Finder’s picks: The best broadband plans October 2018

We've done the legwork and rounded up the best NBN, ADSL and mobile broadband plans currently available.

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Matt Sayer is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at finder.com.au. In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

The broadband market isn't as simple as it used to be these days. Where ADSL was once the only choice many Australians had for high-speed Internet, the rollout of the NBN has brought with it a raft of new broadband technologies, from fibre-optic cables to fixed wireless antennas to satellite dishes. The past decade has also seen the mobile broadband network grow dramatically, with 4G and the upcoming 5G spectrums capable of delivering speeds as fast or even faster than some fixed-line services.

Adding to this surfeit of choice is the sheer number of Internet providers offering services across the country. From industry heavyweights like Telstra and Optus to smaller outfits like Flip TV and Moose Mobile, the wealth of options available can often feel overwhelming.

To save you from scouring through the hundreds and thousands of plans on the market one by one, we've done the legwork and selected what we feel are the best broadband plans currently available. We've split our picks based on the three main broadband connection types, paring the many options down to the best NBN plan, the best ADSL plan and the best mobile broadband plan you'll find right now.

Just bear in mind that there's no definitive "best" broadband plan for everyone, and depending on your specific needs and preferences, our picks might not be ideal for you. In that case, you can use our broadband plan comparison tool to find a plan better suited to your situation.

Note: We've excluded cable broadband plans from our picks as the cable network will soon be folded into the NBN for use in hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) connections.


Best NBN plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

The NBN is built for speed, and if you want to make the most of that, you'll need a plan with at least a Standard Plus (nbn50) connection. MyRepublic's Super-Fast Unlimited plan stands out as the cream of the crop here, combining unlimited data, a Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service with unlimited local and national calls bundled in, and a no-lock-in month-to-month contract you're free to cancel at any time without penalty. To top it off, MyRepublic has been rated as one of the fastest NBN providers in Australia by the digital video game storefront Steam, with higher average speeds than both Telstra and Optus.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If you're after a nuts-and-bolts Internet service that prioritises value over raw speed, Flip TV's Unlimited Value plan is an excellent choice. The Basic connection speed is more than adequate for general web browsing and streaming Netflix or Foxtel Now, though you might run into trouble if multiple people try to stream at the same time. At this price, though, Flip TV's Unlimited Value plan serves as an affordable and accessible entry point to the NBN.

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Best ADSL plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

While it's not always made completely clear, standard ADSL Internet requires an active phone line to function. Unless you're already paying for a separate phone service, you'll want to sign up for an ADSL plan that comes bundled with home phone line rental. Most providers charge a sizeable premium for this, which is why Exetel's ADSL Unlimited bundle is so attractive. At a price comparable to many standalone ADSL plans, it includes line rental, unlimited monthly data and pay-as-you-go calls with the option to upgrade to unlimited calls for just $10 extra a month.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

Should you already have an active home phone service, there are plenty of standalone ADSL plans available, but none offer the same bang for your buck that AusBBS's Unlimited ADSL plan does. Featuring unlimited monthly data, low set-up costs and one of the cheapest monthly fees on the market, it's the top pick for standalone ADSL by a fair margin.

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Best mobile broadband plan

Our pick:

Our reasoning:

As the demand for high-speed Internet access on the go has risen, so too have mobile data caps, with some mobile broadband plans capable of completely replacing a traditional fixed-line service provided your Internet needs are humble enough. OVO's 50GB data plan is a prime example of this. At just $49.95 a month, it delivers tremendous value for money backed by the freedom of a no-lock-in, prepaid contract.

Alternative pick:

Our reasoning:

If all you need is a basic mobile broadband service for keeping up with the daily news and social media feeds, Jeenee Mobile's 10GB data plan stands out from the competition with its affordable $25 price tag. As a prepaid service, you won't have to worry about racking up any excess usage fees if you accidentally use up all your monthly data, either, which is a big plus for budget-conscious consumers.

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