The Cheapest NBN Plans for Every Speed Tier in Australia

The Cheapest NBN Plans for Every Speed Tier in Australia
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Are you looking to upgrade your NBN connection to something a bit faster and wouldn’t mind saving a few bucks as well? If you’re on the hunt for a cheap NBN plan, Australia is home to a myriad of smaller providers who offer speedy service.

If you don’t want to sacrifice download speeds, you can always pick a plan that doesn’t have unlimited data to save a couple of bucks each month. Alternatively, you could drop down to a slower speed tier if unlimited data is important. You’ve got choices.

Here are some of the cheapest NBN plans across the four main NBN speed tiers, as well as some more affordable options for NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans.

Cheap NBN 1000 plans with at least 1TB

‘Cheap NBN 1000 plans’ is a bit of an oxymoron. Unsurprisingly, you have to pay for the privilege of a gigabit internet connection.

MyRepublic has the cheapest plan around at time of writing, where you’ll pay $99 per month for your first six months and $109 per month thereafter. Even at full price, that’s more affordable than most NBN 1000 plans.

MyRepublic reports typical evening speeds of 350, which is a touch faster than the 250Mbps baseline that many NBN 1000 providers report.

Southern Phone has a plan for $105 per month for your first six months, but this jumps to $135 per month after the promotional period expires. The provider will even throw in a whole year of Amazon Prime for free too. It’s worth noting that Southern Phone doesn’t currently have data available for its NBN 1000 plans’ typical evening speeds.

If you want a connection that’s a little bit faster, Superloop has typical evening speeds of 500Mbps. This plan will cost you $119.95 per month for your first six months, but this jumps to $139.95 per month after the promotional period expires. Superloop’s plan does however have a 3TB cap. If you go over this, you’ll be limited to speeds of 100Mbps for the remainder of the month.

After that, Aussie Broadband reports typical evening speeds of 600Mbps and will set you back $149 per month.

If you’re after an NBN 1000 plan, you need to be on FTTP or be part of the 95% of customers with HFC connections.

Cheap NBN 250 plans with unlimited data

NBN 250 plans aren’t exactly cheap, but there are still cheaper options if you’re wanting to get download speeds as fast as 250Mbps.

MyRepublic currently has your cheapest option, where you’ll pay $89 per month for your first six months and $99 per month thereafter. MyRepublic has typical evening speeds of 200Mbps.

Tangerine is a tad more expensive, billing $94.90 per month for your first six months, but $109.90 per month thereafter. Tangerine has typical evening speeds of 205Mbps

If you connect to TPG‘s NBN 250 plan, you’ll only pay $94.99 per month for the first six months, before it jumps up to $124.99 per month. TPG has typical evening speeds of 200Mbps

NBN 250 plans are only available to customers with FTTP or HFC connections.

Cheap NBN 100 plans with at least 500GB

NBN 100 is the fastest widely available speed tier, with download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Most NBN 100 plans have upload speeds of 20Mbps, but some providers still offer NBN 100 plans with 40Mbps of upload. Aussie Broadband and Superloop have 100 / 40 plans, but these tend to cost an extra $10 per month.

If you’re after one of the cheapest NBN 100 plans around, SpinTel’s NBN 100 plan will set you back $69 per month for your first six months and $84.95 per month thereafter. SpinTel reports typical evening speeds of 100Mbps on NBN 100 plans, which means you should never encounter congestion.

MyRepublic is also offering an NBN 100 plan for $69 per month for your first six months, and then $79 per month thereafter. If you’re looking to stick with a long-term provider, MyRepublic’s non-discounted price is cheaper than SpinTel’s. However, its NBN 100 connection only has slightly slower evening speeds of 93Mbps.

Superloop has an NBN 100 promo of its own and is just 5 cents per month more expensive than Tangerine. You’ll pay $69.95 per month for your first six months, and then $89.95 per month thereafter. Superloop has typical evening speeds of 93Mbps.

Tangerine is up next, billing $74.90 for the first six months, and $89.90 per month thereafter. In addition to being contract-free, Tangerine’s plans come with a 14-day risk free period. If you want to leave within your first fortnight, you’ll get a full refund of your plan fees. Tangerine won’t refund your modem if you pick one up at sign-up, but you’ll keep the device, and it will work with other providers.

Cheap NBN 50 plans with at least 500GB

NBN 50 plans tend to be the best value NBN plan option, offering much faster speeds than ADSL at a price that’s a bit more reasonable than NBN 100. Expect download speeds up to 50Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.

If you’re after a cheap NBN 50 plan, SpinTel comes in at just $54 per month for your first six months, and then $64.95 per month thereafter. SpinTel reports typical evening speeds of 50Mbps. The plan is contract-free, so you’re always able to leave after the promotional period.

Tangerine is up next; you’ll pay $54.90 per month for your first six months for an unlimited plan, and $69.90 per month thereafter. Tangerine recently increased its evening speeds, and now ostensibly promises congestion-free connectivity. As with SpinTel, Tangerine reports typical evening speeds of 50Mbps on NBN 50 plans.

Superloop is a hair more expensive than Tangerine, at $54.95 per month for your first six months, and then $69.90 per month after the promotion ends. Superloop has slightly slower typical evening speeds too, reporting 48Mbps.

Cheap NBN 25 plans with at least 200GB

NBN 25 plans boast download speeds of up to 25Mbps. That’s a far cry slower than NBN 50, but NBN 25 plans are still more than enough for most online activities – including streaming Netflix in 4K. The main way you’d stretch an NBN 25 plan thin is if you’ve got more than two people in your household trying to stream at the same time or if you’re regularly downloading large files.

The biggest catch with NBN 25 is upload speeds. These are capped at 5Mbps. Not great if you’re uploading large files regularly.

The slower speeds do however mean NBN 25 plans are cheaper. Better yet, pretty much every NBN 25 plan now has unlimited data. Going for a more affordable plan doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on downloading to your heart’s content.

The best NBN 25 deals are all timed discounts. Tangerine is up first, offering its NBN 25 plan for $44.90 per month for your first six months and $59.90 per month thereafter. SpinTel follows at $49 per month for your first six months and $59.95 per month thereafter.

You could also go with Exetel, where you’ll pay $55 per month for your first six months and $65 per month thereafter. All three providers report typical evening speeds of 25Mbps on NBN 25 plans.

Cheap NBN 12 plans with at least 100GB

NBN 12 plans offer barebones connectivity and aren’t much of an upgrade compared to ADSL. Download speeds max out at 12Mbps and you’ll only get 1Mbps of upload. At the same time, these represent the cheapest NBN around. They’re a suitable option for those who only need basic connectivity.

Right now, your best option comes from SpinTel, where you’ll get an unlimited data NBN 12 plan for $39 per month for your first six months and then $49.95 per month thereafter.


Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.