Best NBN plans – Finder’s pick for January 2020

We've analysed 400+ plans from 40+ providers to help you find the best NBN plan.

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We update our top picks for the best NBN plans every month to help you find the plan best suited to your needs. Below are our editor's picks summarised for easy reference. Check out our internet ranking explainer for more on how we choose the best value plans.

Best NBN Plans January 2020

  1. Best value NBN: Vodafone NBN Essential Plus Month-to-Month $69
  2. Best cheap NBN: Tangerine NBN Standard $49.90
  3. Best high-speed NBN: Aussie Broadband 100/40 Unlimited - Power User NBN $99
  4. Best Telstra NBN: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Telstra TV $99
  5. Best Optus NBN: Optus $70 NBN Plan 1 Month $70
  6. Best TPG NBN: TPG NBN50 Bundle Unlimited $69.99
  7. Best iiNet NBN: iiNet NBN50 Liimitless 6 Month $74.99

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 NBN 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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  • We've spent dozens of hours trawling through Finder's internal database to find the best value deals for this guide.
  • The NBN represents the primary broadband service for the majority of Australian today as the network finishes rolling out to all areas. We've excluded business-only services to select only consumer, household plans for everyday Australians.
  • We excluded some providers only servicing limited regions, and evaluated the vast majority of the NBN market.
  • We're biased towards plans with unlimited data, and shorter contracts for flexibility.
  • Remember, our "best" pick may not always be the best for you. If this is the case, you can use our NBN plan engine & filters to find one better suited to your situation.

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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Editor's pick - top providers

The big players in the broadband space deserve their own mention. They've all got high-value plans with quite different offerings across speed, perks, contracts and extras. We reckon Telstra, Optus, TPG and iiNet are worth calling out for the best value NBN plan they've got to offer in this super-competitive space.

We've leaned on the algorithm behind our broadband comparison engine to help us choose the highest value plan from each provider. To filter & customise the experience yourself, check out our Internet Plans homepage.

If you want to dive deeper into each provider's offering, check out the dedicated provider pages we've written up:

Best Telstra NBN plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Telstra NBN Unlimited + Telstra TV

These days, Telstra's strength is in it's brand name and bundles. This plan includes a lot, while still being within a price range affordable to many households.

Unlimited data on the Standard Plus NBN tier, Telstra TV, and unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls for $99/month, with even more perks, make this the most attractive Telstra plan by far.

  • 40 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $99 per month
    Min. total cost of $414
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Best Optus NBN plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

Optus $70 NBN Plan 1 Month

Similarly to Telstra's best NBN plan, Optus' $70 option is high value with lots of extras (albeit with a steep initial setup fee).

With your Standard Plus connection, you'll get a subscription to Optus sport, pay-as-you-go standard calling, and the option to add Fetch TV streaming for $5/month.

  • 40 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $70 per month
    Min. total cost of $270
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Best TPG NBN plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

TPG NBN50 Bundle Unlimited

TPG's flagship plan is also their best (in our opinion).

With a faster typical evening speed than most providers (average in range is about 41Mbps), unlimited data, pay-as-you-go calls and a monthly price $10 less than Standard Plus tier average, it's an easy recommendation.

  • 43.7 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $69.99 per month
    Min. total cost of $199.94
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Best iiNet NBN plan

Jacob Smith Tech & Utilities Producer

iiNet NBN50 Liimitless 6 Month

This plan from iiNet is a 6 month contract, but we reckon the perks are worth being locked in for a little while.

As it's owned by TPG, the typical evening speeds are the same, but you also score a Fetch set top box, capable of streaming from Netflix, Stan and more. You'll also get access to 30 selected movies each month.

  • 43.7 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $74.99 per month
    Min. total cost of $449.94
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