cost $54.99 over 1 months

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

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $59 Upfront + $20 shipping if wanting a modem

min. cost $69.99 over 1 months

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

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • NBN Platinum Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $59 Upfront + $20 shipping if wanting a modem

min. cost $89.99 over 1 months

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

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Bronze

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $99 NBN Setup fee upfront

min. cost $168.99 over billing period

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

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 NBN Setup fee upfront

min. cost $178.99 over billing period

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

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $99 NBN Setup fee upfront

min. cost $198.99 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Tangerine No Contract NBN Plans

All of Tangerine’s NBN plans are no-contract by default, making it an easy choice when at the online checkout. Prices are some of the cheapest in the market, with all plans coming with unlimited data as standard. There are three speed tiers available – Basic, Standard or Standard Plus – with only $10 per month separating them.

  • To add a modem is an additional fee, and users can receive an upgraded modem for less than $100.

Tangerine’s dead simple approach to NBN makes it easy to decipher what’s on offer. And with no contracts by default, you don’t have to wade through a mountain of information to get the plan you need.

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Basic Speed

  • Basic Speed 12/1
  • Upgraded modem reduced to $99.95
  • Special offer: $49.90 per month for first 6 months, then $59.90 ongoing

min. cost $49.90 over 1 month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Speed Boost

  • Standard 25/5
  • Upgraded modem reduced to $99.95
  • Special offer: $58.90 per month for first 6 months, then $68.90 ongoing

min. cost $58.90 over 1 month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $58.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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XL Speed Boost

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Upgraded modem reduced to $99.95
  • Special offer: $67.90 per month for first 6 months, then $77.90 ongoing

min. cost $67.90 over 1 month

UnlimitedGBMax Data**/billing period $67.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

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:

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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

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.

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Unlimited Essential plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $120 Upfront

min. cost $189.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $120 Upfront

min. cost $209.99 over 1 month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 $1580 upfront modem fee, which comes with a 4G mobile backup in case the NBN drops out for any reason. The modem fee is rebated at $5 a month, which means it costs $0 over 36 months.

Other than the modem fee, there are no setup charges and it could make sense to pay for the luxury of having a month-to-month plan.

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Essential NBN (Month to month contract)

  • NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed
  • $180 Upfront modem reduced to $0 over 36 months

min. cost $238 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $58.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • NBN 50 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 (Month to month contract)

  • 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
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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.

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
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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
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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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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:

With these 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, with many providers out there offering no lock-in contracts. You may just have to be aware of setup fees and other associated costs.

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.

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