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Best NBN plans for April 2021

We've compared over 400 plans from 40+ providers to help you find the best NBN plans this month.

Best Value Pick
Exclusive
48.6 Mbps
typical evening speed
$54.00
per month
Finder Exclusive: $5/month off for as long as you're connected Minimum total cost is $54.00
Best High-Speed Pick
Exclusive
218.7 Mbps
typical evening speed
$94.00
per month
Finder Exclusive: $5/month off for as long as you're connected Minimum total cost is $94.00
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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 NBN plans for April 2021

You'll find nine 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 Classic Plus $54
  2. Best budget NBN plan: Tangerine NBN Standard $44.90
  3. Best NBN plan for working from home: Spintel NBN100 Unlimited 1 Month $74
  4. Best NBN plan for Netflix: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Premium Internet $90
  5. Best high-speed NBN plan: Epic NBN Superfast $94
  6. Best NBN plan with free modem: Vodafone NBN Essential Month-to-Month $65
  7. Best NBN bundle plan: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Xbox All Access $102
  8. Best NBN plan for gamers: Telstra NBN Unlimited + Xbox All Access $102
  9. Best NBN plan for seniors: Tangerine NBN Standard Bundle $54.90

Best value unlimited NBN plan

Epic NBN 50

48.6 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$54
per month
Epic's Classic Plus deal gives you an NBN 50 plan with good typical evening speeds and unlimited data. With most Aussies being on NBN 50 plans or faster, this plan will be great for you if you live in a household of 2-3 people.

We balanced typical evening speeds with monthly cost to find the plan that we think gives you the best value. As an exclusive offer for Finder readers only, you can grab it for an affordable $55 per month for the life of the plan, down from its usual $59 price point.
  • Finder Exclusive offer - you won't find this price anywhere else
  • Faster than average NBN 50 plans in our database
  • Discount lasts for the life of the plan
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • BYO modem available
  • Price doesn't include modem if you need one
Total min. cost $54
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 20Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available

Best budget NBN plan

Tangerine NBN Standard

21 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$44.9
per month
We all have a different idea of what 'cheap' is, but we reckon an NBN plan under $50 a month is pretty budget-friendly. If you're working on a smaller budget, Tangerine's plan offers good value at a solid price. At just $44.90 per month for the first 6 months ($59.90 after), you get a solid typical evening speed as well as unlimited data, so you never have to worry about going over quota.

There's also no ongoing obligation, so you can leave at any time.
  • 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
  • Low promotional price
  • BYO modem available
  • Price increases to $59.90 after 6 months
  • Price doesn't include modem
Total min. cost $44.9
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 5Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available

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

Best NBN plan for working from home

Spintel NBN100 Unlimited 1 Month

90 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$74
per month
We've looked at NBN 100 plans here that are enough to handle up to 4 people online at the same time. When you're working from home, you need speed and reliability to handle downloading and uploading files, plus those inevitable Zoom meetings chewing up the bandwidth.

Spintel's current deal has an exclusive discount for 6 months at just $74 per month ($84.95 after) with good typical speeds and unlimited data. You also get up to 40Mbps upload speeds to handle your video-conferencing needs.
  • Comparison Exclusive offer - you'll only get this discount via a comparison website
  • Faster than average NBN 100 plans in our database
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • BYO modem available
  • Price doesn't include modem if you need one
  • Price increases to $84.95 after 6 months
Total min. cost $74
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 40Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available

Best NBN plan for Netflix

Telstra Unlimited + Premium Internet

100 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$90
per month
Netflix's Speed Index rates NBN providers for their content delivery speed, and right now there's a running tie between Telstra, TPG, Optus and Aussie Broadband. Telstra takes the prize this month with competitive pricing, full 100Mbps typical evening speeds and 4G backup modem, it's a great proposition for streaming fans.

If you sign up before June 30, you'll save $120. This plan costs $90 for the first 6 months, then reverts back to the original price of $110.
  • Faster than average NBN 100 plans in our database
  • BYO modem option available
  • No lock-in contract
  • No setup fee
  • All Aussie support team
  • Price increases to $99 after 6 months
  • Price doesn't include modem
Total min. cost $90
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)

Best high-speed NBN plan

Epic NBN Superfast

218.7 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$94
per month
The best high-speed NBN plan will depend on what connection type you have. We've gone for NBN 250 plans here – NBN 1000 plans also exist, but these speeds are usually overkill for home usage. Not every NBN connection can actually handle NBN 250 speeds, but if you're in that group, our Finder exclusive offer with Epic is hard to beat.

You can get this plan for $94 a month (instead of $99) for as long as you stay with Epic. There are plenty of providers offering discounts on NBN 250 plans this month, but this is the only one that lasts for the life of your plan, and not just the first 6 months.
  • Finder Exclusive offer - you won't find this price anywhere else
  • Discount lasts for the life of the plan
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • BYO modem available
  • Price doesn't include modem if you need one
Total min. cost $94
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 25Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available

Best NBN plan with free modem

Vodafone NBN Essential Plus

46 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$65
per month
There aren't really any NBN plans that come with a free modem without strings attached. We've compared NBN 50 plans where the modem is technically 'free' after 24-36 months.

Vodafone's NBN Essential Plan is a basically affordable plan that includes a free modem if you stay connected for 36 months. Vodafone further enhances its value with 4G backup, so even if the NBN goes offline, you don't have to lose Internet access. Sign up before April 28 to get $10 off for your first 6 months, so you'll pay $65 a month instead of $75.
  • Faster than average NBN 50 plans in our database
  • No setup fees
  • No lock-in contract
  • 4G back-up modem – stay connected even during an NBN outage
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • Price increases to $75 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)

Best NBN bundle plan

Telstra NBN 500GB + Xbox All Access

25 Mbps
Typical evening speed
500GB
data
$102
per month
The best NBN bundle will really depend on what entertainment options you're after. There's only a few players in this category, which limits your choices. Telstra's bundle gets you a great NBN connection, and an easy way to play a huge range of Xbox Games. It also comes with included Xbox GamePass, turbocharging your games collection and a wide array of streaming media apps available for the Xbox platform.

If that's not enough, you even get 3 months of access to Binge thrown in for free.
  • Fastest NBN 25 plan in our database
  • Includes Xbox All Access + device deal
  • 3 months of BINGE Standard for free
  • No lock-in contract
  • No $99 setup fee if you sign up online
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • Individual streaming service subscriptions still required
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 24 months
Total min. cost $102
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 5Mbps
Modem Modem included (free if you stay connected for 24 months)

Best NBN plan for gamers

Telstra 500GB NBN + Xbox All Access

25 Mbps
Typical evening speed
500GB
data
$102
per month
If you're a PC gamer, Telstra and Optus do offer network prioritisation packages as add-on extras, but in plan terms, again it's got to be Telstra's Xbox All Access package. Just keep in mind you might need to wait some time to actually get your Xbox Series S or Series X console.

It's a common misconception that gamers need fast speeds, when actually 25Mbps is enough for online gaming. This plan is best suited for those in smaller 1-2 person households.
  • Fastest NBN 25 plan in our database
  • Includes Xbox All Access + device deal
  • 3 months of BINGE Standard for free
  • No lock-in contract
  • No $99 setup fee if you sign up online
  • Well-known NBN provider
  • Must already be a Telstra NBN customer to sign up for deal
  • Modem is only free if you stay connected for 24 months
Total min. cost $102
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 5Mbps
Modem Modem included (free if you stay connected for 24 months)

Best NBN plan for seniors

Tangerine NBN Standard Bundle

21 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
data
$54.9
per month
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 equal to or under NBN 25 speeds.

Tangerine's bundle should meet most of these needs with moderate NBN speeds, unlimited data and bundled home phone as well. It's also available with a sweet $15 per month discount for the first 6 months, which means you pay $54.90 (then $69.90 after the promo).
  • 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
  • Low promotional price
  • BYO modem available
  • Price increases to $69.90 after 6 months
  • Price doesn't include modem if you need one
Total min. cost $54.9
Setup fee $0
Contract length No lock-in contract
Upload speed Up to 5Mbps
Modem Optional purchase, BYO modem available
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 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. 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, so 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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