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:

  • Telstra
  • Southern Phone
  • Belong
  • MyRepublic
  • activ8me

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 + Free Foxtel Now

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 44Mbps. 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, plus you even score a $10/month off for 12 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 500GB data plan on the NBN 25 speed for $75/month. You can also bundle the 500GB 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 sign up to Telstra’s unlimited broadband plans with waived $99 connection fee. If you’re a fan of all things streaming, then Telstra is your best bet as it’s currently Australia’s #1 NBN provider for Netflix streaming. It also throws in all channel packs of Foxtel Now free for one month!

Telstra Plans

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • $10/mth off for 12 months
  • Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
$90/mth
Min Cost - $2,160 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes

Core Internet Plan
  • Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
  • Unlimited data upgrade 'til 30/6
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
$75/mth
Min Cost - $1,800 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Unlimited Internet Plan + Telstra TV
  • $10/mth off for 12 months
  • Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • 10,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • Buy online: no connection fee
$99/mth
Min Cost - $2,376 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

Unlimited Data + Movies HD
  • $10/mth off for 12 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Movies HD for first 12 mths
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,310 (incl $100 Foxtel install) when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Unlimited Data + Sports HD
  • $10/mth off for 12 months
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • Discounted Foxtel Plus + Sports HD for first 12 mths
$140/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $2,310 (incl $100 Foxtel install) when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months and Foxtel from Telstra for 1 month

Last audited 6 May 2020

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 are currently discounted. You can get you unlimited data on a 25/5 speed tier at only $55/month for six months!

Southern Phone Plans

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Standard
  • $55/mth for 6 mths! Ends 31 July
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Ideal for households of 2-3
  • 19Mbps typical evening speed
$55/mth
Min Cost - $55/mth, for 6 months. $65/mth afterwards.

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
  • $65/mth for 6 mths! Ends 31 July
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Ideal for households of 3-4
  • For gaming & video streaming
$65/mth
Min Cost - $65/mth, for 6 months. $75/mth afterwards.

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Max
  • $85/mth for 6 mths! Ends 31 July
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • Ideal for households of 3+
  • For gaming & HD video streaming
$85/mth
Min Cost - $85/mth, for 6 months. $95/mth afterwards.

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Standard Speed Plan (XX-Large)
  • 200GB off-peak, 100GB peak data
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Satellite
  • 19Mbps typical evening speed
$100/mth
Min Cost - $100 over 1 month

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (XX-Large)
  • 200GB off-peak, 100GB peak data
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 300GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Satellite
  • Speed boost available for $5
  • 10Mbps typical evening speed
$95/mth
Min Cost - $95 over 1 month

Last audited 6 May 2020

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 $60/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

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

Last audited 30 April 2020

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 $89/month on a monthly contract (BYO modem) already buys you unlimited data on the NBN100/20 speed tier plus a home phone connection. Just add $1 to include a pre-configured modem, although this locks you into a 12-month contract. If you don’t require NBN100’s awesome speed, MyRepublic also offers unlimited plans running on NBN50 and NBN25 priced at $69 and $59 per month, respectively.

MyRepublic Plans

Unlimited Standard 12 Months
  • AC1600 Modem for only $1
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Great plan for singles or couples
  • Stream content in SD
$59/mth
Min Cost - $719 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

Unlimited Essential 12 Months
  • AC1600 Modem for only $1
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Great for smaller households
  • Stream content in HD
$69/mth
Min Cost - $839 over 12 months (inc $1 modem and $10 P&H)

Unlimited Essential Flexi
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • Great for smaller households
$69/mth
Min Cost - $69 over 1 month

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

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)

Last audited 4 May 2020

activ8me Broadband

activ8me offers one heck of a deal with its NBN and Sky Muster plans that start off with having the option to choose the kind of plan that’s right for you. If you’re on a budget and just need just the right level of speed, then their Standard Speed unlimited NBN plan will already do. You can get the plan for $69.95/month, which is a steal for unlimited NBN. As one of the largest Sky Muster satellite broadband providers in Australia, activ8me also offers satellite NBN plans that can be easily regarded as valuable. You can get connected from only $34.95/month for 150GB (15GB peak and 135GB off peak) data or go all the way to the highest-end plan at $124.95/month for 300GB (150 peak and 150GB off peak) data. You can upgrade your speed with the Sky Muster Plus plans for an extra fee.

activ8me Plans

NBN Sky Muster - 150GB Standard
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • 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
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • 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
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • 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
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • 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
  • PlayOn Cloud free for 3 months
  • 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

Last audited 4 May 2020

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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Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
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$84/mth
No lock-in contract
$10/mth off for 12 months
on the Unlimited Internet Plan plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$90/mth
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Free Foxtel Now for 1 month
on the Core Internet Plan plan with 500GB Data and a modem included.
$75/mth
No lock-in contract
AC1600 Modem for only $1
on the Unlimited Essential 12 Months plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$69/mth
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$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Starter 12 Month Contract plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$55/mth
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$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Starter Month to Month plan with Unlimited Data
$60/mth
No lock-in contract
$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
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5GB mobile data
on the NBN Unlimited Triple Bundle plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
$100/mth
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