Kogan NBN and Mobile Broadband Plans Compared

Find out how Kogan's NBN and mobile broadband plans can suit your data needs.

From online retailer to telecommunications provider, Kogan has grown significantly since founder Ruslan Kogan first set up shop in the garage of his parents' house in 2006. Established in response to the lack of affordable products and services available in Australia, the Melbourne-based company now consists of multiple brands across many different industries, including the twin telco brands Kogan Mobile and Kogan Internet.

Through these brands, Kogan offers NBN and mobile broadband plans supplied through Vodafone's broadband and 4G services respectively. Both broadband services are available on no-lock-in contracts, with NBN plans operating on a month-to-month basis and mobile broadband plans running on a 30-day or 365-day expiry.

Kogan NBN plans

Kogan's NBN plans operate on fixed-line services only, with support for fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB), fibre to the curb (FTTC) and hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) connections. Basic (nbn12), Standard Plus (nbn50) and Premium (nbn100) speed tiers are available, and all Kogan's NBN plans come with unlimited monthly data.

This leads to the following three options:

  • Bronze Unlimited, which comes with a Basic connection for $57.90 a month
  • Silver Unlimited, which comes with a Standard Plus connection for $65.90 a month
  • Gold Unlimited, which comes with a Premium connection for $85.90 a month

To provide a better indication of typical Internet speeds, Kogan provides estimates of the average speeds its users experience during the peak hours of 7:00PM to 11:00PM. These are as follows:

  • Bronze plan: 23.00Mbps
  • Silver plan: 45.00Mbps
  • Gold plan: 83.00Mbps

Kogan doesn't charge any set-up fees for its NBN plans, though it does require that you purchase its branded modem for an upfront cost of $69. Since all its plans feature month-to-month contracts, though, you won't have to worry about any early termination fees if you choose to cancel your service.

Kogan mobile broadband plans

On the mobile broadband front, Kogan offers prepaid data-only plans delivered over Vodafone's 4G network. These plans come in 8GB and 30GB variants, with the option to purchase a 30-day plan or a 365-day plan. 365-day plans function much the same as the 30-day plans, dividing their data caps into discrete blocks that expire every 30 days. Because of this, they effectively serve as a way of bulk-buying 30-day plans at a discount, rather than giving you one massive data cap to use over the entire 12 months.

Four mobile broadband plans are available through Kogan:

  • Data S 30-day, which includes 8GB of data for $29.90 every 30 days
  • Data M 30-day, which includes 30GB of data for $49.90 every 30 days
  • Data S 365-day, which includes 8GB of data every 30 days for $329.90
  • Data M 365-day, which includes 30GB of data every 30 days for $549.90

Unused data on Kogan's mobile broadband plans does not roll over from one 30-day period to the next; once the 30 days is up, any leftover data is gone. On the plus side, Kogan doesn't charge any excess usage fees if you use up all your data in a 30-day period. Instead, your Internet access will be suspended until your next recharge.

How does Kogan compare?

In keeping with its goal of providing affordable products and services to Australians around the country, Kogan's NBN and mobile broadband plans are some of the most competitive on the market.

How do Kogan's NBN plans compare?

Kogan's NBN plans give the leading Internet providers a run for their money. At the Basic speed tier, its Bronze Unlimited plan might not be as cheap on a month-to-month basis as plans from Mate Communicate or Flip TV, but because Kogan doesn't charge any set-up fees and only requires $69 upfront for an NBN-ready modem, it works out cheaper overall than a lot of its competitors in the short term. That said, if you plan on signing up for the long haul, you might want to consider the lower monthly rates offered by Tangerine and Flip TV.

Kogan remains competitive at the Standard Plus speed tier, with only TPG and Hello Broadband providing compelling alternatives due to their inclusion of a pay-as-you-go phone service.

Kogan continues to hang with the top Internet providers at the Premium speed tier. Its Gold Unlimited plan competes directly with similar plans from Mate Communicate, Exetel and Barefoot Telecom, though it doesn't quite match up to TPG and MyRepublic's offerings, both of which include a voice over IP (VoIP) phone service – MyRepublic even throws in unlimited local and national calls at no extra cost.

How do Kogan's mobile broadband plans compare?

The mobile broadband space is a highly-competitive one these days, knocking even Kogan out of the top spot with budget plans from providers like Jeenee Mobile and Catch Connect. Kogan's Data S plan, for instance, delivers solid value with its 8GB of data, but Jeenee Mobile's 10GB plan clocks in even cheaper per month, while Catch Connect's 10GB plan serves up more value than Kogan's plan at roughly the same price.

Kogan fares slightly better with its Data M plan. Here, it delivers more data for your dollar than plans from amaysim and Lebara, but it still can't match Catch Connect's cheaper 30GB plan or the Optus seriously impressive 50GB plan at the same price.

Why should you consider Kogan?

Affordability has always been one of Kogan's defining features, and this holds true in the telecommunications space. Its NBN and mobile broadband plans rank among the cheapest currently on the market, with its NBN plans performing especially well against the long-running leaders of low-price Internet.

Kogan also places a strong emphasis on making its broadband services accessible, offering its NBN and mobile broadband plans on no-lock-in contracts and charging no set-up or early termination fees at all. This makes it easy and relatively painless to try out Kogan's plans while retaining the freedom to cancel at any time – an important feature for first-time NBN customers unsure of their Internet needs.

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