Finder’s picks: The best NBN plans August 2019

We've scoured the Australian NBN market for the best-value broadband plans to suit different needs.

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To save you the hassle of comparing NBN plans one by one, we've picked out what we've determined are the top options across a variety of different categories. By thoroughly assessing what Australian NBN providers have to offer, we're confident that the following plans represent the best value currently available in their respective categories.

That said, it's important to remember that there is not one "best" NBN plan for everyone. Your data needs, usage habits and budget all factor into how suitable a specific plan is for you, so be sure to keep that in mind when considering our top picks.

Broadband Offer

Exetel NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

$69.99

Monthly

Min. Total Cost of $148.99

Provider Logo
Unlimited

Data

41 Mbps

Typical peak evening speed


Best NBN plan for less than $50 a month

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

Flip's Unlimited Value NBN plan provides an affordable entry point to the NBN. Its Basic NBN speed is enough for general web browsing and some light video streaming, though it will likely struggle if you try to stream Netflix in multiple rooms of your house at the same time.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you don't need unlimited data, IPSTAR's 100GB Fixed Line plan clocks in even cheaper than Flip's option at just $40 a month.Back to top


Best NBN plan for less than $70 a month

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

$70 will get you a lot of value in the NBN space, as Exetel's Standard Plus Unlimited plan proves. The speedy Standard Plus connection boasts one of the highest typical evening speeds you'll currently find, ensuring that your connection doesn't suddenly go all sluggish when 7:00PM rolls around. Coupled with unlimited monthly data and an impressively aggressive price, Exetel stands out as a top choice.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

Flip's Unlimited Family plan offer similar value to Exetel's offering, delivering Standard Plus speeds and unlimited data for just $64.90 a month. The only catch is you need to commit to a 12-month contract, otherwise you'll have to pay an extra $5 a month.

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Best NBN plans based on speed


Best Premium (nbn100) NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're after a complete phone and Internet package, MyRepublic's Premium Unlimited plan is an excellent option. Not only is it one of the cheapest plans on the market, it outranks its competitors in average download speeds based on reports from the gaming service Steam. It also bundles in a VoIP phone service with unlimited local and national landline calls at no extra cost, saving you the $10 a month many providers charge for the same.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you don't need the absolute pinnacle of Premium NBN speeds, you'll want to consider Kogan's NBN Gold Unlimited plan. It clocks in quite a bit cheaper than the majority of competing Premium NBN plans while still delivering solid typical evening speeds of 85.00 Mbps. You don't have to worry about any lock-in contracts or installation fees either, which is always a big plus.

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Best Standard Plus (nbn50) NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're forking out for a Standard Plus NBN plan, you'll want a decently-sized monthly data cap to give your high-speed connection room to strut its stuff. Exetel's Unlimited Standard Plus plan fits the bill nicely. With no data cap, you won't have to worry about curbing your Netflix bingeing, and the month-to-month contract means you can cancel at any time without paying any exit fees.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

Paying for peace of mind is nothing new, and that's exactly what Flip's NBN Fast plan offers. Not only can you sign up on a no-lock-in contract and cancel at any time without penalty, the plan comes with unlimited monthly data so you never have to worry about racking up exorbitant excess usage fees. Top that off with some of the fastest typical evening speeds at the Standard Plus tier, and Flip establishes itself as a smart choice in the NBN space.

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Best Standard (nbn25) NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

There aren't as many Standard plans around as there used to be since many providers have shifted their mid-range focus to Standard Plus connections instead. Of the plans still on the market, Kogan's Bronze Unlimited plan stands at the forefront. Unlimited data and the freedom of a month-to-month contract along with some of the fastest average peak-hour speeds places it ahead of similarly-priced competitors.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're not keen on Kogan for some reason, you might want to consider Vodafone's Essential plan. Like Kogan's Bronze plan, it features unlimited data and a no-lock-in contract, and still clocks in at a decent monthly price.Back to top


Best Basic (nbn12) NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

Spintel stands head and shoulders above the rest as the best bang for your buck. At just $49.95 a month with your choice of a month-to-month or fixed-term contract, its 200GB Basic 12 plan is ideal for households that only engage in general browsing and watch the odd YouTube or Netflix video here and there.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

For households sharing Internet access among multiple people, Spintel's 100GB monthly data cap might not be enough. In that case, Flip's Unlimited Value plan serves as a compelling alternative. For slightly more a month, its unlimited data cap relieves the stress of managing your monthly usage, making it especially attractive for families with data-hungry, Snapchat-addicted kids.

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Best NBN plan with unlimited calls

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