With the cost of living weighing down upon us, many of us have been trying to lower our monthly bills. If you’re currently on the hunt for a more affordable internet connection, depending on your living situation, an NBN 25 plan could be the answer you’re looking for.
Now, an NBN 25 plan isn’t for everyone. Before you sign up for one, it’s important to consider whether it’ll properly cater to your internet needs. Depending on how many people are living in your household, having too many devices using the internet simultaneously could strain your limited bandwidth.
An NBN 25 plan is better suited for couples or people living alone. And even then, it’s mostly suited for casual internet usage. It’ll let you stream 4K movies and TV shows without much problem, but large downloads, like installs for new video games, will take a while.
With that out of the way, here are your best options for NBN 25 plans.
The cheapest NBN plans in Australia
If you’re after a fast NBN 25 plan, the good news is that the vast majority of providers have congestion-free connections. All of the following NBN 25 plans report typical evening speeds of 25Mbps and are contract-free unless stated otherwise.
Tangerine currently has the cheapest NBN 25 plan available, with an introductory offer that’ll set you back $44.90 per month for the first six months of your connection. Once the discount period ends, the price of Tangerine’s plan will increase to $59.90 per month. Considering that the full price of most NBN 25 plans sits around $65 per month, this makes Tangerine a pretty attractive offer.
Up next is Exetel, where you’ll pay $53.99 per month for the six months you’re with the provider and then $64.99 per month thereafter.
If you’d like a longer discount period, Southern Phone is running an introductory offer that’ll last for the first 12 months you’re with the provider. You’ll pay $55 per month for your first year with Southern Phone, and then $65 per month once the discount period ends.
MATE does technically have the cheapest NBN 25 plan available, as you’ll only have to pay $1 for your first month with the provider. After this first month, you’ll be paying $59 per month, which still makes it one of the cheaper full-price plans in this speed tier. Unlike the previously mentioned NBN 25 plans, MATE is currently reporting typical evening speeds of 24Mbps.
While Belong doesn’t currently have one of the cheaper plans going – it’s $60 per month for the first six months and then $65 per month thereafter – the provider will chuck in a free mobile SIM loaded with $80 credit. That’s not a bad option if want to bundle your internet and phone plans under one provider. Belong is powered by Telstra’s mobile network.
More NBN plans
If you need a faster internet connection, here are Lifehacker Australia’s guides for each NBN speed tier in Australia: