Top 5 Broadband Plans for Everyday Downloading


In the digital era, there are very few things more annoying than a file that downloads slowly – or that won’t download at all. From app updates through to movie streaming or downloads, it’s the same story – waiting sucks. It is one of the more frustrating feelings in the modern world. And it means one thing — You’re going to need a better broadband plan.

Which broadband plan is best for you?

It depends on what kind of files you’re trying to download. On a professional front, you might be downloading a lot of PDFs, white papers, technical briefs, and video presentations. On a personal front, you could be streaming music and TV shows, or downloading movies regularly. There might also be a need for downloading ebooks, not to mention a game or two. So which broadband providers and plans best suit your needs? Based on our research, below is a list of providers we recommend:

  • Southern Phone
  • MyRepublic
  • Belong
  • Tangerine
  • Telstra

What do my download habits mean for my broadband plan?

As you can see, no two people are going to have the exact same download habits, nor the same budget. So it’s important to have a firm grasp of how your download habits will impact on your broadband needs.

File TypeFile SizesFrequency of downloadMonthly average
Game (various file types, zipped)13,000-50,000 MBOnce every few months20 GB
Movie (MP4, 1.5 hours, 1080p) 10,000-20,000 MBOnce a fortnight30 GB
TV show (MP4, 30 min, 720p)200-300 MBA few times a week1 GB
Music file (MP3, 5 min, 128 kbps)4-12 MBWeekly2.5 GB
ebook/white paper (PDF)2-4 MBDaily0.25 GB

You need a reasonable amount of data

Perhaps most obviously, you need a good amount of data. How much data depends on your usage. From the table above, we can calculate that this usage accounts for 50-60 GB each month. That’s an average and doesn’t include the data used up by daily browsing, Skype calls or watching streaming TV services. And if you have more than one person in the house, you have to contend with their habits as well. So that’s at least 100GB a month for two people.

You need reliability

As mentioned in the post on broadband for singles, it pays to avoid unstable connections. That’s why it’s best to steer clear of ADSL when the exchange is more than 2k away – the signal slows and can drop quite frequently. The NBN eliminates this hassle, and cable is a good choice as long as it is available.

You need speed

It’s no fun watching a file download stick at “25 minutes” for an hour. And if it is, maybe you’d also like to consider branching out into other competitive and exciting fields like watching paint dry or grass grow? So your connection speed – how fast the data moves from the exchange to your modem and vice versa – matters. You don’t have the time to wait around for files to load. It’s dead time.

You need low latency

This isn’t as important as speed and stability, but it’s still a big deal. Latency refers to the responsiveness of the connection – how quickly the server responds to my request. This matters most when dealing with Skype or VoIP calls, or if you’re gaming online.

You need value for money

Another important consideration is the price. Having unlimited data on a high-speed connection is meaningless if it means you can’t afford groceries anymore – and internet shopping isn’t so fun when you can’t afford to order anything.

The Top Five Broadband Deals For Everyday Downloads

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be focusing on broadband plans (rather than bundles) that feature unlimited downloads, preferably on the NBN.

Telstra broadband

A standard in the Australian telco space, Telstra’s consumer broadband packs are packed with value. Our pick is the $99 Unlimited + Telstra TV plan, which as the name suggests offers unlimited data – and of course Telstra TV. This plan is on the NBN 50 speed tier, offering typical evening speeds of 40Mbps. The plan offers a couple of other goodies as well — including a Telstra Smart Modem, and Telstra TV 3. Better yet, you’ll also get a phone line with unlimited calls to national and mobile numbers. The good news is you’re no longer required to sign up for 24 months. You can opt for a month-to-month plan, you just need to pay out your modem and Telstra TV in case you leave before 24 months. If unlimited data isn’t your thing, Telstra also offers a 200GB data plan on the NBN 25 speed for $75/month. You can also bundle the 200GB plan with Telstra TV for $84/month and also comes with the same perks as the $99 plan. Best part of this offer is how you can get any of Telstra’s broadband plans with the first month completely free!

Telstra Plans

Core Internet Plan
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
$75/mth
Min Cost - $1,899 if you stay connected for 24 mths (incl $99 connection fee)

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$90/mth
Min Cost - $2,259 if you stay connected for 24 mths (incl $99 connection fee)

Unlimited Internet Plan + Telstra TV
  • 30,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$99/mth
Min Cost - $2,475 when you stay connected for 24 mths (incl $99 connection fee)

Unlimited Data + Movies HD
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,409 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month (Incl. $100 Foxtel install)

Unlimited Data + Sports HD
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,409 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month (Incl. $100 Foxtel install)

Southern Phone broadband

If you live in a regional area, getting the speed you need to manage daily downloads can be tough. Southern Phone is a downright champion in this space, with satellite NBN broadband plans that offer real value. Why? These Southern Phone broadband plans go above and beyond to get you connected. Their NBN “Skymuster” satellite plan. The Satellite XX-Large plan on the Basic speed costs $95 a month and gives you 300GB of data on the NBN12 speed tier. You will need to supply your own WiFi modem (or buy one for a one-off $99 cost) but the satellite dish and installation is all done at no cost to you. If you don’t need satellite, Southern Phone’s NBN plans can get you unlimited data on a 50/20 speed tier for just $70/month.

Southern Phone Plans

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (XX-Large)
  • 200GB off-peak data
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
$100/mth
Min Cost - $100 over 1 month

nbn™ Max
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$100/mth
Min Cost - $100 over 1 mth

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (XX-Large)
  • 200GB of off-peak data
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$95/mth
Min Cost - $95 over 1 mth

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Basic
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$60/mth
Min Cost - $60 over 1 mth

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$70/mth
Min Cost - $70

MyRepublic

Unlimited data? Check. On a fast connection? Check. Telco provider MyRepublic gives a great deal with a range of NBN plans that meet these needs. They make this list because $99.95 per month on a 12-month or a month-to-month contract already buys you unlimited data on the NBN100 speed tier. At $99.95/month (12 months) with an included home phone (pay as you go calls) and a pre-configured modem, it’s filled with impressive value. Don’t want to be locked in to a contract? The price remains but you’ll have to bring your own modem. If you don’t require NBN100’s awesome speed, MyRepublic also offers an unlimited plan running on NBN50. This delivers typical evening speeds of 43Mbps for $75/month on a 12-month term when you BYO modem.

MyRepublic Plans

Unlimited Essential Flexi
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$79/mth
Min Cost - $79 over 1 month

Unlimited Premium Month to Month
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months. Ends 15.12.2019
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$94.95/mth
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $94.95 over 1 month

Unlimited Premium 12 Months BYO
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months. Ends 15.12.2019
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$89.95/mth
$89.95 for first 12 months, $94.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $1,079.40 over 12 months

Unlimited Essential 12 Months
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$79/mth
Min Cost - $959 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

Gamer Pro Premium Flexi
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months. Ends 15.12.2019
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$99.95/mth
$99.95 for first 12 months, $104.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $99.95 over 1 month

Belong broadband

Going for a broadband plan that delivers uncapped data is a no-brainer when it comes to everyday downloading. Luckily, that’s what exactly Belong offers on all plans. Starting from $70/month with no lock-in contract, you get unlimited data on the NBN25 speed plan. Better yet, go for Belong’s fastest speed plan providing typical evening speed of to 80Mbps for only $95/month with no lock-in contract. Plus you also get a free $80 mobile credit and $0 activation whatever Belong broadband plan you sign up for.

Belong Plans

ADSL 100GB 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • Speeds Vary
  • 100GB Data
  • ADSL2+
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 over 12 months

NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$65/mth
Min Cost - $780 over 12 months

ADSL Unlimited Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • Speeds Vary
  • Unlimited Data
  • ADSL2+
$70/mth
Min Cost - $130

ADSL Unlimited 12 Month Contract
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $0 Wi-Fi modem
  • Speeds Vary
  • Unlimited Data
  • ADSL2+
$60/mth
Min Cost - $720 over 12 months

ADSL 100GB Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • Speeds Vary
  • 100GB Data
  • ADSL2+
$60/mth
Min Cost - $120

Tangerine broadband

Tangerine offers one heck of a deal with their NBN plans that starts off with a 14-day free trial, and then proceeds to give you $10 off for the first six months of your subscription. If you’re on a budget and just need just the right level of speed, then their Standard Speed plan will already do. You can get the plan for just $54.90/month for the first six months, after which, you’ll pay $64.90/month — and which is still a steal for unlimited NBN anyway.

Tangerine Plans

NBN UNLIMITED Plan - STANDARD SPEED
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
$54.90/mth
Min Cost - $54.90 for 6 months, then $64.90 ongoing

NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XXL SPEED BOOST
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$89.90/mth
Min Cost - $89.90 for 6 months, then $99.90 ongoing

NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XL SPEED BOOST
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$69.90/mth
Min Cost - $69.90 for 6 months, then $79.90 ongoing

NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - STANDARD SPEED
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
$64.90/mth
Min Cost - $64.90 for 6 months, then $74.90 ongoing

NBN UNLIMITED Plan - XL SPEED BOOST
  • RISK FREE 14 day trial
  • $10 off plan for 6 months
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$59.90/mth
Min Cost - $59.90 for 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing

Choose the plan best suited to you

It makes sense that there would be a lot of competition when it comes to Internet plans for everyday downloads. But it can take a bit of legwork to find the deals that fit your usage and your budget.

The best way to make sure you’re getting a plan that gives you what you want is to call each of the providers. Write down any features or perks you find, along with the basics. Don’t forget to ask for the best possible deal as more often than not, they will be prepared to throw in a bonus to sweeten the deal!

Finally, make sure you check the fine print. Take a look at the service availability in your area. Read through the critical information summary and the total costs of any options or added extras. There’s also setup fees, installation costs, customer service rates and terms of use to keep an eye on, as these are specific to your area and circumstances.

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