The best NBN internet plans available in September 2019
What are the best NBN plans available this month?
With more than 150 NBN providers in Australia, most of which offer dozens of plan combinations, it’s intimidating to think that there are sometimes quite literally thousands of NBN internet plans to choose from. We’re here to simplify that with our shortlist of NBN plans across the two main categories that matter most: unlimited data and fastest speed.
Of course, value isn’t just found in the cheapest plan in either category, as we take a number of other factors into account when making our recommendations each month.
For September, Tangerine is our winner across both categories. For unlimited data, it’s hard to go past Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost Unlimited NBN plan. Bump that plan up to Tangerine’s XXL Speed Boost Unlimited and you’ll find our pick of the best value in terms of the fastest speed.
Best NBN Plan for unlimited data September 2019
Unlimited data is, thankfully, fast becoming standard among NBN providers for fixed-line connections. Though invisibly governed by a fair-use policy, the absence of a data cap provides the right kind of freedom for doing pretty much whatever you like with your internet connection and not having to worry about shaped speeds or excess-data charges.
For September, Tangerine takes out the winning spot in this category with its XL Speed Boost Unlimited NBN plan. Built on the 50/20Mbps speed tier, you can expect 42Mbps download speeds during the internet’s nightly busy period (usually between 7.00pm and 11.00pm). The price is right, too, at $59.90 for the first six months and $69.90 thereafter.
We also appreciate the absence of a contract and like the lack of a setup fee. To save more money, you can use a BYO mode, as long as it’s compatible with your NBN connection. If you don’t have a compatible modem, Tangerine simplifies things by allowing for a standard ($89.90) or upgraded ($119.90) NBN modem bolt-on. Slap another optional $10 on per month for landline rental that includes local, national and mobile calls. Tangerine even offers a 14-day trial if you want to try before you fully commit to buying.
If evening speed is paramount, it’s worth considering Kogan or Vodafone as alternatives, so long as you’re in an area that’s serviced by these providers. Kogan’s Silver Unlimited NBN plan offers 45Mbps evening speeds for $65.90 per month, while Vodafone offers the same evening speeds as Kogan albeit for $69 per month on its Essential+ Unlimited NBN plan.
Best NBN plan for the fastest speed September 2019
Tangerine goes two-for-two this month, taking out our unlimited-data and fastest-speed categories. Its XXL Speed Boost Unlimited 100/40Mbps speed tier costs $79.90 for the first six months, then $89.90 per month if you stick with it. That’s a solid contender in this category for a first-year cost of $1,018.80 for the most common high-speed NBN internet.
There’s also a 14-day trial if you want to test Tangerine before committing over longer periods. Because Tangerine’s plan perks carry across 25/5Mbps, 50/20Mbps, and 100/40Mbps speed tiers, you also don’t have to deal with a contract and you’ll spend zilch on the initial setup cost.
Download speeds during the nightly busy period are solid, too: expect to have around 83Mbps of bandwidth to play with. You might be able to eke out better local network performance with an upgraded NBN modem ($119.90) as an optional extra, or you can opt for the standard version at $89.90. If you’re shifting over from another provider, you may be able to avoid this cost entirely with the $0 BYO modem option.
We’d advise you avoid Tangerine’s final optional-extras tier, SIM Only mobile plans, because we have our picks of the best SIM Only options for September right here.
If you’re in an area where Vodafone provides NBN internet services, the Premium Unlimited NBN plan is absolutely worth a look. You’ll get $20 off the usual $89 monthly fee for the first six months, which equates to a cheaper overall first-year cost than Tangerine ($948). If you opt to stay on this plan for 36 months, Vodafone throws in a WiFi Hub, too. There’s also a 30-day trial as part of Vodafone’s network satisfaction guarantee.
Best for cheap unlimited NBN September 2019
Mate Broadband is just your average, budget-friendly NBN provider but they sure know how to offer value for money. This month, Mate’s unlimited basic plan, Mate NBN #goodmates, is the cheapest unlimited plan you can get on the NBN. Proceed with caution, because once you’ve gone Premium, there’s no looking back and for many folks, NBN Basic just won’t cut 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.