The Best Cheap Unlimited NBN Plans in 2019

  • Cheapest Unlimited

    Tangerine Basic Unlimited

    4 out of 5 overall
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  • Cheapest Unlimited NBN 50

    Exetel nbn50 Unlimited

    4 out of 5 overall
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  • Cheapest Unlimited NBN 100

    Mate #soulmates

    4 out of 5 overall
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What you need to know

Some of us just want an internet connection for the most basic tasks; sending emails, checking Facebook and Googling people’s reactions to the Game of Thrones finale. Before the age of the NBN, the most important choice you had to make when choosing a broadband plan was how much data it included. These days, your monthly spend is impacted most by the speed packs offered by Australian ISPs. If you’re one of the many Australians that’s more interested in saving money than time-spent downloading, there are plenty of cheap unlimited NBN plans to consider.

Cheapest unlimited broadband (NBN) plan: Tangerine Basic Speed Unlimited $49.90

If you’re looking for a cheap unlimited broadband plan, you really can’t go past Tangerine’s Basic Speed Unlimited plan. With no lock-in contract, Tangerine will hook you up to the NBN for $49.90 per month. Tangerine’s low-commitment $49.90 minimum cost is without a doubt your cheapest ticket to unlimited data but there are a few luxuries excluded, such as an included modem. Tangerine will send one of its one NBN-ready Wi-Fi modems to you for $89.90 or you can BYO if you already own one.

Tangerine’s Basic Speed Unlimited is discounted for a limited time. For the first 6 months, you will only pay $49.90 per month for this cheap unlimited NBN plan but after that, your monthly cost goes back up to $59.90 per month.

At that price, you are only paying 99c per month less than Exetel’s speedier nbn50 Unlimited plan.

Cheapest Unlimited NBN 50 Standard Plus Plan

We’ve already sung Exetel’s praises for its top-value NBN 50 plans. It might not be the cheapest unlimited broadband plan on the market but it is hands down the best value.

You might not think you need typical evening speeds of 50 Mbps but it’s important to remember that Tangerine self-reports its typical evening basic speed at around 10 Mbps. Which isn’t much faster than you would expect on your old ADSL2+ connection.

You might not, personally, do a lot of downloading or streaming but if there are multiple family members on the same Wi-Fi connection, there will be a noticeable drop in speed if you don’t have enough to go around. NBN 50 Standard Plus is recommended for households with 3 to 5 people. So if you’re in a share house with mates or you’ve got a few kids smashing hours of Peppa Pig, we’d recommend NBN 50 Standard Plus at the least.

Cheapest unlimited Premium NBN 100 plan

Premium speed doesn’t always come with a premium price tag. For the NBN’s fastest offering, Tangerine will charge you $69.90 per month with no lock-in contract. Again, this is a BYO modem deal and the price will ramp up to $79.90 per month after 6 months.

Temporary discounts not considered, Mate NBN’s Premium #soulmates plan is the friend you need. With no contract and a BYO modem agreement, Mate will charge you $79 per month for Premium (nbn100) unlimited broadband.

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What to do with unlimited internet

Every time I recommend a family member a plan with unlimited data, I get this question: “What the hell am I going to do with unlimited data?” as if they’ve got something to hide. Let’s be honest, we’ve all asked this question at some stage. Once you move off a capped plan and you’re freed from the oppressive shackles of excess data charges, it feels like you have the world at your beck and call. Plus, you’re paying for the privilege, so why not make the most of it?

Video-based online activities like streaming TV shows or movies on Netflix can use up 7 GB per hour. Then there are video game downloads, which can use over 50 GB in one sitting. Depending on your family’s interests and online habits, average monthly downloads differ massively from home to home.

I’m what you would consider a high-usage broadband customer. I stream television shows most nights, download video games and updates every other night and Skype regularly with friends overseas. As somebody living outside of the NBN’s reach, I’m forced to use a capped 500GB Wireless Broadband plan. Some months, 500 GB gets me through the month with plenty of data to spare. Some months, I burn through 500 GB halfway through my billing period. The amount of data I use is subject to change every month and peace of mind unlimited would mean I wouldn’t have to constantly monitor my usage.