The best NBN internet plans available in January 2021

Three changes for January, two of which belong to Spintel and are great picks for those who want to save money while tapping into great typical evening download speeds.
  • Spintel

    Best for most (NBN 50)

    Unlimited Plus 50/20

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $59/mth (first 6mths)
    45Mbps evening speeds
  • Spintel

    Cheapest NBN deal

    Unlimited Standard

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $49/mth (first 6mths)
    21Mbps evening speeds
  • Superloop

    Best Fast NBN 100

    Unlimited NBN 100/20

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    3.5 out of 5 overall
    $74.95 (first 6mths)
    90Mbps evening speeds
  • Superloop

    Best beyond NBN 100

    Unlimited 250/25

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    3.5 out of 5 overall
    Select FTTP/HFC users
  • Telstra

    Fastest NBN 50

    Unlimited Data NBN

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    4 out of 5 overall
    50Mbps evening speeds

What are the best NBN plans in January?

There are 10 categories for our best NBN picks but only three changes at the start of the new year: two from Spintel and one from Superloop. For the best NBN 50 plan, which is a speed tier that’s great for most homes, there’s great value and speed to be found in Spintel’s NBN Unlimited Plus plan. For those who want the ultimate in cheapness, look to Spintel’s NBN Unlimited Standard (25/5Mbps) plan.

If you have the right connection type, Superloop’s Unlimited 250/25 plan is great value for something speedier than the more ubiquitous NBN 100. Outside of that, there aren’t any other changes this month. Telstra still dominates the fastest picks up to and including NBN 100 plans. Superloop hangs on to a couple of categories thanks to ongoing promotional pricing. Kogan and Aussie Broadband continue to battle it out for those able to get beyond-NBN 100 speeds, while TPG has fast speeds and great value for homes that love streaming.

Best NBN for most (NBN 50)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus

Last month’s winner, Superloop’s Unlimited NBN 50/20 plan, is still a great choice in January with 44.4Mbps typical evening download speeds and $58.95 promotional pricing for the first six months. Still, our winner for January is Spintel’s NBN Unlimited Plus plan, even though it’s six months of promotional pricing costs five cents more than that Superloop plan.

That said, those five extra cents per month gets you slightly faster typical evening download speeds (45Mbps), which we reckon is worth the investment. On top of this, Spintel has better first-year pricing given this plan is typically priced at $64.95 a month ($743.70 first-year cost), whereas Superloop’s December victor jumps back to $78.95 per month ($827.40 first-year cost). Whichever plan you opt for, remember that shifting providers is easy, so check this page in six months to see what better deals are on offer.

Check out these Spintel and Superloop plans next to other competitively priced NBN 50 alternatives below.

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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

Fastest NBN 50

Telstra Unlimited Data (NBN)

For this month (and likely beyond), the Telstra Unlimited Data (NBN) plan is the fastest NBN Standard plan available. The list below shows the top five fastest NBN 50 plans available, sorted by each provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds. This table is updated daily in case self-reported speed change.

The top spot for fastest NBN Standard plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 8 January 2021.

Cheapest NBN overall (NBN 12/NBN 25)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Standard

If you really want to eke every possible megabit out of a budget plan, you can stick with the Superloop Unlimited NBN 25/5 plan, which took out the top spot last month. Its 22.2Mbps typical evening download speeds are great, but there’s better first-year pricing to be found in Spintel’s NBN Unlimited Standard 25/5 plan.

This particular Spintel plan’s typical evening download speeds aren’t a whole lot slower (21Mbps) than last month’s winner, but instead of paying $689.40 for Superloop’s plan, you’ll pay $653.70 instead. If that’s not cheap enough for you, you can opt for Spintel’s WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry 12/1 plan, which costs $39 for the first six months before reverting to its usual $49.95 cost ($533.70 first-year cost).

You can see this Spintel plan with a selection of other budget-friendly NBN alternatives below.

Best Fast NBN (NBN 100)

Superloop UNLIMITED NBN 100/20

Superloop regularly reports some of the fastest typical evening download speeds for NBN 100 plans (an impressive 90Mbps), but the provider’s pricing used to have a tendency of not being overly competitive. That changed in August 2020 when Superloop reintroduced a six-month promo, which is even sweeter if you get in by 31 January 2021: the ‘SLCXMAS20’ promo code knocks $15 off your monthly fee for the first six months.

This means you’re paying $74.95 initially then $89.95 per month after the first six months ($989.40 first-year cost). While this month’s winner is for a Superloop Unlimited NBN 100/20 plan, the same discount code also works for the provider’s Unlimited NBN 100/40 plan ($1,097.40 first-year cost). Admittedly, Superloop’s 100/20 plan isn’t as cheap as the Tangerine XXL Speed Boost Unlimited offering, but the five cents extra per month is worth it for the faster typical evening download speeds.

You can see this Superloop plan and other competitively priced NBN Fast plans below.

Fastest NBN 100

Telstra Premium Speed + Unlimited Data

Sure, there are plans faster than NBN 100 these days, but they’re only available to Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and select Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) NBN users. NBN 100 is available to more users, and Telstra’s Premium Speed + Unlimited Data (100/20) plan is the fastest of the lot. Until other providers look to compete with Telstra on the speed front, expect to see Telstra continuing to take out these top-speed top picks in the coming months.

The top spot for fastest NBN Fast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 8 January 2021.

Best beyond NBN 100 (NBN 250 or 1000)

Superloop Unlimited NBN 250/25

If you’re fortunate enough to have NBN that’s provided by FTTP or HFC (for certain homes), you can hit beyond-NBN 100 speeds with an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plans. This used to be limited to Aussie Broadband and Superloop, but MyRepublic, Optus, Kogan, Telstra, iPrimus and Tangerine are now all offering beyond-NBN 100 plans.

This is usually where we recommend Kogan’s nbn1000 Diamond Unlimited plan (more on that plan below), but even though it’s a competitively priced plan, it’s still noticeably cheaper to pick NBN 250 over NBN 1000. That’s why our January winner is Superloop’s Unlimited NBN 250/25, which is hundreds of dollars cheaper per year. Get in by 31 January 2021 to nab six months of promo pricing for great 215Mbps typical evening download speeds: $109 instead of the usual $129 fee ($1,428 first-year cost).

Below you’ll find the top five most popular beyond-NBN 100 plans (updated daily).

Fastest NBN 250

Aussie Broadband 250/25 Unlimited – Power User nbn™

A few months ago, Aussie Broadband boosted reported typical evening download speeds for its 250/25 Unlimited – Power User nbn™ plan, up from 215Mbps to 222Mbps, which put this ahead of the offerings from Telstra, Optus, and Superloop. The list below shows the top five fasted NBN 250 plans available, each sorted by each provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds. This table is updated daily to reflect changes in self-reported speeds throughout the month.

The top spot for fastest NBN Superfast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 8 January 2021.

Fastest NBN 1000

Kogan nbn1000 Diamond Unlimited

With the exception of the 215Mbps advertised typical evening speeds for the Aussie Broadband Home Ultrafast Unlimited – Power House nbn™ plan, it’s a 250Mbps dead rubber between the other Ultrafast providers: Optus, Telstra, Kogan, and Superloop. While the Superloop 3TB NBN plan is the cheapest, it has a 3TB cap, whereas the others all offer unlimited data. Because of this, the Kogan nbn1000 Diamond Unlimited plan retains its crown for yet another month in this category.

The top spot for fastest NBN Ultrafast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 8 January 2021.

Best NBN for gamers

Superloop UNLIMITED NBN 100/40

If you’ve got an avid online gamer in your home, there’s a good chance they care about four things when it comes to internet connectivity. Unlimited data for increasingly massive full game and patch downloads. Low latency for more responsive online gaming. Fast downloads to spend less time waiting and more time playing. And fast uploads to seamlessly play and stream in high-fidelity or share their clips online. If it’s available for your connection, we absolutely recommend getting one of the NBN 250 or even NBN 1000 plans above.

If not, the no-contract Superloop Unlimited NBN 100/40 plan is our pick once again because of tweaked six-month promotional pricing. What normally costs $98.95 a month is charged at $83.95 for the first six months, as long as you use the ‘SLCXMAS20’ promo code during sign-up ($1,097.40 first-year cost). This plan has 90Mbps typical evening download speeds (and above 35Mbps upload speeds for our home tests).

Best NBN for streamers

TPG NBN100 Unlimited Bundle 100/20

While gamers can take advantage of the extra bandwidth from a 100/40Mbps NBN Fast plan, those stream-crazy homes can save bucks by opting for the more ubiquitous 100/20Mbps NBN Fast variant. Case in point, this month’s returning winner: the TPG NBN100 Unlimited Bundle. You’ve got a couple of options, too. Opt for a no-contract option and spend $104.95 up front on a WiFi modem-router .

Alternatively, hop onto a six-month contract and pay just $10 delivery for that same WiFi modem. Either option, you’re looking at paying $79.99 per month, which gives you access to fantastic 95Mbps typical evening download speeds. To put that into streaming perspective, that’s 5Mbps shy of being able to run four simultaneous Netflix 4K streams on the one home connection.

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.