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Cheap Internet Plans

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We’ve partnered with Econnex to bring you a range of internet plans to help you compare them.

Searching for affordable internet plans that won't break the bank? When it comes to staying connected without draining your wallet, comparing the available options is a smart move. Just like with utilities, finding cheap internet plans requires a bit of savvy research.

At Savvy, we've streamlined the process for you. You can compare a range of internet plans side by side from top Australian providers effortlessly. Whether you prioritise cost, speed, data or anything else, we've got you covered. Get started with us to discover the most affordable internet plan suitable for your needs today!

What is the cheapest internet plan?

The cheapest plans available on the market are generally those with slower internet speeds and (in the case of mobile broadband in particular) data allowances. For example, NBN 12 and 25 are the cheapest NBN plans in Australia, while 4G home wireless and mobile broadband are cheaper than 5G.

However, the cheapest internet plan for you will depend on a range of factors, with the two main considerations being:

  • The type of plan you choose (or is available to you): although some plans are naturally cheaper than others based on their performance, not all options may be available to you. For example, the cheapest plan for someone living in the CBD of a capital city is likely to be a low-speed NBN plan, but for those living in the country, this may not be available to you.
  • Your internet needs: although you should look for the cheapest plan available to you, it’s also important to ensure it meets your requirements relating to speed and data, among other areas. For instance, while an NBN 12 plan may be the cheapest available, it likely isn’t a realistic option if you’re living in a large household with multiple heavy users.

The cheapest plans available on the market are generally those with slower internet speeds and (in the case of mobile broadband in particular) data allowances. For example, NBN 12 and 25 are the cheapest NBN plans in Australia, while 4G home wireless and mobile broadband are cheaper than 5G.

How should I choose between the cheapest internet plans?

Before choosing your cheap internet plan, it’s worth thinking about the following variables:

  • Connection type: as mentioned, it’s important to think about the type of internet plan you need and whether it’s available to you. The cheapest NBN plan won’t necessarily cost the same as the cheapest home wireless internet plan, so it’s worth considering what you need and what’s available.
  • Broadband speed: it’s important to remember not to burden yourself with a poor connection for the sake of saving a bit of money each month. Above all else, your internet should be suitable for your needs, so you should pick the cheapest plan among those offering the speed you’re looking for.
  • Data allowance: while most NBN plans are unlimited (and it’s still important to compare unlimited NBN plans), home wireless and mobile broadband plans can have their price reduced with a data cap. For example, low-data mobile broadband, such as plans with less than 10GB to 20GB per month, are the cheapest among this type of connection.
  • Contract terms and fees: although lock-in contracts are becoming rarer in the modern market, it’s important to consider how a contract (or lack thereof) may impact the cost of your plan. While breaking a contract early could result in high fees, opting for a six to 12-month plan could see certain upfront fees being waived.
  • Promotional discounts: many providers offer discounts on their plans, such as six months at a cheaper rate. It’s important to consider these and check whether the price it reverts to after the promotional period is up is a suitable one for you and your budget.
  • BYO or included modem: whether to include a modem in your plan or bring your own is another key consideration. In many cases, you can save money by opting to purchase your own modem or use a compatible one from a previous provider, but it’s important to note that some providers charge activation fees for certain BYO equipment. Additionally, many NBN plans come with free modems.

Top tips for how to save money on a cheap internet plan

Assess your usage regularly

Periodically review your internet usage habits. Are you paying for more data or internet speeds than you actually need? Adjust your plan to match your current and evolving requirements to help you avoid unnecessary expenses.

Consider bundling your plan

It may be worth exploring bundling options that combine internet with other services like a mobile phone plan. These can often offer cost savings compared to separate plans, so consider whether one may be right for you.

Only pay for what you need

Don't overcommit. Choose a plan that aligns with your specific needs in terms of speed and data and avoid paying for additional features or services you don’t actually need, such as entertainment packages.

Compare a range of plans with Savvy

You can use Savvy's comparison service to explore a variety of internet plans from different providers. Comparing options side by side helps you find the most cost-effective plan that suits your preferences.

The pros and cons of buying a cheap internet plan

PROS

Cost savings

The most apparent benefit is cost savings. Cheap internet plans are budget-friendly, making them ideal for individuals and families looking to reduce monthly expenses.

Avoid overpaying for internet

By opting for a cheap plan suited to your needs, you may be able to avoid overpaying for speeds, data or features you don’t really need.

Availability

Cheap plans are widely available, making it easier for users in various locations around Australia to access affordable internet services.

CONS

Cheap rates may only be temporary

While a plan may look cheap at its surface, the reality is that it may only be an introductory rate which subsequently increases by $10 to $20 (or sometimes more).

Potentially slower speeds and less data

The cheapest internet plans on the market often come with the slowest speeds and lowest data caps, so these may not always offer the service you need.

Questions about cheap internet plans answered

How can I find out the cheapest internet plan in my area?

To find the cheapest internet plan in your area, comparing as many offers as you can is key. You can do just that with Savvy, as you can input your address to reveal what type of NBN connection is available at your home or office before listing all the plans available to you.

Are there any hidden fees in internet plans?

Internet plans may have fees such as activation or installation charges, modem rental fees or early termination fees. It's essential to review the plan's terms and conditions to identify any potential additional costs before signing up for your plan.

Is ADSL2+ the cheapest type of home internet plan?

ADSL2+ internet plans aren’t especially cheap in comparison to NBN plans, including those offering faster speeds and more data, but whether they’re the cheapest available to you depends on the other options available in your area. The ADSL network is being phased out across Australia in favour of the NBN, so you’ll likely only be able to take out one of these plans if you still don’t have access to the NBN.

Are internet plans cheaper for seniors?

Some internet providers offer discounts or special packages for seniors, but this varies by provider. It's worth enquiring about available discounts or tailored plans when selecting an internet service if you have a seniors’ card.

Can I claim my internet plan on tax to help me save?

In some cases, you may be eligible to claim a portion of your internet expenses on your tax return if you use it for work-related purposes. However, you should consult with a tax professional or the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for specific guidelines on claiming internet expenses.

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Disclaimer:

Savvy is partnered with Econnex Comparison (CIMET Sales Pty Ltd, ABN 72 620 395 726) to provide readers with a variety of internet plans to compare. We do not compare all retailers in the market, or all plans offered by all retailers. Savvy earns a commission from Econnex each time a customer buys an internet plan via our website. We don’t arrange for products to be purchased directly, as all purchases are conducted via Econnex.

Any advice presented above is general in nature and doesn’t consider your personal or business objectives, needs or finances. It’s always important to consider whether advice is suitable for you before purchasing an internet plan. For further information on the variety of internet plans compared by Econnex, or how their business works, you can visit their website.

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