The best NBN internet plans available in November 2019
What are the best NBN plans available this month?
In September, Tangerine cleaned up both of our best NBN internet plans categories with the telco’s XL Speed Boost Unlimited and its XXL Speed Boost UNLIMITED NBN plans. In October, while its XL plan kept its throne, Vodafone’s Premium Unlimited NBN plan stole top accolades for best value in terms of fastest speed.
November sees Tangerine returning to its double crown of September, with the return of its XL Speed Boost Unlimited and XXL Speed Boost UNLIMITED NBN plans as our monthly victors. Vodafone still gets kudos as a runner-up in both categories, with Kogan and Superloop also making cameo appearances. Scroll down for the full breakdown.
Best NBN Plan for unlimited data November 2019
Unlimited data is, mercifully, the expected standard of fixed-line internet, and this is certainly true of NBN plans. After all, with more and more home devices using more and more data, it’s better to have the future-proofed peace of mind of unlimited data without having to worry about busting a monthly data cap.
For the last two months in a row we’ve found it tricky to ignore the appeal of Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost Unlimited NBN plan that impresses in terms of data allowance, speed and overall value. Unlimited data is in the name and is a given for inclusion in this category. In terms of speed, this nbn50 plan boasts respectable download speeds of 42Mbps during the internet busy period (typically, 7:00pm to 11:00pm).
As for value, this is one of the cheapest fixed-line plans you can find for the nbn50 speed tier thanks to a six-month discount. The first half year costs $59.90, while the rest of the year (and beyond if you stick around) is charged at a $69.90 monthly fee, for a first-year cost of $778.80.
With no contract, you’re free to leave at any time, and there isn’t even a pesky setup fee to worry about. You can even try before you buy with a 14-day trial. If you’re bringing a compatible modem form another provider, that costs $0 to use. Alternatively, spend $89.90 on a Standard NBN Modem or $119.90 on an Upgraded NBN Modem, both of which are preconfigured for plug-and-play use.
For nbn50 alternatives, you can pay $65.90 a month for Kogan’s Silver Unlimited NBN plan or $69 a month for Vodafone’s Essential+ Unlimited NBN plan. Availability is the biggest challenge of these Tangerine competitors, but if Vodafone services your area, you can take advantage of a $0 Wi-Fi Hub modem (on a 36-month contract), which includes a handy 4G backup.
Best NBN plan for the fastest speed November 2019
The November winner of our fastest-speed category has a citrus taste, too, with Tangerine’s XXL Speed Boost UNLIMITED NBN plan. This NBN 100 plan reports a commendable 83Mbps typical evening speeds between 7:00pm and 11:00pm.
There’s a six-month discount to take advantage of in this Tangerine plan as well, with a $79.90 monthly fee for the first half of the year, and $89.90 after that. Couple those savings with a $0 setup fee, plus the freedom of a leave-anytime contract, and you’re looking at a first-year cost of $1018.80.
That same 14-day trial applies here, too, if you want to take it for a spin before you invest, plus you can switch to another compatible Tangerine plan without spending a cent. Other Tangerine perks include seven-day tech support, and if you love Tangerine enough to refer friends, family and colleagues, you’ll score a $50 referral bonus for each one who signs up.
As with any of Tangerine’s plans, you can BYO modem, or invest in a preconfigured $119.90 Upgraded NBN Modem or the cheaper $89.90 Standard NBN Modem. Those $10 of monthly savings can cover the cost of an optional landline phone (for the first six months), which includes unlimited Australia-wide calls to landlines and mobile phones.
For the ultimate in speed, check out our runner-up Superloop, which offers an impressive 90Mbps typical evening speed on its Unlimited NBN plan for $89.95 per month. We also appreciate Superloop’s transparency with POI connection status that’s displayed on its website. For another alternative, Vodafone’s dethroned Premium Unlimited NBN plan is great for those who can order the service in their area, more so because of a six-month $20 monthly discount on the usual $89 fee.
Best for cheap unlimited NBN October 2019
This month, Tangerine takes out another top spot with the cheapest unlimited NBN plan on the market, knocking Mate Broadband off the throne. The best part is: despite being cheaper than any NBN 12 (Basic) plan available this month, Tangerine’s cheap unlimited plan actually gives you NBN 25 (Standard) with a typical evening speed of 21Mbps and no lock-in contract. That’s a sweet deal whichever way you slice it.
What are Typical Evening Speeds?
When customers first started connecting to the NBN many had a common complaint; that the speed of their connection would slow down in the evenings. This is due to congestion which is something that can be overcome if the provider’s allocate enough bandwidth in your neighbourhood.
To counteract this, the ACCC now recommends that NBN providers include a ‘typical evening speed’ in their advertising so that customers can better compare services. This evening speed is an average that current customers of the provider get between 7pm – 11pm each day.
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 reliable service? How about a provider that offers all of the extras like TV and movie services, rewards programs and bundle discounts?
Many different services try and judge the service 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 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.