Vodafone NBN plans

Compare Vodafone's NBN plans to see how they stack up against the competition.

What is Vodafone?

As one of the three major players in the mobile market, Vodafone has a strong foothold in the Australian telecommunications space. Established in 1993, the joint venture between the Vodafone Group and Hutchinson Telecommunications services approximately 5.7 million Aussies across the country, both through its 4G mobile network and its recently launched fixed-line service via the NBN.

Vodafone's NBN plans

Launched in December 2017, Vodafone's NBN service is currently available only in select regions of the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Geelong, Newcastle and Wollongong. The service will expand to cover the rest of Australia throughout 2018, and you can use Vodafone's address checker to see whether it has reached your area yet.

For Aussies living in regions eligible for its NBN service, Vodafone offers three main Internet plans. Each comes with unlimited monthly data and operates on a no-lock-in month-to-month contract.

On top of the monthly fee, Vodafone requires that you purchase its Wi-Fi hub to use its NBN service. The total cost for this modem is $180, but this cost is split into $5/month installments. If you commit to a full 36 months from the get-go, Vodafone will waive the monthly modem fee. Should you cancel before the 36 months is up, however, you'll have to pay out the cost of the modem in full.

It's important to note that, unlike some telcos, Vodafone does not include a telephony component with its NBN plans. If you're after a landline service, you'll need to purchase a separate VoIP plan from another provider to make calls over your Vodafone NBN connection.

Name Speed Price
Vodafone NBN Essential Unlimited $58 25/5 Mbps 1 Month 25/5Mbps $58/month
Vodafone NBN Essential+ Unlimited $69 50/20 Mbps 1 Month 50/20Mbps $69/month
Vodafone NBN Premium Unlimited $89 100/40 Mbps 1 Month 100/40Mbps $89/month

How do Vodafone's NBN plans compare?

Vodafone's strength in the mobile space gives it a unique edge over many other NBN providers. When signing up for an NBN plan, there's typically a wait period while the necessary infrastructure and equipment is installed. To offset this, Vodafone provides all its NBN customers with free access to its 4G mobile network while the installation process is ongoing, eliminating the Internet downtime common to other providers.

Similarly, Vodafone's 4G network can act as a backup in the event of disruptions to your NBN service. If your NBN connection goes down for any reason, you'll still be able to access the Internet through Vodafone's mobile network while the issue is being resolved.

Customers who are already with Vodafone for their postpaid mobile or mobile broadband service receive additional inclusions for signing onto Vodafone's NBN service. Depending on the chosen plan, these existing customers get up to 3GB of bonus data every month for use with their mobile service.

On a straight dollars-to-data basis, here's how Vodafone's three main plans compare to other NBN plans on the market.

Vodafone's Essential NBN plan compared

Vodafone's Essential+ NBN plan compared

Vodafone's Premium NBN plan compared

Why should you consider Vodafone for your NBN connection?

With some customers experiencing dropouts and connection issues on new NBN installations, it's understandable that many Aussies are concerned about paying for an Internet service that might not always be available. Vodafone sidesteps this issue by offering its 4G mobile network as a backup, ensuring that customers remain online even when the infrastructure fails them.

There's also little penalty in trying out Vodafone's NBN services to see whether they meet your needs. Like it does with its mobile plans, Vodafone offers a network-satisfaction guarantee to all its NBN customers, with the option to cancel your service within 30 days for a full refund if it doesn't live up to your expectations.

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