How much should you pay for NBN broadband?

Our jargon-free guide to how to get value for money with your connection.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is being built to replace Australia's ageing telephone network. If you want a reliable broadband service, it will soon be your only option. That doesn't mean you have to pay a fortune, but if you sign up for a cheap plan, you won't get a fast connection or many extras.

NBN plans are charged on a per-month basis (with separate fees for installation and equipment). Below we've outlined the typical features you'll see at four common monthly price points: $30, $50, $70 and $100. That will help you choose from the plans available at your address.

Note these price comparisons are for wired connections, which is what will be offered to most Australians. If the NBN service in your area uses fixed wireless or Sky Muster satellite, the pricing and options will be different.


$30 a month

What you'll get

  • The slowest available connection (12/1), which may not be any faster than your previous broadband service.
  • A fairly small data allowance (typically 10GB a month or less). That's only enough for three hours of high-definition Netflix streaming.
  • You won't get any extras like voice services or entertainment bundles.

$50 a month

What you'll get

  • For $50 a month, you may be able to score a faster plan (25/5 or 50/20), but not with an unlimited data allowance. There are plans on offer for $50 or less with unlimited data, but only at the slowest NBN speed.
  • A voice service may be included, but will likely be pay-as-you-go. (That isn't necessarily an issue if you have decent mobile service.)
  • You won't score entertainment bundles or other bonuses.

$70 a month

What you'll get

  • This is one of the most commonly advertised price, but that doesn't mean it's all-inclusive.
  • Most providers will offer an unlimited data allowance, so you don't have to worry about running out or paying extra fees.
  • Most unlimited plans around this price point still only offer the slowest speed (12/1). If you want a faster connection, you'll need to pay a little extra.
  • There will usually be some form of voice service offered. Check to see if it includes free calls to Australian or overseas numbers.

$100 a month

What you'll get

  • For $100 a month, you should be able to get an NBN connection at the fastest tier (100/40) with unlimited data allowance.
  • You'll have a voice service included at this price, ideally one which offers unlimited calls to Australian numbers.
  • What extras might you still pay for? Some providers will offer bundles for international calls, or entertainment services like Foxtel or Fetch TV.

If you want to learn more about the speed tiers offered on the NBN, check out our detailed guide. Want to learn what happens when you switch? We've got that covered too. More questions? Our NBN FAQ videos will help.

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