The best cheap NBN plans this month

Good NBN-ergy

Cheapest unlimited
Exetel
Exetel Basic NBN 12
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$49.95
/mo
Typical evening speed
12Mbps
Usual price
$59.95 after 6 months
Cheapest NBN 25
Tangerine Telcom
Tangerine Standard Speed UNLIMITED
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$44.90
/mo
Typical evening speed
25Mbps
Usual price
$59.90 after 6 months
Cheapest NBN 50
Dodo
Dodo NBN 50 Unlimited Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$53.85
/mo
Typical evening speed
50Mbps
Usual price
$75 after 6 months
Cheapest NBN 100
Dodo
Dodo - NBN 100 Unlimited Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$63.85
/mo
Typical evening speed
95Mbps
Usual price
$85 after 6 months
Cheapest NBN 250
My Republic
MyRepublic - NBN Superfast Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$89
/mo
Typical evening speed
200Mbps
Usual price
$99 after 6 months
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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November 16, 2022
5 min read

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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, Moose has a dirt-cheap NBN 12 plan for $39.80 per month (then $59.80 per month). Moose also has deep discounts on its Lite (NBN 25) and  Everyday (NBN 50) plan, making them the cheapest in their respective categories.

Lastly, if you want both premium speed and great value, you're looking at spending at least $63.90 per month on NBN 100 and $89 per month for Superfast NBN 250 which isn't cheap, but still the cheapest you'll pay for premium speeds.

Cheapest NBN plan overall - unlimited data

Exetel Basic NBN 12

pro
Pros
pro One of the cheapest NBN plans available
pro Unlimited data
con
Cons
con 12Mbps may only be suitable for single-user households
con Gets more expensive after your first six months

Exetel NBN is one of the providers with a plan under $50 per month, but the pricing will only last for your first six months. You'll pay $49.95 per month initially for NBN 12, but $59.95 per month thereafter. However, we would not recommend this plan since Tangerine's Standard speed Unlimited plan is cheaper at $44.90 for first 6 months, $55.90 thereafter.

When your discount is up, you might want to consider switching plans and providers, which is easier than ever on NBN. After all, $60 per month is enough to get you an NBN 50 plan.

Exetel NBN allows you to change plan anytime. If you want to upgrade or downgrade, you can do this up to one time per month for free. 

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

Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2

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Cheapest NBN 25 plan (Basic II speeds)

Tangerine Standard Speed UNLIMITED

pro
Pros
pro 25Mbps speeds that will suit small households
pro Unlimited data
con
Cons
con Steep price increase after firsts six months

Tangerine NBN is also a great choice for NBN 25 plans. You'll pay $44.90 per month for your first six months, and $59.90 per month thereafter. That's a steep increase

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)

Dodo NBN 50 Unlimited Plan

pro
Pros
pro 50Mbps speeds perfect for medium households with 3 to 4 people
pro Unlimited data
pro 20Mbps upload speeds suitable for working from home
con
Cons
con Much more expensive after the first six months

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, Dodo has the best NBN 50 deal. You'll pay $53.85 per month for your first six months, but this jumps to $75 per month thereafter. 

$75 per month isn't unreasonable for an NBN 50 plan, but you can get cheaper deals in the long run. For example, SpinTel's NBN 50 plan is $54 per month for your first six months, but only $64.95 per month when your discount expires. 

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

Cheap NBN plan - NBN 100 speed (way faster)

Dodo $63.85 NBN 100 Unlimited Plan

pro
Pros
pro Nice price for NBN 100
pro Unlimited data
con
Cons
con Typical evening speeds lagging behind at 93Mbps

Dodo is currently your best bet for an NBN 100 plan. You'll pay $63.85 per month for your first six months, and $85 per month thereafter. Even at full price, that's not bad. If you're in New South Wales or Victoria, you can save a further $10 per month by also getting your gas and energy with Dodo.

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

Cheap NBN 250 plan - NBN Superfast

$89 MyRepublic Super-Fast Plan

pro
Pros
pro Superfast speeds for power users
pro Below $100 per month even at full price
con
Cons
con Only available to select FTTP and HFC customers
con 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). 

NBN 250 are only available to FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) or HFC (Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial) premises, but all addresses with these technology types should be able to get these plans. 

If you're looking for faster peak hour performance, here's a shortlist of NBN 250 plans sorted by typical evening speeds.

Cheapest unlimited Telstra NBN plan

Telstra Basic II 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 Basic II 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 (normally $79 per month) with one key difference: the Optus offer includes unlimited data and Standard NBN 50 speeds. 

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 cheap NBN plans

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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