Like it or loathe it, the NBN rollout is going full-steam-ahead. The government has reportedly connected over 3 million premises meaning that more and more people each month are asking the same question: which NBN plan should I get?
There’s plenty to consider, but if you were always planning on jumping on an 100Mbps plan as soon as you could, it’d be handy to know whether it is worth it or not. For example, how much extra do you pay for NBN100 compared with a basic NBN12 plan?
What’s remarkable about NBN pricing so far is how uniform it is. Telco products are renowned for being complex and hard to compare, but the NBN plans available so far are remarkably simple. This could all change with big companies like Amaysim and Vodafone entering the market later in the year, or when we start seeing more compelling content bundling to factor in.
Taking a look at the pricing for top 10 most popular providers in our database right now, a very clear pattern emerges. Most NBN12 plans cost about $60 per month, and the boosts in speed cost $10 per increment, so that the average price difference is about $30 per month between the fastest and the slowest (well, $32.50 if you want to get specific).
There are a couple of outliers in the market, though. Most notably MyRepublic with its one-size-fits-all NBN100 plan for $59.95 per month. Another interesting thing we noticed is how many of the RSPs are choosing not to offer NBN50 plans at all. In fact, the larger and more well-known an RSP is, the less likely it is to have 50Mbps plans.
Cheapest NBN100 Plans (Unlimited Data, No Contract)
Cheapest NBN50 Plans (Unlimited Data, No Contract)
Cheapest NBN25 Plans (Unlimited Data, No Contract)
Cheapest NBN12 Plans (Unlimited Data, No Contract)
Joe Hanlon is Publisher at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website. He’s been writing about phones and plans for far too long.