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Vodafone NBN: Plans & review

We compare and review Vodafone's NBN plans to see how they stack up against the competition.

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Vodafone has a simple set of NBN plans, which all come with a 4G backup modem so you'll still get Internet access if there's an NBN outage in your area. With 6-month sign-up offers on Vodafone's plans, we take a closer look at what's on offer and how it compares to other NBN providers.

Compare Vodafone's NBN plans below

Vodafone NBN plans explained

Vodafone has several plans on offer that cover the top three speed tiers for the NBN.

  • Essential. Unlimited data for $55 per month. Typical evening speed of 20.00 Mbps.
  • Essential+. Unlimited data for $65 per month. Typical evening speed of 40.00 Mbps.
  • Premium. Unlimited data for $85 per month. Typical evening speed of 80.00 Mbps.

All plans are offered as month to month and include a modem at no upfront cost. However, if you are with Vodafone for less than 36 months, you'll have to pay $180 minus $5 for each month you've been on your plan to cover the cost of the modem.

Vodafone NBN review: What we think

Vodafone is Australia's third largest telecommunications company, after Telstra and Optus. It provides simple, no-lock-in NBN contract plans. Vodafone still isn't particularly cheap compared to smaller providers, but it does have competitive typical evening speeds when placed alongside others.

One of the main draws of Vodafone is that its plans are easy and straightforward, with no set-up fees (so long as you stay with it for 36 months). Its modems include automatic 4G backup when the NBN network goes down and it even has bundling discounts when you take out a phone service with Vodafone at the same time.

As is often the case with major providers, the biggest downside of a Vodafone plan is its price. While you aren't locked in to a contract like you might be with Optus, you'll still be paying a fair premium for your Internet connection.

How does Vodafone's Wi-Fi Hub modem work?

Vodafone's Wi-Fi Hub modem comes with a 4G backup Internet feature, which means you're able to access Vodafone's mobile network should you be unable to connect to the NBN because of any faults. The 4G feature is automatically activated on your Vodafone Wi-Fi hub - you can even use it while you're waiting for your Vodafone NBN to be installed.

Keep in mind that speeds available on the 4G network will vary depending on coverage, content and location. The maximum speed available for downloads is 12Mbps and 1Mbps, which is the same as speeds offered on the lowest NBN speed tier.

How do Vodafone's NBN plans compare?

Here's how Vodafone's Essential+ plan compares to a few other NBN plans on the market that share the same speed.

Vodafone is far from being the most budget-friendly NBN plan out there, but it does offer speeds that are slightly above average. If you're looking for a long-term plan, you'll get a modem included if you sign up for 36 months, compared to other plans which usually charge you a modem fee upfront.

To compare more Vodafone plans against the rest of the market, use our NBN search engine and adjust the filters to what you're looking for.

Frequently asked questions

How do I switch to Vodafone NBN?

Making a switch from your current provider to Vodafone's NBN plans is straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Find out whether the NBN is available in your area. Use our NBN tracker map to see.
  2. Browse Vodafone's plans to determine which one suits your needs. Once you've selected one, call up Vodafone or go online to purchase it.
  3. Vodafone will send you a new modem for you to set up and connect to the Internet. This modem is worth $180, though you will get it for free if you stay connected to your service for 36 months. Vodafone may send a technician to hook up your property if you have not previously been on the NBN.

Do I need to buy a new modem to sign up to Vodafone?

If you've never connected to the NBN before, you will probably need a new modem. Vodafone will provide one for free along with any of its NBN plans, but you will have to pay off its remaining value if you stay on Vodafone NBN for less than 36 months.The amount you'll be charged is $180 minus $5 for each month you've been on your plan.

Do Vodafone's NBN plans include calls?

No, you won't be able to make phone calls with a Vodafone NBN plan.

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