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Best internet providers

Find out the most popular plans from the top 10 internet providers in Australia.

Compare the top 10 internet providers in Australia

1. Dodo
2. Tangerine
3. TPG
4. Belong
5. iiNet
6. Optus
7. Flip
8. Swoop
9. Kogan
10. iPriums

1. Dodo - Savings across most NBN plans

Dodo's offering discounts across almost all its NBN plans, and this NBN 50 plan is no exception.

Most popular Dodo plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Dodo NBN50
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $80/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $79. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
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Dodo could be right for you if

  • You want the option to bundle internet with electricity and save $10 per month
  • You prefer an internet provider that has been around for a while
  • You would like access to a free home phone line and unlimited domestic calls for an additional $10 per month
  • Keep in mind: While Dodo advertises fast speeds on its plans, you may not always get these. It routinely ranks towards the bottom of the ACCC's Broadband Performance Report, which measures how reliable certain NBN providers are.

2. Tangerine - Some of the cheapest plans available

Tangerine keeps its NBN plans juicy thanks to 6-month discounts and fairly steady prices even after these discounts expire.

Its NBN 50 plan is a clear winner for being one of the cheapest on Finder, even without the discount.

Most popular Tangerine plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Tangerine NBN Value
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.90/mth for the first 6 months, then $64.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase from $129.90
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$49.90
per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
Price
$49.90 per month
Min total cost is $49.90 for first month
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Tangerine could be right for you if

  • You don't want to spend a lot on your internet bill
  • You want an internet provider with plenty of customer support options
  • Keep in mind: Tangerine doesn't offer the best speeds on its NBN 100, 250 or 1000 plans. For anything faster than NBN 100, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

3. TPG - The cheaper of the big telcos

TPG offers fast internet at prices that are $5–$10 cheaper per month than other big brands like Telstra and Optus. It's also one of the only larger telcos that hasn't increased its NBN prices over the last month.

That being said, the most popular TPG plan this month is actually its NBN 50 plan.

Most popular TPG plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
TPG NBN50
NBN
Month-to-month
Finder Award
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $99.95
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$79.99
per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Price
$79.99 per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
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TPG could be right for you if

  • You're looking to sign up to a bigger provider, and a well-known brand.
  • You want to bundle your internet with a home phone line and mobile plan
  • You're just after a basic NBN plan with fast speeds.
  • Keep in mind: TPG plans come with no lock-in contract, but if you'd like to switch to another provider, you'll need to provide written notice 30 days in advance.

4. Belong - Great for eco-friendly internet users

Belong is Australia's first ever carbon neutral broadband provider that offsets all electricity used by its customer's modems.

It's also the cheaper alternative to Telstra, which fully owns Belong. The typical evening speeds during the busy hours of the day (7-11pm) are a bit slower on some plans but not by much.

Most popular Belong plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Belong NBN Premium Broadband
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $84. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$90
per month
Min total cost is $90 for first month
Price
$90 per month
Min total cost is $90 for first month
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Belong could be right for you if

  • You want to opt for a carbon neutral plan at no extra cost.
  • You want to buy a cheap modem. Belong will charge you a one-off $60 which is well below the average cost of modems on Finder.
  • Want a bonus Belong SIM card with $80 worth of credit when you sign up to its NBN plan.
  • Keep in mind: You'll be able to find cheaper and faster plans from other providers but Belong compensates for this with its green status.

5. iiNet - First month free

iiNet is another household name when it comes to the internet, and like TPG, its home internet plans were a hit with Finder users this month thanks to its first month free offer and competitive prices.

Most popular iiNet plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
iiNet 5G Home Broadband Plus
Home wireless
Vodafone network
Month-to-month
OFFER: $49.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $59.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 36 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
Speed
50Mbps
$49.99
per month
Min total cost is $49.99 for first month
Price
$49.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $49.99 for first month
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iiNet could be right for you if

  • You're more comfortable signing up to an internet provider who's been around the block.
  • You'd like to try out an NBN alternative with the first month for free.
  • You know you get decent Vodafone network coverage in your area.
  • Keep in mind: iiNet's 5G home internet modem comes included with your plan if you stay connected for 36 months. If you leave earlier, you'll need to return the modem in good working condition within 21 days of cancelling your plan.

6. Optus - Fast speeds with loads of entertainment options

Optus is another household name that offers fast internet speeds alongside a free serving of entertainment extras such as Optus Sport, OS Fitness and a standard subscription to Netflix on some plans (worth $16.99 per month).

It was awarded 4th place for being one of the fastest NBN providers in the latest ACCC Measuring Broadband Performance report. This, coupled with its entertainment extras, could justify its slightly higher prices.

Most popular Optus plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Optus Plus Everyday Fast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $89/mth for the first 6 months, normally $99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$89
per month
Min total cost is $395 for first month
Price
$89 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $395 for first month
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Optus could be right for you if

  • You want fast and reliable internet and don't mind spending extra
  • You would like to save on your entertainment extras and access Optus SubHub – a one-stop shop for your streaming subscriptions with discounts available
  • You are keen to get 4G backup on your modem (useful during an NBN outage)
  • Keep in mind: You can get a modem free of cost as long as you stay connected for 36 months. If you exit early, you will have to pay $7 for each month remaining.

7. Flip - Cheap plans with additional senior discounts

Flip started off as a streaming provider but now offers cheap NBN plans with Australian customer support.

While it might not offer any flashy extras on its plans, it's a great option for those looking to keep their internet bills low, offering the cheapest NBN plans across multiple categories on Finder.

Most popular Flip plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Flip NBN Turbo Boost Finder Exclusive
NBN
Month-to-month
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: $65/mth for the first 6 months, then $79.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.4.24
Exclusive
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $199
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
97Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
97Mbps
nbn™100
$65
per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
Price
$65 per month
Min total cost is $65 for first month
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Flip could be right for you if

  • You want to try Flip for "free" with its 14-day satisfaction guarantee
  • You want to take advantage of their seniors discount – you'll score an additional $5 off a month on the ongoing price if you hold a Seniors, PCC, CSHC or DVA Pensioner Concessions card
  • You want to add foreign-language TV packages
  • Keep in mind: Flip offers pretty expensive modems at $199. Most providers offer modems for around $130, so unless you're in the market for a new one, we suggest to BYO modem to keep your upfront costs low.

8. Swoop - Competitive NBN plans, plus a fixed wireless option

Swoop might not be super well known, but its been in the internet biz for decades now. It started as a fixed wireless network operator in regional Victoria, and now offers home and business NBn at very reasonable prices. Swoop continues to among the cheapest plans available on Finder.

Most popular Swoop plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Swoop NBN Home Everyday
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $64/mth for the first 6 months, then $79/mth. Use code SUMMER15. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 14.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or purchase for $130
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$64
per month
Min total cost is $64 for first month
Price
$64 per month
Min total cost is $64 for first month
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Kogan could be right for you if

  • You're looking for a plan with a sign-up discount - Swoop typically offers a cheaper price for the first 6 months. Also, zero connection fees or lock-in contracts!
  • You appreciate an Australia-based support team (they're in regional Victoria).
  • You might need fixed wireless - Swoop operates their own fixed wireless network if NBN isn't available to you.
  • Keep in mind: The included modem isn't the cheapest on the market (around $130 with a discount) and it's only fine. If you know what you're doing you might be better to pick one up yourself..

9. Kogan - Get Qantas Frequent Flyer points on your NBN

Outside of shopping deals, Kogan also offers a set of NBN plans with the unique feature of earning a Qantas Frequent Flyer point for ever $2 spent on its plans.

Most popular Kogan plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
Kogan NBN Gold Unlimited
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $68.90/mth for the first 3 months, then $78.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 19.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
90Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
90Mbps
nbn™100
$78.90
per month
Min total cost is $68.90 for first month
Price
$78.90 per month
Min total cost is $68.90 for first month
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Kogan could be right for you if

  • You're looking for a plan with a sign-up discount - most of Kogan's plans come with a 3-month discounted price.
  • You're looking to stack up QFF points.
  • You need a modem with your plan - Kogan offers a cheap $69 modem if you're after a new one.
  • Keep in mind: Kogan doesn't offer any online account management so if you need to make any changes, you'll need to call up its helpline.

10. iPrimus - Best Rated Broadband Provider

iPrimus won the 2022 Finder Retail Award for the Best Rated Broadband Provider thanks to its high scores in customer service and value for money.

New customers get $10 off per month on selected plans, with the added option to bundle an iPrimus mobile plan or add on a Fetch entertainment pack.

Most popular iPrimus plan on Finder:

Name Product Data allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
iPrimus Premium
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $80/mth for the first 6 months, then $90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 25.6.24
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$80
per month
Min total cost is $200 for first month
Price
$80 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $200 for first month
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iPrimus could be right for you if:

  • You're looking for an internet provider with loads of customer support options
  • You'd like the option to add on a Fetch entertainment pack
  • You're in the market for a new mobile plan - iPrimus gives you $5 off its mobile plan when bundled with NBN
  • Keep in mind: iPrimus doesn't hold the best track record for reliable speeds in the ACCC Broadband Performance Report.

How do I find the best internet provider in my area?

With the NBN being the most popular type of internet connection in Australia, it's likely that if you live in a major city like Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, the best service provider in your area will be one that offers NBN plans.

To find the best internet provider in your area, simply enter your address on our Broadband Plan Finder™ and see all the relevant plans that pop up. You can filter the results to find a price and speed that fit your needs best.

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How do you compare internet providers in Australia?

There are a bunch of factors to consider before signing up for a new provider, including the following:

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Price

If you're new to a provider, see if you can score any introductory deals. Common deals with NBN plans are a discounted price for 3–6 months, while home wireless plans often come with the first month for free.

Just remember to keep note of when the promotional period runs out, so you don't end up paying more than you want to.

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Speed

The NBN speed you need will depend on how many people are in your household and how intensely you use the internet. Most 2–3 person households will find NBN 50 sufficient, though larger households or those working from home may prefer NBN 100.

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Customer service

Depending on your previous experiences, customer service can be a make-it or break-it factor when comparing plans. If you're sick of playing phone tag or only having the option to live chat, you might prefer an internet provider with an Australian-based call centre.

Who's the most popular provider?

Telstra is the most popular broadband provider, according to our consumer sentiment tracker data (November 2023). The top providers were Telstra (39%), Optus (19%), TPG (9%), iinet (7%), Belong (5%), Vodafone (4%), Aussie Broadband (4%) and Tangerine (2%).

What are the internet providers in Australia?

There are dozens of internet service providers offering NBN, satellite, home wireless and mobile broadband plans in Australia. While we try our best to compare as many internet providers as possible, we may not cover some of the smaller regional operators.

We compare over 60 internet providers across Australia.

  • Keep in mind: Some smaller providers may operate in certain states or cities only. We do not compare these providers as they aren't as accessible for those living outside of these areas.

Methodology: How we researched the best internet providers

To calculate the top 10 best internet service providers, we look at the total number of clicks by Finder users over the last month. This includes plans on multiple connection types including NBN, home wireless and mobile broadband.

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    NoelNovember 24, 2023

    need to compare opticom broadband can someone help pls?

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    JohnOctober 19, 2023

    I’d like to get the nbn on

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      MarkOctober 23, 2023Finder

      Hi John,
      You can enter your address here to see if you can get the NBN and what plans are available to you: https://www.finder.com.au/nbn-tracker
      From there, you can select the one that best suits your needs.
      Hope this helps.

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    JohnOctober 19, 2023

    We bought a building block which did not have the nbn connected. Can I now get it connected and how much would it cost.

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      MarkOctober 23, 2023Finder

      Hi John,
      As you don’t have the NBN connected at your block, you would likely face a $300 one-off new development fee. This would be passed on to you by the NBN provider that you choose.
      You can compare NBN plans here to see what suits your needs: https://www.finder.com.au/broadband-plans/nbn
      And when you’ve contacted the provider of your choice, they will inform you if you can get the NBN connected at your block and if any additional work is required and how much this would cost on top of the regular monthly NBN plan.
      Hope this helps.

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