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.

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 $60 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.

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 Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $149 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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Family 25

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $149 optional modem

min. cost $64.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $64.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Fast 50

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

min. cost $59.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised 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 $54.99 a month. To go on a no lock-in contract, there aren’t any upfront costs unless you want to add on a modem for $59 plus $20 shipping.

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

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $59 modem if on a no lock-in contract

min. cost $54.99 over first month

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

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $59 modem + $20 shipping (optional)

min. cost $69.99 over first month

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

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $59 modem + $20 shipping (optional)

min. cost $89.99 over first month

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. If you choose a no lock-in contract plan, you’ll be up for 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 Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • $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 Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $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 Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $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. While there is no lock-in contract, you might be able to grab a discount of about $10 on the first six months that you’re with Tangerine. If you want to add on a modem, you have a couple options to choose from, either a standard modem for $69.90 or an upgraded modem for $99.90.

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 Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  • Upgraded modem $99.90 upfront

min. cost $59.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Speed Boost

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Upgraded modem $99.90 upfront

min. cost $68.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $68.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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XL Speed Boost

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Upgraded modem $99.90 upfront

min. cost $74.90 over first month

UnlimitedGBMax Data**/billing period $74.90Advertised 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 on NBN 12 speeds.

When you choose a no contract plan, you will have to pay an upfront activation fee of $79.95 and $89 (plus $10 delivery) for a modem if you don’t have your own.

‘Pay as you go’ – or PAYG – home phone calls come as standard and you can add on an international call pack for an additional $10 per month. Fetch TV is also available to add on for an extra $5 per month, with flexibility of adding TV channel packs.

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NBN12 Liimitless

  • Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12)
  •  $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $149.94 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN50 Liimitless

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  •  $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $159.94 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN100 Liimitless

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  •  $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $179.94 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 $20 for NBN 100, with unlimited data as standard, but you can grab no lock-in contracts on a promo plan.

The no lock-in plans are the same as the other unlimited plans, with a choice between NBN 50 or 100. The difference with the month-to-month promo plan is that you can get a discount each month over the first 12 months. If you BYO modem, you can get a reasonable deal with no upfront fees, but when you sign up for 12 months, you’ll get discounts on the modem.

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Unlimited Essential Promo plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $69 + $10 delivery fee
  • Special offer: $64.95 per month for first 12 months, then $69.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $64.95 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $64.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium Promo plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional WiFi hub from $69 + $10 delivery fee
  • Special offer: $79.95 per month for first 12 months, then $89.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $79.95 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone No Contract NBN Plans

Vodafone is more well-known for mobile plans, but when it comes to NBN plans, the telco offers three super-simple NBN plans. Choose between NBN 25, 50 or 100 speeds and unlimited data comes standard on all plans, which are all month-to-month plans.

It’s worth noting that if you’re signing up to a Vodafone NBN plan, it’s a requirement that you purchase the Vodafone modem at $180, which is $5 per month. However, if you’ve stuck with the plan for 36 months, you’ll get the modem for $0. One perk though is that if your NBN drops out for whatever reason, you’ll get access to Vodafone 4G mobile backup.

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 with 4G backup.

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Essential NBN (Month to month contract)

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

min. cost $239 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $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 $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Premium NBN (Month to month contract)

  • 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
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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 sometimes 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.

If you are uncertain about whether you really can stay on a fixed contract, remember that cancelling a plan later on can sometimes 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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