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.