Cheapest broadband plans

Broadband providers make many different offers to attract customers: free modems, the promise of excellent customer service, unmetered content or other extras.

But sometimes all you are looking for is the cheapest internet connection around. Deals are always changing, but here is a selection of the cheapest broadband plans currently on the market. Bear in mind that on an ADSL or standalone ADSL2+ connection, you will also need to pay line rental, so factor this into your considerations.

ADSL2+ bundle deals are where you will make some of the biggest savings but until the National Broadband Network (NBN) offers uniform pricing nationally, where you live will affect how much you pay for an internet connection. If you are not sure what is available in your area, simply call a provider and they can tell you based on your home phone number or address.

Mobile Broadband

Dodo: 0.25GB, $9.90 per month, 24-month contract
It's not a lot of data but it does include a USB modem, so this has to be one of the cheapest ways of accessing the internet in Australia.

Spin: 1.5GB, $14.95 per month, 24-month contract or a month-to-month contract
A more expensive plan than Dodo's but considerably more data available, enough for normal web surfing. USB modem included on the 24-month contract.

ADSL broadband, no bundle (pay line rental to Telstra)

Dodo: 1GB (split 0.5GB on peak, 0.5GB off peak), $29.90 per month, 24-month contract, 1,500kbps
Not a lot of data but very cheap for an ADSL connection. Dodo does charge for excess data, so your actual bill could end up higher than this.

iiNet: 10GB (split 5GB on peak, 5GB off peak), $39.95 per month, 24-month or month-to-month contract, 1,500kbps
Good value for the amount of data available. iiNet will slow down your connection rather than charge for excess data.

ADSL broadband, bundled with home phone service

Dodo: 1GB (split 0.5GB on peak, 0.5GB off peak), $19.90 per month, 24-month contract, 1,500kbps, plus $29.90 for line rental
The same plan as before, but save $10 by bundling with Dodo's home phone service.

iiNet: 10GB (split 5GB on peak, 5GB off peak), $34.95 per month, 24-month or month-to-month contract, 1,500kbps, plus $29.95 for line rental
The same plan as before, but save $5 by bundling with iiNet's home phone service.

iPrimus: 20GB (split 10GB on peak, 10GB off peak) $39.95 per month, 24 or 12-month contract, 1,500Kbps, plus $29.95 for line rental
More data and a faster speed for $5 more than iiNet's plan makes this offer from iPrimus better value.

ADSL2+ broadband, no bundle (pay line rental to Telstra)

TPG: 15GB (split 5GB on peak, 10GB off peak), $29.99 per month, 12 or 18-month contract
The only thing that could beat a TPG standalone ADSL2+ plan is a TPG bundled ADSL2+ plan. It only has 5GB available in peak times, however.

iPrimus: 40GB (split 20GB on peak, 20GB off peak), $39.95 per month, 12 or 24-month contract
More money every month but more data. Plus, go on a 24-month contract and there is no set-up fee (you will need to have an active home phone service with Telstra). iPrimus will also give you a discount on a new modem, so upfront costs are much lower compared to TPG.

ADSL2+ broadband, bundled with home phone service

TPG: 10 GB (split 5GB on peak, 5GB off peak), $9.99 per month, six or 18-month contract, plus home phone service for $30 per month
Perfect for light users, you can only sign up to this plan if you also take TPG's home phone service. But for $39.99 a month for everything, this is a bargain.

Spin: 5GB (anytime), $19.95 per month, 12 or 24-month contract, plus home phone service for $29.95 per month
TPG is not available everywhere and given that the 5GB is available in the peak time, this is not a bad price for your internet and home phone. Data uploads are free and there is also some unmetered content for gaming.

Naked DSL

Some companies, like TPG, require you to have an active home phone service before you sign up. The companies listed here can set up a Naked DSL service from an inactive line.

Dodo: 2GB (1GB on peak, 1GB off peak), $39.99 per month, 12 or 24-month contract
Not much data for your $39.99 but you can always upgrade. Dodo charges for excess fees, so this is a minimum monthly cost, your bill may end up higher.

iPrimus: 40GB (20GB on peak, 20GB off peak), $49.95 per month, 12 or 24 month contract
Less than $10 more but plenty more data. iPrimus slows down the connection instead of charging for excess GBs.

Find more great deals on our website at Compare Broadband.