Entry-level NBN plans aren’t as common as they used to be, with many providers focusing on pricier products with high speeds and unlimited data. These plans aren’t for everyone. Not everyone wants or needs an expensive NBN plan, of course.
What if you just want to binge a little Netflix without paying for more than it feels like you’re using? What if you don’t have the need for speed? Fortunately, there are still options if you’re looking for a more affordable NBN plan. Here’s a look at what less than $60 per month will get you.
Affordable NBN 25 plans under $60
If you’re after a cheaper NBN plan, you may need to make some trade-offs. You’ll typically need to compromise on your download speed or your data allowance, which is why we’re starting with NBN 25 plans. They’re the easiest way to get NBN under $60 per month.
Tangerine has one of the cheapest unlimited NBN 25 plans around right now. You’ll pay $44.90 per month for your first six months, and then $59.90 per month thereafter. The plan is contract-free so you can leave whenever, and it also comes with a 14-day risk-free trial. If you’re not happy within your first fortnight, Tangerine will give you a full refund of your plan fees.
Dodo has its own promo on its NBN 25 plan, where you’ll pay $48.90 for your first six months but $65 per month after. While that takes you above $60 per month, you’ll save a further $10 per month if you also get your gas and energy through Dodo. This offer is however only for customers in New South Wales and Victoria. Just be aware you’ll also need to pay a $60 modem fee.
SpinTel also has a similar deal where you’ll pay $49 per month for your first six months, and then $59.95. This gets you an NBN 25 plan with unlimited data. If you’d prefer to stay sub-$50 after your discount expires, SpinTel also has a 100GB NBN 25 plan for $49.95 per month if you can make do with a smaller allowance.
Superloop is also offering its own discount on NBN 25 plans, where you’ll pay $54.95 for your first six months and $59.95 per month thereafter. This deal only runs until July 31, however, so be quick.
If you want to avoid promotional discounts, MATE has an NBN 25 plan for $59 per month. You can also save a further $10 per month by bundling it with one of the telco’s SIM-only mobile plans.
MATE’s mobile plans are powered by the Telstra network and start at $20 per month with 10GB. The $25 per month plan with 20GB is a much better deal, however. The $25 per month plan also gets you a free subscription to music streaming service Tidal, which could also help bring down your monthly bills.
Affordable NBN 50 plans under $60
When it comes to NBN 50 plans under $60 per month, you’ve still got options, but the majority are all subject to promotional pricing. Your bill will be under $60 per month for your first six months, but then it will rise after the introductory period is over. The good news is these plans are all contract-free, so you can switch to a different provider as soon as your discount expires and keep paying less than $60 per month for your internet. It’s a bit of work, but it’s worth it if you want to keep your bill as low as possible.
Exetel is one of your cheapest options right now, with a $50 per month plan for your first six months and $79 per month thereafter. That’s a steep increase, but you are free to leave whenever.
Tangerine is up next at $54.90 per month for your first six months, and $69.90 per month thereafter. As with its NBN 25 plan, Tangerine offers a two-week trial during which you can leave and get a refund of your plan fees if you’re not happy with your service.
Dodo is currently charging $58 per month for your first six months and $75 per month thereafter. As with Dodo’s NBN 25 plan, if you’re in NSW or Victoria, you can save a further $10 per month by bundling your gas and electricity.
If you’re looking for one of the cheapest full-price NBN 50 plans, SpinTel should be your port of call. You’ll pay $59 per month for your first six months and $64.95 per month thereafter.
Belong has an affordable NBN 50 plan that’s a flat $55 per month with no promotional discount, but there’s a catch. While it’s technically an NBN 50 plan, speeds are capped to 30Mbps. That’s a little bit better than NBN 25, but a good deal 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’re also after a new phone plan. If you’d prefer to go contract-free, you can pay $60 per month instead. You’ll also need to pay a $60 modem fee.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.
This article had been updated since its original publish date.