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Broadband planSpeedMonthly cost
MyNetFone NBN Ultrafast Unlimited Bundlenbn100$99.99
Spintel Urban UnlimitedADSL2+$54.95
TPG NBN XL Unlimitednbn100$99.99
Tellnet Unlimited Metro ADSL2+ADSL2+$69.90
Tangerine NBN Unlimitednbn25$78
Optus My Entertainment Bundle NBNnbn50$120

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

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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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11 Responses to Broadband Plan Finder™: Compare the best broadband plans

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    Peter | November 18, 2016

    I currently use ADSL and it adequately meets my present and likely future needs which are quite modest.
    Do I really need to update to NBN or will ADSL continue to be available for the next few years?

    • Staff
      Jason | November 18, 2016

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      It would be advisable to migrate to NBN connection if your Internet service provider (ISP) informed you that you should. The current copper wires that your ADSL is using will eventually be discontinued and will be phased out once your ISP switches to the NBN connection. Most ISPs will migrate you to an NBN plan free of charge if your location is NBN ready.
      Please click this link for more information about NBN.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Wendy | November 1, 2016

    I’m just wondering what is the best internet connection in Kootingal NSW 2352. We don’t have NBN yet.
    What is involved in getting the fibre optic connection?

    Thanks.

    • Staff
      Jason | November 11, 2016

      Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The best Internet connection would depend on the tasks that you frequently do online. Generally, the faster the transfer rate or the speed of the Internet connection, the better, but it may come with a much expensive monthly rate or plan. Getting a fibre optic connection may also depend on the network coverage and the communication delivery of an Internet service provider. You’ll more likely be connected to a fibre optic network if your preferred ISP has fibre optic cables in your location or building.
      Please use this comparison page in selecting the best plan and service provider that fit your needs. You can modify the search option by clicking “Filter results” and modify the filters according to your needs. You may filter cable/fibre connection only if you want that type of connection.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    Rachel | October 6, 2016

    We are about to purchase a house in Kalbar Queensland and were told that the NBN there with be wireless, is this true?

    • Staff
      Anndy | October 7, 2016

      HI Rachel,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you want to know the type of NBN technology used in a particular location, you can search the address in our NBN tracker here.

      Once you get a result, just click the ‘More Info’ button to check the details of the NBN connection in that area.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    Russ | August 7, 2016

    will it be cheaper for those on the age pension?

    • Staff
      Brodie | August 16, 2016

      Hi Russ,

      Though there’s no pensioner discount, there providers like nbnsp who offer cheap pay as you go plans for pensioners.

      Cheers,
      Brodie

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    colin | July 29, 2016

    i understood that telstra is my only option

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    Kashif | February 16, 2016

    how do i get my broadband plans on your website.

    • Staff
      Stephanie | February 26, 2016

      Hi Kashif,
      Please be advised that you have contacted finder.com.au and not a broadband provider.
      Please read the article above for various broadband plans and click the “enquire” button on the ones you like to enquire about them with the broadband provider themselves.
      Regards,
      Stephanie

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