You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good NBN connection. Sure, Telstra and Optus will charge you at least $85 per month for an unlimited data NBN 50 plan, but there are plenty of providers with more affordable deals.
We’re looking at NBN 50 plans in particular because they tend to be the sweet spot when it comes to speed and value. They're significantly faster than ADSL, and monthly prices are more reasonable than NBN 100 plans. You're typically looking at between $60 and $70 per month.
With an NBN 50 plan, you can get download speeds of up to 50Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. In peak hours, providers tend to promise typical download speeds between 30Mbps and 45Mbps.
Here are some of the cheapest no-contract NBN 50 plans around with unlimited data:
NBN 50 plans with unlimited data
The cheapest no-contract NBN 50 plans come in under $65 per month right now. Exetel has one of the cheapest unlimited data NBN 50 plans around, billed at $59.99 per month. You will however have to sign a 12-month contract to get this price. Exetel reports typical evening speeds of 43Mbps.
If you’d prefer a no-contract option, Tangerine will sell you an NBN 50 plan for $64.90 per month for the first six months, and $74.90 per month thereafter. Tangerine reports typical evening speeds of 42Mbps, and offers a 14-day “risk free trial” on all plans. And since this plan is contract free, you can always leave whenever.
SpinTel has a similar no-contract NBN 50 plan, but with no promotional discounts: you’ll simply pay $64.95 per month. The plan’s typical evening speeds are a little lower however – measuring in at 40Mbps – and you will need to pay $74 upfront.
And if you’re after a plan with faster peak hour performance, Southern Phone currently reports some of the fastest typical evening speeds on NBN 50 plans: 46Mbps. You’ll pay $70 per month for this plan, but it’s no-contract and comes with zero set-up fees.
Perennial favourite Aussie Broadband also has a decent offer if you're willing to pay a bit extra - $79 per month nets you unlimited data with no lock-in contract. Typical evening download speeds are rated at 45Mbps.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.