The Best 'Bang-For-Buck' NBN 100 Plans In Australia

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There are a few simple pleasures that are universally enjoyed by tech lovers. Peeling the plastic off the screen of a new phone, for example. But few compare to watching a huge download tear down the pipes in big, fat chunks.

If you regularly download new games, love owning digital copies of UHD-quality movies or have an obsession with backing-up all of Wikipedia, an NBN 100 plan is what you need.

But as we all know, NBN plans are not created equal. So for our table below, we'll only include providers who have published real world NBN speeds, and where these speeds are at least 80-percent of the advertised maximum.

The best NBN 100 plans

(Note: Our interactive tables may take a few seconds to generate. Thanks for your patience!)

As you can see, good quality NBN 100 plans start at about $90 per month, which is probably more than some people are willing to pay, but you should find that you get what you pay for.

In general, the Aussie Broadband plans look good, and you can take your pick of the TPG group (TPG, iiNet and Internode) and probably get a good service.

You'll notice that Telstra isn't in the list, and it should be based on its reported real-world speeds. The thing is, Telstra doesn't advertise NBN 100 plans and will only sell you one after it has line-tested your house. You need to sign up for NBN 50 first and then add the speed pack for an extra $30 per month.

The best of the rest

Now, just because an ISP doesn't report its real-world speeds doesn't mean it that the service will be bad, just that we have less information with which to make a good decision. Hopefully all providers will start publishing these numbers soon, but in the meantime, here are some of the best plans from these providers.

If you need unlimited data, Kogan Internet is in the lead by just ten-cents, but only if you sign up before the end of June. If you do, the get the cheap promotion price for 24-months.

Mate and Barefoot have the next best deal, but this price is only for the first 6 months of the plan, which is more than enough time to see whether the service is worth the extra $10 per month you'll pay after the promotion ends.


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.


Comments

    I reckon Telstra's approach is a good one. With FTTN being the preferred rollout choice now there's very few that can actually get 100. Line testing first before being on the wrong end of an ACCC stick seems sensible.

      Telstras main problem has always been, and continues to be, the price. $99 for 50 Mbps is the same cost, or more, as what the competitors charge for 100 Mbps. If you can get that speed, they then charge that extra $30, meaning that for those that can get 100 Mbps, they're paying 30-60% more. Why would you?

      The approach is good, for the reasons you say, but that cost premium still makes it a bad deal. Having said that, for some, because they can bundle various other parts of their lives (couple of mobiles, Telstra box, etc), then the combined cost comes down to something reasonable, but the internet cost by itself doesn't present as a good option.

        Ouch! That pricing for Telstra is brutal then. Although, when looking at the plans it does include Telstra TV and Foxtel Now. So you're effectively getting NBN and cable TV in the same deal. Not sure it's worth it, but it's a value add.

        Pity they don't offer a deal without that and price it competitively.

          Yeah, those value adds make it really good value, or really bad value, depending on the individual. For me personally, its bad value, but for my sister, its been worthwhile because of her kids, and bundling various mobiles in as well.

          Pity they don't offer a deal without that...
          Could say that with a lot of the plans actually. Many require a landline as well, and tack on the cost of that. TPG do for example, so if you could unbundle that from their $90, you're down to something under $70.

    I got a call from Vodafone. Their sales people told me they could beat my current speed of 27 Mbps (FTTN Sync speed) and get me up to 59 Mbps. I asked them to provide that guarantee in writing but they've refused of course - but I'm still tempted to take them up on the offer.

    I couldn't recommend Aussie Broadband highly enough! Been with them for a few years, there is minimal to no congestion, and an Aussie based call centre is the icing on the cake :)

    Table did not render, but for price and service hard to go past Skymesh, they did not get a mention in the text so not sure if they are on the table.

    While I am happy with Aussie broadband, they are stingy with their data. They need to at least double what they now offer.

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