Best NBN plans for January 2021

Looking for a better NBN plan for the new year? We've compared over 600 plans from 40+ providers to help you find the best NBN plans this month.

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Best NBN plans for January 2021

You'll find 9 top picks for the best NBN plans in various categories below. Like the look of one? Just click the blue link and we'll take you to your selected plan.

  1. Best value unlimited NBN plan: Epic NBN 50 $59.90
  2. Best budget NBN plan: Tangerine Standard NBN Plan $49.90
  3. Best NBN plan for working from home: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Premium Internet $110
  4. Best NBN plan for Netflix: Telstra Unlimited + Premium Internet Plan $110
  5. Best high-speed NBN plan: Aussie Broadband $129 NBN 250 Plan
  6. Best NBN plan with free modem: Vodafone Essential Plus $65
  7. Best NBN bundle plan: Telstra NBN + Telstra TV $99
  8. Best NBN plan for gamers: Optus Internet Entertainer Lite Plan
  9. Best NBN plan for seniors: TPG NBN12 100GB Plan $49.99

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Expert picks

Every month, our tech expert Alex Kidman scours through the multitude of NBN plans available in our Broadband Plan Finder™ to find the best deals in the market. With over 20 years of experience writing for more tech websites than you can count on both hands, you could say Alex knows a thing or two about the Internet.

Keep in mind: There's no such thing as one best plan to suit everyone, so our picks might not be the right ones for you. Always compare your options and choose the one that best suits your needs.

Best value unlimited NBN plan

Epic NBN 50

46.8 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$59.9
per month
Epic Broadband may be one of the newest providers on the block, but their plans are jam-packed with value. The price is excellent value for a Standard speed plan (most providers will charge you $70 or more for a similar service), and the typical evening speed is quite high. One of the biggest points for Epic is the simplicity of their plans - no confusing temporary discounts, and no lock-in contract.
  • Faster than average NBN 50 plans in our database
  • Low monthly price
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • BYO modem option available
  • Lesser-known provider
  • No add-ons or entertainment bundles
Total min. cost $59.9
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 20Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available
Disclaimer
With most Australians being on NBN 50 plans or faster, we chose our best value unlimited NBN plan to be on this speed tier. NBN 50 plans are great for households of 2-3 people, with fast enough speeds for easy streaming, downloads and other online activities. We balanced typical evening speeds with monthly cost to find the plan that we think gives you the best value. We prioritised plans that come with no contract so you have the freedom to leave if you're not happy.

Best budget NBN plan

Tangerine NBN Standard

21 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$49.9
per month
Tangerine claims the budget crown with an NBN 25 plan that comes with unlimited data at just under $50 per month. Keep in mind that this is a promotional price for your first 6 months on this plan. From the 7th month onwards, this plan will cost you $59.90 a month. There's no contract in play though, so you're free to jump to another NBN provider if a better deal comes along, but in the budget space those are astonishingly rare. Tangerine even offers a 14-day NBN trial, so it's easy to work out if it's the right NBN connection for your needs.
  • One of the cheapest unlimited NBN 25 plans available
  • Faster than average NBN 25 plans in our database
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • 14 day NBN trial
  • 3 different modems to choose from
  • BYO modem also available
  • Promotional plan pricing - increases by $10 after 6 months
  • Price doesn't include modem
Total min. cost $49.9
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 5Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available
Disclaimer
Since everyone's budget is different, our idea of what a 'cheap' NBN plan is might also differ. With many NBN plans these days hovering around the $70-80/month mark, we consider plans under $50/month to be considered a budget-friendly option. While you can't expect anything more than NBN 25 speeds for under $50, we've chosen the best plan for this price that will still give you unlimited data so you don't have to worry about running out.

💸 Want to see more cheap NBN deals? See our range of NBN plans under $50

Best NBN plan for working from home

Telstra Unlimited + Premium Internet

100 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$100
per month
Lots of us are still going to be working from home in 2021, and for that you want fast and reliable data. Telstra's NBN plan gives you astonishing claimed typical evening speeds – the full 100Mbps of an NBN 100 plan – plus 4G fallback if the NBN does go offline. Sign up before March 29 and get $10 off a month for 6 months. Your plan reverts back to the original price of $110 a month after this promo ends.
  • Fastest NBN 100 plan available
  • Price includes 4G backup modem - stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • No lock-in contract
  • No $99 setup fee if you sign up online
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • More expensive than other NBN 100 plans in our database
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 24 months
Total min. cost $100
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 40Mbps
Modem Modem included (free if you stay connected for 24 months)
Disclaimer
The best NBN plan for working from home will really depend on how many people are online at the same time in your household, and what you're using your Internet connection for. We've looked at NBN 100 plans for this category which is enough to handle 4 (maybe even 5) people online at the same time. That should give you fast enough Internet for seamless Zoom calls, uploading documents, and other things you're likely to do while working. To narrow down our best pick, we've looked specifically at typical evening speeds advertised by providers and chosen the NBN plan with the fastest speed as our winner.

Best NBN plan for Netflix

Telstra NBN Premium Internet Unlimited 100/40 Mbps

100 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$100
per month
If you want a premium Netflix experience, you want a consistent and fast data pipe to get your Cobra Kai binges on in proper 4K. Telstra's been busy upgrading its NBN plans with bold typical evening speeds that should be able to handle even multiple 4K streams without visual breakup or buffering issues. Sign up before March 29 and get $10 off a month for 6 months. Your plan reverts back to the original price of $110 a month after this promo ends.
  • Fastest NBN 100 plan available
  • Price includes 4G backup modem - stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • No lock-in contract
  • No $99 setup fee if you sign up online
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • More expensive than other NBN 100 plans in our database
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 24 months
Total min. cost $100
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 40Mbps
Modem Modem included (free if you stay connected for 24 months)
Disclaimer
Usually, our source of truth for the best NBN provider for Netflix comes from the Netflix ISP Index. This measures prime time Netflix performance across popular NBN providers. Unfortunately, the index hasn't been updated since February 2020 due to COVID-19 and its impact on telecommunications networks around the world. We've taken the data from February 2020 with a grain of salt, knowing that these figures may have changed by now. Instead, we've focused on NBN 100 plans and the advertised typical evening speed of providers. The faster the speed the provider can give you, the more reliable your Netflix stream should be.

Best high-speed NBN plan

Aussie Broadband 250/25 Unlimited

222 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$129
per month
It's still only a small percentage of NBN homes that can get plans above 100Mbps, but if you're part of that cohort, Aussie Broadband's 250Mbps plan remains the best value in market, with the best typical evening speeds at this speed tier, plus local support and easy options for phone bundling. Always check with Aussie Broadband that your address is compatible with NBN 250 speeds before you sign up.
  • Fastest NBN 250 plan in our database
  • Great for large and busy households
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • BYO modem option available
  • Australian technical support team
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • Plan is not available at all addresses
  • Price doesn't include modem
Total min. cost $129
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 25Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available
Disclaimer
The best high-speed NBN plan will depend on what connection type you have. We've gone for NBN 250 plans here since that's enough of a boost in speed for households or 5 or people to handle. NBN 1000 plans also exist, but these speeds are usually overkill for home usage, and better suited for businesses. Always check with the provider before you sign up that your address is compatible with high speeds.

Disclaimer: The author presents a weekly tech podcast, Vertical Hold, which is sponsored by Aussie Broadband. This has not affected the choice of best high-speed NBN plan for this article, which is based on careful analysis of all available plans.

Best NBN plan with free modem

Vodafone NBN Essential Plus

46 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$65
per month
Nobody's really handing out 'free' NBN modems – you typically have to sign up for a longer period to score one, and if you're keen on that, it makes sense to get one with decent features like a 4G backup modem with Vodafone. This means you'll stay connected to the Internet even if there's an NBN outage in your area. Vodafone's NBN deal is affordable with good typical evening speeds for an NBN 50 plan, 4G fallback and an included modem for nothing if you stay connected over 36 months.
  • Faster than average NBN 50 plans in our database
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • 4G backup modem - stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • Promotional plan pricing - increases by $10 after 6 months
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 36 months
Total min. cost $245
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 20Mbps
Modem $180 (free if you stay connected for 36 months)
Disclaimer
We compared NBN 50 plans from providers that don't charge you an upfront fee for your modem. This will usually require you to stay connected with the same provider for 24-36 months. We also prioritised plans that come with 4G back-up modems so you can stay connected to the Internet during an NBN outage.

Best NBN bundle plan

Telstra NBN Unlimited + Telstra TV

50 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$99
per month
There's a few different options in the bundled entertainment space, from Foxtel's rather obvious bundling, that only makes sense if you're only on a Foxtel contract, to the many providers that offer the Fetch Mighty Set top box. But Telstra's Telstra TV (by way of Roku) offers a best of both worlds option, as it's Foxtel compatible, and works with all of Australia's catch-up TV services.
  • Fastest NBN 50 plan available
  • Price includes 4G backup modem - stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • No lock-in contract
  • No $99 setup fee if you sign up online
  • Telstra TV is compatible with many streaming services
  • Individual streaming service subscriptions still required
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 24 months
Total min. cost $99
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 20Mbps
Modem Modem included (free if you stay connected for 24 months)
Disclaimer
The best NBN bundle will really depend on what entertainment options you're after. Most providers will offer you a single subscription service tied with your NBN plan (e.g. Fetch Mighty Set top box) so our best pick might not always be the best option for you if you're not after that particular service. To choose our best pick, we opted for plans on the NBN 50 speed tier which can handle 2-3 simultaneous streams at a time.

Best NBN plan for gamers

Optus Internet Entertainer Lite 100 NBN Plan

90 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$89
per month
Gamers typically want low ping, fast downloads and network priority when they're gathering online glory no matter their game of choice, and here our selection is close. Telstra and Optus both offer game optimisation services – Optus's is Game Path while Telstra's is Game Optimiser – at an additional $10 on top of any NBN plan. We've gone with Optus for our pick here since it's overall NBN plan pricing makes it a slightly cheaper option (even with Game Path's additional cost) compared to Telstra's plan, which would cost $120/month instead.
  • Faster than average NBN 100 plans in our database
  • No lock-in contract
  • 4G backup modem included - stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • Optus Sport included
  • Fetch Mighty set-top-box with 1 Premium Channel Pack included
  • Promotional plan pricing - increases by $10 after 12 months
  • Game Path not included - extra $10/month
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 36 month
Total min. cost $341
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 20Mbps
Modem $252 (free if you stay connected for 36 months)
Disclaimer
Gamers will most likely be looking for low ping, but unfortunately, that's not really something NBN plans measure. For the best NBN plans for gamers, we've looked at providers that offer specific gamer plans: MyRepublic, Aussie Broadband, Optus and Telstra. All these providers offer game optimisation services to ensure you're getting the best speed and as little lag as possible. We've also opted to look at NBN 100 plans from these providers to make sure you're getting sufficient speeds as well.

Best NBN plan for seniors

TPG NBN12 Bundle 100GB

12 Mbps
Typical evening speed
100 GB
data
$49.99
per month
The online needs of Australian seniors can vary a lot, but for many what they want out of the NBN is a phone line and small scale Internet access at a more affordable cost. That doesn't leave a lot of options – NBN providers are typically more competitive at the faster end of town, sadly. TPG's basic bundle is just that – very basic – but if you're rarely online and want more in the way of an unlimited calls package without an extra cost, it's fair value.
  • Great budget option - under $50/month
  • Unlimited local & standard national calls included
  • No lock-in contract
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • $99.95 setup fee
  • Data is split between peak and off peak times
  • Compulsory modem purchase
Total min. cost $159.94
Setup fee $99
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 1Mbps
Modem Modem included in setup fee
Disclaimer
To find the best NBN plan for seniors, we've compared NBN plans that come with a home phone line and calls included. We've assumed that you don't necessarily need the fastest plans around, so we've opted to look at plans that offer up to 12Mbps. To keep costs low, we've also prioritised plans with data caps, which is fine if you're not using the Internet everyday. If you're a more regular online user, check out our pick for the best value unlimited NBN plan above.
Promoted
Tangerine NBN offers unlimited data & 21Mbps typical evening speed for $49.90/month.

How to find the best NBN plan

It can be confusing when you're trying to compare NBN plans if you're not totally familiar with all the technical jargon, but for most users we find you can simplify the process massively by simply answering the following questions:


Do you have a provider preference?
The NBN delivers broadband equally to all without bias or preference, but many of us are comfortable with known brand names, or have existing mobile or telco deals that can be bundled in with a fresh NBN connection. However, there's often an element of the lazy tax at play here, because the big incumbents often rely on customers sticking with them regardless. If you want to save money on your NBN connection, it's well worth looking around the smaller and hungrier competitor brands.


Do you need a new modem?
If you're connecting to the NBN for the first time, or if you've had your existing modem for a while, chances are high that you'll need a new modem. If you're just switching between NBN providers, you could probably save by sticking to your current modem. Check the total minimum cost of a plan, especially for month-to-month plans. If it's higher than the plan cost, then the cost of the modem is probably included – either that or they're charging an activation or switchover fee.


What speeds do you need?
This is a more detailed topic which we've expanded on further down in the guide, but consider how many users will access your service and what they'll do. If you're a single person who only skims emails once a day then a basic plan is fine, but a bigger family that loves Netflix streaming and online gaming will probably need something faster.


What speeds should you expect?
Here, you're stuck with less "choice" and more "reality of the NBN build", with those on Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) having the widest range of choice, followed by Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC NBN). The precise nature of your connection will limit your speed choices, and if you enter your address into our Broadband Plan Finder™, you'll only be shown NBN plans that are available for your premises. What you want to look at here is the "typical evening speed", because that's usually when the NBN is busiest. Some providers offer cheaper plans, but it's often at the cost of a low typical evening speed.


How much data do you need?
This is entirely personal; if you only go online very intermittently then a plan with a capped data quantity might be fine to save a few dollars. The reality across most NBN plans is that unlimited data has fast become the norm even for lower cost plans, and buying an unlimited plan does bring with it peace of mind. You quite literally cannot go over the limit, after all.


Are long contracts worth it?
Anyone who's had to sign up for an Internet plan in the last decade probably got signed up for a 12- or 24-month contract, and you might think that's the same for NBN plans. However, the vast majority of plans offered these days are instead on a rolling month-by-month basis, which makes it super easy to switch providers if you're unhappy for any reason. The one reason you may want to consider a longer term plan is if your provider is willing to cut down or eliminate connection fees or the cost of a new NBN-ready modem if you need one. If you're planning to stay with that provider for the length of the contract anyway that could represent a significant saving.


How much do you want to pay?
Yeah, we know. "As little as possible" is the answer everyone gives. While you shouldn't overpay for your NBN by any means, setting a budget will let you balance that cost against your needs. If you're going online solo and briefly, a cheap plan is fine, but again if your needs are more extensive, allow more in your budget to make sure you get a plan that really satisfies your desire for fast broadband.

With those questions answered, you're ready to compare NBN plans to find the best one for you.

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