The best NBN plans from Telstra, Optus, iiNet, TPG

If your house is connected to the NBN you’ve probably received dozens of pamphlets in your letterbox advertising internet deals.

The internet industry sees the NBN as a once in a lifetime land grab for new customers. Everyone around the country needs to switch to the new technology, so there is no better time to get your custom.

Many of us have been with the same internet service provider for a long time. As many as 40% of Aussie homes are connected to Telstra, while Optus and the TPG group have about 20% market share each.

But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t shop around for a better deal, even if it is with the names you know.

We asked the experts at WhistleOut to take a look at the best plans from the big internet providers.

If you see a deal better than the one you’re currently on, make sure you have them switch you over.


Thanks to big pressure from the small telcos, Telstra NBN internet prices are now quite reasonable, if you can do without the bells and whistles, like Foxtel. Many will find that you can get away with paying as little as $70 per month, depending on how often you use the internet.

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Optus NBN plans are fantastically simple to compare. There are basically three options to consider, starting from $60 per month. The basic plan comes with the basic NBN speed, unlimited internet data and a home phone service that you pay for as you use it.

If you step up to the next price bracket, you get a step up in internet speed and a Fetch TV set-top box with a premium channel pack and Optus Sport bundled in. The final price bump takes your internet speed up to the maximum 100Mbps.

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TPG has long been known for two things: great prices and international phone calls. With its NBN plans, TPG adds these two benefits together. As you compare the plans along the pricing tiers you’ll notice that much stays the same, but the home phone calling inclusions ramp up. You can choose ‘pay as you go’ for these calls, or pay more upfront and have calls included in your package; including calls to overseas countries.

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Renowned for its excellent customer service, iiNet is a favourite for internet in homes across Australia. Its NBN plans can be cheap and cheerful, but can also include Fetch TV and entertainment options. The plans above offer just a basic NBN speed, but you can choose faster option if you like.

As you can see, even if you want to stay with your current provider, there are plenty of great deals to sift through. And this is just the tip if the iceberg. If you’d like to dig a little deeper, try running your own address search on our broadband plans comparison tool.

Analysis by Joseph Hanlon, the publisher at Australia’s most comprehensive telco comparison site WhistleOut.

* In highlighting particular offers we are not making specific recommendations as this article does not cover all available products and may not compare all features relevant to you. Any advice provided is general in nature and does not take account of your needs, objectives or financial situation. Individuals should consider their own circumstances, and if in doubt seek appropriate advice, before proceeding.

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