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Telstra NBN plans compared: every option from Australia's top telco

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There’s plenty of good reasons to sign up to Telstra for your NBN service – it offers a high quality service with dependable speeds, plus you can score plenty of perks and optional added extras – though it can be a little pricey.

Telstra has just announced new discounts on select plans too, where you'll be able to sign up for an NBN 50 plan or an NBN 100 plan for just one dollar. There’s a major caveat though – the hugely discounted price is only available for your first month before prices increase.

It’s not the best offer from Telstra we’ve seen, but you can save up to AU$109 in the new offer. To help more in your decision-making, we’re laying out the best Telstra NBN plans below, or you can click on the links below to check out the speed you’re after:

Noteworthy Telstra NBN deals

Telstra is currently offering a welcome discount on select plans, so you can get your first month for just one dollar. Here’s what’s available when you sign up to a Telstra NBN plan:

Best Telstra NBN plans

Telstra NBN 50 plan

The best option for most people

Telstra | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$1 for first month (then AU$95p/m)

Telstra | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$1 for first month (then AU$95p/m)

Telstra doesn’t have the cheapest internet options around, but the telco now has a welcome discount that gives you your first month for just one dollar. After that first month is up though, prices revert back to AU$95 each billing. This NBN 50 plan gets you unlimited data with typical speeds of 50Mbps during peak periods. New customers will have their connection fee waived when signing up online, and if you stick with Telstra for 24 months, you won’t have to pay for the Telstra Smart Modem (usually AU$216). This plan has a Telstra premium vs other providers NBN 50 costs, but if you want to go with the Big T, this is our recommendation.

Total minimum cost: AU$217 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$1,046

• See more: Best NBN 50 plans

Telstra NBN 25 plan

The cheapest option, but not great value

Telstra | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$80p/m

Telstra | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$80p/m

This is Telstra’s cheapest NBN offering, and we’ll be honest, it’s not the most affordable plan out there. With NBN 25, you can expect a typical evening speed of 25Mbps, and you’ll now have unlimited data each month (which previously wasn’t the case). Telstra will waive your sign-up fee if you register online, and if you stick with the telco for 24 months, it’ll also throw in the Smart Modem for free (worth AU$216). All told, this is a plan that would suit smaller households best.

Total minimum cost: AU$296 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$960

• See more: Best NBN 25 plans

Telstra NBN 100 plan

For large households, or those who want a little extra speed

Telstra | NBN 100 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$1 for first month (then AU$110p/m)

Telstra | NBN 100 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$1 for first month (then AU$110p/m)

Telstra has discounted all of its fastest NBN plans for the first month to tempt you over to its higher speed tiers. Its NBN 100 plan is down to just one dollar for your first month, after which it jumps up to its standard pricing of AU$110 each billing. The connection should see you with a comfortably high download speed of 100Mbps in the evening hours, and if you stick with the telco for 24 months, you won’t have to pay for the Telstra Smart Modem (usually AU$216). You can have your connection fee waived if you sign-up online.

Total minimum cost: AU$217 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$1,211

• See more: Best NBN 100 plans

Telstra NBN 250 plan

Exceptionally fast broadband for high-demand users

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

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

Telstra’s first-month offer has also significantly reduced its NBN 250 plan, so you’ll pay AU$31 for your first month on the connection. After the initial discount ends, this plan will cost you AU$140 a month. For the price, you’ll get typical evening speeds of 250Mbps, which is significantly better than NBN 100 options. Stick with Telstra for 24 months and you won’t have to pay for the Telstra Smart Modem (usually AU$216), plus sign-up online to have your AU$99 start-up fee waived. Only available to fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) and select hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) connections.

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

• See more: Best NBN 250 plans

Telstra NBN 1000 plan

The fastest you can get, but only available in select locations

Telstra | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$71 for first month (then AU$180p/m)

Telstra | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$71 for first month (then AU$180p/m)

Home internet doesn’t get much better than this, though you’ll certainly pay a premium for the pleasure. You’ll pay just AU$71 for your first month, though once the discount ends, the plan will revert back to AU$180p/m, making it the most expensive NBN 1000 plan on the market (the average price sits at around AU$149 a month). Telstra quotes a typical evening speed of 700Mbps, while its closest competitor – Aussie Broadband – reaches 600Mbps. You’ll get the Telstra Smart Modem for free if you stay for 24 months (usually AU$216), and you can waive the AU$99 start-up fee by signing up online. Only available to FTTP and select HFC connections.

Total minimum cost: AU$287 (includes modem) | Total cost for first year: AU$2,051

• See more: Best NBN 1000 plans

Compare all Telstra NBN plans

Telstra NBN FAQ

How much does Telstra NBN cost?

Telstra has recently expanded its NBN range. At their standard prices, the options you have to choose from include: NBN 25 for AU$80 a month, NBN 50 for AU$95 a month, NBN 100 for AU$110 a month, NBN 250 for AU$140 a month and NBN 1000 for AU$180.

Can I get Telstra NBN?

Not all connections types will have access to Telstra’s higher speed tiers. 

After briefly restricting access, Telstra is also now back to selling its NBN 100 plans to fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) households, and existing fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) Telstra customers.

It’s worth noting that Telstra’s NBN 250 and NBN 1000 options are only available to those with a FTTP or a HFC connection. You can read more about each connection type here.

If you’re thinking of signing up to a Telstra NBN plan, it’s definitely worth doing so online because the provider is waiving the AU$99 sign-up fee when you do so.

What perks come with Telstra NBN?

Other than reliability, what kind of perks can you expect with Telstra NBN? Well, all plans come with the Telstra Smart Modem, which is enabled with 4G backup so you can connect to the internet through the telco’s mobile network if there’s an NBN outage.

Telstra is also offering a three-month free trial of TV- and movie-streaming service Binge to its customers at the moment, and you’ll also earn Telstra Plus points to redeem on a broad range of tech at its Rewards Store. There are also optional added entertainment extras, such as Xbox All Access and Foxtel, though they come at an additional cost.

Jasmine Gearie

Jasmine Gearie is TechRadar Australia’s resident deals expert, with a keen eye for hunting down the best Aussie discounts on everything from laptops and phones to cameras, headphones and mobile and broadband plans. She doesn’t buy anything without doing a little research first, and she wants to help you do the same.