The best NBN internet plans available in July 2020
|Plan||Category||Monthly price||Go to site|
|#1 Tangerine XL Unlimited||Best for Most (NBN 50)||$59.90||See Plan|
|#2 Spintel NBN12 Unlimited||Cheapest Unlimited NBN||$49.95||See Plan|
|#3 Mate NBN #soulmates||Best Fast NBN 100||$79.00||See Plan|
|#4 Aussie Broadband Power House||Best Beyond NBN 100||$149||See Plan|
|#5 Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited||Best NBN for Gamers||$99.00||See Plan|
|#1 Tangerine XL Unlimited|
|#2 Spintel NBN12 Unlimited|
|#3 Mate NBN #soulmates|
|#4 Aussie Broadband Power House|
|#5 Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited|
What are the best NBN plans available in July?
We’ve added new categories this month to help better encapsulate the best NBN plans based on cost and speed. Regardless of the categories, the vast majority of our plans include unlimited data because it’s thankfully the standard these days.
Scroll down to find quick references for the speediest and cheapest plans, or stop in at one of our dedicated categories for best overall, best fast plan, best beyond fast plan, as well as specific sections for gamers and entertainment streamers.
NBN speed terminology
The introduction of faster-than-NBN 100 plans has led to some name changes. Here’s what they mean in terms of their maximum potential download and upload speed:
- Basic I (NBN 12): 12Mbps download, 1Mbps upload
- Basic II (NBN 25): 25Mbps download, 5Mbps upload
- Standard (NBN 50): 50Mbps download, 20Mbps upload
- Fast (NBN 100): 100Mbps download, 20/40Mbps upload
- Superfast (NBN 250): 250Mbps download, 25Mbps upload
- Ultrafast (NBN 1000): 1000Mbps download, 50Mbps upload
Best NBN for most (NBN 50)
Tangerine XL Speed Boost Unlimited
NBN Co has upgraded what’s considered “Standard” for NBN plans. What used to mean NBN 25, now translates to NBN 50, with NBN 25 relegated to Basic II categorisation. We tend to agree that NBN 50 is the new norm, given the recent rates of uptake, and Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost Unlimited is our pick of the best for July.
For pure cost consideration, you might consider Belong’s NBN Starter – Unlimited, which is the cheapest at $55 per month ($660 first-year cost). But while Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost Unlimited is more expensive at $778.80 first-year cost (even its $10 six-month discount), it has no contract and 42Mbps typical evening download speeds (compared to Belong’s 30Mbps). Tangerine also offers a 14-day trial and seven-day technical support, which makes it a better choice for overall value.
Fastest NBN 50
iiNet NBN 50 Liimitless
At the start of July, iiNet’s NBN 50 Liimitless plan is the fastest Standard NBN plan available. The list below shows the top 5 fastest NBN 50 plans available, sorted by each providers’ self-reported typical evening speeds. This table is updated daily in case self-reported speeds change throughout the month.
Cheapest overall (NBN 12/NBN 25)
Spintel NBN 12 Unlimited
This month, our friends over at WhistleOut have an exclusive deal on Spintel’s Unlimited NBN 12 plan. It’s discounted price makes it the cheapest NBN plan available. Tangerine’s Standard Speed Unlimited plan is technically cheaper for the first 6 months, but it reverts to full price after the promotional period.
The table below shows the top 5 cheapest fixed-line NBN plans available, sorted by lowest price.
Best Fast NBN (NBN 100)
Mate Broadband NBN #soulmates
NBN 100 plans have been made more affordable in recent months thanks to the adoption of 20Mbps upload speeds, instead of the original 40Mbps. Our July pick for best NBN 100 plan is Mate’s 100/20 NBN #soulmates offering, which has a great mix of typical evening download speeds (83Mbps) and price, at $79 per month ($948 first-year cost).
This Mate plan has no contract, no setup fees, award-winning Australia-based customer service, and you can try before you buy with a one-month trial. If you’re looking to save bucks on a six-month deal before churning, Tangerine’s XXL Speed Boost Unlimited plan costs $74.90 for the first six months (before hiking back up to $89.90) for the same typical evening download speeds.
Fastest NBN 100 July 2020
Superloop UNLIMITED NBN
This month, there are much faster plans than NBN 100 on the market (those are further down), but if NBN 100 is the fastest available to you, Superloop’s Unlimited NBN 100/20 plan is the fastest according to self-reported typical evening speed data. Below is a list of the 5 fastest NBN 100 plans available this month.
Best beyond NBN 100 (250/1000)
Aussie Broadband Ultrafast – Power House
New NBN speed tiers mean new categories. Case in point, FTTP and select HFC homes can now tap into NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans. Also, Superloop is being an outlier with a 200Mbps symmetrical downloads/uploads plan, although it is comparatively cost-prohibitive at $219 per month.
That steep price makes our July winner even shinier. Aussie Broadband’s Home Ultrafast Unlimited – Power House nbn is an NBN 1000 plan that costs $149 per month ($1,788 first-year cost). That’s only $20 more a month than the NBN 250 plans offered by Aussie Broadband and Superloop.
Typical evening download speeds are conservative at 215 Mbps and it is restricted to FTTP and select HFC connections only. That said, there’s no contract, Australia-based tech support from a provider renowned for being beloved by its customers. If you’re craving a mix of extra speed and a great price, MyRepublic’s Unlimited NBN Superfast Flexi is an NBN 250 plan that costs $109 per month ($1,308 first-year cost). On the cons side, it has 150 Mbps typical evening download speeds and is only available to FTTP homes.
Fastest NBN 250
Aussie Broadband 250/25 Unlimited – Power User nbn
According to self-reported speed data, Aussie Broadband is also your fastest option if you’re hoping to jump on the new Superfast NBN 250 tier. Below is a list of the top 5 fastest NBN Superfast 250 plans sorted by speed.
Fastest NBN 1000
Superloop 3TB NBN 1000
Best NBN for gamers
Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited
Gamers care about a mix of fast downloads and uploads, low latency, and unlimited data. Aussie Broadband snatches this category, too, with its 100/40 Unlimited – Build your own nbn™ option for $99 a month ($1,188 first-year cost). You have to BYO modem, but this people-pleasing provider offers Australia-based tech support great typical evening download speeds of 86Mbps.
Aussie Broadband is also one of the rare providers that still offers 40Mbps upload instead of 20Mbps, which is an important consideration for the gamer looking to live-stream their games or upload gameplay clips at a cracking pace. According to the ACCC, Aussie Broadband also has a respectable percentage rating (82.9%) for speeds delivered during the busy evening hours and a great 82.2% for the busiest hour. Latency is also competitively low at 16.8ms.
Best NBN for streamers
Aussie Broadband 100/20 Unlimited
Those seeking the best streaming results for Stan movies and/or Netflix TV series are looking for great speeds on an NBN 100 plan. While it hasn’t been updated in a while because of coronavirus bandwidth restrictions, Netflix’s provider speed index has Telstra and Optus in the lead, but their plans aren’t as competitively priced as our July winner.
Aussie Broadband comes in at third on the Netflix rankings, and the provider’s 100/20 Unlimited – Family nbn™ is our pick for streamers in July. The plan has great typical evening download speeds of 86Mbps, which means you can reliably have multiple in-home streams at night. Because it’s a 100/20 plan, too, it’s cheaper than the games category winner above, priced at $89 a month ($1,068 first-year cost).
Which is the best NBN provider?
This is the million dollar question, and the most difficult to answer. There are lots of variables to consider and lots of perspectives to cater for. Are you looking for the cheapest provider? The provider with the best customer service and reliability? How about a provider that offers all of the extras like TV and movie services, rewards programs and bundle discounts?
Many different organisations try to judge NBN providers and crown a winner, and use different methodologies to prove it. Groups like the ACCC and Netflix run speed tests, others rely on customer surveys and user reviews.
We’ve used a combination of these data points and many more in our round-up of the best NBN providers in the game.
What is the best NBN plan in Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide / Brisbane?
We are often asked this question, and the answer is pretty simple. Most NBN providers offer a national broadband service, and most have the same NBN prices and deals available across Australia, so you’ll get the same price regardless of whether you are in Melbourne, Adelaide or one of the cities in Tasmania.
Some providers may vary the price of plans based on your address. The wholesale price of their service can vary from the city to less populous areas, and this is reflected in the price of NBN plans. To make sure you are getting the right price, start an NBN plan search below by entering your address.