Contracts suck. Why would you give as much as two years of your life to an NBN provider? Your speeds could get worse. You could find a better deal. You could ditch the NBN entirely after 5G becomes more widely available.
But handcuffing yourself to a telco isn’t your only choice, with many providers offering contract-free plans now. If long-term commitment makes you uneasy, you can opt for a more flexible option where you can leave whenever you want, for whatever reason.
Modem purchases are optional on many ISPs, but some force you to buy a model they range. To make it a bit easier, we’re only looking at plans where a modem purchase is optional, and where you won’t get hit with any upfront setup fees.
Here are some of our favourite no-contract NBN plans with no setup fees:
NBN 50 plans with no-contract and at least 500GB
In many cases, you can nab yourself a contract-free NBN 50 plan for less than $70 per month. More premium providers can and will charge extra, but there are plenty of cheaper options too.
Some of this can be chalked up to promotional pricing. For example, new provider on the block Superloop will cut $21 from your bill for your first six months. This means you can get an NBN 50 plan with 500GB for $52.95 per month, and then $73.95 per month thereafter. And since the plan is contract-free, you always have the option of leaving after your discount ends.
Tangerine also has a discount on its unlimited NBN 50 plan. You’ll pay $59.90 per month for your first half-a-year, and $69.90 thereafter.
If you’d prefer a plan free from timed promotional pricing, you could consider SpinTel. $64.95 per month will get you an unlimited data NBN 50 plan.
NBN 100 plans with no-contract and at least 500GB
NBN 100 plans have gotten a bit more expensive in recent months, but there are still cheaper options around.
Superloop’s promo also applies its NBN 100 plans, which brings its 500GB plan down to $57.95 per month. This discount will apply for your first six months; you’ll pay $78.95 thereafter.
It’s worth nothing that Superloop reports typical evening speeds of 90Mbps on its NBN 100 plans, making it one of the fastest providers around if you’re after a top tier plan
Tangerine is next up in terms of price, with an unlimited data NBN 100 plan at $79.90 per month. After your first six months are up, you’ll pay $89.90 per month.
If you’d rather avoid plans with limited-time discounts, SpinTel has an unlimited data NBN 100 plan at $84.95 per month.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.