Best NBN plans: Cost of living going up? Here’s how to keep your internet bills down

Who would have thought that in 2022, the sign of opulence and wealth would end up being hum a humble iceberg lettuce?

The cost of living feels like it’s spiralling, but luckily there are a couple of things you can do to help save a few dollars, especially when it comes to your internet bill.

Find the right speed tier (and then see if you can find a discount).

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Are you a small household of two paying for an NBN 100 plan or more? Stop. Right. There. Unless you’re downloading files the size of Antarctica on the reg, you really do not need those internet speeds. Fast internet is useful when you have multiple people trying to use the internet at the same time. Not so much if you’re a household of one or two.

NBN 50 plans are the most popular NBN speed tier, and are suitable for most smaller households with light to medium internet use.

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At the time of writing, Superloop has a discounted NBN plan for the first six months, dropping the price from $ 69.95 to $ 53.95 per month if you sign up before June 30. And because it’s not a contract, you can leave after the discount runs out . You can also expect typical evening speeds of 48Mbps with the Superloop NBN 50 plan, and unlimited data.

Spintel is also offering a discount for new customers – dropping the monthly price from $ 64.95 to $ 54 for the first 6 months, saving you more than $ 60. Like Superloop, there’s no contract, so you can leave anytime, and the typical evening speeds are an impressive 50Mbps.

Check your typical evening speeds

Just because you’re paying for an NBN 50 plan, does not mean you’re guaranteed to get speeds of 50Mbps all the time. This is why it’s crucial to look at the typical evening speeds of your plan before you commit. Typical evening speeds indicate the speeds you can expect during peak internet usage hours; typically 7pm to 11pm.

Below are some popular NBN 100 plans; as you can see, the typical evening speeds range from 83Mbps to 100Mbps.

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If you want to feel you’re getting value for money, ensure that the speeds you’re getting match your expectations.

Consider alternatives to NBN

5G wireless internet is making waves, and if you can not connect to the NBN (or do not want to) a home wireless internet plan may be the perfect alternative. Rather than giving you internet via the NBN, it uses the same networks as your mobile phone to connect you online – in this case, 5G. You can compare 5G plans below.

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Bundle your internet and home phone

Yep, some people still have home phones and if you’re one of them, you can bundle your internet and home phone together. It will depend on the type of connection you have, but if you have a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or Fixed Wireless connection, you may be able to save some money when you bundle.

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Bundle your internet and energy

Kill two birds with one stone and use a provider that gives you a discount when you bundle your internet and energy together. Dodo and Origin both currently lead the pack when it comes to offering this option to their customers.

For instance, Dodo customers can get a cool $ 10 discount on their NBN plan if they use Dodo for electricity, gas and their NBN. There’s an eligibility criteria for customers, but these are the Dodo NBN plans that are eligible for the discount.

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Over at Origin, customers with one service can score a $ 10 discount on their NBN plan. Check out their eligible plans below.

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Kate Reynolds is Digital Content Editor at WhistleOutAustralia’s mobile and internet comparison site.

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