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NBN 12 plans

NBN 12 is an entry-level speed category and best suited for light internet users. Prices start at $34 a month.

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
iiNet NBN12 Liimitless Data
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $59.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $69.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$59.99
per month
Min total cost is $59.99 for first month
Price
$59.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $59.99 for first month
TPG NBN12
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$69.99
per month
Min total cost is $69.99 for first month
Price
$69.99 per month
Min total cost is $69.99 for first month
TPG NBN12 6 Month
NBN
6 Month contract
  • 6 Month contract
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 6 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$69.99
per month
Min total cost is $429.94 over 6 months
Price
$69.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $429.94 over 6 months
Flip NBN Value
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $39/mth for the first 6 months, then $48.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.4.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $199
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$39
per month
Min total cost is $48.90 for first month
Price
$39 per month
Min total cost is $48.90 for first month
Flip NBN Value - Seniors Plan
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $39/mth for the first 6 months, then $43.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.4.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $199
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$39
per month
Min total cost is $43.90 for first month
Price
$39 per month
Min total cost is $43.90 for first month
Clear NBN Fixed Saver 60GB 24 Month
NBN
24 Month contract
  • 24 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from Clear
60GB
Data
60GB
8Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
8Mbps
nbn™12
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $958.80 over 24 months
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $958.80 over 24 months
Clear NBN Fixed Saver 60GB
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase one from Clear
60GB
Data
60GB
8Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
8Mbps
nbn™12
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $168.95 for first month
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $168.95 for first month
Clear NBN Fixed Saver 60GB 12 Month
NBN
12 Month contract
  • 12 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from Clear
60GB
Data
60GB
8Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
8Mbps
nbn™12
$39.95
per month
Min total cost is $538.40 over 12 months
Price
$39.95 per month
Min total cost is $538.40 over 12 months
Clear NBN Fixed Saver 120GB
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase one from Clear
120GB
Data
120GB
8Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
8Mbps
nbn™12
$44.95
per month
Min total cost is $173.95 for first month
Price
$44.95 per month
Min total cost is $173.95 for first month
Clear NBN Fixed Saver 120GB 24 Month
NBN
24 Month contract
  • 24 Month contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from Clear
120GB
Data
120GB
8Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
8Mbps
nbn™12
$44.95
per month
Min total cost is $1,078.80 over 24 months
Price
$44.95 per month
Min total cost is $1,078.80 over 24 months
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What is the cheapest NBN 12 plan?

Flip offers the cheapest NBN 12 plan on Finder both with and without its 6-month promo pricing.

Flip NBN Value

12 Mbps
Typical evening speed
Unlimited
Data
$39
per month for 6 months
Flip NBN Value logo

Get this plan for $39/mth for the first 6 months, then $48.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.4.24

Flip also offers a seniors discount on this plan which knocks $5 off the ongoing price after the 6-month promotion.

How fast is NBN 12?

NBN 12 plans can reach a maximum download speed of 12Mbps and a maximum upload speed of 1Mbps. During evening peak hours (typically 7–11pm), average download speeds can vary between 8Mbps and 12Mbps depending on your NBN provider's advertised speeds.

Is an NBN 12 plan right for me?

An NBN 12 plan is designed for a household with minimal users online, around 1–2 people.

This plan works well for simple tasks like browsing the internet, using social media, voice calls and sending emails. You can also stream videos in standard definition (SD), but it may not work reliably for multiple simultaneous streams.

If your online activities go beyond that, consider a faster speed category such as NBN 25 or NBN 50.

Is NBN 12 fast enough?

NBN 12 is the slowest speed tier available on the NBN. As such, it is suitable for light internet users, where your activity consists mostly of browsing the internet and sending emails.

You're also able to stream video on an NBN 12 plan, but only reliably for SD, which is a lower quality of video. An NBN 12 plan does technically allow you to stream high definition (HD) with 1 screen at a time but it's likely you'll experience buffering internet.

If you prefer HD streaming or you do a lot of gaming online, then you may be better off moving up to a faster speed category. You can check out our round-up of the best NBN plans for some options.

  • Good to know: The average price difference between an NBN 12 and NBN 25 plan on Finder is about $6 a month. It may be worth checking out a faster NBN 25 plan which comes with double the speed and allows you to do more online.

Is NBN 12 faster than ADSL2+?

ADSL2+ can achieve speeds of up to 24Mbps, which means at face value, it's faster than the 12Mbps you get with NBN 12.

But just how fast your ADSL2+ connection is depends on factors such as how close you are to the telephone exchange, the internet traffic in your neighbourhood and the quality of your telephone line.

When the ACCC last measured ADSL speeds as part of its Measuring Broadband Report in September 2020, it found ADSL connections averaged speeds of 10Mbps, meaning it was actually slower than NBN 12.

The NBN network is also more reliable and faster than the copper telephone network that carries ADSL2+ connections.

You can find out more information in our guide to comparing internet connection types, including NBN and ADSL.


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