So, it turns out the NBN isn't the steaming pile of garbage that the tidal wave of news coverage has lead us to believe. Even the ACCC said that the results of its broadband monitoring program were 'better than expected', when it revealed that peak time speeds for the major providers hovered around 90-percent of the maximum plan speeds. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but that's not too shabby.
If you've been holding out on getting the NBN, now looks like a good time to jump on in. And, if you're looking to tighten the purse strings and save some money, don't go straight to the big providers or unlimited data plans. There are heaps of low-cost options if you know where to look.
These are the cheapest plans for each speed tier for the 42 providers we currently have in our database. If you want to customise the tables, click on the 'See Full Results' button at the bottom of each.
Cheapest NBN 100 plans
Spintel and Teleron are work a look, with some of the cheapest prices and 200GB included in the plans. This won't be enough data if you hammer your connection with video streaming and game downloads, but it is more than enough for a small household who use the internet daily and watch a movie or two on the weekends.
Cheapest NBN 50 plans
Shout out to Mate Communicate and Barefoot who manage to squeeze in unlimited data and NBN 50 speeds for under $60. This is a promotional price valid for the first 6 months, which is plenty of time to figure out whether you like the service or not.
Hello Broadband is only a couple of bucks more expensive each month and you get two months free if you sign up for a two year plan.
Cheapest NBN 25 plans
If you've been following NBN news then you'll know that NBN 25 plans are being pushed to the side by cheaper NBN 50 wholesale prices offered by NBNco to the providers. There are a few cheap options here that are worth considering if you have low data needs, Aussie Broadband for example, but in most cases we'd recommend you look at NBN 50 plans instead.
Cheapest NBN 12 plans
NBN 12, the bane of the NBN. If you want to be underwhelmed by the NBN, this is the speed tier for you. We ran a survey late last year and by far the most discontent NBN users were people using NBN 12.
But we did promise the cheapest plans on ALL the speed tiers, so here they are. If you're budget doesn't stretch to further, it is nice to know that you can get online for about $30 per month.
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.