If your current internet connection just isn’t cutting it, whether it’s laggy video meetings, constantly buffering streaming services or video game downloads that seem to take forever, then it might be time to invest in a faster NBN plan.
The good news is that most internet providers are running introductory offers where your first six months on one of their NBN plans will be discounted. So not only can you score a fast connection, but you can save yourself a few bucks in the process.
Here are the fastest plans for each NBN connection tier, based on the typical evening speeds listed by each internet provider.
Before you sign up for one of these plans, it’s also important to note that these typical evening speeds are just indications of what you can reasonably expect. Other factors could impact the speed of your internet connection, such as the technology you’re using to connect to the NBN, the hardware in your home and any abnormally high usage in your area.
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The fastest NBN 25 plans
If you’re after a fast NBN 25 plan, you’re pretty spoiled for choice. A considerable amount of providers are offering plans with typical evening speeds of 25Mbps.
In terms of cheap plans, Tangerine is currently offering its NBN 25 plan for $49.90 per month for the first six months, and then $64.90 per month thereafter.
Alternatively, Exetel is running an introductory offer where you’ll pay $53.99 per month for the first six months, and then $64.99 per month thereafter.
There’s also Southern Phone, which has an introductory price that’s a hair more expensive than Exetel at $55 per month, but will last for the first 12 months of your connection. After the first year with the provider is over, the plan’s price will increase to $65 per month.
The fastest NBN 50 plans
Evening speeds barely matter anymore when it comes to NBN 50 plans, with many providers now all reporting a fast 50Mbps during peak hours. Most of these speedy providers have plans priced at $75, but a few are offering introductory discounts for new customers.
Kogan has the cheapest NBN 50 plan at $58.90 per month for the first three months. While this discount period isn’t as long as the standard six months offered by other internet providers, Kogan has the cheapest full-price NBN 50 plan at $68.90 per month.
Tangerine is also worth a shout-out: you’ll pay $59.90 per month for your first six months, and $79.90 per month thereafter.
Exetel is the next cheapest option at $60.99 per month for your first six months and $78.99 per month thereafter. Exetel’s plan also includes five daily speed boosts per month, which will allow you to bump up your connection to NBN 100 speeds.
Spintel is offering an NBN 50 plan for $64 per month for the first six months before it’ll be bumped up to $74.95 per month. At full price, that’s cheaper than most non-discounted NBN 50 plans.
The fastest NBN 100 plans
Currently, six NBN providers report typical evening speeds of 100Mbps for their NBN 100 plans: Belong, Exetel, Optus, Southern Phone, SpinTel and Telstra. This means you should never encounter congestion, no matter the time of day.
Exetel currently has the cheapest congestion-free plan available in this speed tier at $68.99 per month for the first six months and then $84.99 per month after the discount ends. This plan also includes five daily speed boosts per month, which will allow you to bump up to NBN 250 speeds provided you have a connection that can support it.
SpinTel is a hair more expensive initially, billing $69 per month the first six months you’re with the provider, and then cheaper at $79.95 per month thereafter.
Next is Southern Phone, which charges $75 per month for your first 12 months. After this period ends, the price will jump up to $85 per month.
If you’re also after a new mobile plan, Belong will give you a free mobile SIM loaded with $80 credit if you sign up for its NBN 100 plan as a new customer. In terms of pricing, Belong’s plan is $80 for the first six months and then $90 per month after that.
The fastest NBN 250 plans
At $84 per month, newcomer Swoop currently has the cheapest NBN 250 plan of these four congestion-free providers. While this introductory price is decent, it only lasts for the first six months of your connection, after which your bill will increase to $119 per month.
Southern Phone is running an offer where you’ll only pay $95 per month for the first six months you’re with the provider, and then $115 per month thereafter. Even at full price, this plan has some solid bang for your buck, considering the speeds you’ll be getting.
Telstra‘s plan is on the pricier side, however. You’ll pay $110 per month for your first six months and $135 per month thereafter. It’s worth noting that Telstra’s plan may be contract-free, but you’ll pay a prorated modem fee if you leave in your first two years.
Superloop is currently running an introductory offer for its NBN 250 plans where you’ll only pay $85 per month for the first six months, and then $99 per month after the discount period ends. Superloop reports a solid 240Mbps during peak hours, and the plan is contract-free, so you’re always free to leave after your discount runs out. You’ll also get five daily speed boosts each month, which will allow you to bump up your connection speed to Superloop’s NBN 1000 plan (more on that in the next section).
You can only get an NBN 250 plan If you’ve got an FTTP or HFC NBN connection.
The fastest NBN 1000 plans
In terms of top NBN 1000 speeds, Southern Phone is leading the pack with typical evening speeds of 650Mbps. When compared to other plans in this tier, these high speeds are also fairly priced. You’ll pay $115 per month for the first 12 months of your plan, and then $135 per month thereafter.
Superloop may be reporting slightly slower speeds of 600Mbps, but this just happens to be the cheapest NBN 1000 plan that’s currently available. You’ll pay $99 per month for the first six months of your connection before it increases to $109 per month.
Up next are Aussie Broadband and Optus, which are both reporting 600Mbps during peak hours. Aussie is offering its plan for a flat rate of $129 per month, which is the same price as Optus. However, Optus’ price will only last for the first six months of your connection, before increasing to $149 per month. Additionally, if you leave Optus’ plan within 36 months you’ll need to pay a modem fee that’s calculated as $8.50 per remaining month (to a total of $306).
Swoop also manages to crack the top five fastest plans, with typical evening speeds of 582Mbps. Similar to its NBN 250 plan, Swoop’s initial price is pretty good for the speeds you’re getting – $99 per month for the first six months – but once this introductory period ends, the increase is quite steep $139 per month.
NBN 1000 plans are only available to FTTP connections and over 90 per cent of HFC connections.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.
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