Best Internet plans – Finder’s pick for January 2020

We think the best Internet plan is the fastest connection with the most data available for your budget. We've crunched the numbers, comparing almost 1000 broadband plans from 50+ providers across 3 common Internet categories.

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We update our top picks for the best internet plans every month to help you find the plan best suited to your needs. Below are our editor's picks summarised for easy reference.

Best Internet Plans January 2020

  1. Best value internet plan: Vodafone NBN Essential Plus Month-to-Month $75
  2. Best cheap NBN plan: Tangerine NBN Standard $49.90 (for the first 6 months)
  3. Best high-speed NBN plan: Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited – Power User NBN $99
  4. Best ADSL bundle plan: TPG ADSL2+ Home Bundle Unlimited $59.99
  5. Best standalone ADSL plan: Dodo ADSL Metro Unlimited $30
  6. Best cheap mobile broadband plan: Spintel 4G Wireless Broadband 200GB 1 Month $49.95
  7. Best big-data mobile broadband plan: Spintel 4G High Speed Wireless Broadband 200GB $59.95

Remember, our "best" pick may not always be the best for you. You can use our Internet plans search engine & filters to find a better match for you.

Top pick: the best value internet plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Vodafone NBN Essential Plus

Vodafone's unlimited data Standard Plus plan is our top pick for this month. It's competitively priced at $69/month (average for similar plans is $75), and is a casual month-to-month contract.

This plan's typical evening speed is higher than average - 45Mbps during that peak 7pm - 11pm usage window (average is about 41Mbps).

  • 45 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $69 per month
    Min. total cost of $249
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The research

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Editor's top picks
  • We've spent dozens of hours trawling through Finder's internal database using our ranking algorithm to find the best value deals for this guide.
  • NBN, ADSL and mobile broadband represent the vast majority of use cases for everyday Australians. We excluded connection types like Satellite or Fixed Wireless which are mostly used in regional or remote areas.
  • We excluded some providers only servicing limited regions, and evaluated the vast majority of the market.
  • We strongly preferred plans with unlimited data in the NBN and ADSL categories, and shorter contracts throughout.
  • Remember, our "best" pick may not always be the best for you. If this is the case, you can use our Internet Plans engine & filters to find a plan better suited to your situation.

Alternative picks

Best cheap NBN plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Tangerine NBN Standard

Tangerine may not be a well known provider, but their plans are definitely great value. They're running a promotion on their 1 month Standard speed plan - the first 6 months are $49.90, then it goes up to $59.90 - but you'll have the freedom to switch if needed.

At a much faster speed than other plans under $50 and unlimited data, this one's an easy recommendation if you're looking to save some cash.

  • 21 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $49.9 per month
    Min. total cost of $49.9
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Best high-speed NBN plan

Matt Sayer Tech & Utilities Expert/Writer

Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited

If you're after a high-speed NBN service with top-tier customer service, Aussie Broadband is hard to pass up. Its Premium Unlimited plan clocks in with a typical evening speed of 86Mbps, making it considerably faster than the market average of around 81Mbps.

You don't need to commit to a fixed-term contract nor do you need to pay any set-up fees, either, so you can try it relatively risk-free.

  • 86 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $99 per month
    Min. total cost of $99
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Best ADSL bundle plan

Matt Sayer Tech & Utilities Expert/Writer

TPG ADSL2+ Home Bundle Unlimited 1 Month

ADSL usually requires an active phone line to function. Unless you're paying for a separate phone service, you'll need a plan that comes with home phone line rental.

Most providers charge extra for this, which is why TPG's ADSL Home bundle is so attractive. At a lower-than-average price, it includes line rental, unlimited data and pay-as-you-go calls.

  • Unlimited data
  • $59.99 per month
    Min. total cost of $179.94
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Best standalone ADSL plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Dodo ADSL Metro Unlimited 1 Month

If you've already got a home phone service, it's easy to grab a standalone or "naked" ADSL plan (if you can't get the NBN).

You'll get unlimited monthly data at one of the cheapest monthly fees on the market, but you'll need an existing home phone line rental service to sign up.

  • Unlimited data
  • $30 per month
    Min. total cost of $262.9
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Best cheap mobile broadband plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Spintel 4G Basic Wireless Broadband

This 12 month, basic speed plan from Spintel has a massive data allowance for the price tag - 200GB for $49.95/month. The only downside we can see is the speed limitations - it caps out at 12Mbps.

This is fast enough for light internet usage on the go, such as emailing, conference calling, or downloading documents. It likely won't perform under heavy usage like HD Netflix or large file transfers.

  • 200GB data
  • $49.95 per month
    Min. total cost of $659.4
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Best big-data mobile broadband plan

Matt Sayer Tech & Utilities Expert/Writer

Spintel 4G High Speed Wireless Broadband

As demand for high-speed Internet, so too have mobile data caps. Spintel's 200GB data plan is a prime example of this.

At just $59.95 a month, it beats out the market average by ~$20/month, delivering tremendous value for money with no need to commit to a long-term contract.

  • 200 GB data
  • $59.95 per month
    Min. total cost of $219.95
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