Best Internet Plans in Australia for most people
When our dreams of a future-focused national broadband network were dashed, Australians were left a little disgruntled by what seemed like the only option for many: the NBN. It was such a disappointment to many that “do I have to switch to NBN?” became a commonly asked question on Google. A fair question, but even though ADSL2+ is on its way out in Australia, telcos have begun shifting focus to Home Wireless Internet and Mobile Broadband solutions, with the promise of widespread 5G on the horizon.
Here are the best Internet plans and connection types in Australia for most people.
Our top picks were last updated in April 2020. If you’re looking for a more regularly updated round-up, check out our best NBN plans page.
Best NBN Internet Plan
Tangerine XL Speed Boost NBN
If you follow our monthly picks for Australia’s top contenders in the NBN market, you’ll be familiar with Tangerine Broadband. For speed and value, Tangerine delivers month in, month out. And its XL Speed Boost NBN Plan is always a solid choice for folks looking for unlimited data, sufficient speeds (NBN 50), and no long-term commitment at a reasonable monthly price.
Internode’s not a regular placement in our top picks, but its recent offer on its unlimited NBN 50 plan is almost too good to ignore. The one downside is the six-month contract, and that the plan reverts to its regular pricing after the contract term.
Switching NBN providers is incredibly easy these days so once the six months is up, you’re free to switch to a better deal if you’re no longer getting your money’s worth.
For the sake of comparison, here’s a small selection of this week’s most popular NBN plans with at least 50GB of data.
Best Home Wireless Internet
Optus 4G Home Wireless Broadband
These plans utilise the same 4G network as your mobile phone plan using a modem that’s intended to be kept in the house. This allows for the super-fast speeds of mobile 4G without any need for an NBN installation. Our most recent speed test on Optus Home Wireless 4G managed 78.4Mbps download and 7.33Mbps upload speeds, which is pretty decent.
The only downside is that you’re subject to the same outages and inconsistencies of the mobile network, and Home Wireless plans typically have capped data (e.g., 200GB or 500GB per month). However, that last Optus has rectified that last point with its new 5G home plans, which offer unlimited data on the 5G network. 5G coverage is still scarce in Australia but its growing every day and will eventually supersede 4G in Australia.
As it stands, Optus is your best option for both 4G and 5G Home Wireless in Australia.
Exetel is a star-performer in the NBN space, but it’s also one of your best options for Home Wireless. Exetel’s Home Wireless plan offers a decent amount of data (for most) at a reasonable price and comes with an included 4G NetComm modem.
There aren’t many Home Wireless plans available on the market, but here’s what’s popular this week.
Best Mobile Broadband
Telstra $75 Large Data Plan
If you need a portable Internet connection, whether you travel for work or leisure, coverage might be a more critical factor for you than someone settling in with Home Wireless. That’s why our top pick is Telstra’ Mobile Broadband plan.
It’s not the most economical Internet connection, but it’s the most reliable for people travelling outside of metropolitan areas.
If you’re after a mobile broadband plan, we’d recommend sussing out your best options for pocket WiFi modems and WiFi dongles.
If you mostly travel to areas with ample Optus coverage, you could save a little cash with its $50 plan. For the first 24 months on this plan, Optus will sling you an additional 20GB per month. That’s a limited time deal, expiring 30 April 2020, but it’s a great alternative to Telstra if the Optus 4G network gets you by just fine.
To give you an idea of how those mobile broadband plans stack up, take a look at this week’s most popular plans with 50GB or more.