The best NBN plans and NBN deals available (September 2022)

The best NBN picks made at the start of each month across best for most, cheap, cheapest, NBN 100, beyond NBN 100 and gaming categories.

Best for most
Spintel
Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$54
Typical evening speed
50Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$64.95
Best cheap
Tangerine Telcom
Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$44.90
Typical evening speed
25Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$59.90
Best fast
Dodo
Dodo NBN 100 Unlimited Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$63.90
/mo
Typical evening speed
95Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$85
Best beyond NBN 100
My Republic
MyRepublic NBN Super-Fast Plan 250/25
4 out of 5 stars
4
First 6 months from
$89
Typical evening speed
200Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$99
Best for gamers
Exetel
Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40
3 out of 5 stars
3
First 6 months from
$77.95
Typical evening speed
100Mbps
Typical monthly cost
$94.95
September 12, 2022
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If you’re in the market for a new NBN 12, NBN 25 NBN 50 or NBN 100 plan, you should expect a greater selection of faster plans on offer. Today, there are more NBN providers than ever offering parity between maximum potential download speeds and self-reported typical evening download speeds. Prices start at under $50 per month for some NBN 12 and NBN 25 plans, hang around the $70 typical pricing mark for good-value NBN 50 plans, and stretch beyond $150 for the pricier NBN 1000 plans.

There have been some typical evening download speed shake-ups with NBN providers over the past few months, with most big-name providers now advertising faster average download speeds (according to the latest ACCC NBN broadband report). At the start of the month, we’ve analysed all of the relevant NBN plans in our comparison engine and made our category picks. We’ve got new picks for the best NBN Fast plan, best plan beyond NBN 100 as well as best for latency.

Scroll on for the full category breakdown.

The plans listed below are our top picks for the month from every NBN plan on the market. If you’d like to start your own search and compare your options, use our NBN plan search tool.

Best NBN deal for most (NBN 50)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

pro
Pros
pro Great promo pricing
pro Solid ongoing pricing
pro 50Mbps download speeds
con
Cons
con Not an ACCC-tracked provider
con Upload speeds not advertised
con BYO modem

It used to be that Spintel and Superloop were the closest competitors for NBN 50 plans, but Superloop’s slightly slower download speeds (48Mbps vs 50Mbps) have given the Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus plan a more noticeable edge. This month, Dodo, Exetel and old rival Superloop are all offering initial cheaper promotional pricing, but Spintel still maintains the edge for first-year value.

Normally priced at $64.95 a month, the first six months of the Spintel plan are charged at $54 apiece, which is around $30 cheaper than Exetel and Superloop’s first-year pricing and around $60 cheaper than Dodo’s first-year fees. Whichever price you’re paying for the Spintel plan, expect 50Mbps download speeds.

For comparison, below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 50 plans.

There used to be 18 NBN providers whose unlimited-data NBN 50 plans we tracked in our comparisons but that’s now up to 22. Below is a list of the 22 NBN 50 providers from our database ranked in terms of their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Dodo (50Mbps)
  • Exetel (50Mbps, up from 48Mbps)
  • iiNet (50Mbps)
  • Internode (50Mbps)
  • iPrimus (50Mbps)
  • Kogan (50Mbps)
  • More (50Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (50Mbps, up from 47Mbps)
  • Optus (50Mbps)
  • Pennytel (50Mbps)
  • Spintel (50Mbps)
  • Tangerine (50Mbps)
  • Telstra (50Mbps)
  • TPG (50Mbps)
  • Vodafone (50Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (49Mbps, up from 48Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (48Mbps, down from 49Mbps)
  • Belong (48Mbps, up from 40Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (48Mbps, down from 49Mbps)
  • Superloop (48Mbps, down from 50Mbps)
  • Moose NBN (47Mbps)
  • Mate (42Mbps)
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Best cheap NBN deal overall (NBN 25)

Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5

pro
Pros
pro Great promo pricing
pro Solid ongoing pricing
pro 25Mbps download speeds
con
Cons
con Not an ACCC-tracked provider
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

In recent times, the competition for NBN 25 plans (the fastest speed that base NBN Sky Muster satellite internet plans can reach) has heated up to the point that monthly pricing and perks sometimes become the things that separate the winner from close contenders. Tangerine stays in the lead again because it continues to offer its long-running promotional pricing and some great perks like a 14-day zero-risk trial.

Normally priced at $59.90 a month, new sign-ups pay a reduced $44.90 monthly fee in the first six months for the Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited plan. The nearest competitor is the Spintel NBN Unlimited Standard plan, which has the same 25Mbps download speeds but costs just shy of $25 more per year. Alternatively, save money by opting for the even cheaper Spintel NBN Unlimited Entry plan, which is part of the 15Mbps plan trend, for a $44 monthly fee initially and then $49.95 thereafter.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular NBN 25 plans.

In terms of our comparison engine, the number of NBN 25 providers we track with unlimited-data plans used to hang around 15, but it’s now up to 19 with some shifts between which providers sell NBN 25 plans. NBN 25 was initially called NBN Standard, but that title now belongs to NBN 50, which is the most popular NBN speed tier in Australia. Below is a list of the 19 NBN 25 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Belong (25Mbps)
  • Dodo (25Mbps)
  • Exetel (25 Mbps, up from 24Mbps)
  • iiNet (25Mbps)
  • Internode (25Mbps)
  • Kogan (25Mbps)
  • More (25Mbps)
  • Pennytel (25Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (25Mbps)
  • Spintel (25Mbps)
  • Tangerine (25Mbps)
  • Telstra (25Mbps)
  • TPG (25Mbps)
  • Vodafone (25Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (24Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Moose Mobile (24Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (24Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Superloop (22Mbps, down from 25Mbps)
  • Mate (19Mbps)

Best NBN Fast plan (NBN 100)

Dodo NBN 100 Unlimited Plan

pro
Pros
pro Excellent ongoing pricing
pro 95Mbps download speeds
pro Bundle discounts available
con
Cons
con Average ongoing pricing
con Upload speeds not advertised
con BYO modem

Spintel tends to take out this category (albeit with temporary losses to the likes of MyRepublic) because of fast speeds, great promotional pricing and solid ongoing prices. This month, we’re going with one of the initially cheaper competitors. The Dodo NBN 100 Unlimited Plan normally costs $85 a month, but new sign-ups are up for a cheaper $63.90 monthly fee for the first six months.

For context, that promotional pricing is cheaper than certain NBN 50 plans. It’s a great plan for those who don’t mind jumping between NBN providers to save money each year. That price nets you great 95Mbps download speeds. Admittedly, if you want faster download speeds (100Mbps) and better overall first-year value, go with the Exetel Family NBN 100/20 plan.

Below is a daily updating list of popular NBN 100 plans.

As with NBN 50, there are now 22 NBN 100 providers with unlimited-data plans that we track in our comparison engine. For most fixed-line services, NBN 100 is the fastest available speed tier. Below is a list of the 22 NBN 100 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:
  • Optus (100Mbps)
  • Pennytel (100Mbps)
  • Spintel (100Mbps)
  • Telstra (100Mbps)
  • Exetel (100Mbs, up from 97Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (97Mbps, down from 98Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (97Mbs, down from 98Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (96Mbps, up from 89Mbps)
  • Belong (95Mbps, up from 80Mbps)
  • Dodo (95Mbps, up from 92Mbps)
  • iPrimus (95Mbps)
  • Moose NBN (95Mbps)
  • Superloop (95Mbps, up from 93Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (93Mbps, up from 80Mbps)
  • More (92Mbps)
  • Tangerine (92Mbps)
  • iiNet (90Mbps)
  • Internode (90Mbps)
  • Kogan (90Mbps)
  • TPG (90Mbps)
  • Vodafone (90Mbps)
  • Mate (83Mbps)

Best plan beyond NBN 100 speed

MyRepublic NBN Super-Fast Plan

pro
Pros
pro Competitive promo pricing
pro Solid self-reported speeds
pro 30-day satisfaction guarantee
con
Cons
con Average ACCC-tracked latency
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

This category is for homes with access to plan speeds above NBN 100. Basically, you’re either living in a home serviced by NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) or Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technologies. And MyRepublic has returned yet again to reclaim the top spot in this category, albeit with a different plan this month.

For FTTP homes and select HFC homes that can sign up for the plan, you should absolutely consider the MyRepublic NBN Ultra-Fast Plan for $99 a month initially and $109 from month seven. To save money and for wider-ranging compatibility, though, go with the MyRepublic Super-Fast Plan for $99 a month. Initially, new sign-ups pay $89 a month for the first six months. Either price comes with respectable 200Mbps typical evening download speeds.

For comparison, check out the daily updating list below of popular NBN plans that offer self-reported typical evening download speeds faster than 200Mbps.

There used to be 11 NBN 250 providers with unlimited-data plans that we track in our comparison engine, but now that’s gone up to 17, with even more providers offering NBN Superfast plans. Note that only FTTP and selected HFC homes are eligible for NBN 250 plans. Below is a list of the 17 NBN 250 providers we track and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:
  • Telstra (250Mbps, up from 230Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (244Mbps, down from 245Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (244Mbps, down from 245Mbps)
  • Moose NBN (240Mbps)
  • Superloop (240Mbps, up from 215Mbps)
  • Exetel (225Mbps)
  • iiNet (210Mbps, up from 200Mbps)
  • Internode (210Mbps, up from 200Mbps)
  • TPG (210Mbps, up from 200Mbps)
  • Mate (208Mbps)
  • More (205Mbps)
  • Tangerine (205Mbps)
  • iPrimus (200Mbps, down from 215Mbps)
  • Kogan (200Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (200Mbps)
  • Vodafone (200Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (TBC)

Best NBN plan for gamers

Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40

pro
Pros
pro Competitive promo pricing
pro 100Mbps download speeds
pro Excellent ACCC-reported latency
con
Cons
con Average ongoing pricing
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

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 downloads. Low latency for responsive online gaming. Fast downloads to get playing faster. Plus, fast uploads to stream the games they play and/or share high-fidelity clips online. If it’s available at your home, we absolutely recommend considering an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan (scroll up for more info on those speedier plans).

This month, we’re sticking with NBN 100/40 plans again. They aren’t as common as cheaper NBN 100/20 plans, but they do offer the same fast download and even faster upload speeds. Exetel’s Power Home NBN 100/40 plan ticks a lot of the right boxes. The typical monthly pricing is reduced from $94.95 to $77.95 for the first six months. It has 100Mbps self-reported typical download speeds, around 35.4Mbps upload speeds (up from 35.36Mbps upload speeds in June 2022) and extremely low 8.8ms latency (slightly slower than its 8.2ms latency in June 2022). Upload speeds and latency are based on recent ACCC data.

Superloop has an identically priced 100/40 plan, albeit the main difference is 95Mbps download speeds instead of the 100Mbps advertised by Exetel. Admittedly, Superloop has a slight edge on the latency front (8.5ms vs 8.8ms). Exetel also says its winning plan is optimised for streaming, plus it has up to five free daily speed boosts per month (for FTTP and eligible HFC homes).

Below is a daily updating snapshot of some of the most popular NBN 100 (or faster) plans from the providers that are tracked by the ACCC.

Initially, there were eight NBN 1000 providers with unlimited-data plans that we tracked in our comparison engine, but nowadays we track 12. Only FTTP and select HFC homes are eligible for NBN 1000 plans. Below is a list of the 12 NBN 1000 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds (Superloop, Vodafone and Exetel all offer 500/50 plans; note that Superloop’s plan has a 3TB data cap):
  • Aussie Broadband (600Mbps)
  • Origin Broadband (600Mbps)
  • Superloop (500Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • iiNet (450Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • Internode (450Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • TPG (450Mbps, up from 250Mbps)
  • Optus (400Mbps, up from 300Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (350Mbps)
  • Kogan (250Mbps)
  • Vodafone (250Mbps)
  • Exetel (245Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (TBC)

Best budget NBN deal (NBN 12)

Moose NBN Starter NBN 12/1

pro
Pros
pro Cheap promo pricing
pro Unlimited data
pro 21-day satisfaction guarantee
con
Cons
con Average ongoing pricing
con 11Mbps download speeds
con BYO modem

We believe NBN 25 to be a much more practical entry-level speed tier for the home craving NBN albeit without the need for overly fast speeds. It’s also not a whole lot more expensive than NBN 12, and there are rumblings that NBN 12 may not be around for much longer.

This month, the top spot is taken out once again by Moose NBN. Pricing starts at a respectable $44.80 per month for the first six months before reverting to a ‘you really should look at NBN 25’ $59.80 monthly fee. While download speeds are a smidge slow next to the competition at 11Mbps, Moose NBN offers a 21-day network satisfaction guarantee. TPG and Pennytel do offer cheaper NBN 12 plans, but they’re capped at 10GB ($29.99 per month) and 100GB ($39.99 per month), respectively.

Below is a daily updating list of the NBN 12 plans in our comparison engine, ranked in terms of popularity.

We used to only track speeds for unlimited-data NBN 12 plans, but we’ve opened that up recently to include NBN 12 plans with data caps. This lack of plan options is likely because NBN 12 is only intended for homes with very basic internet needs. Below is a list of the seven NBN 12 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:
  • Exetel (12Mbps, up from 11Mbps)
  • iiNet (12Mbps)
  • Internode (12Mbps)
  • Pennytel (12Mbps)
  • TPG (12Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (11Mbps, down from 12Mbps)
  • Moose NBN (11Mbps)

Best NBN plan for upload speed

Exetel Power Home NBN 100/40

pro
Pros
pro Competitive promo pricing
pro Up to 40Mbps upload speeds
pro Excellent ACCC-reported latency
con
Cons
con Average ongoing pricing
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

With the ACCC building a case for fixed-line NBN providers to advertise expected upload speeds, we now include a category for best NBN upload. The absolute best NBN upload speeds come from NBN 1000 plans (up to 50Mbps), but those are only available to homes connected by HFC and FTTP technologies. This means the fastest uploads available to most homes is on an NBN 100/40 plans, which tend to be less common than the more ubiquitous NBN 100/20 plans.

Still, we track eight providers with NBN 100/40 plans in our database: Aussie Broadband, Exetel, Superloop, MyRepublic, Moose NBN, Mate, More and Pennytel. Of that list, the first four are tracked by the ACCC, which means it’s possible to glean data estimates for upload speeds. We’ve jumped between Exetel and MyRepublic for this category, but we’re sticking with the Exetel Power Home 100/40 plan yet again this month. Compared to the MyRepublic Premium Plan, the Exetel winner has faster downloads (100Mbps vs 93Mbps) and faster ACCC-averaged upload speeds (35.4Mbps vs 34.2Mbps). New sign-ups pay a $77.95 monthly fee for the first six months before this Exetel plan reverts to $94.95 a month.

Below is a daily updating list of popular NBN plans with upload speeds of up to 40Mbps or beyond.

Going beyond NBN 100
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How to upgrade to FTTP
If you’re dissatisfied with your NBN plan speeds, it may be because your home is connected to the NBN via one of the many technologies that isn’t the future-proofed Fibre-to-the-Premises. FTTP is a full fibre connection that lets you order plan speeds above NBN 100, plus you can safely expect to hit a provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds without any disclaimers. If you fancy signing up for an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan, then you may be interested to read more about how to upgrade your NBN connection to FTTP.

Best NBN plan for latency

Superloop NBN Home Standard

pro
Pros
pro Excellent 8.5ms ACCC-reported latency
pro Good promo pricing
pro Option to change speed tier
con
Cons
con Slightly slower 48Mbps speeds
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

Download and upload speeds may be all the rage, but low latency can be another key part of enjoying a seamless online experience. Lower latency means a more responsive experience online. Unlike download and upload speeds, the lower the number, the better the latency. Using an NBN provider that offers ultra-low latency has responsiveness advantages for those who enjoy video chatting, online gaming, interactive streaming, real-time monitoring and/or remote operations.

We use the latest available ACCC broadband performance data (August 2022 at the time of writing) from participating NBN providers to determine the providers with the lowest latency. Here’s how they fare in the most recent comparison (lower “down from” values are better):

  • Superloop: 8.5ms (down from 8.8ms)
  • Exetel: 8.8ms (up from 8.3ms)
  • Aussie Broadband: 9.3ms (same as last report)
  • iiNet: 9.9ms (down from 10.6ms)
  • Optus: 9.9ms (down from 10.3ms)
  • TPG: 10.1ms (down from 10.2ms)
  • Dodo & iPrimus: 10.2ms (up from 10.1ms)
  • Launtel: 10.4ms (down from 11.1ms)
  • Telstra: 10.5ms (up from 10.4ms)
  • Vodafone: 13.6ms (down from 16.1ms)
  • MyRepublic: 23.1ms (down from 23.3ms)

The NBN plan speed you buy from a provider shouldn’t impact overall latency. For example, an NBN 25 plan should have comparable latency to an NBN 100 plan from the same NBN provider. This is why we’re advising an NBN 50 plan for our Superloop winner, though you can expect great latency from all available Superloop plans. In terms of plan specifics, the Superloop NBN Home Standard plan comes with 48Mbps download speeds, 8.5ms latency, and around 17.3Mbps upload speeds (latency and upload according to recent ACCC data). Prices start at $54.95 a month before reverting to $69.95 after the first six months.

For comparison, here are popular plans from some of the participating providers listed above.

Popular NBN plans from popular providers

There’s a lot of interest around big-name NBN providers like Optus and TPG, despite the reality that their plans rarely take out any top spots in our categories above. We feel there’s a misconception that these big providers own NBN networks, which is why their respective NBN plans tend to come with a premium price tag. While the best mobile plans are split across the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks, NBN providers may not have their own network infrastructure. Still, it’s not as impactful in terms of in-home internet service as it is for mobile plans.

If you want to bundle mobile and NBN with a Telstra, Optus or TPG plan, you likely won’t save any extra dollars. So if you do want to save money by bundling NBN and mobile plans, it’s worth checking out our regularly updated best SIM Only plans, best Prepaid plans, best MVNOs on the Telstra network and best MVNOs on the Optus network.

If you do want to save money by going with one of our NBN picks from above, it’s super easy to switch NBN providers. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to stick with a Telstra, Optus or TPG NBN plan, you can see the most popular picks below. (Note that sometimes NBN providers update their specials throughout the month so particular plans may not be visible during these times.)

Most popular Telstra NBN plan

Telstra Upfront Internet Plan Ultimate 250/25

Please note the plan above and the plans below may change daily based on the most popular Telstra NBN plans.

At the start of the month, Telstra NBN users upped their need for speed by opting for an NBN 250 plan over the typically popular NBN 100 alternative. The Telstra Upfront Internet Plan Ultimate typically costs $140 a month for 250Mbps download speeds (available to FTTP and HFC homes). But Telstra has six months of promotional pricing at $110 per month. This Telstra plan comes with a Telstra Smart Modem 3, three months of Telstra Device Security, plus two months of Binge Standard.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Telstra NBN plans.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular Telstra NBN plans.

Most popular Optus NBN deal

Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN 100/20

Please note the plan above and the plans below may change daily based on the most popular Optus NBN plans.

For a while, those signing up to Optus NBN plans were opting for NBN 50, which makes sense given it’s the most popular speed tier. This month, though, the popularity of that Optus NBN 50 plan is beaten again by an NBN 100 plan. The Optus Internet Everyday Fast plan costs $99 a month usually but has a $89 monthly fee for the first six months. That price comes with stellar 100Mbps download speeds, as well as decent 17.6Mbps upload speeds and great 9.9ms latency (according to ACCC data averages). The included Optus Ultra WiFi Modem (with 4G backup) is no extra cost if you stick with this plan for 36 months.

Most popular TPG NBN plan

TPG NBN 50 Unlimited Plan

Please note the plan above may change daily based on the most popular TPG NBN plan.

While Optus and Telstra users continue to favour faster NBN plans, TPG customers have been happy to stick with the more popular NBN 50 speed tier. Even though there’s some interest in TPG’s NBN 100 plan, the provider’s NBN 50 Unlimited Plan remains the top pick again at the start of the month. It has fixed $69.99 monthly pricing and 50Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds, as well as 16.7Mbps evening upload speeds and 10.1ms latency (based on ACCC data averages). A $99.95 upfront fee also nets you a TP-Link VX420-G2v modem-router.

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular TPG NBN plans.

Best NBN provider

Exetel

pro
Pros
pro Competitive promo pricing
pro Excellent 8.8ms ACCC-reported latency
pro 50Mbps download speeds
con
Cons
con BYO modem
con Regular pricing could be better
con Upload speeds not advertised

While some of what makes the best NBN provider is personal preference, we’re basing our pick on the quarterly updated data from the ACCC’s Measuring Broadband Australia (MBA) program. In fairness, not all of the NBN providers that we track in our database participate in the program. Still, looking at the data that pits providers against each other helps paint a picture of which one is best when it comes to average download speeds and upload speeds, fewest daily outages, as well as fastest webpage loading times and lowest latency.

When looking at the latest ACCC data, we attribute three points to a category winner, two points to a runner-up and one point for the bronze medallist. Tallying everything gives an idea of the highest-scoring NBN providers tracked by the ACCC each quarter. Exetel maintained a commanding lead for the ACCC’s August 2022 results, followed by Telstra in second place and Optus in third. Impressively, Exetel took out the top spot for fastest average download speeds (busy hours and busiest hour) and upload speeds as well as fewest daily outages, with silver medals for webpage loading times and latency.

We’ve used Exetel’s NBN 50 plan as an example above, but you can check out a daily updating list of the most popular plans below from MBA-participating NBN providers that we track in our comparison engine.

Best typical NBN pricing

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

pro
Pros
pro Great promo pricing
pro Great ongoing pricing
pro 50Mbps download speeds
con
Cons
con Not an ACCC-tracked provider
con BYO modem
con Upload speeds not advertised

promotional pricing. While that’s a great deal for new sign-ups, it might not be as good for those who stick around after a promotional period ends. It’s our understanding that most people tend to stay with a provider even if there are better-priced NBN plans to be found elsewhere.

As an example, we’ve given the Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20 the top prize in this category because NBN 50 is the most popular speed tier, plus this Spintel plan has the lowest typical pricing for an NBN 50 plan in our comparison engine. You can see this plan and all of the others across NBN speed tiers with the cheapest ongoing pricing below:

  • NBN 12/1: TPG NBN 12 10GB Plan 12/1 (typically, $29.99 per month)
  • NBN 25/5: Mate Great Mates 25/5 (typically, $59 per month)
  • NBN 50/20: Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20 (typically, $64.95 per month)
  • NBN 100/20: Kogan Gold Unlimited 100/20 (typically, $78.90 per month)
  • NBN 100/40: MyRepublic NBN Premium Plan (typically, $89 per month); Mate Soul Mates NBN Home Fast+ (typically, $89 per month)
  • NBN 250/25: Mate Elite Mates NBN Home Superfast 250/25 (typically, $99 per month); MyRepublic NBN Super-Fast Plan 250/25 (typically, $99 per month)
  • NBN 500/50: Exetel Lightspeed NBN 500 (typically, $139.95 per month); Superloop NBN Home Ultrafast (typically, $139.95 per month)
  • NBN 1000/50: MyRepublic NBN Ultra-Fast Plan 100/50 (typically, $109 per month)

For comparison, check out the daily updating list of some of the popular NBN 50 plans from our database.

What to look for in an NBN plan

Unless you live alone or in a home with a couple of people who don’t really use the internet all that much, it’s best to start plan comparisons from the NBN 50 speed tier. These plans offer a decent mix of download speeds (up to 50Mbps), upload speeds (up to 20Mbps) and ongoing value.

Speaking of ongoing value, you can save money initially by opting for an NBN provider that has promotional pricing (the trend is for reduced costs for the first six months). To keep costs low, consider using your existing NBN-compatible router or modem-router when shifting to a new provider. Alternatively, plans from providers like Telstra and Optus include a modem (albeit with potential hardware exit fees), while other NBN providers let you purchase them separately as needed.

Apart from ongoing costs, the main comparison is between providers’ respective self-reported typical evening download speeds. The faster the download speed, the speedier your connection. Upload speeds tend to be a secondary consideration, but for those interested in faster upload speeds, consider an NBN 100/40 plan from select providers. Alternatively, if your home is eligible, weigh up an NBN 1000 plan for upload speeds up to 50Mbps.

How we choose the best NBN plans

We re-evaluate our picks for the best NBN plan categories above at the start of each month. For the most part with applicable NBN plans, we focus on first-year value by taking the average monthly price (regular and promo pricing) and pitting it against a provider’s self-reported typical evening download speeds. If promotional pricing ends close to the first half of the month, we may treat an NBN plan as though it has typical pricing.

The only exceptions to this are our best upload and best latency categories where we also consider value relative to first-year costs and either upload or latency, respectively. If two competing plans from different providers are neck-and-neck in their offering, we may also weigh up other factors such as their NBN plan reviews.

There are times when perks can help separate a contender from a winner, but the majority of NBN plans we deal with are light on meaningful perks. While we do consider picking NBN 250, NBN 500 and NBN 1000 plans, we also lean towards NBN 100 plans when it comes to speed-specific categories as they are available to more homes.

NBN FAQs

Here are answers to the most common questions for NBN plans.

The best NBN plan is the one that pairs well with your monthly internet budget and the speed needs of your home. NBN 50 plans are the most popular because of a great mix of price and speed. Alternatively, most homes can scale down to NBN 25 for lesser ’net needs or up to NBN 100 (or beyond) for more speed.
We have detailed analysis on the best NBN providers according to ACCC data, but “best” depends on what you’re after. Providers like Spintel, Tangerine and Superloop offer competitive pricing and great speeds. Meanwhile, household names like Telstra and Optus cost more but include NBN modems with 4G backup. Exetel is our current pick for the best NBN provider.

Without considering promotional pricing, NBN plan prices from our comparison engine start at around $50 per month for a bare-bolts NBN 12 plan then go to around a $60 monthly fee for NBN 25. NBN 50 is the most popular speed tier and the one we recommend most homes start with for comparisons, and you can expect to pay around $70 per month for a competitively priced plan.

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 prices and deals available across Australia, so you’ll get the same price regardless of whether you are in Melbourne, Adelaide, even 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.

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Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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