Are you in the market for a new NBN plan? If so, it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. There are so many different plans and providers to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. In this blog post, we will discuss the different factors you need to consider when choosing an NBN plan. We will also provide some tips on how to find the best deal for your needs. So, whether you’re just starting out with NBN or you’re looking to switch providers, this post is for you!
What’s Your Budget?
The first thing you need to consider when choosing an NBN plan is your budget. How much can you afford to spend each month? This will help narrow down your choices and make it easier to find a plan that’s within your price range. These days you can find cheap NBN plans for around $50 a month, with the most expensive plan hovering around and above the $100/month mark. Generally speaking though, the cheaper plans will mean sacrificing speed and data.
What’s Your Speed Requirements?
The next thing you need to think about is your speed requirements. How fast do you need your internet to be? All in all, there are 6 NBN speed tiers:
- 12/1: Basic web browsing, email etc.
- 25/5: Small household, moderate use (incl. video streaming)
- 50/20: Medium household (incl. HD streaming, downloads)
- 100/40: Heavy Use (Gaming, 4K streaming)
- 250/25: Power users (Very fast download speeds)
- 1000/40: Super Power users (Fastest available domestic speed)
How Much Data Do You Need?
The next thing you need to consider is your data needs. How much data do you use each month? This will help determine the cost of your plan and whether it’s worth paying more for a bigger quota or if you can get away with a cheaper deal that comes with less data.
You’ll want to consider both:
- What are you using the internet for? (Basic web browsing or 4K streaming and game downloads)
- How many people are in your household? (The more people, the more data being used)
However, these days most NBN plans include unlimited downloads, which is great for peace of mind.
How Long Do You Want Your Contract?
When picking an NBN plan, you also need to decide how long you want your contract to be. Or if you want a contract at all. Many providers offer contracts that range from 12-24 months, that commonly come with the upshot of no setup fees. Though you can expect an exit fee if you want to cut your contract short.
You also have the option of going month-to-month, giving you the freedom to switch providers when you like without any exit fee. The downside is that no-contract plans do tend to incur some costly upfront charges in the form of setup fees.