Data demands for Australian households are at an all-time high, leading to internet service providers now offering unlimited data as standard on the majority of broadband plans. But before we go into detail, it’s important to say that unlimited data might not be for everyone.
A great many households could comfortably get by with just 500GB of data or less each month. But it’s all about understanding your data usage, and finding an appropriate internet plan that best matches your needs. If you’re not going to need an endless supply of data, then why pay for it?
However, if you regularly find yourself hitting your data limit month after month, then it might be time to consider going unlimited. In addition to ensuring you always have data, unlimited broadband plans also get rid of the pesky speed throttling that you may have experienced when going over your limit. So, where can you find the best value unlimited data plans in Australia? In this review, Canstar Blue looks at some of the best unlimited internet plans for homes, depending on which type of fixed line connection you have – whether its NBN, cable, ADSL2+ or Naked DSL.
The following table shows a selection of sponsored unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) & Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database with links to a referral partner.
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Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost (excluding discounts), from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Cheapest Unlimited NBN Internet Plans
The National Broadband Network is now widely available throughout the country with the project nearing completion. You’ll find unlimited data plans at all NBN speed tiers, with the cheapest deals available on the slower speed tiers, while you’ll need to pay a bit more if you want a faster speed plan.
At these low prices, you’ll also have to consider hefty set-up fees and whether you’d like to add on a VoIP calling pack (which usually isn’t included). Calling packs are usually priced at $10 or so per month. However, with NBN you rarely have to contend with line rental, so you can opt for a straight broadband plan if you don’t require a home phone.
Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) with unlimited data
NBN 100, also known as Premium Evening Speed, is the most widely available fast-speed NBN plan, with advertised download speeds of up to 100Mbps. This is most ideal for heavy internet users who desire the most from their internet plan, as well as bigger households with multiple heavier users. Premium plans can be quite competitive, thanks to the increasing speed demands of many households. Fast speeds sound great but keep in mind that most pricing falls between $80 and $100 per month, and even more. There are also faster NBN speeds but not many providers offer these plans and not many households can access them. You might also find your access to NBN 100 plans is limited by which NBN connection type you have in your home, so make sure you know if your home is compatible with an NBN 100 plan before signing up.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) with unlimited data
With download speeds up to 50Mbps, and uploads up to 20Mbps, streaming and online gaming are a breeze on NBN 50 plans. Some of the cheapest plans available are from providers such as Exetel, and Tangerine, with Vodafone and Telstra also offering NBN 50 speeds.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) with unlimited data
As maximum speeds fall, so too do the prices (generally speaking). Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) is the first ‘Superfast’ speed tier as designated by NBN Co, unlimited plans are available for under $70. With NBN 25, you can expect maximum speeds of around 25Mbps, which is usually more than adequate for HD Netflix and other streaming services (but could still get slowed down in peak periods).
With the wholesale NBN price changes in December 2017, many providers have moved away from this speed tier. With that said, if you’re looking to save a buck or two, it may be worthwhile opting for a plan that isn’t exactly the cheapest, but one that has cheaper set-up fees and no lock-in contracts.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) with unlimited data
Some of the cheapest NBN 12 plans cost less than $60 a month, but the maximum speed you can achieve is 12Mbps, which isn’t likely to be fast enough for most families. Particularly in regards to peak times, Basic Evening Speed plans suit light users, and aren’t ideal for multiple streams. Nevertheless, some of the cheapest providers in this space are TeleChoice and, again, TPG.
The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Unlimited ADSL Plans
As the NBN rolls out to more and more homes across the country, the number of internet providers offering ADSL plans is growing smaller and smaller. Some providers might still have ADSL2+ plans available for existing customers, however they might not be offering it to new customers.
If you’re still waiting for your home to be switched to the NBN and need a new ADSL plan, you’ll have a limited selection of providers to choose from, however unlimited data is common. Telstra, Dodo and Barefoot Telecom are a few providers still offering ADSL plans to new customers.
You can pick up unlimited data on a month-to-month ADSL plan from Telstra for $90 per month, with a modem and home phone included at no extra cost and no connection fee. Dodo’s unlimited data ADSL plan starts at $30 per month for a 12-month plan, with the option of adding Fetch for an additional $25 per month over 12 months. Dodo’s ADSL plans are also ‘NBN ready,’ so you’ll be switched to an NBN plan when it becomes available to your home. As for Barefoot Telecom, there are two month-to-month unlimited data ADSL plans available — $49 ‘Metro Ultra’ and $59 ‘Regional Ultra’ plans. Both plans require an active phone line on the Telstra network.
If you are stuck with ADSL for a while as you wait for NBN to arrive in your area, you will be limited for choice, but its still worth comparing plans to find the best option for you.
Unlimited 5G Home Internet
For anyone waiting for an NBN connection to their home, or just an alternative to the NBN, home wireless broadband and mobile broadband can be popular home internet solutions. However, these plans typically don’t have unlimited data on offer. If you want unlimited data with a home wireless plan (or home internet as it is also known), currently you’ll need to sign up to a 5G home internet plan, rather than a 4G plan. Of course, accessing 5G at your home does depend on whether your home has 5G mobile coverage.
Currently, Optus and Spintel are the only providers offering unlimited data on 5G home internet plans. Optus is currently the only telco (out of the ‘Big Three’, which includes Telstra and Vodafone) to offer its growing 5G mobile network to the smaller mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), so these smaller providers, including Spintel, can also offer 5G plans.
For unlimited data on a 5G home internet plan from Optus, you’ll pay $75 per month, on your choice of month-to-month or 24-month plans. Choosing a 24-month plan will waive the $200 start-up fee that you’ll pay on the month-to-month plan, and both plans include a 5G-compatible modem. As for Spintel’s unlimited data 5G home internet plans, you’ll have a choice between a month-to-month plan for $90 per month, or a 24-month plan at $70 per month, with a 5G-compatible modem supplied on both plans.
How do I find the best unlimited internet plan?
Regardless of which type of broadband you’re looking for, once you’ve narrowed down a few plans that tickle your fancy, it’s worth diving into the small print to make sure that you know exactly what you’re going to be getting for your money.
As we’ve covered in this guide, costs can increase significantly if you don’t have the required hardware for your new plan, or simply because some providers charge higher set-up fees. If you need a modem supplied, make sure you’re comparing plans from providers that offer modems and take a look at the upfront costs related to this, such as setup and postage fees. Some providers waive these fees if you sign up on a contract, with some plans available over 6, 12, 18 or 24 months — weigh up whether the contract commitment is worth it to avoid upfront fees.
Overall, there’s a lot to consider before deciding on an unlimited data internet plan, and cheapest doesn’t always equal ‘best’. It pays to do your research and compare a range of unlimited internet plans. This isn’t just dollars and cents – the right provider could leave you much happier when it comes to all things internet.
Featured Unlimited Data Broadband Plans
|Telco||NBN Plan||NBN Speed||Monthly Cost||Contract Term|
|Flip||Value 12||NBN 12||$44.90||No contract|
|Aussie Broadband||Basic||NBN 12||$59||No contract|
|TPG||NBN12 SL||NBN 12||$59.99||18 months|
|Tangerine||Speed Boost||NBN 25||$49.90 (promo price)||No contract|
|Kogan||Bronze Unlimited BYO||NBN 25||$63.90||No contract|
|Dodo||NBN 25 plan (12m)||NBN 25||$65||12 months|
|iiNet||NBN25 Liimitless||NBN 25||$69.99||6 months|
|iPrimus||12 Months Unlimited Standard NBN 25||NBN 25||$70||12 months|
|Tangerine||XL Speed Boost||NBN 50||$59.90 (promo price)||No contract|
|TPG||NBN50 SL Bundle||NBN 50||$69.99||18 months|
|Kogan||Silver Unlimited||NBN 50||$71.90||No contract|
|Aussie Broadband||Everyday||NBN 50||$79||No contract|
|Dodo||NBN 100 plan||NBN 100||$85||12 months|
|Kogan||Gold Unlimited||NBN 100||$88.90||No contract|
|Tangerine||XXL Speed Boost||NBN 100||$89.90||No contract|
|Southern Phone||NBN Max Unlimited||NBN 100||$95||No contract|
|Aussie Broadband||Power User||NBN 100||$99||No contract|
|Internode||NBN Platinum Unlimited||NBN 100||$99.99||6 months|