ADSL Broadband in Australia — The Ultimate Guide

There aren’t many people who remember the pain of what used to be known as “dial up” internet, but the day that ADSL arrived to replace it was a complete game-changer for the internet in Australia. For the first time, everyone had access to broadband, using the humble telephone line as its pipe to the world.

Before ADSL arrived in 2000, broadband was only available to those lucky enough to have a pay TV cable going past their house. But ADSL brought fast (for the time) broadband to everyone, and best of all, it was upgradeable. When other internet providers started putting their own ADSL hardware in phone exchanges it triggered a wave of intense competition that became even more fierce when the much faster ADSL2+ arrived. And so for well over a decade, ADSL has remained a reliable go-to for easy broadband using existing cables, and as the NBN continues to slowly roll out, there’s plenty of people still using ADSL today.

It’s no slouch, either, when it comes to speed. In ideal conditions, an ADSL2+ service can reach download speeds of 24 Mbps – almost as fast as NBN 25 (though with a far slower upload speed). The catch is that to get speed like that, you need to be very, very close to your nearest telephone exchange, where the ADSL equipment lives. The further away you get, the longer the run of copper between you and the exchange, the slower the connection gets. And those lines can be very long. In the real world, there are people lucky to scrape 3 Mbps out of their ADSL because they live so far from the exchange.

The NBN aims to fix this in a variety of ways, whether it’s full fibre optic cabling to the home or just to a “node” in your street. The idea is to bring the fast data closer to you – fibres can run for 100 km without losing speed.

But while you wait for the NBN to arrive in your area, ADSL still exists to bring you broadband at whatever speed the trusty copper wires running out of your home can handle. And as a result, there’s still plenty of value and variety in the various ADSL plans being offered by many internet providers.

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Woolworths Mobile
Pre-Paid Mobile Plan Mini
UnlimitedCalls & Text
1GB Data
$10/mth Price
Min Cost - $10 over 1 month
  • Get 10% off your shop once a month
  • Prepaid
  • Sim Only Plan
  • 200GB data bank
  • Pay as you go international rates
  • National Calls - Unlimited
  • National SMS - Unlimited
  • A great starter plan perfect for kids and occasional data users.
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 150GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
150GB Data
$34.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $34.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 15GB peak data
  • 135GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Small)
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
70GB Data
$38/mth Price
Min Cost - $38 over 1 mthCost of 1MB data $0.00054
  • 40GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 30GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 175GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
175GB Data
$39.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $39.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 45GB peak data
  • 130GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 150GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
150GB Data
$39.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $39.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 15GB peak data
  • 135GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Small)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
70GB Data
$43/mth Price
Min Cost - $43 over 1 month
  • 40GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 30GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 175GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
175GB Data
$44.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $44.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 45GB peak data
  • 130GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Medium)
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
120GB Data
$45/mth Price
Min Cost - $45 over 1 mth
  • 80GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 40GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Mate
city mates
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$49/mth Price
Min Cost - $49
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
  • Requires active phone line on the Telstra network
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
200GB Data
$49.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $49.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 60GB peak data
  • 140GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Broadband Basic (Small)
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
100GB Data
BEST FOR SENIORS $50/mth Price
Min Cost - $50 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • Perfect for everyday browsing
  • Suited to small households of 1-2 people
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Medium)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
120GB Data
$50/mth Price
Min Cost - $50 over 1 month
  • 80GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 40GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - STANDARD SPEED
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$54.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $54.90 for 6 months, then $64.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 21Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
200GB Data
$54.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $54.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 60GB peak data
  • 140GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Large)
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
180GB Data
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $55 over 1 mth
  • 120GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 60GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Belong Broadband
ADSL 100GB 12 Month Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
  • Powered by Telstra
Belong Broadband
NBN Starter 12 Month Contract
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST VALUE $55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Starter evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Mate
good mates
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $59
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Mate
country mates
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $59
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
  • Requires active phone line on the Telstra network
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - XL SPEED BOOST
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$59.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $59.90 for 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 42Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Large)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
180GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 month
  • 120GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 60GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Basic
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • Perfect for everyday browsing
  • Suited to small households of 1-2 people
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
500GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $60 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Belong Broadband
ADSL Unlimited 12 Month Contract
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $720 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
  • Powered by Telstra
Belong Broadband
ADSL 100GB Month to Month
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $120
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
  • Powered by Telstra
Belong Broadband
NBN Starter Month to Month
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$60/mth Price
Min Cost - $120
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Starter evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - STANDARD SPEED
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
Unlimited Data
$64.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $64.90 for 6 months, then $74.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 21Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 225GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
225GB Data
$64.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $64.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 80GB peak data
  • 145GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Belong Broadband
NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST VALUE $65/mth Price
Min Cost - $780 over 12 months
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • 12 Month Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Standard Plus evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Mate
good mates + home phone
NBN 12™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
Unlimited Data
$68/mth Price
Min Cost - $68
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Unlimited Local/National/Mobile calls
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Mate
best mates
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$69/mth Price
Min Cost - $69
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 42Mbps typical evening speed
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Mate
citymates + home phone
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$69/mth Price
Min Cost - $69
  • Free NBN transition when available
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • Unlimited Local/National calls
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XL SPEED BOOST
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$69.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $69.90 for 6 months, then $79.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 42Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster Plus - 100GB PLUS
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
100GB Data
$69.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $69.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 50GB peak data
  • 50GB off peak data
  • Powered by nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus
  • Unmetered content: basic web browsing, OS updates, email
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 225GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
225GB Data
$69.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $69.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 80GB peak data
  • 145GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70
  • Get 3rd mth free & included modem. Save up to $169! Use code SCHOOL. Ends 31 Jan
  • No Contract
  • Suited for gaming and video streaming
  • Ideal for households of 3-4
  • 40Mbps typical evening speed
Belong Broadband
ADSL Unlimited Month to Month
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $130
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Landline included w/ limited service
  • Powered by Telstra
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (X-Large)
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
240GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 mth
  • 160GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 80GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Belong Broadband
NBN Standard Plus Month to Month
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $130
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Standard Plus evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Small)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
100GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month
  • 50GB Off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 50GB peak data
  • above 25Mbps typical evening speed subject to network capacity
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
1000GB Data
$70/mth Price
Min Cost - $70 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (X-Large)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
240GB Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $75 over 1 month
  • 160GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 80GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
MyRepublic
Unlimited Essential 12 Months BYO
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $900 over 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Up to 43Mbps typical evening speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • $0 Set Up Fee
  • Static IP for $8p/m
  • Optional AC1600 Wi-Fi Modem for $69 upfront (plus $10 P&H)
  • 20c per local call
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min mobile calls plus $0.35c connection fee
Mate
best mates + home phone
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$78/mth Price
Min Cost - $78
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 42Mbps typical evening speed
  • Unlimited Local/National/Mobile calls
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
MyRepublic
Unlimited Essential 12 Months
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $959 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)
  • 12 Month Contract
  • $1 Wi-Fi Hub
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Up to 43Mbps typical evening speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • $0 Set Up Fee
  • Static IP for $8p/m
  • 20c per local call
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min mobile calls plus $0.35c connection fee
MyRepublic
Unlimited Essential Flexi
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $79 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Up to 43Mbps typical evening speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • $0 Set Up Fee
  • Static IP for $8p/m
  • Optional AC1600 Wi-Fi Modem for $69 upfront (plus $10 P&H)
  • 20c per local call
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min national calls plus $0.35c connection fee
  • 20c per min mobile calls plus $0.35c connection fee
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Plan - XXL SPEED BOOST
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR GAMING $79.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $79.90 for 6 months, then $89.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
Southern Phone Broadband
ADSL Unlimited Broadband
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$80/mth Price
Min Cost - $80 over 1 month
  • No Contract
  • No activation fee
  • BYO modem
  • Speed up to 20/1Mbps
Telstra Broadband
Core Internet Plan + Telstra TV
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
500GB Data
$84/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,016 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Stream it all on the new Telstra TV
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
Mate
soul mates
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$89/mth Price
Min Cost - $89
  • New low offer
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Tangerine
NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XXL SPEED BOOST
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$89.90/mth Price
Min Cost - $89.90 for 6 months, then $99.90 ongoing
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited Local, national and calls to AU mobiles
  • BYO modem or purchase one from $89.90
  • No setup fees
  • 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Super quick answer times
  • 7 day technical support
MyRepublic
Unlimited Premium 12 Months BYO
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$89.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,079.40 over 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Unlimited data on Premium speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • Up to 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Optional Modems $69 WiFi Hub or $159 Halo (plus $10 delivery)
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 250GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
250GB Data
$89.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $89.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 90GB peak data
  • 160GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Telstra Broadband
Unlimited Internet Plan
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$90/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,070 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 43Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 250GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
250GB Data
$94.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $94.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 90GB peak data
  • 160GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
MyRepublic
Unlimited Premium 12 Months
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$94.95/mth Price
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $1,150.40 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • $1 Wi-Fi Hub Modem + $10 delivery
  • Unlimited calls to Aussie landlines
  • Unlimited data on Premium speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • Up to 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Optional upgrade to AC2200 Halo modem for $99 + $10 delivery
MyRepublic
Unlimited Premium Month to Month
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$94.95/mth Price
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $94.95 over 1 month
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months
  • No Contract
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Unlimited data on Premium speed
  • GAMER upgrade for $10p/m
  • $0 Set Up Fee
  • Up to 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Static IP for $8p/m
  • Optional Modems $69 WiFi Hub or $159 Halo (plus $10 delivery)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (XX-Large)
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
300GB Data
$95/mth Price
Min Cost - $95 over 1 mth
  • 200GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 100GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Belong Broadband
NBN Premium Month to Month
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$95/mth Price
Min Cost - $155
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
  • Premium evening speed on the nbn. Available in selected areas.
Southern Phone Broadband
NBN Unlimited Triple Bundle
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$96/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,304 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Bundle internet, mobile & home phone
  • 3GB mobile data + unlimited talk & text
  • Included modem
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls
Mate
soul mates + home phone
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$98/mth Price
Min Cost - $98
  • New low offer
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Australian based support team
  • Unlimited Local/National/Mobile calls
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Mate
country mates + home phone
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
Unlimited Data
$99/mth Price
Min Cost - $99
  • Free NBN transition when available
  • No Contract
  • $0 setup fee
  • Unlimited Local/National calls
  • Australian based support team
  • No plan change fees
  • BYO modem or add modem for $149
Telstra Broadband
Unlimited Internet Plan + Telstra TV
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$99/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,286 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Stream it all on the new Telstra TV
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
Southern Phone Broadband
Kids Safe Bundle NBN
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,376 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Family Zone Box included
  • Calls to 13 numbers: 40c per call
  • Included WiFi Modem
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls
MyRepublic
Gamer Pro Premium 12 Months
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$99.95/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $1210.40 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)
  • Sennheiser GSP 500 Gaming Headset for $1
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Optimised network for Gaming
  • $1 Wi-Fi Hub Modem + $10 delivery
  • Unlimited calls to Aussie landlines
  • Unlimited data on Premium speed
  • Up to 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Custom Routing & Live Latency Tracking
  • Static IP Address
  • Gamer perks
  • Optional upgrade to AC2200 Halo modem for $99 + $10 delivery
MyRepublic
Gamer Pro Premium Flexi
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$99.95/mth Price
$99.95 for first 12 months, $104.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $99.95 over 1 month
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months.
  • No Contract
  • Optimised network for Gaming
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
  • Unlimited data on Premium speed
  • Up to 83Mbps typical evening speed
  • Custom Routing & Live Latency Tracking
  • Static IP Address
  • Gamer perks
  • Optional Modems $69 WiFi Hub or $159 Halo (plus $10 delivery)
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
BEST FOR GAMING $100/mth Price
Min Cost - $100 over 1 mth
  • No Contract
  • Suitable for gaming and HD video streaming
  • Ideal for households of 3+
  • 80Mbps typical evening speed
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (XX-Large)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$100/mth Price
Min Cost - $100 over 1 month
  • 200GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 100GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Southern Phone Broadband
ADSL Triple Bundle Large
ADSL2+ Speed Speeds Vary
1000GB Data
$105.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,556.80 over 24 months
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Bundle internet, mobile & home phone
  • 1GB mobile data + talk & text credit
  • Included modem
  • Local calls: 25c per call
  • National calls: 25c/min capped at $1.98 for 1 hour
  • Calls to mobiles: 37c/min capped at $1.49 for 10 min
  • Calls to 13 Numbers: 40c per call
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 275GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
275GB Data
$114.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $114.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 110GB peak data
  • 165GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 275GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
275GB Data
$119.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $119.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 110GB peak data
  • 165GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Mega Plan
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
300GB Data
$120/mth Price
Min Cost - $120 over 1 mth
  • 150GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
  • Typical speed boost evening speed is 20Mbps
Telstra Broadband
Premium Speed + Unlimited Data
NBN 100™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
Unlimited Data
$120/mth Price
Min Cost - $2,100 if you stay connected for 24 mths & Premium speed for 1 mth, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • 85Mbps typical evening speed
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 300GB Standard
NBN 12™ Satellite Speed Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
300GB Data
$124.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $124.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • 150GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Telstra Broadband
Core Internet Plan + Movies HD
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
500GB Data
$125/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $1,850 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Movies HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 10 HD movie channels
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
  • Foxtel standard installation fees waived
  • After 12 months Movies HD + Foxtel Plus will increase from $50 to $69/mth
Telstra Broadband
Core Internet Plan + Sports HD
NBN 25™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
500GB Data
$125/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $1,850 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Sports HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 13 HD Sports channels
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
  • Foxtel standard installation fees waived
  • After 12 months Sports HD + Foxtel Plus will increase from $50 to $74/mth
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (Mega)
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$125/mth Price
Min Cost - $125 over 1 month
  • 150GB off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • 20Mbps typical evening speed
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster - 300GB Sonic
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$129.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $129.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • 150GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
  • Australian-based phone support
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Medium)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
200GB Data
$130/mth Price
Min Cost - $130 over 1 month
  • 100GB Off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 100GB peak data
  • Above 25Mbps typical evening speed subject to network capacity
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster Plus - 200GB PLUS
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
200GB Data
$134.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $134.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 100GB peak data
  • 100GB off peak data
  • Powered by nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus
  • Unmetered content: basic web browsing, OS updates, email
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)
Telstra Broadband
Unlimited Data + Sports HD
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$140/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Sports HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 13 HD Sports channels
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
  • Foxtel standard installation fees waived
  • After 12 months Sports HD + Foxtel Plus will increase from $50 to $74/mth
Telstra Broadband
Unlimited Data + Movies HD
NBN 50™ Fixed Line Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
Unlimited Data
$140/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Movies HD for first 12 mths
  • Foxtel Plus with 50+ channels of entertainment and drama & 10 HD movie channels
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
  • Telstra Smart Modem included (with 4G back up)
  • Telstra Air® included
  • Foxtel standard installation fees waived
  • After 12 months Movies HD + Foxtel Plus will increase from $50 to $69/mth
Southern Phone Broadband
nbn™ Sky Muster Plus (Large)
NBN 50™ Satellite Speed Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
300GB Data
$190/mth Price
Min Cost - $190 over 1 month
  • 150GB Off-peak data
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • Above 25Mbps typical evening speed subject to network capacity
  • Peak is throughout the day from 7am to 1am and off-peak is late night from 1am to 7am
Activ8Me
NBN Sky Muster Plus - 300GB PLUS
NBN 25™ Satellite Speed Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
300GB Data
$199.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $199.95 per month
  • No Contract
  • 150GB peak data
  • 150GB off peak data
  • Powered by nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus
  • Unmetered content: basic web browsing, OS updates, email
  • No setup and cancellation fees
  • BYO router or purchase from Activ8me (additional $15 delivery charge)

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Getting Unlimited ADSL Internet

One thing that has become almost – but not entirely – the norm is that a large amount of plans offer unlimited data, rather than imposing a download/upload limit and slowing your connection down if you use too much. That same slow-down tactic is used on the NBN as well, but on ADSL it can feel especially painful, with websites loading at a glacial pace and your ability to view any kind of streaming video almost non-existent until your monthly limit resets.

Obviously, it depends on your usage patterns as well – if you’re just intending to get online for the basics then a 100GB limit will likely be fine. Indeed, even if you plan to do some occasional Netflix streaming, you’re still unlikely to find yourself going over your limit. What unlimited data plans give you, though, is peace of mind – you never need to check if you’re close to going over, so you can just do what you want online when you want to.

And unlike even a few short years ago, unlimited ADSL plans are very, very cheap these days.

Do ADSL Plans Come With Free Modem?

If you’ve been on ADSL before (or currently are), you’ll have a modem or two hanging around at home – and there’s nothing to prevent you from repurposing that modem for use with another provider, as long as they allow it (some providers disable the ability to use a modem with any other provider but them) and as long as you’re comfortable enough with the interface to dive in and change the modem’s options.

Alternatively, if you’re signing up with a new provider on a new plan or bundle, they may give you a new modem at no charge (usually with a contract being the condition of it being free) and that can be beneficial in several ways.

For starters, the modem usually comes pre-configured for the provider you’re signing up to, so all you need to do is plug it in, follow the instructions to log in, and you’re all set.

And many providers are now supplying what they call “NBN Ready” modems – in other words, modems that will work just as well with the upcoming NBN as they do with your current ADSL. That can save you money down the track, so consider it as an option if the plan or bundle suits you.

ADSL with Home Phone Line

If you’re still not ready to dump the good old home phone line – or even rely on it being around – the good news is that with ADSL, not much changes. Your home phone still connects to the exchange like a regular phone (whereas on the NBN, it’ll plug into your modem and use the internet as its “phone line”) and with several providers having their own ADSL and home phone equipment at the exchange, you can often get yourself a bundle that includes both at a generous discount (no more of that $35 “line rental” silliness!).

If you don’t want a home phone, though, be sure to check the fine print to make sure the service doesn’t require an existing phone line (for example, Barefoot Telecom’s ADSL plans do). If you’re aiming to do away with the home phone you should instead look at so-called “naked” plans, which give you ADSL without a home phone line at all (Belong, running on Telstra’s network, does this by default).

The Best ADSL Plans and Bundles for You

Our comparison table above features different ADSL plans and bundles, proving once and for all that there is still a ton of competition for ADSL customers and a lot of value to be found. So which plan or bundle is right for you? It’s easy to tailor our table to your exact needs – just click on the “Customise Your Search” button above and select which options exactly meet your needs – provider, price, data limits, everything. In no time you can narrow the choices down to the ones that exactly match what you’re looking for.

If you’re after some highlights, though, try these as a starting point:

Cheap ADSL Plan

Southern Phone’s ADSL Medium Broadband plan is an absolute winner, with no activation fee on a no lock-in contract, and a generous 500GB of data that should suit all but the most data-hungry. At the same price point, Belong offers an unlimited data plan with a free WiFi modem and standard activation if you lock it in for 12 months. Exetel’s ADSL plan is also one of the cheapest in Australia packing unlimited data that includes free activation and home phone with pay as you go calls.

Regional ADSL Connection

One of the down sides to living outside of the major metropolitan areas is that your choices are more limited when it comes to broadband. The NBN will fix that, but for ADSL, much of the time you have no choice but to connect to Telstra’s own exchange hardware, and as a result you can find yourself paying a price premium. But it’s not always bad news. Mate, for example, offers unlimited data with no setup fee and no contract on their Country Mates plan, an absolute winner for all the data you can eat.

ADSL + Home Phone Line

If you’re really keen on hanging on to that home phone line, Mate’s got a solution for that as well. Their Citymates + Home Phone plan gives you unlimited data, no contract or setup fee, a free transition to the NBN when it arrives…and a home phone line with unlimited local and national calls.

ADSL + TV Bundle

On the other end of the scale, a whole world of entertainment options are available even on ADSL, with iPrimus offering their Unlimited Data Plus Entertainment Supercharged bundle. It’s a mouthful to say and it’s a hell of a lot of bang for your buck entertainment-wise, with an unlimited-data ADSL connection paired with the legendary Fetch Mini set-top box, which not only works as a quad-tuner digital video recorder for free-to-air TV, but also gives you access to Fetch TV’s premium channels. You get your choice of one premium channel pack by default, no setup fee, the first month free, and a home phone line with unlimited local and national calls. You can also score Telstra’s entertainment bundle which is hefty as you need it to be with unlimited data, Telstra TV, Smart Modem Gen 2, and unlimited calls on your home phone, among other inclusions.

Looking for the Best ADSL Options

No matter what your needs and price range, there’s an ADSL plan or bundle that’s got your name on it, and at far less per month than it cost even a year or two ago. It may be the connection you get while you wait for the NBN, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get great value, diverse options, and the same bundled perks as the NBN crowd!

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Disclaimers: 
^Foxtel From Telstra – Sports: A 1c per channel per year charge applies for Chelsea TV, MUTV and LFCTV’. This charge will be donated to grass roots football to help our next generation of Australian footballers. If you’re not interested in keeping these channels, they can be easily removed. Call us anytime on 1800 007 769 and say ‘Foxtel change package’ when prompted.

Speeds: An nbn™ service can never go faster than the maximum line speed available at your premises. Speeds can vary due to the access type, maximum speed of your broadband plan tier and your service provider’s network capacity.  Find out more about speeds on the nbn network telstra.com/nbn-speeds.

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40GB off-peak data
on the nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Small) plan with 70GB Data
$38/mth
No contract
$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Starter 12 Month Contract plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$55/mth
12mth contract
$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the ADSL 100GB 12 Month Contract plan with 100GB Data and a modem included.
$55/mth
12mth contract
Get 10% off your shop once a month
on the Pre-Paid Mobile Plan Mini plan with Unlimited Calls & Text
$10/mth
Pre-paid
20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
on the Premium Speed + Unlimited Data plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$120/mth
No contract
$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$65/mth
12mth contract
RISK FREE 14 day trial
on the NBN UNLIMITED Plan - STANDARD SPEED plan with Unlimited Data
$54.90/mth
No contract
120GB off-peak data
on the nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Large) plan with 180GB Data
$55/mth
No contract
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