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Some people just want an internet connection to do basic tasks like sending emails, checking Facebook, and Googling random things.  

Before the rise of NBN, the most important factor to look for when choosing a broadband plan is its data allowance. But now, people are also looking at the internet connection speed. 

Everybody has their own reason why they need an internet connection. That's why the fastest NBN plans or the most popular broadband plans aren't always the right choice for everyone. 

If you're one of the many Australians who are more interested in saving money than time spent downloading, you have lots of cheap unlimited NBN plans to consider. 

Here are the best cheap NBN plans currently available in Australia:

Spintel NBN Basic

Spintel's Unlimited Basic I (12/1) plan is currently one of the cheapest internet plans. For just $49.95, you will get unlimited internet with 10mbps speed. Moreover, you will get a $10.95 discount for your monthly bill. For the first six months, you'll just pay $39 for the service. 

Tangerine Standard Speed UNLIMITED

This Tangerine NBN plan is one of the cheapest Fixed Wireless broadband services over the NBN network. For just $44.90, you can enjoy unlimited data with 6-21 Mbps speed. 

To use this plan, you must have an NBN ready modem/router. You can buy a modem from Tangerine Telecom if you don't have one yet. 

Tangerine Telecom does support BYO modem/router. However, make sure that it's compatible with the plan you're about to avail. Also, you must know how to configure your own router. 

Tangerine Standard Speed UNLIMITED has no setup fee on a No-contract. However, bear in mind that you will only pay $44.90 for the first six months. After that, you will pay $59.90 per month. 

Internode NBN 12

Internode NBN12 100GB costs $49.99 per month. But it includes a home phone service with PAYG calls. 

Unlike the first two items in our list, this internet plan only has a 100Gb data allowance with 11.2 Mbps Typical Evening Speed. 

Though cheap, you have to purchase an Internode modem to use the included NBN Phone service. The modem costs $99.95 on a no lock-in contract. You can buy the modem for $59.95 if you take a 6-month contract. 

You can also use your own modem. However, the NBN Phone service will not work on a third-party modem.

TPG NBN12 100GB Bundle

This TPG NBN FTTN plan costs $49.99 per month. Aside from the Fixed Line broadband service, it also comes with a Digital Voice Service delivered via the NBN network. 

NBN Fixed Line Internet is making use of fibre optic cables. Fibre optic broadband is capable of giving superfast broadband speed.

Similar to the other internet plans in this list, you need an NBN compatible modem to use the TPG NBN FTTN Broadband service. You can use your own modem. However, it must be TPG approved. 

The TPG NBN12 100GB Bundle is available on a 1 month or 6 month contract. 

Staying within budget

Extra fees can tip you over the $50 mark, so here are a few tips on keeping costs down.

  • Beware of providers who charge excess fees on plans rather than shaping (slowing) your connection speed when you go over your quota. Always ask what will happen if you accidentally exceed your data limit on a plan.
  • Cancelling your plan early or moving house (only applies to fixed-line broadband) usually incurs a fine. If you're not sure you are going to stay put, consider a month-to-month plan. The set-up fee will probably be higher, however.
  • ISPs usually prefer automatic payments through direct debit and other payment methods may attract a fee. If you don't like automated payments, ask if it costs extra to use another payment method.

If you need help deciding which broadband plans suit your budget and needs, call Compare Broadband at 1300 106 571. We can hook you up with an affordable yet reliable internet plan. 

You can also check out these pages to compare the NBN plans available in your area: