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Unlimited internet with no upfront costs

Looking to keep your costs low when signing up to a new NBN plan? Unlimited internet plans with no upfront costs means you won't be locked into a contract and you'll get a modem included for $0.

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
iiNet NBN100 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
97Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
97Mbps
nbn™100
$89.99
per month
Min total cost is $89.99 for first month
Price
$89.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $89.99 for first month
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
Optus Plus Everyday Superfast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $99/mth for the first 6 months, normally $119/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
240Mbps
nbn™250
Speed
240Mbps
nbn™250
$99
per month
Min total cost is $405 for first month
Price
$99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $405 for first month
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
Kogan NBN Silver Unlimited
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $58.90/mth for the first 3 months, then $68.90/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 19.5.24
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$68.90
per month
Min total cost is $58.90 for first month
Price
$68.90 per month
Min total cost is $58.90 for first month
iiNet NBN50 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $69.99/mth for the first 6 months, then $79.99/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
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$69.99
per month
Min total cost is $69.99 for first month
Price
$69.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $69.99 for first month
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
iPrimus Standard Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$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
Optus Plus Everyday nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
  • 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
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$85
per month
Min total cost is $391 for first month
Price
$85 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $391 for first month
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What is an unlimited internet plan with no upfront costs?

No upfront costs means that there is no extra money to pay initially upon signup, except for the price of the internet plan itself.

Sometimes providers will charge for additional fees when you sign up for a new internet plan which bumps up the initial price you pay. These include:

  • Setup fees
  • Modem costs
  • Installation fees (especially if you live in a newly built property)

Setup fees are easy to avoid as only a few providers have them nowadays. If you find a provider is charging you this, you can probably find a better deal elsewhere.

Installation fees generally only apply if your place has not been connected to the NBN before.

You may be charged a one-off fee of $300 to connect your property to the NBN, which is usually passed on by the provider to you. So if you're moving to a place that already has an NBN connection or your residence is listed as ready to connect, then you won't be paying this fee.

The most common upfront cost you'll face is if you need to buy a new modem. Some providers will give you a free modem if you stay connected for a certain period of time, while others will charge you a set amount to buy the modem outright.

There may also be a delivery fee associated with getting the modem to you too.

If you're really looking to keep upfront costs to nothing, your best option is to BYO modem from your last provider.

Are modems actually free with internet plans?

Modems are usually only free with internet plans if you stay with a provider for a set period of time, anywhere from 6 months to 36 months.

If you leave before that period is up, you'll likely have to pay out the remaining cost of your modem, or you'll be asked to return it without any additional charges.

Scenario 1

For example, if you were on a 12-month contract and left after 6 months, the provider would have you pay a certain amount for the remaining 6 months left on your contract.

Scenario 2

In a different situation, providers like iiNet won't charge you for the modem if you leave early, as long as you return it in good working condition within a set timeframe after cancelling your plan. Otherwise you'll be charged a non-return fee.

Scenario 3

Other providers such as Optus charge you upfront for the modem, then credit you back a certain amount each month as you stay with them. Again, if you stay for a certain period of time, the entire cost of the modem will be credited back to you. But if you leave before that time is up, you won't receive the full amount paid upfront.

How much do NBN modems cost?

The average cost of a modem for fixed-line NBN plans in Finder's database is about $140. Depending on the provider you could be paying anywhere between $50 to $252.

As you can see, there's quite a difference in fees, so always make sure to compare modem costs from providers as well as plan fees before making your decision.

Is it cheaper to buy your own modem?

Whether it's worth getting your own modem depends on the type you want and how much your internet provider charges for one compared to if you'd buy it yourself from another retailer.

With an average cost for an NBN modem in Finder's database being $140 you could use that as a benchmark as to whether the modem you're looking at is cheaper.

But watch out for delivery fees that some providers add. Grabbing your own modem could dodge that charge and save you some money.

Also, think about how long you're going to stick with your provider. If you're in it for the long haul, then you will end up with a free modem.

Do I need a new modem for a new internet plan?

You don't always need a new modem if you're switching internet plans as long as you can BYO and it's compatible with your new provider.

In other instances, providers could have their modems locked to their own service. You'll need to ask them to unlock it so you can use it with another provider.

There are 3 cases where you may need a new modem with your internet plan.

  1. If you want a home phone and internet bundle, most providers will make you purchase their own modem to take advantage of this. You won't be able to BYO modem in those cases.
  2. If you're changing technology types for your internet plan, you will need a new modem too. If you switch from NBN to home wireless for example, you will need a different modem. Most home wireless plans require you to use a modem supplied by the provider.
  3. If your new internet plan is for a faster NBN speed tier, you may also need a new modem. Older modems may have technological constraints that don't allow them to fully achieve higher download speeds.

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