Entry-level NBN plans aren’t as common as they used to be, with most providers now focusing on pricier products with unlimited data and faster speeds. Of course, these plans aren’t for everyone. Not everyone needs or wants an expensive NBN connection.
What if you just want to stream a little Netflix without paying for more than it feels like you’re using?
Fortunately, you’ve still got options if you’re looking for a cheaper NBN plan. Here’s a look at what less than $60 per month will get you.
NBN 25 plans under $60
You’ve got plenty of choices if you’re after a more affordable NBN connection, but you may have to make some trade-offs. For the most part, you’ll need to sacrifice either your data allowance or your download speed. In some cases, both.
That’s why we’re starting with NBN 25 plans, as plenty of providers will sell you one for less than $60 per month.
SpinTel currently has one of the cheapest NBN 25 plans around thanks to a timed discount. You’ll pay $49 per month for your first six months, and then $59.95 per month thereafter for an NBN 25 plan with unlimited data. The plan is contract-free, so you can always leave whenever your discount runs out. If you want to stick at a similar price point after your discount expires, SpinTel has a 100GB plan for $49.95 per month, but that kind of download allowance may be a little tight.
Tangerine has a similar deal. You’ll pay $49.90 per month for your first six months, and then $59.90 per month thereafter for an NBN 25 plan with unlimited data. Once again, this plan is contract-free so you can bail whenever.
Superloop is also offering a discount on NBN 25 plans and has slightly faster evening speeds than Tangerine and SpinTel, with the telco reporting 22.2Mbps during peak hours. You’ll pay $49.95 per month for your first six months, and then $64.95 per month thereafter. This offer ends on November 11, however.
MATE and MyRepublic both have unlimited data NBN 25 plans for under $60 per month that aren’t subject to promotional pricing. The pair of plans are priced at $59 per month, with MATE reporting slightly faster typical evening speeds.
If you pick MATE, you can save a further $10 per month if you bundle in a MATE SIM-only plan for your phone. MATE’s mobile plans are powered by the Telstra network and start at $20 per month with 5GB. The $25 per month plan with 15GB is a much better deal, however.
NBN 50 plans under $60
Your options are a little more limited if you’d prefer an NBN 50 plan under $60 per month.
Firstly, Belong has an unlimited data NBN 50 plan for $55 per month, but it has a catch. While it’s technically an NBN 50 plan, your speeds will be capped at 30Mbps. That’s a little bit better than NBN 25, but a good chunk slower than an NBN 50 plan – even during peak hours.
You’ll need to sign a 12-month contract to get this one, but Belong will throw in $80 of mobile credit to use if you also feel like changing phone plans. If you’d prefer to go contract-free, you can pay $60 per month instead. This will attract a $60 upfront modem fee.
Next up, Superloop has a timed discount on NBN 50 plans, where you can get your first six months for $58.95 per month. You’ll then pay $78.96 per month thereafter. This plan is contract-free, so you’re able to leave whenever. Once again, this offer ends on November 11.
SpinTel also has a timed discount, where you’ll pay $59 per month for your first six months, and $64.95 per month thereafter. Even at full price, this is pretty reasonable, given the typical evening speeds of 45Mbps.
Tangerine and Internode both have promotional discounts that bring their NBN 50 plans to under $60 per month, at least for your first six months.
Tangerine has an unlimited data NBN 50 plan for $59.90 per month, and $69.90 per month thereafter, while Internode has an unlimited data NBN 50 plan for $59.99 per month $79.90 per month thereafter. Tangerine’s plan is contract-free, while Internode will require you to commit to six months.
In both cases, you’re able to leave when your discount runs out. Hell, you could even swap from Tangerine to Internode to get yourself an entire year of discounted NBN 50.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.