Choosing the best Broadband Bundle right for you


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It’s a great time to be looking for a broadband plan in Australia, with many providers bundling entertainment, phone, and electricity services into their broadband plans. Depending on what you want bundled will depend on which provider is best for you.

Why Broadband Bundles are Worth the Hype

The five ISP bundles featured here are all about the extra stuff. Just what kind of stuff depends on what you’re really looking for in a plan. If you’re entertainment-minded, you can turn your attention to the grand battle between Telstra and Foxtel. They’re battling it out on the streaming TV front and want to give you a device to watch it on.

Or, if you’re the sort of person who loves to sit on the phone for hours chatting to friends – and especially if most of those friends are on mobile phones – you’ll appreciate the bundles from several providers that take all the worry out of both the phone and internet bill in one neat little package for a fixed monthly fee like MyRepublic, Southern Phone and Telstra.

Most offerings seem to have become far more focused in recent times, providing sensible solutions at a great price, and acknowledging that with the rise of Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now and Kayo, people are using more data than ever before.

Top 5 Broadband Bundles to Check Out

There’s a lot of bundles across several Australian providers, but not a lot of them actually deliver the goods for the price you want. We’ve handpicked the best five that you can choose from and without further ado, let’s take a look at the current offers that most definitely are hypeworthy:

#1: Telstra Entertainment Bundle + 1st Month Free

Telstra’s Unlimited Broadband + Telstra TV bundle really delivers. For just $99/month — with the first month FREE — you get unlimited data, landline rental with unlimited calls, the latest Telstra Smart Modem with 4G backup, and the Telstra TV 3. This brilliant little box has a fine pedigree – it’s actually the acclaimed Roku streaming box that’s hugely popular in the US. It’s an app-based device that has support for all the major players – like Netflix and Stan. Telstra TV is also one of the only devices that currently supports viewing Foxtel Now in HD, making it a valuable addition to any household that doesn’t want (or can’t get) cable or satellite TV. Plus, signing up for a Telstra broadband plan also makes it easier to bundle it with other entertainment options, such as adding the Foxtel from Telstra Sports HD or Movies HD + Foxtel Plus bundles. Telstra’s expansive network is first-rate, too, and the bundle is also available via their cable service. Looking for more value? Signing up to Telstra gets you a free connection fee that’ll normally cost you $99. It’s also Australia’s #1 NBN provider for streaming Netflix.

Telstra Plans

Core Internet Plan + Telstra TV
  • Free Foxtel Now for 3 months
  • Unlimited data upgrade 'til 30/4
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • Buy online: no connection fee
$84/mth
Min Cost - $2,016 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Unlimited Internet Plan + Telstra TV
  • Free Foxtel Now for 3 months
  • New customers: First month free
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • 30,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • Buy online: no connection fee
$99/mth
Min Cost - $2,286 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Core Internet Plan + Sports HD
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • Unlimited data upgrade 'til 30/4
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Sports HD for first 12 mths
$125/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $1,850 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Unlimited Data + Movies HD
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • New customers: First month free
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Unlimited Data + Sports HD
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • New customers: First month free
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,120 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Core Internet Plan + Movies HD
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • Unlimited data upgrade 'til 30/4
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Movies HD for first 12 mths
$125/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $1,850 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

#2: Southern Phone NBN Triple Bundle

Aside from making it more accessible for those from regional areas in the country to get internet, Southern Phone is also making it easier to get connected with their Triple Bundle offer. This bundle already covers your broadband, home phone, and mobile. The NBN triple bundle (running on NBN50) is offered at $100/month, which includes unlimited data with a Wi-FI modem included, plus 5GB mobile data with unlimited call and text, and unlimited local, national, and mobile calls for your home phone. If you’re looking for a bundle that’s affordable and practical, and if you also happen to live in more far-flung areas in the country, then Southern Phone’s Triple Bundle is definitely for you!

Southern Phone Plans

NBN Unlimited Triple Bundle
  • 6GB mobile data
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Internet, mobile & home phone
  • Unlimited mobile talk & text
$101/mth
Min Cost - $2,424 over 24 months

Kids Safe Bundle NBN
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Family Zone Box included
  • Calls to 13 numbers: 40c per call
$99/mth
Min Cost - $2,376 over 24 months

#3: Belong Broadband Bundles

Belong’s charm comes from its value for money unlimited broadband plans with no activation fees and the capacity to choose between month-to-month and 12-month contract terms. For only $70/month with no lock-in contract, you score Belong’s Unlimited NBN50 plan with average download speeds of up to 40Mbps. While Belong doesn’t specifically offer any NBN bundles as of present, signing up for any of its internet plans does include a free mobile credit worth $80. This somehow adds a mobile plan into your internet plan at no extra costs. It’ll be easy to maintain Belong’s mobile service since unlimited plans start at only $10/month.

Belong Plans

NBN Starter 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months

NBN Starter Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$60/mth
Min Cost - $120

NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$65/mth
Min Cost - $780 over 12 months

NBN Premium Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$95/mth
Min Cost - $155

NBN Standard Plus Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No excess usage charge
$70/mth
Min Cost - $130

#4: MyRepublic NBN100 Bundles

MyRepublic offers some of the best internet deals in Australia with its high-speed plans at affordable rates and flexible contract terms. Their top-speed NBN plans that are optimised for gaming and anything that requires fast internet are what set them apart. From $89 per month, you already get yourself an unlimited plan configured on NBN100/20Mbps with typical evening speeds of 83Mbps and that includes a landline. From time to time, MyRepublic also offers monthly discounts of up to $5/month, which can substantially lower your monthly fees so it’s best to keep an eye on their latest deals. You can choose between a month-to-month plan or a 12-month contract one, though with 12 months you can score their WiFi modem for only $1. If you’re an avid gamer, you can just add $10 per month and you’re all set. You get a static IP address, custom routing and live latency tracking plus other gamer perks.

MyRepublic Plans

Unlimited 100/20Mbps Flexi
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • Great plan for a larger household
$89/mth
Min Cost - $89 over 1 month

Gamer Pro Premium Flexi
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • Optimised network for Gaming
$109/mth
Min Cost - $109 over 1 month

Gamer Pro 100/40Mbps 12 Months
  • Sennheiser GSP 500 Gaming Headset for $1
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • AC1600 Modem for $1 + P&H
  • Optimised network for Gaming
$109/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $1,319 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

Unlimited 100/20Mbps 12 Months
  • AC1600 Modem for only $1
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • Great plan for a larger household
  • Stream content in HD & 4K
$89/mth
Min Cost - $1,079 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

#5: activ8me NBN Bundles

As one of Australia’s largest satellite NBN broadband providers, activ8me simplifies offerings with Sky Muster, as well as NBN fixed wireless and fiber plans. Sky Muster plans start with the 150GB plan (15GB peak, 135GB off peak) at $34.95 per month and configured on the 12/1Mbps speed tier. For the largest offered data, you can choose the 300GB plan (150GB peak, 150GB off peak) at $124.95 per month. You can also get the 25/5Mbps speed upgrade with the Sky Muster Plus plans from $69.95 per month. All Sky Muster plans have $0 setup fee regardless of your contract term. NBN plans, meanwhile, start from $59.95 per month with 100GB data and running on NBN50. With NBN, customers have the option to go month-to-month with an upfront cost of $98 or sign up for either 12 or 24 months to have it waived. Phone bundling is also available with VoIP from $5 per month (pay as you go). Better yet, score unlimited local, national, and mobile calls for a $20 extra monthly fee.

activ8me Plans

NBN Sky Muster - 150GB Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 150GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 15GB peak, 135GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
$34.95/mth
Min Cost - $34.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 60GB peak, 140GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
$49.95/mth
Min Cost - $49.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 225GB Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 225GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 80GB peak, 145GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
$64.95/mth
Min Cost - $64.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 250GB Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 250GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 90GB peak, 160GB off peak data
  • No excess usage
$89.95/mth
Min Cost - $89.95 per month

NBN Sky Muster - 300GB Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • 150GB peak & off peak data
  • No excess usage
$124.95/mth
Min Cost - $124.95 per month

Which Broadband Bundle is Right For You?

Getting the right bundle means determining what your priorities are. If streaming entertainment is part of your day to day, then it’s reasonable to go for the one that offers exactly that. If you still consider making phone calls on the landline a grand necessity, a lot of ISPs today bundle their internet plans with a home phone that provide unlimited calls to local, national, mobile and even international numbers. With so many options out there, it’s really easy to get a simplified connection with all your basic needs organised in a single account. Not only is it convenient, it also gives you a great deal of savings in the long run.

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