What are the best NBN providers you’ve never heard of?

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Australia’s home broadband market is currently dominated by four major service providers – Telstra, Optus, TPG/iiNet and Vocus Communications (Dodo/iPrimus). However, the advent of the Government-funded National Broadband Network (NBN) means many smaller telcos can now also offer competitive internet plans that rival those of the big guys.

Thanks to the NBN’s combination of a single widespread, high-speed network and affordable wholesale prices, smaller operators no longer need to piggyback on infrastructure belonging to a few big companies.

Dozens of smaller internet service providers (ISPs) have sprung up in the last few years to take advantage of the NBN, and many offer plans which provide similar or even better value compared to the major players. With this in mind, we’ve taken a close look at some of the best NBN providers you’ve probably never heard of, to see what deals they have on offer. There are some weird and wonderful names out there, but behind them are some good-value NBN plans. Read on for details or jump straight into our internet comparison tool.

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Amaysim

Chances are if you’ve bought a prepaid phone plan in the last few years then you’d have heard of Amaysim. However, you might not know it now also offers NBN plans. So what does it offer?

  • NBN 12: $60 a month
  • NBN 25: $70 a month
  • NBN 100: $90 a month

That’s it – very simple. All NBN plans come with unlimited data, and no activation fees or peak/off-peak charges. You also have the choice to BYO modem at no extra charge, or get a NetComm NF17ACV router for a $140 one-off fee. This router features AC speed standards, which is the latest standard and helps ensure your router is ready for the NBN. However, new connections may attract a $300 ‘new development’ fee, but this is set by NBN Co and is pretty standard with all providers. There are also no call packs, but this could feasibly be mitigated by an Amaysim mobile phone plan!

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 Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Exetel

Exetel has some of the cheapest NBN plans out there. You can get yourself connected to the NBN with Exetel from as little as $39.99 per month, provided 100GB of data at 12Mbps max speed is all you need or want.

  • For the same Tier 1 speed you can upgrade to either 500GB or unlimited data, taking your monthly bill to $49.99 or $54.99 respectively

Exetel also offers Tier 3 and 4 plan options, with prices again determined by your data allowance. For top-tier unlimited data you will pay close to $90 a month, but with low set-up fees if you’re willing to sign on for 12 months. Exetel seems to have come a long way in recent years and is one of the bigger providers in this list, with competitive rates.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $679.88 over 12 months

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

NBN Basic Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $54.99 over 1 months

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

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $739.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $69.99 over 1 months

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

NBN Premium Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $1099.88 over 12 months

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

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $89.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone

Southern Phone is a telco that gives back to rural councils throughout Australia. Although perhaps better known for its mobile phone plans, Southern Phone also provides some competitive NBN plans.

  • There are five base plans – from 100GB for $45 up to $65 for unlimited data.
  • Speed jumps all the way up to 100/40 speeds are available, with top speeds shedding unlimited data, and instead getting 2000GB.

24 month contracts are also standard across the board, and have no set-up fees or extra modem costs. This makes plans easy to follow, with an easy plan builder on the website.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Basic

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed(NBN12)

min. cost $1440 over 24 Months

UnlimitedGBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Turbo

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)

min. cost $1680 over 24 Months

UnlimitedGBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Max

  • Premium Speed Tier(NBN100)

min. cost $2640 over 24 Months

2000GBMax Data**/billing period $110Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Start Broadband

Start Broadband provides a super-easy range of NBN bundles to choose from based on whether you want 100GB or unlimited data. It is also a social enterprise, helping those on the fringes of society connect to internet – a vital resource in this day and age.

  • For Tier 1 speeds, prices start at $65 and $75 per month respectively. If you want to go faster, unlimited data on the top speed tier is $90 a month.

As it stands, there is strong incentive to opt for the unlimited data plan, unless you know you’re a light user. Your broadband can also be bundled with an unlimited call pack or international pack at an extra cost, from $15 to $20 extra per month.

  • Plans are available on six month terms or over 24 months – the former costing you $59.95 for set-up, and the latter $0.

Start also gives you the opportunity to BYO modem, or choose your own at no extra cost ($15 delivery applies). Start’s plans can easily exceed $100 a month but there is a strong case for its unlimited plans.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • NBN 12 speed

min. cost $134.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • NBN 50 speed

min. cost $139.95 on no lock-in contract

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Faster Unlimited Plan

  • NBN 100 speed
  • Start ‘Gateway’, with $15 delivery fee

min. cost $$149.95 on no lock-in contract

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

Kogan Internet

You may have heard of Kogan if you’ve shopped online or bought a new prepaid plan recently, but the disruptive online brand has branched out into NBN plans. Plans are some of the most competitive out there, with the top speed tier under $90 a month.

  • Modem fees are comparatively low and all plans come with unlimited data.

It will be interesting to see where Kogan goes in the future with promotional discounts and other incentives, similar to its prepaid plans.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN 25 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $57.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $57.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Silver Unlimited

  • NBN 50 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $65.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gold Unlimited

  • NBN 100 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $85.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Sumo Broadband

If you’ve switched electricity providers recently, you may have heard of Sumo. Well, they’ve branched out into NBN plans, with some very competitive rates. All plans come with unlimited data and no-contracts as standard.

  • There are discounts if you sign up and bundle your NBN plan with a gas and electricity plan, with further discounts on your utilities if all three are bundled.

Sumo was one of the originators of bundled utilities, and this ‘one stop shop’ has so far proven to be pretty popular. For standalone NBN, it is also quite competitive.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Single Saver

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • Plan + $129 for modem if needed
  • Save $5 if you bundle in electricity

min. cost $60 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Single Saver

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • Plan + $129 for modem if needed
  • Save $5 if you bundle in electricity

min. cost $70 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Single Saver

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • Plan + $129 for modem if needed
  • Save $5 if you bundle in electricity

min. cost $90 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

MyRepublic

MyRepublic is a relatively new addition to Australia, originating out of South East Asia. Its broadband plans are easy to follow – they all come with unlimited data and customers get a choice of either Tier 3 or 4 speeds.

  • As it stands, MyRepublic provides some of the cheapest combinations of unlimited NBN data and Tier 4 speeds
  • Landline calls are included on all plans; calls to mobiles are extra
  • You get a modem in your $1 set-up cost if you sign up for 24 months

MyRepublic’s standard inclusion of the two fastest speed tiers makes it one of the most exciting NBN providers out there. What’s more is it seems to be a champion for leading causes such as gigabit speeds in Australia, as well as prioritising gamer traffic to lower ping scores and lower lag time.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited Essential plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $60 Upfront

min. cost $899.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Essential

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)
  • $1 Upfront

min. cost $960.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited Premium plan

  • Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $60 Upfront

min. cost $1,079.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $84.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Gamer Pro Premium

  • Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $1 Upfront

min. cost $1,140.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $94.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Tangerine Telecom

Yes, there’s an NBN provider named after a fruit. Tangerine offers some juicy deals, with some of the cheapest entry-level plans out there. Plans come on a no lock-in contract as standard, and the modem is optional. This means that you could potentially sign up to an NBN plan with no extra costs – just pay the monthly fee and off you go.

  • Tangerine has a concise offering of just two base NBN plans, with the Basic and Standard Plus speed tiers.

There’s not much more to say about Tangerine, other than that the telco seems to offer dead-simple plans at a price that’s generally competitive. Have at it.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Basic Speed

  • Basic Speed 12/1
  • Upgraded modem reduced to $99.95

min. cost $49.90 over 1 month

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

  • Standard Plus 50/20
  • Upgraded modem reduced to $99.95

min. cost $59.90 over 1 month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

 Which NBN provider is best?

To cut a long story short, this review of NBN providers gives you a good idea about the value on offer if you’re willing to look past the big telcos. This is not to say the biggest service providers don’t have great NBN deals as well, because they often do, but it’s certainly worth considering all of your options before deciding where to spend your money.

  • There certainly are some amazing deals around, and with more than 100 total providers out there – some location-specific – it’s virtually impossible to list all of them.
  • In our review, all telcos offer something for everyone, and all offer some of the cheapest unlimited plans across the Basic, Standard Plus and Premium speed tiers.

All of the providers mentioned above offer at least fairly good value and each have their own selling points, with most boasting unlimited data as standard. It’s worth comparing a range of different providers to see what plan is right for you.

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