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Best NBN 250 plans: our top picks for superfast 250Mbps internet

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The once sparse NBN 250 market is continuing to grow, so if you’re looking to get in on the nation’s second-fastest broadband, your options are opening up.

These plans are a significant cut above the NBN 100 tier, and can offer unlimited downloads at speeds of up to 250Mbps. Here, we’ll be taking a look at what’s on offer, and recommending the best NBN 250 plans available.

Current NBN 250 deals

We’ve hand-picked our top plan recommendations below, but we also want to point out some excellent discounts that are now available on NBN 250 plans:

Best NBN 250 plans

Best overall NBN 250 plans

Mate | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m

Mate | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m

Despite it's lack of an introductory offer, Mate's NBN 250 plan is one of the cheapest around thanks to its exceptionally low AU$99 monthly fee. It also sports a competitive 208Mbps typical evening speed, and a bundle offer that reduces your plan by AU$10p/m if you also sign up for a Mate mobile plan.

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards.]

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,188

Best fast NBN 250 plan

Telstra | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$140p/m (first month is just AU$31)

Telstra | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$140p/m (first month is just AU$31)

Telstra takes the title of the fastest NBN 250 plan this month – being the only telco that reports a maxed-out typical evening speed of 250Mbps in this tier. You’ll also get a discount for your first month on the connection, with the first bill costing just AU$31 before it increases to AU$140 a month ongoing. If you stick around for 24 months, you won’t have to pay for the Telstra Smart Modem (usually AU$216).

Total minimum cost: AU$247 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$1,571

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Cheapest NBN 250 plan

Mate | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m

Mate | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m

As we've mentioned above, Mate doesn't have an introductory offer, but that quickly comes out in the wash after the first six months when the ultra low AU$99 monthly cost is considered, or if you bundle it with a Mate mobile plan and get the AU$10p/m discount. For comparison, Tangerine's plan starts at AU$94.90 per month but then raises to AU$109.90, almost AU$11 more than Mate's plan. If you're desperate to save an extra AU$60, MyRepublic has an AU$89 offer (for the first 6 months before returning to AU$99p/m) but it has a lower typical speed at 200Mbps.

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards.]

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,188

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NBN 250 FAQ

How fast is NBN 250?

Typical evening speeds on NBN 250 sit at around 212Mbps on average, though there’s some considerable variation between the providers. 

For example, MyRepublic reports a peak evening speed of 200Mbps, while Aussie Broadband advertises a speed of 248Mbps – it’s worth noting that MyRepublic also offers one of the cheapest NBN 250 plans.

You can expect an upload speed of 25Mbps in most instances.

How much does NBN 250 cost?

Cost may be the deciding factor for many, and prices for NBN 250 start at AU$109 from Mate and MyRepublic, and stretch as high as AU$140 a month for Telstra’s offering.

For a 250/25 plan with one of the major telcos, you’ll generally be paying around AU$130 a month. If you were hoping for more affordable high-speed broadband, you might be better served checking our fastest NBN plans page which takes a look at NBN 100 options as well.

Can I get NBN 250?

Not all connection types will have access to this super-fast broadband though. It’s available to those with a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connection, and in some cases, also those with hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable, but be sure to check with the provider.

What providers have NBN 250?

The providers who are offering NBN 250 plans now include Telstra, Optus, Aussie Broadband, Internode, iiNet, iPrimus, Kogan, Mate, MyRepublic, Superloop and Tangerine, and we fully expect more to get onboard in the near future.

Harry Domanski
Harry is an Australian Journalist for TechRadar with an ear to the ground for future tech, and the other in front of a vintage amplifier. He likes stories told in charming ways, and content consumed through massive screens. He also likes to get his hands dirty with the ethics of the tech.