• Options for light users
  • Light NBN plans under $50
  • Mobile Wireless Broadband

Not everybody uses the internet to download entire seasons of Scrubs. You may not know what Skype is, because all you want to do on the internet is occasionally write some emails and check your Facebook. You’re told your internet usage involves only kilobytes and megabytes, but you may not know what that means. All you’re after is a light internet plan that’s easy to set up and won’t set you back more than $50 each month.

See all plans for light users.


Options for light users

If you’re after a no-hassle plan that is tailored for light users, there are essentially two options. The first is to go for a very light NBN plan, and which plan this is will depend on the speed tier that you opt for.

The other option is to get a mobile wireless broadband plan. This option is great for very light and occasional users because there is no setup fee and you can even get a prepaid service. While it may not be as fast as NBN, it is fast enough to browse through websites and send emails.


Light NBN plans

The NBN plans under the Basic I speed tier are perfect for light users. This tier offers speeds of up to 12Mbps, which is more than enough for checking your Facebook and sending a few emails. The best part about these plans is that there are no setup fees, so you can get started right away.

There is also some great value NBN plans under the Standard Plus speed tier. These plans offer faster speeds of up to 50Mbps, which will allow you to do a lot more online. The downside is that these plans cost more per month than the Basic I plans and many providers charge an upfront setup fee. However, there are some great deals available for those looking for fast NBN connections at low prices. Many providers offer discounts on the setup fee, and some even offer free standard installation.


Light NBN plans under $50

The following is a list of light NBN plans that cost less than $50 per month:

  • Tangerine's Standard Plus Unlimited NBN 50 plan is just $49.90 a month with no setup fee, making it one of the cheapest NBN plans in Australia.
  • Optus’ Basic nbn Plans – These plans offer speeds of up to 25Mbps for $45 per month.
  • Telstra’s Essential nbn™ Plan – This plan offers speeds of up to 25Mbps for $49 per month (plus a one-off $99 setup fee).
  • iiNet’s Lite Plans – These plans offer speeds of up to 12Mbps for $40 per month (plus a one-off $79 setup fee).


Mobile Wireless Broadband

Mobile wireless broadband works differently from regular broadband. Wireless broadband is similar to using the internet on your mobile phone, except you can use it with your laptop or computer. It runs through the 4G or 5G network, and you can use it wherever there is coverage. It’s great for light users because the plans are smaller, there is a lower setup cost and you don’t have to sign up for any long contracts.



Optus offers cheap prepaid mobile broadband. They have a starter kit for just $50, which includes a modem and one month of unlimited data. There are no other setup costs involved. When you run out of data, you can recharge for as little as $30 and get another month of unlimited data. You can phone Optus on 1300 137 897 (a free call) to find out more.



If you’re after a postpaid plan, Vodafone has some great options for light users. Their cheapest prepaid mobile broadband plan starts at $15 per month, which includes 500MB of data. If that’s not enough for you, there are other plans that include more data.