The best NBN internet plans available in April 2021

Spintel spins up its speeds and nabs three new categories to take out four of the 10 winners this month.
  • Spintel

    Best for most (NBN 50)

    NBN Unlimited Plus

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $59/mth (first 6mths)
    50Mbps evening speeds
  • Tangerine

    Best cheapest NBN deal

    Standard Speed Unlimited

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $44.90/mth (first 6mths)
    21Mbps evening speeds
  • Superloop

    Best NBN Fast (NBN 100)

    NBN Unlimited Premium

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    4 out of 5 overall
    100Mbps speeds
    $74/mth (first 6mths)
  • Mate

    Best beyond NBN 100

    Elite Mates nbn™ Home Superfast

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $89/mth (first 6mths)
    Select FTTP/HFC users
  • Spintel

    Best Fastest NBN 50

    NBN Unlimited Plus

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    4 out of 5 overall
    $59/mth (first 6mths)
    50Mbps evening speeds

What are the best NBN deals in April?

The big talking point this month is that more providers are competing against each other to show that the plan you pay for is the download speed you get. It started with Telstra offering it most notably on the popular NBN 50 speed tier. Then Aussie Broadband followed suit, and now Optus, Spintel and Superloop have all started competing.

Amid all that high-speed excitement, there have also been changes to six of our 10 monthly categories, with Spintel most notably cleaning up with the popular NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans.

Best NBN deal for most (NBN 50)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

Spintel and Superloop have been battling on the promo-pricing month for a few months now, but it’s still the former that comes out on top again this month as the best NBN deal. The Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus plan has reduced pricing for the first six months to help keep first-year costs cheaper.

While both Spintel and Superloop now offer 50Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds for their respective NBN 50 plans, Spintel still has better first-year pricing. Normally priced at $64.95 a month, the first six months are charged at $59 apiece ($743.70 first-year cost), whereas Superloop’s competing plan charges $59.95 for the first six months before jumping to $69.95 ($779.40 first-year fee). 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.

Expect to see these Spintel and Superloop plans below in the daily updating list of popular NBN 50 plans.

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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 when you’re hunting for the best NBN deal:

  • 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 fastest NBN 50 plan

Aussie Broadband 50/20 Unlimited – Everyday nbn™

The more time passes, the more redundant these ‘fastest’ categories become, but in a very good way. That’s because Aussie Broadband, Spintel, Superloop, Optus and Telstra all offer 50Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds for their respective NBN 50 plans. Even the slower options in the table below have either 48Mbps or 46Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds, which is a lot better than this time last year.

Still, the best of the lot is the same as the category winner above: the Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus plan. Why? Because it has the best price. The first six months cost $59 each before the plan reverts to its $64.95 usual fee, which is still better than Aussie Broadband, Optus and Telstra.

The top spot for fastest NBN Standard plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 9 April 2021.

Best cheapest NBN deal overall (NBN 12/NBN 25)

Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5

If you want the absolute cheapest NBN plan available, stick with February’s Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry, which costs $39 for the first six months before reverting to a $49.95 monthly fee thereafter. The reason that’s not our top pick this month, though, is because that’s an NBN 12 plan with self-reported typical evening download speeds of 12Mbps, though admirable in terms of parity with the NBN 12 speed tier, isn’t really fast enough for more than just basic internet usage.

Though normally priced at $59.90 a month, new sign-ups can pay $44.90 a month for the Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited plan, which is our winner again this month. It’s an NBN 25 plan, which equates to close to double the typical evening download speeds of that cheaper Spintel plan (21Mbps) and for just under $5 extra a month (for the first six months).

You should expect to see this Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited plan at the top of the daily updating list for the most popular NBN 25 plans below.

Best NBN Fast plan (NBN 100)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium

Spintel is back again to claim another category thanks to great promotional pricing and the recent boosting of its self-reported typical evening download speeds. While both last month’s winner (Superloop) and Spintel now have 100Mbps download speeds for their respective NBN 100 plans, Spintel has the better six-month and first-year pricing.

Instead of the usual $84.95 monthly fee, new sign-ups will pay $74 a month for the first six months. The only plan cheaper than that is the Dodo NBN100 Unlimited Plan, which has noticeably slower 82Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds and a $120 upfront fee.

Expect to see this Spintel plan at the top of the daily updating list of popular NBN 100 plans below.

Best fastest NBN 100 plan

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium

These days, there are three providers offering 100Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds that match the max potential speed of an NBN 100 plan. Telstra was first and Optus is also competing with its old rival, but both of those providers have plans that are more expensive than the Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan. Yes, that’s the same Spintel plan that also took out the category above. Those 100Mbps download speeds cost $74 a month for the first half year then $84.95 thereafter ($953.70 first-year cost).

The top spot for fastest NBN Fast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 9 April 2021.

Best beyond NBN 100 plan

Mate Elite Mates nbn™ Home Superfast

If you have an eligible FTTP or select HFC connection, you can get speeds above NBN 100. Plus, you can try NBN 250 for the price of NBN 100 if you go with Superloop for the first three months. That said, this month’s winner has great pricing whether you’re looking at the first six months of discounted pricing or the typical monthly fee.

Mate’s Elite Mates nbn™ Home Superfast plan costs $89 per month for the first half year before reverting to a still great $109 monthly fee. Whether you’re inside or outside that promotional-pricing window, you’ll be able to tap into respectable 208Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds. For greater peace of mind, this plan also has a one-month risk-free guarantee.

Below is a daily updating snapshot of the 10 most popular NBN plans that offer self-reported typical evening download speeds above 100Mbps.

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Best fastest NBN 250 plan

Aussie Broadband Home Superfast Unlimited

Aussie Broadband’s typical evening download speeds are on the rise across the board. For the Aussie Broadband Home Superfast Unlimited plan, for instance, what started at 215Mbps and lifted to 222Mbps is now at an impressive 248Mbps, which puts this NBN deal ahead of 250/25 plans from Telstra with its recently boosted 230Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds and the 215Mbps on offer from Optus, Mate and Superloop. Because of this, Aussie Broadband is our top pick.

The list below offers a daily updating snapshot of the 10 fastest NBN 250 plans available, each sorted by each provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds.

The top spot for fastest NBN Superfast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 9 April 2021.

Best fastest NBN 1000 plan

Aussie Broadband nbn™ Home Ultrafast Unlimited

For the longest time, the best self-reported typical evening download speeds you could hope to see in the table below were 250Mbps. Providers were clearly playing it safe when it came to NBN 1000 download speeds with a healthy buffer between minimum and potential speeds. But that’s changed. Nowadays, Telstra has 700Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds and Aussie Broadband is an NBN 100 equivalent behind at 600Mbps before it dips into the 250Mbps providers. Telstra’s plan is noticeably pricier for the first year, so stick with the Aussie Broadband nbn™ Home Ultrafast Unlimited plan if you want a good mix of speed and value (use the ‘FAST30’ promo code at sign-up).

The top spot for fastest NBN Ultrafast plans may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 9 April 2021.

Best NBN plan for gamers

Superloop nbn™ Home Fast 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.

Superloop and Aussie Broadband keep trading blows and places for the top spot on the best NBN plan for gamers. Admittedly, you should stick with Aussie Broadband if you want faster self-reported typical evening download speeds: 99Mbps vs Superloop’s 90Mbps. The difference, though, is twofold. First, the Superloop nbn™ Home Fast 40 plan is $60.60 cheaper in terms of first-year value. Second, and more importantly to gamers, Superloop continues to have the lowest latency in Australia (according to ACCC data).

Below is a daily updating snapshot of the plans with the fastest self-reported typical evening speeds from the providers that are tracked by the ACCC (note that MyRepublic’s 20.5ms latency is the highest by quite a margin).

Best NBN plan for streamers

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium 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 Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan. Normally, this plan costs $84.95 a month, but it costs $74 for the first six months care of a WhistleOut Exclusive offer. That $953.70 first-year cost comes with recently boosted 100Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds, which is as fast as it gets on an NBN 100 plan and is enough to handle four simultaneous Netflix 4K streams.

To put that pricing into context, the next cheapest way to get the same download speeds is to spend $89 a month on the Aussie Broadband nbn™ Home Fast Unlimited plan, which has a typical cost of $99 after the first six months of that promotional pricing. That’s a $174.30 price difference in terms of first-year costs between Aussie Broadband and Spintel.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular NBN 100 plans with self-reported typical evening download speeds of at least 85Mbps.

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 when hunting for the best NBN deal.

. 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 deal 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.