Finder’s picks: The best NBN plans May 2019

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

With the NBN (National Broadband Network) gradually taking over Australia, the number of telcos offering broadband plans on the growing network has skyrocketed. While more competition is always a good thing for consumers, it can make it tough to wade through the staggering number of plans available to find the one that's best for you.

To save you the hassle of comparing 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.

About the author

Matt Sayer is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.


Broadband Offer

Exetel NBN Standard Plus Unlimited 12 Month

$59.99

Monthly

Min. Total Cost of $739.88

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Unlimited

Data

43 Mbps

Typical peak evening speed


Best NBN plan for less than $50 a month

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

Exetel's 100GB NBN plans provide an affordable entry point to the NBN, and its Standard Plus plan specifically delivers a solid balance of speed, data and price. 100GB is enough data for general browsing along with streaming a few hours of video each week, and the 43.00Mbps speeds Exetel promises during peak evening hours will ensure you're rarely stuck waiting for videos or web pages to load.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you need a plan better equipped to deal with multiple people browsing, streaming and downloading all month long, Flip's Unlimited Value plan is worth a look. You'll have to settle for a slower Basic NBN connection as a trade-off though, so don't count on being able to stream Netflix in multiple rooms of your house at the same time.

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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 Flip's Unlimited Fast 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, Flip's Fast NBN plan is a top choice.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're happy committing to a 12-month contract, you can save even more by signing up to Exetel's Standard Plus NBN plan. In addition to one of the cheapest monthly rates going around, you get a pay-as-you-go VoIP phone service, unlimited data and typical evening speeds that promise lag-free streaming even during the busiest hours of the day.

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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 Super-Fast 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 83.00 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 12-month, 500GB Standard Plus plan fits the bill nicely. 500GB is more than enough to satisfy all but the most voracious of Internet users, even if you're a compulsive Netflix binge-watcher.

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 $44.95 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, Exetel's 100GB monthly data cap might not be enough. In that case, Flip's Unlimited Value plan serves as a compelling alternative. For $10 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

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

Plenty of NBN plans come with a basic pay-as-you-go VoIP phone service bundled in these days, but you have to look a little harder to find one that covers all bases with unlimited calls. Mate Communicate (as well as its business partner Barefoot Telecom) stands out from the crowd here, with its Yeah Mates bundle packing unlimited local, national and mobile calls along with unlimited monthly data and a zippy Standard Plus connection.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're looking for the cheapest option over the long term, signing up for Exetel's 12-month NBN Standard Plus Unlimited plan and adding on the $10 unlimited call pack is the way to go. At a total monthly cost of $69.99, you get unlimited local, national and mobile calls plus unlimited data, and the longer you sign up for, the lower the set-up costs will be.

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Best fixed wireless NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

IPSTAR has had plenty of experience delivering broadband connections to regional and remote areas of Australia, and its 100GB Standard plan is a solid option for Aussies living beyond the reach of fixed-line NBN. If you're not certain whether it's the right plan for you, you can sign up on a no-lock-in contract, but committing to 12 or 24 months instead will score you up to 2 free months off your total cost plus a lower set-up fee.

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