Top NBN 50 Plans From Big Providers
Almost one million customers have signed up for the NBN 50 price tier – over one quarter of all NBN connections. So what options are out there for you?
If you’ve moved to an NBN plan – or are considering making the jump soon – you’re no doubt expecting great speeds, a reliable connection, and value for money. Fortunately, thanks to recent wholesale price changes, getting a fast-and-furious broadband plan has never been more affordable.
Earlier this month, NBN Co. confirmed that customer satisfaction rates are on the rise, coinciding with more and more Australians switching to faster NBN 50 plans. In fact, almost one million customers have signed up for the NBN 50 price tier – over one quarter of all NBN connections. So what is NBN 50, and why is it such a popular option for NBN customers?
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What is NBN 50?
NBN plans are currently available at four price and speed points. NBN 12 is the cheapest and slowest; NBN 100 is your ultra-fast premium option; and NBN 25 and NBN 50 fall somewhere in the middle. While NBN 25 is generally fast enough for everyday internet use for individuals and families, if you really want to congestion-proof your plan, NBN 50 is our top pick.
Also known as Standard Plus Evening Speed, NBN 50 offers download speeds of up to 50Mbps (Megabits per second). Your real-world results are unlikely to be quite this fast: depending on your provider and location, you can usually expect speeds of between 30-45Mbps.
Thanks to the recent price drop, many internet providers are scrapping the NBN 25 option completely, in favour of promoting 50Mbps plans. If you’re part of a multi-user household, spend a lot of time streaming and downloading, or just want a smooth and interruption-free connection, NBN 50 plans are an ideal choice.
Telstra NBN 50 Plans
Australia’s top network is promising typical NBN 50 download speeds of around 40Mbps during peak hours, and 45Mbps during quieter traffic times. While Telstra isn’t the cheapest NBN option, the telco does offer both 1000GB and unlimited data plans, with prices beginning at $79 per month.
A word of warning for Telstra users: while you can buy contract-free NBN service, customers who opt for a month-to-month plan will need to pay $435 upfront in setup and modem costs. Sign on for two years, however, and that upfront fee drops to $99.
Optus NBN 50 Plans
Optus’ NBN 50 plans start from $75 per month, and include unlimited data on both month-to-month and 24-month contract options. However, contract-free plans come with a $200 upfront setup fee, which you won’t be required to pay if you commit to a two-year plan.
Optus NBN 50 customers can expect typical peak hour speeds of 36.8 Mbps, and around 47Mbps during off-peak hours. You can also bundle your service with a Fetch Mighty set-top box for an extra $15 per month.
Vodafone NBN 50 Plans
If you’re considering a Vodafone NBN 50 plan, be aware that the telco hasn’t yet released its own typical speed results. Vodafone is also slightly more expensive than major rival Optus, with unlimited data NBN 50 plans priced at $79 per month on a 24-month contract.
No-contract plans are available, but this option comes with an upfront fee of $150. If you’re happy to be locked in for 24 months, this fee is waived (and you’ll get a free 12-month Netflix subscription when you sign up by June 30).
TPG NBN 50 Plans
TPG’s NBN 50 options are a little cheaper than its competitors, with prices beginning at $69.99 monthly for unlimited data, both on or off-contract. If you do sign up for an 18-month plan, you’ll pay $30 upfront, and receive three months of free TPG Mobile service when you bundle. Otherwise, no-contract customers pay $129.95 in setup costs.
TPG lists its typical evening speeds for NBN 50 plans as 44Mbps, which is pretty impressive. In fact, the company has previously been named the number-one provider for fast NBN speeds by the ACCC.
It’s not just the big names offering NBN 50 at better-than-ever prices. Below are prices and plans available from smaller providers, including Exetel, amaysim, and Kogan.
Tara Donnelly is an editor at Australia’s most comprehensive telco comparison site WhistleOut.