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Compare NBN Plans

Find the best NBN internet deals from over 30 providers
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What are you looking for in a new NBN plan?
Deals
I haven't upgraded in a while

Plans and deals on NBN internet are constantly changing. Find out if you're paying too much

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I want faster speeds

If you're experiencing longer than usual load times and streaming issues, it could be time to upgrade to a fast NBN tier. 

Money
I want to save money

Simply looking to save on your monthly bill? These days you can get unlimited NBN from under $45 per month.

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I want better service

In a world where we're increasingly dependant on our NBN, a poor customer experience is reason enough to switch. 

Heads Up
NBN is slow at my address

If you can't get the NBN or you're too far from the exchange, there might be a better alternative


Haven't upgraded in a while?

These are the most popular NBN deals this week

If you want a shortcut to the best NBN deals this week, take a look at the most popular plans in our database this week in the table below. We find that most Australians are savvy enough to know a good deal when they see it, which naturally leads to the best NBN deals appearing in our popular plan rankings.

Note: The table below ranks NBN Standard (50 Mbps) plans (the most popular NBN speed tier). For more speed options, use the search tool at the top of the page


Want to speed up your internet?

Here are the fastest NBN plans available

There are a multitude of factors that might be impacting your NBN speeds— be it bandwidth (too many people on one network), modem placement or distance from the exhange— but besides general troubleshooting, upgrading to a faster NBN plan is a surefire way to increase your maximum download speed cap.

NBN Standard (50Mbps) is the most popular choice for Australians but it might not cut the mustard for bigger families and households with heavier usage. We recommend using our NBN Internet Speedtest tool to get an accurate estimate of your typical download speeds but if you're simply looking for the fastest NBN plans available, the table below lists NBN Fast (100Mbps) plans ordered by typical evening speeds.

Tip: If you want speeds faster than NBN 100, use the dropdown in the table to select either NBN Superfast 250 or NBN Ultrafast 1000.

Use the tool below to test your NBN speed

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Now choose the speed you do want

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Want to save money?

These are the cheapest NBN plans you can get

With energy prices and the cost of living on the rise in Australia, we're all feeling the pinch. If you're simply looking for the very cheapest NBN plans on the market, regardless of speed, you'll find just that in the table below. Our comparison engine features plans from over 30 NBN providers and the list below represents the very cheapest NBN Internet plans in our database. 


Want better customer service?

Sign up with one of our top-rated NBN providers

In in increasingly confusing and combatitive telco market, there might be nothing better than a provider that simply has your back.  Below are a handful of providers that Australians rate highly and that we, at Reviews.org, have personally patroned over the years. First off the ranks is Aussie Broadband....

Aussie Broadband
Aussie Broadband
Aussie Broadband is a highly-rated NBN and mobile plan provider famous for its customer service, fast speeds and service transparency.
5 out of 5 stars
5
pro High customer satisfaction
pro Ultrafast plans and bundles available
con Premium price for a premium service
Speeds offered
12Mbps - 1000Mbps
Modem
BYO or $149 upfront
Contract terms
No contract
Starts at
$59
/mth

Prices and plans are only accurate as of the last page update. 


Don't want NBN? No problem!

Find a solid NBN alternative below.

There are so many reasons you might not actually want an NBN plan, even if you are eligible your speeds might be lagging. Australians who can't get fixed-line NBN— or simply aren't satisfied with their service and speeds— can trial 5G or 4G Home Wireles from any of the providers below. 


See what NBN is available at your address

Enter your address in the tool below to find out what NBN is available at your address

A major part of our mission here at Reviews.org is to recommend the best options for most people, something that we put a lot of effort into regarding the best NBN plans. But we also know that some people prefer to take the reins and find the best plan for them based on their own criteria.

The search tool below gives you that control. Simply enter your address and the speed (Mbps) you need and away you go. On the next page, you’ll have access to a smorgasbord of filters and sorting options to refine your search and find exactly what you’re looking for.

Compare NBN speeds

NBN Speed
Maximum Plan Speed
Average Price

NBN Basic II

25Mbps

$50 - $70 per month

NBN Standard

50Mbps

$60 - $80 per month

NBN Fast

100Mbps

$75 - $100 per month

NBN Superfast

250Mbps

$110 - $130 per month

NBN Ultrafast

1000Mbps

$150 per month

Internet speed is the core concern when comparing NBN plans as it is the factor of a plan that determines the price you pay. It used to be that we would need to consider how much data we would need each month, but the vast majority of NBN plans include unlimited data nowadays, so speed is the thing to focus on.

Differences in NBN speed is measured in Mbps (Megabits per second) which, let's face it, is a pretty meaningless figure for most of us. Obviously, more megabits means faster speeds but it also means a higher monthly price.

To figure out the speed you need, think about your NBN connection like a water pipe running into your home. The faster the speed, the wider the pipe and the more water that can pass through it at the same time. It's like when multiple people try to take a shower at the same time, while someone fills the kitchen sink and someone else flushes a toilet. Someone is going to end up grumpy after their shower loses water pressure.

Now, think about how the people in your house are going to use the internet.

If you live alone or as a couple, you really don’t need fast internet for daily browsing and video streaming. If a typical evening is watching Netflix together while you both browse the web on your phones, then a Basic II or Standard NBN plan should suffice.

If you have a bigger family and a greater number of devices on the network at the same time, then you should consider something faster. If it is likely that you will have two or three simultaneous Netflix streams (the TV and laptops in the bedrooms), plus smartphones, tablets, and someone gaming, then you should start by considering a Standard plan or stepping up to a Fast plan.

Gaming is an interesting example as most people think that a Fast NBN plan is required for fast-paced online gaming, but this isn’t the case. Games pass a relatively small amount of data back and forth, and the key is to have a connection with low latency. In most cases, this will come down to how good your networking hardware is inside your house and less to do with the NBN connection coming to your house. If your games are lagging, you’d be wise to check whether your router is as good as it needs to be and whether you need to consider a solution like a mesh network.

If someone in your house is working from home, they may need to consider how important upload speed is to their day-to-day workflow. If they regularly send large files to colleagues, then they may need a Fast plan with 40Mbps upload (I know I do). This requirement alone limits the number of plans available to a manageable number to consider.

Popular NBN 50 Standard plans

Everyday speeds for the everyday Australian.

NBN 50 is the most popular speed choice because it suits most small to medium households with typical internet usage. Below is a list of the most popular NBN 50 plans in Australia.

Popular NBN 100 Fast plans

Looking for some faster than the norm?

NBN Fast 100 should be fast enough for a typical household with a litle extra wiggle room. Check the table below for the most popular NBN 100 plans available.

Popular NBN 250 Superfast plans

Carrying a heavier digital crown?

If you and your fam are working or studying from home, NBN Superfast 250 might be for you. It's just important to remember that NBN 250 is available exclusively to select FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premise) customers.

Popular NBN 1000 Ultrafast plans

It doesn't get much faster than this...

Unless you're sincerely looking at a viable NBN alternative, Ultrafast NBN 1000 will get you the absolute maxium theoretical fixed-line speeds offered in Australia. Like NBN 250 Superfast, NBN 1000 requires a FTTP connection and even then you might not be eligible for gigabit internet speeds. Still, it's absolutely worth checking with one of the providers below to see if you can access Ultrafast NBN.

What are typical evening speeds?

When NBN providers discuss speeds, they advertise "typical evening speeds" rather than maximum potential NBN speeds (e.g. the tiers listed above).

Typical evening speeds are the busiest hours of network usage (7:00 PM to 11:00 PM) when most Australians are using their home internet connections. This evening time frame is used as a benchmark to compare NBN providers and speeds because it's the best representation of what users can expect and the time when network congestion is at its worst. So if you've got a good typical evening speed, you should expect the same, if not better, during the day

Wondering what speed you get with your current internet provider? Use the speed test tool below while connected to your primary home WiFi connection to see your current download speeds.

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NBN, POI, FTTP, what do all these acronyms mean?
While picking an NBN plan is fairly simple, decoding the long list of acronyms associated with NBN technology types, speeds and infrastructure isn't as straightforward. If there's anything on this page you want explained, head to our A to Z guide for NBN terminology and jargon.

Compare NBN technology types

Perhaps the most confusing part of the NBN is the implementation of the mixed technology rollout. What this meant was that the government instructed NBNco to determine the best, most cost-effective technology to connect each house or business.

All up there are seven different connection types in the mixed-technology NBN:

  1. FTTP: Fibre-to-the-Premises
  2. HFC: Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial
  3. FTTN: Fibre-to-the-Node
  4. FTTC: Fibre-to-the-Curb
  5. FTTB: Fibre to the-Basement/Building
  6. Fixed Wireless NBN
  7. Satellite NBN (aka Sky Muster)

You’ll notice that most of these begin with ‘Fibre to the…’ and this is a hint for how the connection types differ from one another. Fibre optic cable features at some point in your connection to the NBN, and the closer your house is to the fibre optic cable, the faster and more reliable your connection.

How does FTTN work?

FTTN (Fibre-to-the-Node) is the most prevalent of the technology options in use, and it is also the cheapest to rollout and worst-performing. Like FTTC (Fibre-to-the Curb), your house connects to a shared distribution box, called a node, located not outside your house, but instead somewhere in your neighbourhood. Rather than using 10m of old telephone line in the connection, a FTTN connection may have up to 1km of copper. The further your house is from the Node, the slower your connection may be. Around 40% of all NBN connections use FTTN.

That said, if you find your NBN connection is unusably slow, you might want to consider an NBN alternative, like 4G or 5G Home Wireless Broadband.

How does FTTP work?

FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) means that this fibre optic cable runs right up to your house, as is considered the gold standard for fixed-line internet connections. But it is also the most expensive per connection so it's only used in about 20% of homes.

FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Curb) means that the fibre cable is connected to a distribution box somewhere on the street outside your house. Your house connects to this box using the old copper telephone lines, but because it is mostly fibre, the connection is also fast.

If you live in an area beyond where NBNco will run physical cables, then you will rely on wireless technology instead. In many regional areas, you will have a Fixed Wireless NBN connection, which works like a mobile network connection. People living in more remote areas will connect via the Sky Muster satellite system.

We’re explaining this here for your information only as there is nothing you can do about the technology type in your area. When you are choosing an NBN plan this is not a consideration at all but it might limit the type of plans you have access to.

How to switch NBN plans and providers

The last thing to keep in mind when choosing an NBN plan is that switching from one provider to another is usually a simple, painless process. In the past, changing internet plans could take 10 business days and involve several hours of downtime as a technician manually switched you over.

These days, most NBN connections can be switched remotely and it can be a same-day process. For example, a person in our team signed up for a new NBN plan during his lunch break one day and was moved to the new provider's network before he got home that evening.

This is important to know because the majority of NBN plans have no long-term contract commitments. Most plans are month-to-month. To take advantage of this, you need to be ready to switch at any time. If you are not happy with the service: switch. If you regularly compare plans and spot a better deal: switch. If you sign up for a short-term promotion and it expires: switch.

NBN plans are changing all the time, and in both directions, so you shouldn’t feel like you are stuck paying for something you no longer want. Jump online, find a better deal, and move on.

Now that you know more about choosing a plan, go ahead and compare your options from Australia's NBN providers using the form and filters below.

NBN Plans: Everything you need to know

Choosing an NBN plan has been made to seem a lot more complicated than it is. The decade-long network rollout, the changes of direction and the constant political sniping have made the NBN seem like it may have been more trouble than it’s worth.

But the fact is, you don’t need to worry about any of that. To get your family connected to a fast, reliable internet connection, there are just a few things you need to consider.

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How to compare NBN plans

Here are the biggest considerations to take into account when signing up for an NBN plan:

  1. NBN technology type: Whether your address is FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises), FTTN (Fibre-to-the-Node) or FTTB (Fibre-to-the-Basement), is somewhat out of your control. FTTP is the superior technology but not the most common (and upgrade options can be expensive). You don't need to know what technology you have at your address. If you use our tool at the top of the page, it will only surface plans available to you.
  2. NBN speed: The speed options available to you are also determined by your technology type. Most connections are eligible for NBN Basic (12Mbps), Basic II (25 Mbps), Standard (50Mbps) and Fast (100Mbps) but only select FTTP and HFC (Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial) customers are eligible for Superfast (250 Mbps) and Ultrafast (1000 Mbps). Find out what speed you need in our guide.
  3. NBN price: Once you've determined which technology is available to you and your speed requirements, the next most important consideration is price. Unlike choosing a mobile plan, where network is a prime deciding factor, most NBN providers offer the same service, so there are fewer reasons to pay a premium for providers like Telstra. With that said, there are other reasons to compare, like customer satisfaction and bundling options. We rate providers on a five-star scale using over 25 points of comparison in four categories (speed, value, features and customer satisfaction). See our recommendations for the best NBN providers based on our criteria.
Joe Hanlon
Written by
Joe Hanlon
Joe has been reviewing tech and gadgets for over a decade having worked at CNET, TechRadar and telco comparison site WhistleOut.

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