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Compare broadband plans and bundles to make sure you get the best deal

These days a fast broadband connection is as important as electricity, but how do you choose the best plan for your needs? As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, understanding your options has never been so important. While the NBN uses a range of technologies, typically only one will be available to any single household, so whether you get a fibre, cable, satellite or wireless broadband connection will depend on where you live. To help you get the most from the NBN, as well as to prepare for its inevitable arrival at your address, we've rounded up everything you need to know so you can get a fast connection with all the download allowance you need without spending a fortune.


What are my broadband options in Australia?

ADSL

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This uses the existing copper telephone network for your broadband connection, and is the most common option.

Cable Internet

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Cable Internet uses the HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial) networks built in the 1990s to enable pay TV services in Australia.

Mobile Broadband


Uses the existing networks built by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, delivered either through a hotspot or dongle or mobile phone.

Satellite

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Slower than other options, Satellite is the only viable option in remote locations where the cost of cabling any other service is too high.

Fibre

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This offers much higher speeds than other platforms, delivering fibre to the premises (FTTP), node (FTTN) or basement (FTTB).


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What you should look for when comparing broadband plans

  • How long is the contract? Most broadband plans are offered on a 24-month contract. This can make plans cheaper, but restricts your flexibility if you plan to move house or decide you're not happy with your current provider. Plans that run for shorter periods or on a month-to-month basis also exist, though typically you'll pay higher installation costs, and will often have to buy your modem/router/connection device outright.
  • How much data do you get? The data allowance for broadband plans is typically measured in gigabytes (GB) per month. The higher the amount, the more you'll pay each month. Some providers offer "unlimited" connections, though these will invariably include an "acceptable usage policy" that allows customers to be cut off if their usage is deemed excessive.
  • Are there unmetered options for services like Netflix? Some plans don't count viewing on Netflix, Stan, Presto or other streaming entertainment providers. That can allow you to opt for a lower (and cheaper) download allowance. Obviously this isn't a concern if you have an "unlimited" plan.
  • What's the connection speed? For most technologies, you won't have any effective control over the speed – it will be the "best available" and is likely to vary based on your location and the condition of cabling and wiring. On NBN fibre and some pay TV cable connections, you can opt to pay more money for higher download and upload speeds.
  • What's the monthly cost and minimum total cost? While you're likely to use the monthly cost as your basis for comparison, also look at the minimum total cost. If you sign up for a longer-term contract, you'll often get a discount on installation fees and hardware, but you'll be stuck with paying out the whole contract if you decide it's not suitable.
  • Bundling discounts. Providers will often offer a discount if you bundle your broadband connection with other services such as pay TV, mobile phone or landlines. While this can save you money, make sure that all the bundled services are suitable for your needs and that you're actually saving money. Bundled deals will also usually require you to sign up for a 24-month contract.

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    dianeApril 10, 2018

    how do i know if i am on the nbn

    • Staff
      NikkiApril 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Diane!

      Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      To know if your location is on NBN, use this page and enter your address in the white box provided that says ENTER YOUR ADDRESS TO GET STARTED and click HOME or BUSINESS. This will automatically give you a message if NBN is active in your area. If it is, click COMPARE YOUR PLANS and it will give you the providers in your area.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to message us anytime should you have further questions.

      Cheers,
      Nikki

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    TyMarch 6, 2018

    I just received an email from Telstra informing me that my NBN plan had been upgraded for free (called the Plus plan) and would be faster. I have always got 22Mbps. It was still 22Mbps after the upgrade. How long can they continue to practice fraud with federal government support? The ACCC is good for absolutely nothing!

    • Staff
      MayMarch 7, 2018Staff

      Hi Ty,

      Thanks for your comment. That could be disappointing. Nonetheless, you’d still be best to contact Telstra to resolve the upgrade issue. I hope this will be sorted out soon with them.

      Regards,
      May

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    KevinFebruary 9, 2018

    I am about to move into my new home and the telephone cable has been laid from the house to the pit at the footpath, I also currently have Foxtel. Who would I need to connect the cable and who would be able to provide cheap bundle for 3 mobile devices, internet, and Foxtel or other TV program provider speed up to 50 mbs ( excluding TV program provider). Thanks

    • Staff
      JhezelynFebruary 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You can now compare Foxtel broadband plans which is a combination of cable and broadband. To check the plans available in your location, kindly enter your address in the address field on this page. You can click view details to see the plan info and other details.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    AndrewFebruary 3, 2018

    Can your filtered plans be exported in detail for easier comparison?

    • Staff
      RenchFebruary 14, 2018Staff

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Whilst you can make use of the filter on the page by clicking the Plan Details, Providers, Connection types and Advanced tabs, I’m afraid that the results from these tabs cannot be exported. We don’t have that option at the moment.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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    January 1, 2018

    I am totally blind so I need some things that some ISP’s do not provide. For example; TPG do not provide access to “Directory assist help line” Free call on 12551.
    I have recently connected with TPG not knowing this was unavailable. Therefore – I cannot use the telephone! I also need about 10GB/M in order to use my audio book player [Probably 50GB/M when my son is at home].
    Hope you can help – Regards _ Janet

    • Staff
      MayJanuary 2, 2018Staff

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      On this page, you can compare your broadband and phone bundle options. There’s a table on that page where you can filter the results by choosing your preferred provider, price per month, data usage (from 2GB to unlimited), download speed and even contract length (please see image below). Once you’ve chosen the ISP you want to go with, you would need to contact them if they also provide Directory Assist. I’m afraid that contacting individual providers appears to be the best option to find this out.

      Filter

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    BrianOctober 18, 2017

    I currently use iiNet’s VDSL2 service in the ACT with average speed 24 hours per day pof around 75 mbits. When NBN reaches my area in 12 to 18 months will I be forced to change to NBN for a slower speed at higher cost and will iiNet be forced to shut down its VDSL2 system and service?

    • Staff
      AshOctober 19, 2017Staff

      Hi Brian,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Please be advised that once the NBN rollout has been completed, all ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ internet services from all providers will be permanently disconnected. You should contact your provider before the disclosed disconnection date to avoid the disruption of your internet service.

      Kindly take note that base on your usage, you can choose your preferred NBN speed from 5MBPS up to 100MBPS. Also, IINET has different NBN Plans categorized as Basic, Boost and Max.

      Lastly, you may visit this page for the Comprehensive Rollout Guide of NBN (National Broadband Network).

      I hope this helps.

      Let us know if you have any additional questions in mind and we will gladly assist you on it.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    MelanieOctober 17, 2017

    I need to speak to someone about a particular address?

    • Staff
      RenchOctober 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Melanie,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      If you would like to check if your address is NBN ready, you may go to this page and enter your address. You can also have a look on this page for NBN plans that you can compare.

      I suggest contacting the internet provider directly to check your address and ask if they have an available connection in your address.

      Best regards,
      Rench

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    JoeSeptember 6, 2017

    I am about to switch to nbn. Do I still have to pay telephone line rental charges and are phone calls charged seperately to internet usage?

    • Staff
      ArnoldSeptember 7, 2017Staff

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Rental fees may vary between providers. Some lenders may continue to charge you with telephone rental some offers them for three. Most providers offer free calls within Australia. However, charges for overseas calls will also vary depending on the provider.

      During this period, it is important that you do not to cancel your existing phone service until your phone number has been successfully ported to your new provider. Cancelling your service early may lead to a permanent loss of your phone number.

      Learn how to switch your services to the NBN in this complete guide.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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      JamesOctober 14, 2017

      Sorry but the NBN is not a “huge improvement”. My area has just been switched on to the NBN. Currently my ADSL connection costs $60 a month for an average of 11Mb/sec. Just looked at similar NBN plans with minimum of 12Mb and the cheapest is $20 more expensive.!!!!!

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      GruOctober 15, 2017

      Hello James.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on NBN.

      In terms of NBN in comparison to other connections such as cable and ADSL, it is still good to for consumers to still have other options available.
      Everyone gets to choose what would be most suitable for their needs and requirements.

      Cheers,
      Gru

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    DianneAugust 15, 2017

    I have recently moved into a new house. How do I know whether or not there is an active phone line?

    • Staff
      RenchAugust 15, 2017Staff

      Hi Dianne,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You may check this information from the previous service provider on that address or you may contact a new service provider and get a technician out to check if there’s still an active phone line.

      Kind regards,
      Rench

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    MichelleAugust 5, 2017

    I live in a caravan park with no phone line connection. What are my best choices for internet?

    • Staff
      ArnoldAugust 5, 2017Staff

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      If you’re looking for Wi-Fi internet without a phone line, here are options for mobile broadband or fixed wireless instead.

      Please note that you may have to enquire with the ISP if those services can reach or cover your location or address.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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