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Best NBN 25 plans: our top picks for the best and most affordable internet

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When it first launched, the National Broadband Network (NBN) kicked off with NBN 12, 25, 50 and 100 plans. The slowest of these tiers is NBN 12, and it isn’t much better than the ADSL it’s replacing (and is becoming much less common anyway), so we wouldn’t recommend it. However, NBN 25 is a much more attractive package overall.

Unless you’re a power user, online gamer or large household that watches multiple streaming services at once, NBN 25 will probably be enough for you with its 25Mbps download speed.

There’s plenty of plans and deals to choose from, and the market is highly competitive with frequent offers and discounts that last for up to six months or more, so we’re here to help you choose the best NBN 25 plan available.

At the moment, the relatively small NBN provider Tangerine is comfortably in the lead across the board for NBN 25 plans, with an excellent introductory offer, maximum typical evening speeds and the lowest ongoing price on the market.

Current NBN 25 deals

If you keep scrolling, you’ll see our hand-picked choices for the best value, most affordable and fastest NBN 25 plans, but before we get there, we’ll show you what’s on offer in terms of deals and discounts in the NBN 25 space.

Best NBN 25 plans

Best overall NBN 25 plan

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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)

This plan from Tangerine offers a great combination of affordability, unlimited data, an introductory offer and the maximum possible typical evening speed on NBN 25 (which is 25Mbps). Considering all this, it remains quite comfortably the best overall value plan on offer in this speed tier at the moment.

Total minimum cost: AU$44.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$628.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$718.80

Best fast NBN 25 plan

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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)

As you’ll see above and below, not only is this plan from Tangerine the best overall value and the most affordable NBN 25 option, it’s also among the fastest available thanks to its maxed-out typical evening speed of 25Mbps. With a AU$15 discount each month for your first six months, and it’s a real winner.

Total minimum cost: AU$44.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$628.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$718.80

Cheapest NBN 25 plan

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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)

Tangerine’s excellent AU$15 discount for your first six months saves you a bunch of dosh right out the gates with this plan, and even when the price returns to AU$59.90, it’s still one of the lowest monthly costs around for an NBN 25 plan. For comparison, the average monthly price of NBN 25 is AU$66.32.

Total minimum cost: AU$44.90 | Total cost for first year: AU$628.80 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$718.80

NBN 25 FAQ

How fast is NBN 25?

Aside from NBN 12, the speed offered by NBN 25 is the slowest of the NBN tiers, with download rates up to 25Mbps and uploads of either 5Mbps or 10Mbps, depending on your plan.

These speeds may be affected by the type of connection and signal strength within your home, but it’s less likely to be impacted than the higher speeds by these factors, even during the peak period between 7-11pm.

How much does NBN 25 cost?

A good majority of telcos offer their NBN 25 service for about the same cost, with AU$60 monthly being a reasonable price to pay. With that said, most of these telcos also offer an introductory discount, slashing the price by as much as AU$15p/m for the first half-year of your plan.

More premium telcos such as Telstra are at the other end of the spectrum, charging as much as AU$80 per month, but these plans will often come with other extras such as a phone line or streaming service inclusion.

Can I get NBN 25?

If you’re not in a regional area or one of the few other locations that haven’t had a fixed line NBN service set up, then you’ll be able to get an NBN 25 connection.

All connection types, such as fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC), are able to support NBN 25.

What providers have NBN 25?

There are very few (if any) providers at this stage not offering NBN 25, as it’s the go-to budget option on offer, but still promises enough speed for a lot of households to get by.

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.