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Best internet deals in Australia (June 2022)

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Searching for a good Australian internet deal can be tricky. There's a huge number of internet providers in the market, and many of them currently offer six-month-long discounts to new customers, in the hope that it'll tempt you over to their service.

In 2022, we’ve even started to see the occasional 12-month discount, and these are mostly available on the high-speed plans, so keep an eye out for these internet deals if you want a plan of 100Mbps or above.

You’ll notice that many of the internet deals we’ve highlighted below come from Spintel (opens in new tab) or Tangerine (opens in new tab), and these two budget-conscious telcos often have the cheapest plans in the market – although not if you want higher speed such as NBN 250. MyRepublic (opens in new tab) is one telco to we recommend if you want an affordable internet plan in the fastest tiers, with its NBN 1000 plan available from just AU$99 a month.

These days, the NBN isn’t the only way to connect to the internet either. You can also get online through a wireless home internet plan, which use mobile 4G and 5G towers to hook you up. Alternatively, if you want to access the internet on your laptop while you’re away from home (or are just constantly on the go and don't want to be tied down to a fixed service), a mobile broadband SIM-card and optional wireless modem-router may be the best solution for you.

We’ve got a full rundown of the best internet deals at any speed, and with any connection below. Scroll down to search for a better internet deal.

Best overall internet deals this month

First month AU$1

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

Telstra has deeply discounted its fastest internet plans, bringing its NBN 100 (opens in new tab), NBN 250 (opens in new tab) and NBN 1000 plans (opens in new tab) down to just one dollar for the first month. Telstra’s NBN 100 plan comes with a typical evening speed of 100Mbps, putting it ahead of most other providers in this tier. If you decide to leave Telstra within 24 months, just return your modem or pay a AU$200 no-return fee – no other exit fees apply.

Total minimum cost: AU$1 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,211

Spintel | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$54p/m (first 6 months, then AU$64.95p/m) (opens in new tab)

You’ll often find that either Spintel or Tangerine have the cheapest plan in the NBN 25 or NBN 50 speed tiers, and when it comes to the standard NBN 50 speed, Spintel takes out the top spot (by a smidge). You’ll pay a low introductory rate of AU$54 for your first 6 months on the service, before it bumps up to AU$64.95 a month ongoing. Spintel also boasts a typical evening speed of 50Mbps on this plan.

Total minimum cost: AU$54 | Total cost for first year: AU$713.70

Tangerine | NBN 50 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$54.90p/m (first 6 months, then AU$69.90p/m) (opens in new tab)

Tangerine has some of the most affordable internet options on the market, and this deal is one of the cheapest prices you’ll pay for an NBN 50 plan. You’ll save AU$15 a month for your first six months with Tangerine, so you’ll pay just AU$54.90 each billing. After that, your bill will increase to AU$69.90 a month.

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards (opens in new tab).]

Total minimum cost: AU$54.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$748.80

MyRepublic | NBN 100 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$69p/m (first 6 months, then AU$79p/m) (opens in new tab)

MyRepublic has burst out of the gates this month with incredible deals on its fastest plans, and we reckon this NBN 100 plan is the best overall. You’ll pay just AU$69 a month over your first six months, and when the inevitable price increase comes, it only bumps up to AU$79 a month, which is the lowest ongoing price we can find.

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards (opens in new tab).]

Total minimum cost: AU$69 | Total cost for first year: AU$888

Best cheap internet deals this month

Tangerine | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$44.90p/m (first 6 months, then AU$59.90p/m) (opens in new tab)

While the speed on an NBN 25 plan won’t wow you, its price almost certainly will. With Tangerine’s welcome discount, you can get set up on this speed tier for AU$44.90 a month for the first six months, which is the cheapest offer available. After that, your monthly bill will go up to AU$59.90p/m, which is still an affordable deal.

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards (opens in new tab).]

Total minimum cost: AU$44.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$628.80

Spintel | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$49p/m (first 6 months, then AU$59.95p/m) (opens in new tab)

When it comes to cheap internet plans, Spintel has the second cheapest offer going on the NBN 25 speed tier. You’ll save AU$10.95 a month over your first six months, after which the price will bump up to AU$59.95p/m. In the evenings, you can expect 25Mbps speed.

Total minimum cost: AU$49 | Total cost for first year: AU$653.70

Exetel | NBN 25 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$54.95p/m (first 6 months, then AU$59.95p/m) (opens in new tab)

Exetel has recently lowered the price of its internet plans, so now you can get this NBN 25 plan for AU$54.95 a month for your first six months. While this still makes it a little more expensive than the options above, we’re highlighting it here because Exetel performed exceptionally well in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest report (opens in new tab).

Total minimum cost: AU$54.95 | Total cost for first year: AU$689.40

Fast internet deals this month

First month AU$1

Telstra | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$1 for first month (then AU$140p/m) (opens in new tab)

Telstra is the only provider to offer a topped-out typical evening speed of 250Mbps on its NBN 250 plan, and right now you can get your first month on the plan for just one dollar. After that, your monthly bill will increase significantly to AU$140 ongoing, but if speed is your top priority, this one’s a goer. If you leave Telstra within 24 months, you can return your modem or pay a AU$200 no-return fee.

Total minimum cost: AU$1 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,541

Spintel | NBN 100 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$69p/m (first 6 months, then AU$84.95p/m) (opens in new tab)

While this isn’t the cheapest NBN 100 plan available, it’s very close to it, and we’re recommending it because it comes with a maxed-out typical evening speed of 100Mbps. You’ll be getting a discount of AU$15.95 a month for your first six months, so you’ll initially pay just AU$69 a month for a connection before your bill increases to AU$84.95 a month ongoing.

Total minimum cost: AU$69 | Total cost for first year: AU$923.70

MyRepublic | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$89p/m (first 6 months, then AU$99p/m) (opens in new tab)

MyRepublic has the cheapest NBN 250 plan we can find, with an introductory price of just AU$89 a month when you first sign up. That offer holds for your first six months, after which it’ll increase to AU$99 a month ongoing. Do note that with a typical evening speed of 200Mbps, this plan is sitting below the average speed for this tier (which is 219Mbps).

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards (opens in new tab).]

Total minimum cost: AU$89 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,128

MyRepublic | NBN 1000 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$99p/m (first 6 months, then AU$109p/m) (opens in new tab)

Starting at just AU$99 a month for your first six months, MyRepublic’s NBN 1000 plan makes ultra-fast internet more accessible. After the initial discount, your monthly bill will only increase to AU$109 a month, which is cheap (and rare) for this speed tier. Typical evening speeds sit at 350Mbps, which is just below the average for this tier (which is 370Mbps).

[A multi-award winner in the 2021 Mozo Experts Choice NBN Awards (opens in new tab).]

Total minimum cost: AU$99 | Total cost for first year: AU$1,248

Best home wireless internet deals this month

Telstra | 5G Home Internet | 1TB data | First month free | No start-up fee | Modem included | AU$85p/m (opens in new tab)

If 5G connectivity is available in your area, then a 5G Home Internet plan could serve you well. Telstra’s plan gets you 1TB of data for AU$85 a month, but you get your first month for free, giving you a nice way to trial 5G home internet. According to Telstra, its 5G plan has a typical evening speed of 378Mbps.

Total minimum cost: AU$0 | Total cost for first year: AU$935

Optus | 5G Home Internet | Unlimited data | First month free | No start-up fee | Modem included | AU$79p/m (opens in new tab)

Optus’ 5G Home Internet plan will set you up with unlimited data, though the maximum download speed you’ll be able to achieve is 100Mbps (and a typical download speed of 83Mbps). You’ll also get your first month free, though the minimum charge is AU$576, which is the cost of the modem.

Total minimum cost: AU$576 | Total cost for first year: AU$869

Best mobile broadband internet deals this month

Belong | 4G Mobile Broadband | 80GB data | No lock-in contract | AU$35p/m (opens in new tab)

While this mobile broadband plan isn’t technically a deal, we’re recommending it because it offers better value for money as compared to the competition. Belong’s mobile broadband comes with 80GB of data for just AU$35 a month, and it delivers this using part of Telstra’s 4G and 3G network. Note, this plan uses a SIM card to connect you to the network.

Total minimum cost: AU$35 | Total cost for first year: AU$420

Optus | 5G Mobile Broadband | 100GB data | No lock-in contract | AU$60p/m (opens in new tab)

If you want mobile broadband with 5G access, then we’d suggest this plan from Optus. Again, this plan isn’t actually discounted, so you’ll get 100GB of data for AU$60 a month, for as long as you stay connected. With Optus’ plan, you can choose to connect with a SIM, or by creating your own hotspot with a 5G portable modem (which is an extra AU$12.08p/m, or AU$434.88 outright).

Total minimum cost: AU$60 | Total cost for first year: AU$720

Internet deals FAQ

Which provider has the best internet deals?

There are a lot of providers offering a wide range of internet deals, making it difficult to know which plan is right for you. Some are super cheap, while others offer fast speeds at a higher cost. Each ISP has a selling point that makes it worth your time.

  • Telstra: best for fast speeds and optional add-ons
  • Optus: best performing ISP overall
  • TPG: best for reliable speed at a bargain price
  • Aussie Broadband: high speeds, local support and flexible plans
  • Tangerine: one of the cheapest providers for internet plans
  • Internode: a historical enthusiast-favourite

Who has the cheapest internet deal in Australia?

Currently, the telco with the absolute cheapest NBN price is TPG (opens in new tab). It’s not a particularly great deal though – for AU$29.99 a month, it’ll set you up with an NBN 12 connection, but you’ll be limited to just 10GB of data each month.

What NBN speed do I need?

NBN speeds are represented as megabits per second (Mbps), and generally speaking, the higher Mbps, the faster the speed. Do keep in mind though that the advertised typical evening speed is the 'average' and doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual download speed you’ll receive during peak periods. For the most part, that varies depending on your connection type.

0-12Mbps. This is considered entry-level broadband, and at 12Mbps is equivalent to just over 1MB per second. It should be fast enough for small households where only one or two people are using the internet at once. Be aware that if you stream TV, you may experience the odd interruption.

25-50Mbps. Every major internet provider offers 25-50Mbps broadband, and you’ll commonly see it referred to as NBN 25 and NBN 50. This is the sweet spot between fast speeds and good value, and should comfortably suit a household with three to five users who are streaming, gaming or working from home all at once.

50-100Mbps. If you want to stream in 4K, or have five or more people using your internet connection at the same time, then it may be worth shelling out for the extra speed. It will cost you more, but you’ll experience much less lag, and providers may sweeten the deal with added extras and rewards.

250Mbps. Now we’re getting really fast. An NBN 250 plan is best-suited to a busy household that wants lightning-quick broadband. You’ll only really get value out of this if you want to download large files, have multiple devices online at the same time, or if multiple users want to stream in 4K or 8K simultaneously.

1,000Mbps. If money is no object, then 1Gbps download speed is the best broadband you can get. It’s a relatively new speed tier in Australia, and as such, the small number of telcos who provide it report a typical evening speed of 370Mbps on average. However, in real world tests it’s often much higher; we’ve seen speed test results of over 900Mbps. With this kind of speed, you can expect to do everything highlighted above without incident, and have exceptionally fast downloads.

What is 'average' speed for internet?

According to the Speedtest Global Index (opens in new tab), the average download speed of internet in Australia is 51.34Mbps, which places Australia at number 67 among all the countries ranked. 

You won’t personally receive that kind of speed unless you sign up to an NBN 50 plan or higher (where typical evening speeds are 49Mbps on average). But also note that your connection type and location can affect the final speed you receive, so it’s best to double check with any prospective providers to see exactly what their minimum speed provisions and conditions are.

Every internet service provider (ISP) in Australia is required to state each of its NBN plans' typical evening speed, so look out for this number when signing up to a new plan.

Is the NBN available in my area?

The simplest way to see if the NBN is available in your area is check your address (opens in new tab) directly on NBN Co’s website. This will tell you what type of connection is available at your address, so you know what to look for when comparing NBN plans.

Now that the NBN rollout has officially been declared complete, the vast majority of Australians should now have access to the National Broadband Network in some form. You can also take a look at the NBN rollout map (opens in new tab) to see what is available and where.

Internet contracts and pricing

What contract length should I go for?

Most internet providers offer month-to-month plans with no lock-in contracts. Some providers do give you the option of signing up to a six or 12-month contract, though it is certainly less common than rolling month-to-month terms. Given the flexibility that month-to-month contracts provide, we wouldn’t recommend signing up to a lock-in contract.

No lock-in contracts are much more popular though, and most of them do give you the option of using your own modem if you have one. While some telcos will require you to pay set-up fees, the benefit of a no lock-in contract is that the minimum you could pay might be as little as a one-month term.

Will I have to pay anything upfront for NBN?

Possibly. Known interchangeably as 'activation', 'connection', 'setup' or 'upfront' fees, most of the major internet providers ask for some payment when you kick off your contract, even if it’s just to cover the cost of delivering your new modem.

But plenty of providers have now scrapped their set-up fees completely (Telstra (opens in new tab), for example, will waive its connection fee if you sign-up online), while others run promotions where they temporarily scrap their upfront cost.

There may be other added extras, too. If you want an internet and entertainment package, you might be charged for the set-top box – that could be worth it if you don’t have a device to pause and record live TV.

Do I have to pay more to have a phone line?

If you use a home landline to make and receive calls, many broadband providers give you the option of including a phone line, with some even including one at no extra cost.

Telstra’s NBN plans all include a home phone landline at no extra cost, and you’ll also get unlimited calls to Australian mobiles and standard lines included for free.

Optus offers you an optional phone line with all its NBN plans, with calls billed on a PAYG basis. Alternatively, you can choose to add a phone line with unlimited calls to standard numbers and mobiles in Australia for an extra AU$10 a month.

TPG is much the same, offering PAYG calls. For an additional AU$10 a month, you can add unlimited calls to standard numbers and mobiles in Australia.

Are Wi-Fi and broadband the same thing?

Yes and no. For many of the broadband deals we've listed above, you will be getting a Wi-Fi modem-router alongside a broadband connection. 

Wi-Fi is what enables you to connect your laptop and phone to the internet through wireless connections within and around your home. This is achieved thanks to the modem-router that comes with your broadband package.

Broadband is the external connection that allows your modem-router to access the internet, which can be via a physical cable (such as a fibre-optics based NBN connection) or via a fixed-wireless connection, such as satellite or even a 4G- or 5G-based connection.

Can I cancel my internet plan early?

Cancelling your internet plan early is possible, and is especially easy if you’ve signed up to a no lock-in contract.

Whether or not you’ll have to pay any exit fees depends on the specifics of your plan. If you’re on a no lock-in contract and are using your own modem, or you paid for it upfront, chances are you can jump ship without facing a fee.

If you’re on a rolling month-to-month contract but haven’t yet paid off your modem, you’ll often be required to pay out what is remaining for the device.

Cancelling an internet plan that you’ve signed a six or 12-month contract for can be harder, and you’ll almost certainly have to pay an exit fee. You may need to pay out the monthly cost for each month you have remaining, a percentage of it, or a flat fee.

While you can cancel early, if you are able to ride it out, it’s likely the better option and will save you a decent amount of money.

My contract has ended, should I change plans?

Yes, always yes! When internet contracts come to an end, your plan will end up rolling on, and often the costs have sky-rocketed up. This could leave you paying significantly more for the same plan.

When your internet package is coming to an end, take a look at what is available and see if you could get better speeds, prices or freebies somewhere else.

4G and 5G home internet: what are they?

In recent years, alternatives have been proposed to the NBN, offering more flexible solutions, cheaper plans and other options.

Of the alternatives, 4G home internet has proven to be the most popular and effective. It works by placing a SIM card inside a modem, amplifying its connection through a house.

It offers a few key benefits that standard internet deals can’t quite achieve. Primarily, it doesn’t require a set-up process, it can be taken anywhere there’s a power socket and it offers flexibility for renters or travellers.

It’s not as powerful as regular internet, but if you're unhappy with the NBN connection where you live, are in need of a temporary solution or any other factor that applies, this could be the perfect way to go.

Can I get freebies with my internet plan?

The most common freebie you’ll get with your internet plan is a free modem, though this usually requires you to stay connected to the plan for around 24 months.

Telstra and Optus are the most likely to include other added perks, such as a free streaming subscription to your plan. Telstra currently offers a three-month free subscription to Binge, while Optus includes a free subscription to Optus Sport for as long as you stay connected.

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 NBN plans. She doesn’t buy anything without doing a little research first, and she wants to help you do the same.