You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a fast NBN connection. While Telstra and Optus will happily charge you over $100 per month for an NBN 100 plan, there are plenty of ISPs slinging much better deals.
Better yet, many of these providers are now offering no-contract plans. Contract-free plans tends to be the most flexible NBN option: you can leave whenever you want, on whatever grounds. Like if your connection ends up being shit, for one reason or another. Most ISPs will offer to sell you a modem, but some will force you to buy a model they range.
For the sake of simplicity, we’ve only included NBN providers where a modem purchase is optional, and where you won’t get hit with any upfront setup fees. Here are some of the cheapest no-contract NBN 100 plans with no setup fees and unlimited data:
The cheapest no-contract unlimited data NBN 100 plans are available for less than $70 per month right now. Tangerine Telecom has one of the cheapest NBN 100 plans around, billed at $69.90 per month for the first six months, and $79.90 thereafter.
Tangerine reports typical evening speeds of 83Mbps, and has a 14-day “risk free trial” available for all NBN plans.
MyRepublic is also running its own promo, where you’ll pay $79.95 per month for your first year, and $89.95 per month thereafter. MyRepublic says its typical evening speeds are the same as Tangerine’s: 83Mbps.
Since these plans are all contract-free, you do always have the choice of leaving as soon as the savings run out.
If you’d prefer to avoid promotional plans, Mate and Barefoot both have no-contract NBN plans available for $79 per month. Both telcos report typical evening speeds of 79Mbps.
And if you’re after a plan with faster peak hour performance, it could be worth considering Aussie Broadband, which reports evening speeds of 90Mbps on its NBN 100 plans. You’ll pay a premium however: the plan is $99 per month.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.