Tangerine Vs Flip: NBN plans compared

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The NBN has brought about heaps of start-ups selling high-speed access for great prices, rivaling how big players like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone handle their NBN deals. These smaller providers typically have a valuable advantage over the big three – price – and being a small fish in a big pond means you can make a real splash if your prices are good enough.

Which brings us to Tangerine, a little-known heavy-weight in the world of the NBN. Tangerine dominates our best value NBN pages, selling what we’ve found to be some of the cheapest Standard, Standard Plus and even Premium unlimited data NBN plans.

Flip, on the other side of things, is also amazing value, although not as widely known. Flip’s prices are also great, and it’s one of the few providers in the country that offers the minimum NBN speed, NBN 12 – which makes the telco an easy consideration over Tangerine for some NBN users.

In this article, we’re going to be deciding what’s the best NBN internet plan between Tangerine and Flip. We’ll be going through their deals by speed tier, and hopefully we’ll lead you to make a good decision.

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Tangerine vs. Flip: plans compared

The table below shows a selection of Tangerine and Flip NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

What NBN plan is right for me?

Before we put Tangerine and Flip up against each other, lets break down the different types of NBN plans. Picking the right NBN plan is tough, but it can be simple if you look into it a little bit. It all comes down to what speed is right for you – you can lower your cost with some providers by getting plans with limited data allowances per month, but ultimately the deciding factor in plans is speed.

NBN 12 Basic Evening Standard

NBN 12, otherwise known as the Basic Evening Speed, is the lowest speed NBN plan available on the market. With this connection, you won’t necessarily see a huge difference compared to an ADSL2+ connection. This speed is ideal if your internet plan isn’t a huge priority, and is great for basic social media usage, emailing and web surfing.

Remember, access to services like Stan and Netflix aren’t locked to a certain NBN speed. If nobody else in the house is using the internet at the same time, you could watch something online easily with this speed.

NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed

NBN 25, or the Standard Evening Speed, is the standard NBN speed tier across Australia. This is a hassle free stock-standard plan, and would have more than enough speed to never notice an issue watching videos. This speed is a great choice if you’re wanting to run a business from home, or if you do a lot of video calling.

NBN 50 Standard Plus Evening Speed

Also known as the Standard Plus Evening Speed, this speed tier would be great if you watch a lot of high definition or 4K content online. Typically with speeds below this, high definition content would take long times to load, but with this plan you’ll be set to click the button and enjoy.

Be aware though, NBN 50 and 100 have higher prices than 12 and 25, and you might be paying too much for what you want from the internet.

NBN 100 Premium Evening Speed

NBN 100, or the Premium Evening Speed, is the ultimate extra-fast speed for the NBN. This speed-tier is typically for high definition content and for online gaming, but it could also be a great way to stay hassle-free online.

If you’d like a bigger deep-dive into what these speeds mean for you, we’ve prepared a great article on that here.

Tangerine and Flip NBN at a glance: Perks, savings and speeds

At first glance, these plans look very similar. Same price, similar speed, But with some different perks. Tangerine offers a snazzy modem that includes a 4G backup, in case the network is down, for an extra $15. Tangerine also offers a lower modem cost, with $129 against Flip’s $149 modem.

Tangerine also currently offers a huge discount for the first six months – $10 off each plan for the first six months of your plan, then normal price after that. Whereas Flip offers a $0 setup cost, and an awesome ongoing deal where you pay two months upfront at the start of the contract, and receive a $5 discount for each payment going forward.

A good way to see this is Flip’s plans are certainly more affordable in the long-run, but if you’re all about those short-term savings and more perks, you might want to go with Tangerine.

Flip’s NBN 12 plan

Flip offers an NBN 12 plan – a super affordable internet package with the lowest speed, which could be great for you if you only use your internet for casual things like browsing and social media. Tangerine doesn’t have an NBN 12 plan.

It’s also the best value NBN 12 available that we know of, facing off against TPG and Telechoice, so it’s definitely worth looking into. At $44.90, with an optional $5 monthly discount for future payments for paying two months in advance, that’s one of the best NBN deals in the country if you want to get on the network.

The table below shows a selection of NBN 12 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Tangerine and Flip NBN 25 plans

Here’s where we get into the raw comparisons. Beside each other below are the Tangerine and Flip NBN 25 plans. Very similar, both sitting at the initial $49.90 price point, but they both have their own ongoing perks as previously discussed (See: Tangerine and Flip at a glance).

The table below shows a selection of Tangerine and Flip NBN 25 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Tangerine and Flip NBN 50 plans

Don’t let the names of these plans deceive you – they’re both the same tier of NBN speed, and are somewhat similar at a glance. Here’s where that $5 discount with Flip would come in a little handy. Tangerine’s $10 discount for six months is a knockout against Flip, but if you’re looking to stick with your NBN provider for a while, you’ll totally notice the savings.

Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost plan shoots up to $69.90 after six months, skirting past Flip, with which you could be getting the Family plan for $59.90 per month if you pay up front for two months.

The table below shows a selection of Tangerine and Flip NBN 50 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Tangerine and Flip NBN 100 plans

Things are a little different for these premium plans. Tangerine appears to be cheaper even without the six month discount provided at the start, and even when compared with Flip’s $5 monthly discount. Tangerine’s typical evening speed also appears to be slightly faster – which would generally be unnoticeable, but still worth mentioning.

The table below shows a selection of Tangerine and Flip NBN 100 plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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