The start of a new year is always a great time to take stock off your life, check your expenses, and see if there's any money to be saved. Changing your NBN is one of the easiest ways to save a bit cash each month. And unlike ditching your energy provider, changing your NBN ISP should be almost instant.
Last time I swapped provider, I requested the change at lunch, and I had my new connection up and running by the time I got home. Better yet, it saved me $25 per month. Now that’s the painless future we were promised.
We'll be looking at the cheapest no-contract unlimited NBN plans across the four main speed tiers.
No contract means you can change provider whenever you want, and in most cases, the difference between an NBN plan with a data limit and no data limit is smaller than ever. Spending as little as $5 more per month can take you from a 100GB allowance to an unlimited data plan. $5 is all it costs to go from counting every byte to using your internet with reckless abandon.
Most ISPs will offer to sell you a modem, but some will force you to buy a model they range. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve only included NBN providers where a modem purchase is optional, and where you won't get hit with any upfront setup fees.
These plans are sorted by price, with the cheapest up top.
NBN 50 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
In most cases, you can get an unlimited data NBN 50 plan for less than $70 per month. While the more "premium" providers can and will charge a little extra, there are plenty of plans priced between $60 and $70 right now.
Admittedly, some of this can be chalked up to promotional pricing. Click Broadband, Sumo, and Tangerine will all give you your first six months at a discounted rate. Flip TV also has an introductory rate, but this only lasts for three months. These discounts cut the price of their respective plans by up to $16 per month, and since they're contract-free, you can always leave as soon as the savings run out.
In terms of non-discounted pricing, Kogan Internet currently has the cheapest unlimited NBN 50 plan, priced at $65.90 per month.
NBN 100 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
The price spread between the cheapest and priciest NBN plans in this fastest speed tier is a little bit larger. Thanks to a promo, you can pay as little as $72 per month if you go with Sumo. This discount will apply for your first six months, after which you're looking at $90 per month, or $85 per month if you also swap to Sumo for your electricity.
On the other hand, you've got NBN 100 plans from the likes of Aussie Broadband at $99 per month. While this might seem like a huge difference, Aussie Broadband boasts some of the NBN's fastest peak hour speeds, so this premium could be worth it if you want consistently fast internet during high usage periods.
NBN 25 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
NBN 25 plans seem to be getting phased out slowly, and in most cases, you can find an NBN 50 plan around the same price. In general, we'd recommend opting for NBN 50 instead. However, there are some providers where you can save between $5 and $10 per month if you opt for a slower NBN 25 plan when compared to their NBN 50 offering.
NBN 12 plans with no-contract and unlimited data
If you want to save as much money as you can on your home internet, you can cut your bill with an NBN 12 plan. When it comes to the cheapest plans, you can save around $10 per month by going for a provider's NBN 12 plan instead of their NBN 50.
For example, Click Broadband will charge $48.88 per month for the first six months of their NBN 12 plan, or $59.88 for the first six months of their NBN 50 plan. It's great to have a cheaper option available if you need it, but it's worth remembering an NBN 50 plan is around four times faster. We'd say that's easily worth the $10 premium.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website. He's now had far too many phone plan related dreams.