NBN 50 plans offer the right balance of speed and value for so many Aussies, it’s little surprise that it continues to be the most popular NBN speed tier. According to the ACCC’s most recent report on Australia’s broadband landscape, NBN 50 connections currently account for just over 50 per cent of households.
If you’re looking to sign up for a new internet connection, the full-price average for an NBN 50 plan is around $75 to $80. However, if you’re also looking to save yourself some money, there are a few providers that are currently offering introductory discounts for the first six months of your connection. Here are the cheapest NBN 50 deals that are currently available.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.
The cheapest NBN 50 plans available right now
When it comes to an NBN 50 connection, it’s not hard to find a congestion-free plan. With that in mind, unless stated otherwise, all of the NBN 50 plans mentioned below are reporting typical evening speeds of 50Mbps.
If you’re after the cheapest NBN 50 plan, that belongs to Dodo’s unlimited plan. If you sign up for this plan before November 30, you’ll only pay $53.80 per month, instead of the usual $75 per month. This discounted rate will stick for the first six months of your connection.
For those in NSW or Victoria, you can save a further $10 per month if you already get either your electricity or gas from Dodo. So if you already have a relationship with the provider, it’s easily the best value deal going at the moment.
After that, there’s Exetel’s Extra Value NBN 50 plan, which you’ll be able to get for $53.99 per month for the first six months. After that, the cost of keeping this particular plan jumps up to the regular price of $74.99.
While the discounted price is the drawcard here, this plan also comes with five Speed Boost days per month. These allow you to temporarily bump your connection speed up to what you could be getting from Exetel’s NBN 100 plan. Unused speed boost days roll over up to thirty days.
If you’re looking to save some money in the long run, then Kogan‘s NBN 50 plan is another good option. Right now, this plan will cost you $58.90 per month for your first three months. While this introductory discount period is shorter than the usual six months that other internet providers are offering, Kogan’s plan is usually $68.90 per month, making it one of the cheapest full-price plans in this speed tier.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to set and forget certain bills, this Kogan plan has the best value on offer if you plan to stick with it for a while.
All of these plans are contract-free, which means you’re free to shop around and swap to a new provider once your discount ends. Doing this every six or so months is the way to go if you want to keep the cost of your monthly internet bill as low as you can for as long as possible.
More cheap NBN plans
If you want to check out what’s on offer in other internet speed tiers, you can find a few of Lifehacker Australia’s guides to NBN plans below:
Fergus Halliday is a journalist at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.