Best NBN & broadband plans in Australia compared: Updated November 2018


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With so many options available, it can be a bit of a headache choosing the right broadband or NBN connection for your home. There's plenty to consider: whether the NBN is actually available to you or not, if you think a cable connection is going to be your best bet, or if ADSL is sufficient for your needs. Regardless your situation, we're hoping our comparison will help you out.

On this page, you'll find a list of our recommended broadband deals separated into three types of connection: NBN, ADSL and cable. We update this page regularly when offers change or new ones become available, so it’s worth coming back to this article when you're ready to sign up for a new plan.

Best NBN plans

After years of waiting, many Australians are now finding that the NBN has finally reached their area. If you do have access to a fibre connection, it's definitely worth considering one of the plans below. The vast majority of plans offer unlimited data, with the price difference basically reflecting the speed you'll be getting.

Best value

Exetel | Unlimited data | NBN50 | 12 month contract | $59.99 pm (+$20 upfront)

Although it just scrapes in under $60, this plan from Exetel offers excellent value over the course of the year-long contract. On the NBN50 tier, you'll get unlimited data with typical evening speeds of up to 43Mbps, a free modem and only $20 to pay up front.

Minimum total cost over 12 months is $739.88
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Premium package

Click Broadband | Unlimited data | NBN100 | No contract | $76.88 (for first 6 months, then $88.88)

If you're looking for the top speed tiere, NBN100, then Click Broadband's current offer is a bit of a steal. No upfront fees, no lock-in contract and a discount on the first 6 months of the bill gives you quite a bit of freedom, as long as you have your own modem.

Minimum total cost is $76.88
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  • Want to see more NBN options? You can use our broadband plan finder to compare a huge range of Australian NBN plans!

Best ADSL plans

ADSL customers have a number of great options on offer, ranging from a sensible amount of data to straight up unlimited downloads. Depending on the amount of data you're likely to use each month, you'll almost certainly be able to find a great broadband deal to suit your needs. 

 Best value

Exetel | Unlimited data | ADSL2+ | No contract | $54.99 (+ $79 upfront)

While there are one or two cheaper plans available, they dpn't feature both unlimited data and no lock-in contracts. You'll also be getting your first month free, which will almost cover the $59 (+$20 shipping) you'll need to pay for a modem.

Minimum total cost is $133.99
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Budget option

Dodo  | 101GB data | ADSL2+ | 24 months | $20 pm (requires home phone line)

If you've already got a phone line and aren't too keen on paying through the nose, then Dodo's $20 plan nets you a healthy 101GB of data each month and $0 upfront fees. It is a 24-month contract, but you can pay a one-off fee of $109 to shorten that to a 12-month conrtract.

Total minimum cost is $480
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  • Not exactly what you're after? Check out more options with our ADSL plan finder!

Best cable internet plans

If sturdiness and incredible speed is what you're after, cable is a good option for those who can get it. Offering speeds of up to a whopping 100Mbps, cable can be a suitable alternative to the NBN, depending on your plan. Unlike ADSL, you don't need a phone line and your monthly quota is generally high. That said, you can experience decreased bandwidth during peak usage hours. 

Best value

Optus | Unlimited data | Cable | $75 pm

While theres' not too much on offer in the realm of cable connections, Optus has a better value deal than either Telstra or iiNet. You get a modem, no upfront fees, and an extra $10 off per month if you have an existing Optus mobile plan.

Total minimum cost over 24 months is $1,800
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Premium package

Telstra | Unlimited data | Cable | Foxtel Now 24-month subscription | $99 pm (+ $99 upfront)

With the inclusion of a free 24-month Foxtel Now subscription, Telstra TV, Telstra Smart Modem and unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls, this is the ultimate cable package... but it's also the most expensive.

Total minimum cost over 24 months is $2,475

Other factors to consider

It's important to note these recommendations do not take into consideration other factors which could make certain deals a better option for you. For instance, do you already have a Telstra mobile plan and home phone line? If so, combining them with a Telstra cable or ADSL connection on the same Telstra bill could save you money overall, same with Optus. We'll leave these decisions to you, though.

When applying for new broadband deals, make sure you're not already signed up to a contract you can't get out of – most broadband contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms, so it's important to contact your current provider before committing to anything else. 

Another thing worth noting is some services may not be available in your area. If a particular deal seems good to you, head over to the provider's website to find out if it's available at your address.