Broadband Plan Finder™

Compare Broadband plans and bundles to get the best deal at the best price

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?


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

Cable Internet

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.


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


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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    7 Responses to Broadband Plan Finder™: Compare the Best Broadband Plans

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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?

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        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.


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      Russ | August 7, 2016

      will it be cheaper for those on the age pension?

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        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.


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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.

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        Stephanie | February 26, 2016

        Hi Kashif,
        Please be advised that you have contacted 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.

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