Best Internet deals for January 2021

Find the best Internet plan to kick start the new year. We've compared nearly 1000 plans from 60 providers across 5 Internet categories to help you find the best Internet deal.

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Best Internet deals for January 2021

You'll find 8 expert picked plans over a variety of categories below. If you like the look of one, click on the blue link and we'll take you to that specific plan and why it's the best this month.

  1. Best unlimited Internet deal: Superloop Unlimited Standard Plus $58.95
  2. Best cheap Internet plan: Tangerine Unlimited Standard $49.90 Plan
  3. Best wireless Internet plan: Optus 4G Internet Everyday $75 for 500GB
  4. Best WiFi Internet plan: Vodafone NBN Essential Plus $65
  5. Best ADSL Internet: Telstra ADSL Unlimited Plan $90
  6. Best Internet TV bundle: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Telstra TV $99
  7. Best Internet for gamers: Optus $75 Internet Everyday Plan
  8. Best home phone and Internet deal: Tangerine XL Boost Bundle $69.90

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Expert picks

Every month, our team of experts looks for the best Internet plans from hundreds of products in the market to narrow down a selection of best picks. Since the Internet comes in many shapes and connection types, we look at the best plans across home Internet connections like NBN, ADSL and home wireless plans, as well as more flexible connections like mobile broadband.

Keep in mind: Our best picks may not always be the best one for you. We encourage you to compare your options and choose the plan that best suits your circumstances.

How did we choose the best Internet deals?

At the start of each month, we compare all the Internet plans available in our database under the categories of: NBN, ADSL, mobile broadband and home wireless plans. We find the plans that we believe fit best into our six categories. None of these picks are sponsored – we also take into account Internet providers and plans that we aren't partnered with – so that our winners for each category are chosen without bias.

We take these factors into account when choosing our monthly winners:

  • Price per month (and whether promotional pricing is involved)
  • Typical evening speed
  • Data amount
  • Other notable features offered by the provider such as outstanding customer service, satisfaction guarantees, and special modem features.

Best unlimited Internet deal:

Superloop NBN Unlimited Standard Plus

Superloop's NBN plan is our pick for the best overall NBN plan for the second month in a row, thanks to its current promotion. You'll score $20 off for the first 6 months on this plan, which makes this plan $58.95 a month instead of its usual $78.95. There's no contract involved, so if you don't want to be paying full price after 6 months, you're free to switch providers and look for a better deal.

The speed of this plan is great for a couple of people working from home or streaming Netflix. We'd recommend this plan for households of no more than 4 people maximum.

  • 44.4 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $58.95 per month
    Min. total cost of $58.95
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Best cheap Internet plan:

Tangerine NBN Standard

The start of a new year is always a good time to take a look at your finances and see where you can make budget cuts. If you're looking for cheap Internet deal, you'll need to sacrifice a bit of speed to get a lower cost.

Tangerine's plan has been our best cheap pick for the entirety of 2020, and it's yet to be beaten in January. If you're living in a 1-2 person household, you'll still do well with Tangerine's 21Mbps. Keep in mind that the $49.90 price is a 6 month promotion, and the price will jump up by $10 a month after. There's also no contract involved though, so you can leave at any time.

  • 21 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $49.9 per month
    Min. total cost of $49.9
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Best wireless Internet:

Optus 4G Home Internet Everyday 500GB

Home wireless broadband was a relatively new type of Internet connection last year. It's easy to see the appeal - no wires and easy set-up, with speeds that rival the NBN (depending on your location). Optus is one of the biggest names when it comes to home wireless broadband, and it's currently offering 10% off its home wireless plans for your first 24 months if you sign up before April 4.

Optus also has 5G versions of this plan, but since its 5G network isn't widely available yet, we've gone with the 4G plan as our best pick.

  • 500GB data
  • $67.5 per month
    Min. total cost of $283.5
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Best WiFi Internet plan:

Vodafone NBN Essential Plus

Need a modem included with your Internet plan? Lots of plans these days come with the option of BYO modem, but if you're in need of a new modem because you're moving, or yours simply isn't doing the job anymore, we'd recommend Vodafone for a solid WiFi Internet plan.

Vodafone's plan stands out against the rest thanks to its competitive pricing, decent speeds and extra modem features. Its modem comes with 4G backup, which means you'll still be connected to the Internet if there's an NBN outage in your area.

  • 46 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $65 per month
    Min. total cost of $245
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Best ADSL plan

Telstra ADSL Unlimited

With the NBN rollout nearly complete in Australia, a lot of providers have stopped offering ADSL plans. But if you're still looking for one, we'd recommend going with Telstra.

Not only is Telstra the biggest Internet provider in the country, but it'll also switch you to one of its NBN plans once it becomes available in your area. This plan also comes with unlimited standard local, national and mobile calls included, which you can use with your home phone if you have one.

  • Unlimited data
  • $90 per month
    Min. total cost of $90
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Best Internet TV bundle:

Telstra NBN Unlimited + Telstra TV

Quite a few providers offer subscription services tied to their NBN plans these days, but Telstra stands out from the pack thanks to its easily compatible Telstra TV package. It works with many of the popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Stan and Foxtel, and you can watch catch-up content from all Australia's free-to-air TV networks.

We've already recommended Telstra's NBN 100 plan for streaming Netflix, but we went with the NBN 50 plan for this category since 50Mbps should be enough for your Internet TV purposes for a smaller household.

  • 50 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $99 per month
    Min. total cost of $99
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Best Internet for gamers:

Optus $75 Internet Everyday Plan

Most NBN plans will be fine for gamers, but if you're looking for a plan that will give you low latency and reliable speeds, you'll need a provider with gamer-specific plan features.

Optus's NBN plans include access to its Game Path priority service for an additional $10/month, which promises priority traffic when Game Path is activated for Windows 10 PCs. Keep in mind that the price we're showing here is just for the plan itself. You'll need to opt in on Game Path on the sign-up page.

  • 44 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $75 per month
    Min. total cost of $426
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Best home phone and Internet deal:

Tangerine NBN XL Boost Bundle Unlimited

Home phones are less popular these days thanks to most of us relying on our mobile phones instead. But if you're still using your home number and need an Internet plan that looks after both, give Tangerine a go.

Tangerine is known for having affordable NBN plans and its bundle includes unlimited standard local, national and mobile calls. Just keep in mind that the monthly price only lasts for the first 6 months, and it'll cost you $79.90 after the promo period.

  • 42 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $69.9 per month
    Min. total cost of $69.9
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How to find the best Internet plan

What makes an Internet plan the "best" changes from person to person, so we've compiled a list of things to look out for when you're trying to choose the best Internet plan for you.

  • Price. Not all plans are created equal, and some providers will simply charge more for a comparable plan. Most plans offer unlimited data these days, but you could think about potentially saving on a limited data plan if you're not a heavy Internet user.
  • Speed. The NBN speed tiers aren't the only thing that matters. Every provider has a typical evening speed for their plans. This tells you what speed you can expect when everyone is online in the evening, and is what you should be comparing between similar NBN plans.
  • Contract type. Month-to-month plans offer flexibility and let you switch providers on a whim, but some longer contract plans let you waive set-up fees or include a modem as part of the plan.
  • Extras. Do you need a home phone line, or are you interested in entertainment bundles? Some providers will include extras that you can sign up for on their Internet plans.
  • Provider reviews. While reading reviews is important, be aware that some providers compensate people for writing positive reviews about them to improve their star ratings. Also check whether negative reviews are related to issues with the provider or simply written by customers who are angry for other reasons.
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Tangerine NBN offers unlimited data & 21Mbps typical evening speed for $49.90/month.

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