The best cheap NBN plans this month

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Cheapest unlimited NBN
Spintel
Spintel - $39 Unlimited NBN Basic I
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$39
/mo
Typical evening speed
12Mbps
Usual price
$49.95 after the first 6 months
Next cheapest
Tangerine Telcom
Tangerine - Standard Speed UNLIMITED
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$44.90
/mo
Typical evening speed
25Mbps
Usual price
$49.95 after the first 6 months
Cheapest NBN 50
Spintel
Spintel - NBN Unlimited Plus
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$54
/mo
Typical evening speed
50Mbps
Usual price
$64.95 after the first 6 months
Cheapest NBN 100
My Republic
MyRepublic - Home Fast Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$69
/mo
Typical evening speed
93Mbps
Usual price
$79 after the first 6 months
Cheapest NBN 250
My Republic
MyRepublic - nbn Super-Fast plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$89
/mo
Typical evening speed
200Mbps
Usual price
$99 after the first 6 months
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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May 10, 2022
5 min read

Disclaimer: Deals and pricing are only accurate as of the last page update.

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. But these days, most plans offer unlimited data and in its place, broadband speeds have become a more important consideration, and what will ultimately dictate the price of your monthly bill. That's why the best NBN plans for most people aren't always the best for everyone. If you’re one of the many Australians that’s more interested in saving money than getting faster download speeds, there are plenty of cheap unlimited NBN plans to consider.

What are the cheapest unlimited NBN plans?

For your basic broadband needs, Spintel offers dirt-cheap NBN 12 plans on a discount starting at $39 per month for the first six months (then $49.95 per month). If you need a little more juice, Tangerine is offering its Unlimited Standard Speed (NBN 25) plan for $44.90 per month for the first six months (then $59.90 per month).

Faster again, Spintel makes a return with its NBN Unlimited Plus (NBN 50) plan, which costs $54 per month for the first six months (then $64.95 per month). Lastly, if you want both premium speed and great value, you're looking at spending at least $69 per month on NBN 100, $89 per month for Superfast NBN 250 and at least $99 per month for NBN Ultrafast, which isn't cheap, but still the cheapest you'll pay for premium speeds.

Cheapest NBN plan overall - unlimited data

Spintel NBN Basic I Unlimited

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet One of the cheapest NBN plans available
Pro Bullet Unlimited data
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet 12Mbps may only be suitable for single-user households
Con Bullet Modem costs $130 upfront

This month, our friends at WhistleOut are running an exclusive limited-time deal on Spintel's Unlimited Basic I (12/1) plan. That's a $10.95 per month discount for the first six months. After that, you're monthly bill will revert to the plan's original price at $49.95 per month. After that, you might want to consider switching plans and providers, which is easier than ever on NBN.

Take a gander at this week's five cheapest fixed-line NBN 12 plans with unlimited data below for comparison.

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Cheapest NBN 25 plan (Basic II speeds)

Tangerine Unlimited Standard Speed

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 25Mbps speeds that will suit small households
Pro Bullet Unlimited data
Pro Bullet Cheaper than many 12Mbps plans
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Outright modem costs an additional $149.90 upfront

Next to Spintel, Tangerine is the next most prolific wheeler and dealer of cheap NBN deals. Like Spintel, Tangerine's promotional NBN prices are typically discounted deals on already great value. For example, Tangerine's Standard Unlimited plan comes down to $44.90 per month which is a $15 discount off the plan's regular price, $59.90 per month. Even at $59.90 per month, Tangerine's NBN 25 plan is still one of the cheapest options for that speed tier. For comparison, Kogan charges $63.90 per month for its NBN 25 plan.

Take a look at the plans below to see how Tangerine's cheap NBN 25 plan stacks up against the competition:

Cheapest NBN plan - NBN 50 speed (a little faster)

Spintel $54 NBN Unlimited Plus

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet 50Mbps speeds perfect for medium households with 3 to 4 people
Pro Bullet Unlimited data
Pro Bullet 20Mbps upload speeds suitable for working from home
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet BYO modem or pay $130 upfront for the NetComm NF18ACV

We're starting to speed up now with NBN 50 plans (also known as NBN Standard). NBN 50 is the most popular speed-tier in Australia because it comfortably covers the most common internet needs and then some. You'll only find an NBN 50 plan below $50 per month on the rare occasion that a provider discounts their plans below the threshold but typically, $50 to $60 per month is what you will pay for NBN 50 speeds and unlimited data. This month, Spintel has the best deal on NBN 50 (surprise, surprise). Spintel's NBN 50 deal gets you 50Mbps typical evening speeds and unlimited data at $54 per month for the first six months.

Take a look at the plans below to see how Spintel's cheap NBN 50 plan compares:

Cheap NBN plan - NBN 100 speed (way faster)

$69 MyRepublic Home Fast Plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Nice price for NBN 100
Pro Bullet Unlimited data
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Typical evening speeds lagging behind at 93Mbps

This month, MyRepublic NBN has taken first place from Spintel in the race for the cheapest NBN Fast (100Mbps) internet in Australia. MyRepublic's cheap NBN Fast 100 is discounted to $69 per month, after which you'll pay $79 per month once the promotion expires.

There is one caveat to saving with MyRepublic's plan. Firstly, MyRepublic's NBN 100 plan only offers 20Mbps upload speeds where most providers strive for 40Mbps upload at this tier. MyRepublic is also one of the few providers left that won't promise a full 100Mbps during typical evening hours (7 to 11pm). On average, MyRepublic customers can typically expect around 93Mbps on an NBN 100 plan. That won't be a dealbreaker for some but if you were hoping to hit your speed tier's potential, we'd recommend comparing the next cheapest NBN 100 plans in the table below.

Below you'll find more of the cheapest NBN 100 plans so you can see how they stack up against MyRepublic's discounted plan.

Cheap NBN 250 plan - NBN Superfast

$89 MyRepublic Super-Fast Plan

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Superfast speeds for power users
Pro Bullet Below $100 per month even at full price
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Only available to select FTTP and HFC customers
Con Bullet Only promises 200Mbps typical evening speeds

As we edge closer to gigabit internet in Australia, you'll notice the gap between reported provider speeds and maximum theoretical speeds widen. MyRepublic, for example, offers a decent deal on NBN Superfast at $89 per month (for the first six months) but it only self-reports typical evening speeds of 200Mbps (the maximum is 250Mbps at this tier). To be fair, most providers are struggling to offer a full 250Mbps during typical evening hours, as you'll see in the table below. This is mostly down to the fact that NBN 250 and NBN 1000 are still relatively new to the market, and are only available to a select number of homes with FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) or HFC (Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial). Still, if you're going to be experimenting with the Superfast speed tier, you may as well do it at a reasonable price.

If speed is more important to you, here's a shortlist of NBN 250 plans sorted by typical evening speeds.

Cheapest unlimited Telstra NBN plan

Telstra Standard Speed + Unlimited Data

Australia's leading mobile provider charges a premium for its services and unlike the mobile market, there are fewer reasons to favour Telstra NBN over the competition. Telstra's cheapest unlimited plan currently clocks in at $80 per month. That comes with unlimited data and NBN Standard speeds (25 Mbps average typical evening speeds) with no contract. You can also dodge the $99 connection fee if you sign up online.

Take a look at Telstra's most popular NBN plans below.

Cheapest unlimited Optus NBN plan

Optus Internet Everyday Standard

Telstra's biggest competitor Optus charges a similar monthly price for its cheapest plan ($79 per month) with one key difference: the Optus offer includes unlimited data and Standard NBN 50 speeds. The next cheapest plan from Optus is the Internet Entertainer bundle, which offers the same broadband inclusions as Everyday Internet with added entertainment bonuses like Optus Sport and a Fetch Mighty box.

What to look for in a cheap NBN plan

One of the most important things to consider when looking for a cheap NBN plan is to work out which NBN speed tier you need. An NBN 12 plan's price might look appealing, but if you are a household of heavy internet users, you'll experience slow internet speeds that won't keep up with your needs.

Also double check whether the price you're getting is a promotional discounted price for new customers. If so, you'll need to check what the original price will revert to once the promotion is finished. If you're not in a contract - and most NBN plans aren't - you can easily find another cheaper plan to swap to.

​Still, when shopping for a budget broadband plan, there a few things to keep an eye out for:

  • Technology at your address: If you're looking for a faster plan, NBN 250 and 1000 are only available to select FTTP and HFC customers. Knowing what NBN technology you have available at your address is the first step to knowing what deals are available to you.
  • Promo pricing: Though most telcos no longer offer contracts, they do offer limited-time promotional pricing (typically for the first six months of your plan). When shopping for the cheapest NBN plans, be sure to check what the monthly price will be after your first six months.
  • BYO modem: Most smaller providers offer BYO modem broadband plans and won't necessarily supply a modem unless you specifically request it. You will also incur an outright fee for the modem on your first bill if you do choose to take a modem. If you do already have an NBN modem that you're happy with, be sure to let your provider know you would like to BYO.

More popular budget NBN deals

Still haven't found exactly what you're looking for? See what plans other Australians are selecting. Below is a list of the 10 most popular NBN plans below $70 per month.

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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