Compare the Best Light Data Plans in Australia
About Light Data Plans
Light user internet plans are suited to people who don't require much data each month and don't want to overpay for data they are not going to use on their plan. Users who regularly stream TV shows, download high quality movies and music albums, make lots of video calls, or share an internet connection with several other people may require a medium or heavy downloader plan. Light user plans are available on mobile broadband, ADSL1, ADSL2+, Cable and NBN connections. While mobile broadband plans are attractive to light users and there is no need for a phone line, be aware that the speed is not as fast as ADSL2+ plans. So it's worth comparing a light mobile broadband plan with light ADSL2+ broadband bundle plans as you may find an ADSL2+ connection is cheaper as well as faster, especially if you already pay for a home phone service.
When shopping around for light user broadband plans, make sure you have enough data when you need to use it, as many plans are split into peak and off-peak periods. Bundling an ADSL2+ plan with a home phone service will often save money on both services, as will signing up to a longer contract. Before signing up, ask if there is a charge for upgrading to a higher plan in or out of contract. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) allow customers to upgrade for free if you decide you need more data.
Best ADSL2+ plans for light users
If you have ADSL2+, you can get up to 100 GB, or even Unlimited data, that’s up to 20Mbps from providers like Belong for $80 or $100, respectively. If you prefer going with a bigger Telco, Optus can offer an Unlimited data plan with up to 20 Mbps for as low as $70 a month. If that’s still too much money than you’d rather been spending, you can get a bundled 101 GB plan from Dodo for as low as $50 a month for up to 20 Mbps; this offer is currently available on 12 month contracts, 24 month contracts, and month to month contracts. So you have a lot of options!
Telstra plans for light users
Many broadband customers prefer to go with a bigger internet service providers, simply because they prefer to have a trusted brand name. It’s not at all a foolish notion, as many of the bigger telcos sometimes have more capacity when it comes to offering better value plans, so if you’re of this mindset, you’ll definitely want to check out some of Telstra’s plans for light users. They can offer you 100 GB Month to Month plans for $70, or even a whopping 200 GB for $75 a month.
Best NBN plans for light users
If you have the NBN (National Broadband Network), or your area is expecting it soon, you have a bevvy of great, cheap data choices. TPG will give you 100 GB for as low as $49.99 per month, so long as you’re happy with a 12 Mbps and an 18 month contract. If you want a bit more speed, data and freedom, check out MyRepublic’s Unlimited 50 Mbps Standard Plus Speed month by month plan for only $79 a month. There’s a wide range of selections to choose from, but it’s important to remember that the best NBN plan and provider for you will not only depend on how much money you want to spend and how much data you want, but also on what kind of NBN connection you’ve been allocated. The NBN is a mixed-technology network, and unfortunately, some NBN connections are better than others, so it’s advised that you’re aware of which NBN connection your area has been allocated so you can acquire a plan with more speed and data if you need to. You can see the NBN status of your residence (and what type of NBN connection you have) by typing your address into the NBN rollout map. Or you can go check out out our NBN plans here.
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If you have any doubts or confusion about what the best light data plan for you is, get in touch with us! Compare Broadband is a free internet comparison service for all Australians, and we’re independently rated 5 stars by our customers, with a Trust Pilot score of 4.8 out of 5 based on over 1,800 reviews. So if you’d like some friendly and free broadband advice, you can give us a direct call on 1300 106 571, and/or you can use our free online broadband comparison service - simply enter your suburb or postcode into the white box and click “Compare”. Our website will then ask you some questions about your desired internet usage so that we can narrow down the best providers and plans for you. Easy!