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Cheap Internet plans

Don't break the bank. Pay as little as $34 per month for the cheapest unlimited Internet plan.

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Finder's top pick for cheap Internet:

Tangerine NBN Standard

Tangerine offers one of the cheapest unlimited Internet plans in our database. It also comes with the maximum speed available on its speed tier.

Keep in mind the plan costs $59.90 a month after your first 6 months.

  • 25 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $44.9 per month
    Min. total cost of $44.9
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Compare cheap Internet plans

The table below shows all the Internet plans in our database that cost under $50 per month.

You can use the different tabs to switch between NBN, mobile broadband and home wireless plans.

What is the cheapest Internet plan?

The cheapest Internet plans will vary depending on what promotions are on offer at the time.

If you're after NBN, there are plenty of offers each month, many of them being sign-up discounts that last for the first 6 months.

The table below shows the cheapest NBN plans across different speed categories.

ProviderNBN speed tierCostTypical evening speedLearn more
FlipNBN 12$34/month (for the first 6 months)11MbpsRead our review
FlipNBN 25$44/month (for the first 6 months)23MbpsRead our review
SpinTelNBN 50$54/month (for the first 6 months)50MbpsGo to site
MyRepublicNBN 100$69/month (for the first 6 months)93MbpsGo to site
FlipNBN 250$84/month (for the first 6 months)236MbpsRead our review
MyRepublicNBN 1000$99/month (for the first 6 months)350MbpsGo to site

Prices were last updated on 9 May 2022.

If you're after home wireless, your cheapest options will be:

  • Unlimited data: Kogan 4G Internet Unlimited $54.90 per month
  • Overall: SpinTel 4G Wireless Broadband 200GB $49.95 per month

The cheapest mobile broadband plan in our database is Reward Mobile's 500MB data plan for $9.90 per month.

  • Keep in mind: The cheapest Internet plans might not always match your needs. For example, Reward Mobile offers the cheapest mobile broadband plan but you'll likely need more than 500MB each month, meaning this plan won't be the right fit for you.

How can you find the cheapest Internet plan?

No matter what sort of Internet connection you're after – regular NBN, mobile broadband or the newer home wireless – affordable options do exist.

Here are 4 easy steps to follow that'll help you find the cheapest Internet plan using our comparison table above.

1. Decide on the connection type

If you're after a more stable home Internet connection, we'd recommend an NBN or home wireless plan. Mobile broadband plans are better suited to those who want Internet while they're out and about.

2. Determine how much data you need

This isn't as much of a consideration for NBN plans since these usually come with unlimited data anyway, but you'll need to make sure you choose an appropriate monthly data allowance for home wireless or mobile broadband plans.

3. Select your Internet speed

The NBN comes in 6 different speed categories. The faster you want your NBN to be, the more expensive the plan you will need to purchase. With mobile broadband and home wireless, you can decide between 4G and 5G speeds. Keep in mind that 5G is only available in select areas as it's still being rolled out across the country.

4. Compare plans

Use the criteria from the previous steps to filter down the comparison table above. To find the cheapest deals, you can sort the plans by cost (lowest–highest).

Is there a catch to cheap Internet plans?

You'll find that the cheapest Internet plans will come with either slower speeds or lower data allowances.

Speed

This is, for the most part, applicable to NBN plans as you'll need to pay more for faster speeds.

While keeping your budget in check is important, so is getting a speed that'll suit your Internet usage needs.

  • Learn more about finding the right NBN speed for you here.

Data

Getting a good data allowance will likely be a deciding factor if you're searching for a home wireless or broadband plan because unlimited data is harder to come by.

You'll need more data if you like to stream videos or download big files regularly. As a guide, if you're planning to use mobile Internet at home, the average Australian uses about 258GB of data each month according to NBN Co.

  • Good to know: You might find that the cheapest deals only last for half the year. Many NBN providers are fond of sign-up deals before they shift the price back to the original value after 6 months.

Since many plans are month-to-month with no lock-in contract, you're free to switch to a different provider to snag a new discounted plan.

Which Internet speed is right for you?

This will vary depending on which type of Internet connection you're looking at.

NBN speeds

The table below shows the 6 NBN speed tiers and our recommendation on what type of households they suit.

Speed tierWho does it suit?
NBN 12 (Basic I)1 person for basic browsing and emails
NBN 25 (Basic II)1–2 people for social media, browsing, standard video streaming
NBN 50 (Standard)2–3 people for HD video streaming, online gaming and working from home
NBN 100 (Fast)3–4 people for 4K video streaming, heavy gaming and working from home
NBN 250 (Superfast)4–6 people and small businesses for 4K video streaming, multiple people working from home and big file downloads
NBN 1000 (Ultrafast)Probably overkill for most households and better for medium-sized businesses that want lots of speed

After deciding the best speed tier for you, find NBN plans that fit the criteria and opt for those offering favourable typical evening speeds. These will give you a more realistic idea of what speed you'll get on your NBN plan.

  • Good to know: The higher the typical evening speed, the faster your plan should be.

Mobile and home wireless Internet speeds

Mobile Internet works a little simpler than NBN speeds since there are only 3 mobile networks you can connect to: 3G, 4G and 5G.

Since 5G is a newer technology that's still being rolled out across Australia, you'll usually find yourself using 3G or 4G Internet.

Your device will automatically connect to the fastest network available in the area (which will usually be 4G). Check out the table below to see the differences in speeds.

TechnologyTypical speed rangeAverage speed in Australia
3G0.5–40Mbps6Mbps
4G2–150Mbps38.5Mbps
5G50Mbps–1Gbps300Mbps*

*The average 5G speed is likely to change as the network continues to roll out across the country.

  • Keep in mind: If you want access to 5G speeds, you'll need a newer modem or device that is 5G-capable. For example, Optus sells a 5G modem with its home wireless plans so you can access its 5G network.

Mobile Internet speeds also tend to vary depending on your location, so the above figures are just rough estimates.


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