Finding the best broadband internet deals can be a bit of a minefield because there are so many options. Do you go for fibre broadband if it’s available in your area? Should you get 100Mbps cable broadband instead? Are you best off sticking with good-old ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.
It’s important to note these recommendations do not take into consideration other factors which could make certain deals a better option for you. For instance, do you already have a Telstra mobile plan and home phone line? If so, combining them with a Telstra cable or ADSL connection on the same Telstra bill could save you money overall. We’ll leave these decisions to you, though.
On this page, you’ll find a list of our recommended broadband deals separated into three types of connection: ADSL, cable and fibre (NBN). We’ll update this page regularly when offers change or new ones become available, so it’s worth coming back to this article when you’re ready to sign up for a new plan.
When applying for new broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most broadband contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms, so it’s important to contact your current provider before committing to anything else.
Another thing worth noting is some services may not be available in your area. If a particular deal seems good to you, head over to the provider’s website to find out if it’s available at your address.
Another notable recent development is that some providers have scrapped separate line rental charges, so others could also follow suit in the coming months.
Now let’s get to the best broadband deals!
Best ADSL deals
ADSL customers have a number of great options on offer, ranging from a sensible amount of data to straight up unlimited downloads. Depending on the amount of data you’re likely to use each month, you’ll almost certainly be able to find a great broadband deal to suit your needs.
TPG | 500GB | ADSL2+ | 12 month contract | $49.99 a month (+$59.95 setup fee) | In terms of standalone ADSL plans without home phone bundle, TPG’s 500GB offering provides speeds of up to 20Mbps for $49.99 a month, with a one-off setup fee of $59.99. Minimum total cost (12 month contract): $659.83.
TPG | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | no lock-in contract | $59.99 a month (+$99.95 setup fee) | For an extra $10 per month and a slightly more expensive one-off setup fee, you can get unlimited data through TPG. You will, however, need to select a monthly voice add-on plan, but if aren’t interested in landline calls, you can choose a $0 pay-as-you-go option. Minimum total cost (one month contract): $179.94
Optus | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | If you want the security and service consistency of a large provider (and don’t mind paying more for it) we’d go with Optus’ 80 Plan, which offers unlimited data for $80 a month on a 24 month contract. It includes an advanced AC Wi-Fi modem and a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set top box. Minimum total cost (12 month contract): $1,920.
View this deal: Optus
Best cable deals
If sturdiness and incredible speed is what you’re after, cable is a good option for those who can get it. Offering speeds of up to a whopping 100Mbps, cable can be a suitable alternative to fibre connections, depending on your plan. Unlike ADSL, you don’t need a phone line and your monthly quota is generally high. That said, you can experience decreased bandwidth during peak usage hours.
Optus | Unlimited | Cable | no lock-in contract| $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Though it comes with a hefty $200 upfront fee, it’s hard to beat Optus’ unlimited cable internet plan, which has no lock-in contract, for only $60 a month. This 60 Plan Cable M2M option also includes a free Wi-Fi modem. Minimum cost for the first month: $260.
Optus | Unlimited | Cable| 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | Just like the ADSL version of this plan, Optus’ 80 Plan Cable gives you the security and service consistency of a large provider, and offers unlimited data for $80 a month on a 24 month contract. It also includes an advanced AC Wi-Fi modem and a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set top box. Minimum total cost over 12 months: $1,920.
Telstra | 4TB | Cable| 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | There’s honestly not a lot of reason to go past the Optus deal above, but if you can only get Telstra cable in your area (but still need huge amounts of data) then the telco’s Home Internet XL Bundle will net you a whopping 4TB for $140 a month. When used in conjunction with the Telstra speed booster add-on for $20 extra a month, you’ll get maximum speeds of 100Mbps. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $3,549.
Best fibre (NBN) deals
Teleron | 200GB | NBN | no lock-in contract| $49 a month (+$148 setup fee) | A good NBN entry point, provider Teleron is offering 200GB of monthly data with 25Mbps download speeds without any contracts on its 200GB Silver plan. There is a hefty $148 setup fee upfront, but that’s a one-off payment. Minimum cost for the first month: $197.
Optus | Unlimited | NBN | 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | Just like the ADSL and cable versions of this plan, Optus’ 80 Plan – NBN gives you the security and service consistency of a major telco, offering unlimited data at 25mbps speeds for $80 a month on a 24 month contract. It also includes an advanced AC Wi-Fi modem and a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set top box. Alternatively, you can get the M2M version of the plan, which lets you ditch the contract but requires $200 upfront. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $1,920.
iiNet |Unlimited | NBN | 24 month contract | $99.99 a month ($0 setup fee) | Offering unlimited downloads at the top 100Mbps speeds for just under $100 a month, it’s hard to go past iiNet’s terrific ‘Liimitless’ data plan. If you also want a home phone line, you can pay an extra $10 for unlimited local and national calls, or $20 if you want to also include standard calls to mobiles. If that doesn’t interest you, you can stick with the basic option and opt for pay-as-you-go phone usage. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $2,399.76.
View this deal: iiNet website
Source: techradar – Gadgets
The best Australian broadband deals for April 2017