The best NBN plans available in September 2021

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.
  • Spintel

    Best for most (NBN 50)

    NBN Unlimited Plus

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    4 out of 5 overall
    50Mbps evening speeds
    $54/mth (first 6mths)
  • Spintel

    Best cheapest NBN deal

    NBN Unlimited Entry

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    4 out of 5 overall
    12Mbps evening speeds
    $39/mth (first 6/mths)
  • Spintel

    Best NBN Fast (NBN 100)

    NBN Unlimited Premium

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

    Best beyond NBN 100

    NBN Home Superfast

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    4 out of 5 overall
    208Mbps eve. speeds
    FTTP and HFC users only
  • Superloop

    Best NBN for gaming

    NBN Home Superfast

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    3.5 out of 5 overall
    240Mbps eve. speeds
    FTTP and HFC users only
Recent Updates: 2 months ago
Changes to the speedier end of NBN town this month, with NBN 250 picks for the best beyond NBN 100 and best NBN for gamers categories.
3 months ago
To help separate plans a bit more, we’ve introduced a ‘best cheapest’ category to distinguish between bottom-dollar NBN plans and ones that cost a bit more but offer more practical speeds. MyRepublic also takes out the best beyond-NBN 100 category with its improved NBN 1000 plan.
Less than 6 months
Despite a constantly improving NBN download speed average for NBN 12, NBN 25, NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans, there aren’t any major changes to our category winners for July.
Less than 6 months
Not many big changes between May and June in terms of category winners, but we’ve removed the last of our fastest category because of Spintel’s continued dominance and ensured all of our other picks are up to date.
Less than 6 months
We’ve majorly shaken up our best categories this month, ditching most of our fastest plans because more providers are offering parity between self-reported download speeds and maximum plan speeds. The best streaming category is also gone because it’s effectively the same as the Best NBN Fast winner, plus we’ve added popular picks for big-name providers Telstra, Optus and TPG.
More than 6 months
Spintel is the big winner taking out three of the six category crowns, two of which are for fastest speeds after a recent bump in self-reported typical evening speeds. Mate snags the best beyond NBN 100 category with competitive pricing, Superloop snatches best NBN plan for gaming from Aussie Broadband, but Aussie nabs the best NBN 1000 plan pick.

What are the best NBN deals in September?

While our staple categories haven’t changed much over the past few months, there is tighter competition at the faster end of town. The good news is 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, with more providers than ever offering parity between the maximum potential speed and self-reported typical evening download speeds.

The big changes between August and September are for faster plans, which is great news for the 4.5 million Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) premises with access to NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans. Those users will find new winners for our ‘Best beyond NBN 100’ and ‘Best NBN for gamers’ categories. For everyone else, there are plenty of other tailored options below.

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.

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NBN 50 providers

There are currently 18 NBN 50 providers with unlimited-data plans that we track in our comparison engine but that’s down to five in recent times, which is equal first (shared with NBN 100) for the most providers per NBN speed tier. Below is a list of the 18 NBN 50 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Aussie Broadband (50Mbps)
  • Dodo (50Mbps)
  • Exetel (50Mbps, up from 48Mbps)
  • iiNet (50Mbps)
  • Internode (50Mbps)
  • iPrimus (50Mbps)
  • Kogan (50Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (50Mbps, up from 43Mbps)
  • Optus (50Mbps)
  • Spintel (50Mbps)
  • Superloop (50Mbps)
  • Tangerine (50Mbps)
  • Telstra (50Mbps)
  • TPG (50Mbps)
  • Vodafone (50Mbps)
  • Belong (48Mbps, up from 40Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (47Mbps)
  • Mate (42Mbps)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus 50/20

Best NBN deal for most (NBN 50)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus at a glance:

  • $54 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $64.95 per month (normally)
  • $713.70 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 50/20 plan
  • 50Mbps download speeds

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 yet again this month as the best NBN deal. The Spintel NBN Unlimited Plus plan has even cheaper 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 $54 apiece ($713.70 first-year cost), whereas Superloop’s competing plan costs $59.95 for the first six months before jumping to $69.95 ($779.40 first-year fee).

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

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NBN 25 providers

In terms of our comparison engine, the number of NBN 25 providers we track with unlimited-data plans has changed from 16 to 15 with some name shifts between providers. 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 16 NBN 25 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Aussie Broadband (25Mbps)
  • Belong (25Mbps)
  • Dodo (25Mbps)
  • Exetel (25 Mbps, was 24Mbps)
  • iiNet (25Mbps)
  • Internode (25Mbps)
  • Kogan (25Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (25Mbps)
  • Spintel (25Mbps)
  • Superloop (25Mbps)
  • Tangerine (25Mbps)
  • Telstra (25Mbps)
  • TPG (25Mbps)
  • Vodafone (25Mbps)
  • Mate (19Mbps)

Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited 25/5

Best cheap NBN deal overall (NBN 25)

Tangerine Standard Speed Unlimited at a glance:

  • $44.90 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $59.90 per month (normally)
  • $628.80 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 25/5 plan
  • 25Mbps download speeds

In recent times, the competition for NBN 25 plans has heated up to the point that pricing and perk becomes the thing that separates the winner from close contenders. Thankfully, most providers these days offer parity between NBN 25 max speeds and self-reported typical evening download speeds (25Mbps), so it’s a good thing Tangerine continues to offer its long-running promotional pricing and some great perks like a 14-day zero-risk trial.

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 yet again this month. It’s an NBN 25 plan, which equates to more than double the typical evening download speeds of entry-level NBN 12 plans (you can check out one in the category below).

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

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NBN 12 providers

There used to be seven NBN 12 providers with unlimited-data plans that we tracked in our comparison engine but that’s now at five in recent times, likely because NBN 12 is only intended for homes with very basic internet needs. Below is a list of the five NBN 12 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Aussie Broadband (12Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (12Mbps)
  • Spintel (12Mbps)
  • TPG (12Mbps)
  • Exetel (11Mbps)

Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry 12/1

Best cheapest NBN deal overall (NBN 12)

Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry at a glance:

  • $39 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $49.95 per month (normally)
  • $533.70 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 12/1 plan
  • 12Mbps download speeds

It wasn’t so long ago that the only way you’d have a chance at seeing an NBN 12 plan on this page was a fleeting mention in the category above. That’s because NBN 25 is a much more practical entry-level plan for the home that wants NBN but doesn’t need overly fast speeds, and it’s not a whole lot more expensive than NBN 12.

Still, even though fewer and fewer providers are offering NBN 12 plans these days, this is the speed tier where you’ll find the cheapest NBN prices. And the Spintel WhistleOut Exclusive NBN Unlimited Entry plan is the cheapest you’ll find in our comparison engine, care of $39 monthly pricing for the first half year (discontinued from the typical $49.95 monthly fee). This price gets you 12Mbps download speeds and those first six months are $20 cheaper than the next cheapest plan.

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

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NBN 100 providers

As with NBN 50, there are 18 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 18 NBN 100 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Optus (100Mbps)
  • Spintel (100Mbps)
  • Superloop (100Mbps)
  • Telstra (100Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (99Mbps)
  • Exetel (98Mbps, up from 95Mbps)
  • Belong (95Mbps, up from 80Mbps)
  • iPrimus (95Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (93Mbps, up from 83Mbps)
  • Dodo (92Mbps)
  • Tangerine (92Mbps)
  • iiNet (90Mbps)
  • Internode (90Mbps)
  • Kogan (90Mbps)
  • TPG (90Mbps)
  • Vodafone (90Mbps)
  • Southern Phone (89Mbps)
  • Mate (83Mbps)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium 100/20

Best NBN Fast plan (NBN 100)

Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium at a glance:

  • $69 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $84.95 per month (normally)
  • $923.70 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 100/20 plan
  • 100Mbps download speeds

Spintel is back again to claim another category thanks to great promotional pricing and the not-so-long-ago boosting of its self-reported typical evening download speeds. Spintel and close-competitor Superloop both now have 100Mbps download speeds for their respective NBN 100 plans. And while Superloop used to have better six-month promo pricing, Spintel has marginally undercut Superloop for even cheaper first-year pricing.

Instead of the usual $84.95 monthly fee, new sign-ups will pay $69 each month for the first six months with the Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan. Dodo used to have a cheaper plan, but the price has gone up and it still has a $60 upfront fee to contend with. If you fancy a versatile streaming plan for your home, the Spintel NBN Unlimited Premium plan is the one for you.

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

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NBN 250 providers

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 by one because TPG now offers an NBN 250 plan. Note that only Fibre-to-the-Premises and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial homes are eligible for NBN 250 plans. Below is a list of the 11 NBN 250 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Telstra (250Mbps, up from 230Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (248Mbps)
  • Superloop (240Mbps, up from 215Mbps)
  • Optus (215Mbps)
  • Mate (208Mbps)
  • Tangerine (205Mbps)
  • iiNet (200Mbps)
  • Internode (200Mbps)
  • Kogan (200Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (200Mbps)
  • TPG (200Mbps)
  • iPrimus (TBC)

Mate Elite Mates NBN Home Superfast

Best beyond NBN 100 plan

Mate Elite Mates NBN Home Superfast at a glance:

  • $99 per month
  • $1,188 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 250/25 plan
  • 208Mbps download speeds

Last month it was a recommended silver-medal holder, but this month the Mate Elite Mates NBN Home Superfast plan takes out the top spot for this category. Technically, this category can go to either an NBN 250 or NBN 1000 plan, and there has been some great competitive pricing for NBN 1000 plans of late. But that’s not the case this month.

Given the MyRepublic NBN 1000 winning plan from last month isn’t as well priced as it used to be, we’re recommending dipping your toes in Superfast speeds before considering a dive into the deep end with Ultrafast speeds. The Mate NBN 250 plan has a flat fee of $99 a month, which is a great price without having to rely on limited-duration promo pricing, plus it has respectable 208Mbps typical evening download speeds. So, basically, you’re looking at more than double the download speed of an NBN 100 plan for not a whole lot more per month.

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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NBN 1000 providers

In July, there were eight NBN 1000 providers with unlimited-data plans that we tracked in our comparison engine (except for Superloop, which has a 3TB data cap), but now there are nine because TPG has started selling an NBN 1000 plan. Note that only Fibre-to-the-Premises and select Hybrid Fibre Coaxial homes are eligible for NBN 1000 plans. Below is a list of the eight NBN 1000 providers and their self-reported typical evening download speeds:

  • Telstra (700Mbps)
  • Aussie Broadband (600Mbps)
  • MyRepublic (350Mbps)
  • Kogan (250Mbps)
  • Optus (250Mbps)
  • Superloop (250Mbps)
  • TPG (250Mbps)
  • iiNet (200Mbps)
  • Internode (200Mbps)

Superloop NBN Home Superfast

Best NBN plan for gamers

Superloop NBN Home Superfast at a glance:

  • $99.95 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $119.95 per month
  • $1,319.40 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 250/25 plan
  • 240Mbps download speeds

We’re making a change. This is usually where we’d recommend a rare NBN 100/40 plan, for a great mix of download and upload speed. But now that more homes are being upgraded to NBN technologies that allow for plans beyond NBN 100, we’ve started factoring in NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans as well. After all, you don’t want to be holding up your squad waiting for the latest 60GB-ish Warzone update to download.

Factoring in all of the above, this month’s winner is again from Superloop but it’s the provider’s NBN Home Superfast plan instead of the typically incumbent NBN Home Fast 40 plan (100/40Mbps). If you aren’t in an FTTP or HFC home, we’d still advise sticking with the NBN Home Fast 40, otherwise the NBN Home Superfast plan has more than double the download speeds (240Mbps) of a night. Plus, despite typically costing $119.95 per month, the first six months are charged at $99.95 apiece, which works out to around $200 more for the first year than Superloop’s 100/40 plan.

Below is a daily updating snapshot of the plans with the fastest self-reported typical evening download speeds from providers tracked by the ACCC. At the time of writing, latencies for these providers had mostly gone up or stayed the same (Aussie Broadband and Telstra), with the following ranking (lower latency is better):

  1. Dodo & iPrimus 9.7ms (down from 10.1ms; up three positions)
  2. Vodafone 9.8ms (up from 9.5ms; same position)
  3. Aussie Broadband 9.9ms (same position)
  4. Superloop 10ms (up from 9.2ms; down three positions)
  5. Telstra 10.7ms (up one position)
  6. Optus 10.9ms (down from 12.1ms; up two positions)
  7. Exetel 11.2ms (down from 12.5ms; up two positions)
  8. TPG 11.5ms (up from 10.2ms; down four positions)
  9. iiNet 12ms (up from 11.1ms; down two positions)
  10. MyRepublic 20.4ms (up from 20.1ms; same position)

Popular plans from popular providers

There’s a lot of interest around big-name NBN providers like Telstra, 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, providers may have their own network infrastructure when it comes to NBN, but it’s not as impactful in terms of in-home internet service as it is for mobile plans.

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

The good news is 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. If you do want to stick with a Telstra, Optus or TPG NBN plan, you can see the most popular picks below. (Note that sometimes providers update their specials throughout the month so particular plans may not be visible during these times.)

Telstra Premium Speed + Unlimited Data

Most popular Telstra NBN plan

Telstra Premium Speed + Unlimited Data at a glance:

  • $95 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $110 per month (normally)
  • $1,230 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 100/20 plan
  • 100Mbps download speeds
  • FTTP, HFC and FTTC connections only

In recent months, there’s been a push towards signing up for the fastest Telstra NBN plans available. It started with NBN 100 then shifted to NBN 250 and even went all the way up to Telstra’s NBN 1000 plan. This month, the need for (download) speed of Telstra users has reset to NBN 100 with Telstra’s Premium Speed + Unlimited Data plan. New sign-ups can dodge the typical $110 monthly fee for the first six months with $15 of monthly credit. Whatever you’re paying, expect to receive 100Mbps typical evening download speeds.

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

The top spot for most popular Telstra NBN plan may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 1 September 2021.

Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN 100/20

Most popular Optus NBN plan

Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN at a glance:

  • $89 initial monthly fee (6 months)
  • $99 per month (normally)
  • $1,128 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 100/20 plan
  • 100Mbps download speeds

For a while there, 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 being blitzed by the Optus Internet Everyday Fast – NBN plan, which has 100Mbps typical evening download speeds. This plan has a $10 monthly discount for the first half year ($89 instead of $99), plus the included Optus Ultra WiFi Modem (with 4G backup) is no extra cost if you stick with this plan for 36 months.

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

The top spot for most popular Optus NBN plan may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 1 September 2021.

TPG NBN 50 Unlimited Plan 50/20

Most popular TPG NBN plan

TPG NBN 50 Unlimited Plan at a glance:

  • $69.99 per month
  • $839.88 first-year cost
  • Unlimited data
  • NBN 50/20 plan
  • 50Mbps download speeds

There’s parity with NBN 100 plan popularity between Telstra and Optus this month, but TPG users are sticking with the more ubiquitous NBN 50 plan. The most popular TPG plan at the start of this month is the TPG NBN 50 Unlimited Plan. There’s no promotional pricing here, but the $69.99 monthly fee is an okay price to pay for an NBN 50 plan with 50Mbps self-reported typical evening download speeds (though you should check out the Spintel NBN 50 plan above).

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

The top spot for most popular TPG NBN plan may change throughout the month based on demand, but this pick is accurate as of 1 September 2021.

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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): 990Mbps download, 50Mbps upload

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.

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Other NBN technologies

This page is dedicated to fixed-line NBN technologies that service metro areas, which includes Fibre-to-the-Premises, Fibre-to-the-Node, Fibre-to-the-Building, Fibre-to-the-Curb and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial. For rural, regional remote and offshore NBN users, we also cover the best Fixed Wireless NBN and the best NBN satellite plans.

Are NBN deals different in cities and states, like Sydney, Melbourne and 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 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. To make sure you are getting the right price, start an NBN plan search below by entering your address.

The most popular NBN deals this week

If you’re only after the deals and discounts currently running with Australia’s various ISPs, the table below filters out regular broadband plans and only shows the most popular active NBN deals of the week.