One of the key arguments underpinning the existence of the NBN is the idea that the internet is now an essential utility. Like water and electricity, most of us use the internet everyday, and like these other services, we expect the internet to be always on.
Unlimited data plans are an obvious choice for most households, and luckily most providers offer at least a couple of plans with no-limit data included. Other providers, like Optus, Vodafone and Amaysim only sell plans with unlimited data.
So let's take a look at the best plans with unlimited data. But, today we'll try something a bit different and leave out plans configured on NBN 12 (Basic Evening Speed) because we all know now that Basic Plans are the root of all NBN evil. You can follow this link to see NBN 12 plans, but I'm not going to be responsible for what happens next.
NBN 25 Plans with Unlimited Data
It's a bit of a traffic jam with the amount of NBN 25plans crammed in around the $60 mark. Flip TV might be the best long term option, as Mate and Barefoot only offer the $59 price for the first 6 months.
Flip TV also offers TV packages dedicated to channels shown in number of European and Asian countries, which you can add onto your plan.
NBN 50 Plans with Unlimited Data
What's that I hear you say? These plans look a lot like the NBN 25 plans? Thanks to NBN Co's recent wholesale price changes there are a lot of providers offering free upgrades from 25 to 50, but are still selling the 25 plans as well.
Others, like the TPG Group, have canned NBN 25 plans altogether, which you would expect is the way for many of the ISPs going forward as more changes to wholesale pricing in the near future make it more attractive to push customers towards NBN 50 plans.
NBN 100 Plans with Unlimited Data
It wasn't that long ago that we could recommend MyRepublic for NBN 100 plans without giving too much thought to it – the price as that good. But now that the MyRepublic launch pricing promotion has ended, the competition is much tighter.
One thing to factor in here is the setup cost for these plans. MyRepublic charge $120 upfront, which others, like Mate and Barefoot, will get you up and running for free. In fact, this is a point that applies to all of the comparisons above. You might find yourself splitting hairs in picking the best monthly price, but the difference in setup costs can be significant.
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.
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