Top 5 Broadband Plans for Singles: Start Saving Today


Which broadband plan is better for you? We help you figure things out. Photo: Shutterstock

Updated 15th August 2019

Singles, do you find that your broadband requirements differ from those of a full household? Your usage, speed requirements and budget are all likely to be different. However you spend your time at home, it pays to know you’re getting a broadband service that’s right for you.

What are the best Internet Plans for Singles?

Living alone doesn’t mean skipping out on having an internet connection. Instead, you alone get to decide what makes for your perfect internet setup. Before we get into the best plans available for singles, we need to go over a few questions to ask in order to make the most informed choice possible.

How to choose the right internet for Singles?

Getting the right broadband deal is all about understanding your needs – no matter whether you’re living alone or with 12 of your closest mates. For singles, living alone is a great way to work out exactly how you’re using the net and choose the ideal plan for you. Figuring out what you use the internet for gives you a great starting point for choosing the most suitable broadband plan for your purposes. From whether your streaming video, to owning multiple devices or even what your daily usage is. All these questions make it easier to decide on the right internet for a single person.

  • Do you stream video?
  • How many internet connected devices do you own?
  • Are you a heavy internet user?
  • Do you play video games online? Or stream music online?

Are you streaming video?

First up, as a single-person household, you don’t have to put up with people stealing bandwidth to watch Netflix. You also don’t have anyone to share the costs with.

How many devices do you have?

Secondly, there’s the question of connection. What’s hooked up to the WiFi?  You might have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, a few gaming platforms,  or maybe a Smart TV. With just one occupant, your WiFi could still have up to six devices connected at any one time.

Are you a heavy internet user?

Thirdly, what do you rely on your broadband for? If you work from home then you might send and receive emails frequently, some with large attachments. if you don’t have a broadband bundle with a home phone line then you might be relying on VoIP all the way.

Are you an online gamer or music streamer?

And fourth, there’s entertainment. To wind down, you might binge on the latest streaming TV shows, or indulge in a bit of online gaming. When you have people over, you might stream music or movies. Or maybe you prefer to download your music directly.

How to choose the best internet plan for Aussie Singles?

There a selection of factors that come into play for any and all internet connections. Factors that affect everything from loading times, to even how many devices can be connected at once. Taking into account reliability, speed, cost, data limits and latency, will make sure that your internet plan is the best one available to you.

  • Speed
  • Latency
  • Reliability
  • Data Limits
  • Cost

Do you need Reliability?

Reliability is a big deal for people living alone. You don’t want to be in the position of dealing with dodgy connections that drop out every five minutes, or slow right down during wet weather. Of course, your address will determine whether you can get the NBN, but if possible you will want to steer clear of any ADSL service that’s more than 2km from an exchange. If a signal has to travel more than 3km along copper wiring, it starts to slow right down – and can even time out.

Do you need Speed?

This is how fast the data moves from the exchange to your modem and vice versa. If you work from home, this matters a lot because you don’t have the luxury to wait around for files to load. This may also be the case in your personal life – who likes waiting for movies to start or games to download?

Where are you Located?

Location is hugely important due to the way the internet is delivered in Australia. Internet is first sent to an exchange point where it is then distributed to each individual home for their internet connection. While this is entirely out of your control, knowing your location in relation to the exchange point can make a big difference when deciding which provider to go with.

How much Data do you need?

In our article on everyday downloading, we worked out that downloads can account for about 50-60GB of data each month, not including data used up by daily browsing, Skype calls, gaming or watching streaming TV services. So it’s safe to say that you probably won’t need as much data as a full household unless you’re heavily involved in streaming.

How much are you willing to Spend?

This is important because, as a single person household, you can’t share the costs with housemates. So the dollars-to-gigabyte ratio is kind of a big deal. For simplicity, we’ll focus on straight-up broadband rather than bundles, as the added extras — while enticing — can cloud the matter.

What are the Top Five Broadband Deals for Singles?

As outlined above, value is of high importance. So we’re focusing on cost, reliability, speed – and at least 200GB of data. Bundles aren’t necessary unless they offer something truly unique. So let’s run down the list as we go through providers such as MATE, Telstra and MyRepublic.

  • MATE
  • Telstra
  • Southern Phone
  • MyRepublic
  • Tangerine

MATE Broadband Plans

For singles looking to simplify their internet service, MATE’s unlimited, no lock-in contract plans are your go-to broadband. For as low as $59/month, you score an unlimited data on a month-to-month plan. You can bring your own device if you already have one with $0 setup fees. Want to switch plans? You can free of charge, too. There’s really no hassles when you connect with MATE, just amazing internet that doesn’t disappoint at a great price!

Mate Plans

soul mates
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$89/mth
Min Cost - $89

good mates
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$59/mth
Min Cost - $59

soul mates + home phone
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$98/mth
Min Cost - $98

good mates + home phone
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$68/mth
Min Cost - $68

best mates
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$69/mth
Min Cost - $69

Telstra Unlimited + Streaming Bundle

Find yourself needing some entertainment? Australia’s largest telco are offering unlimited data on the Telstra network for only $99/month. This is on the NBN, so reliability won’t be an issue, although they also offer the same deal on ADSL. This bundle also gives you Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2 and a Telstra TV 3 to help you keep all your entertainment in one handy place. As a bonus, you also get a $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit absolutely free. A phone line is also included with unlimited local, national, and mobile calls in Australia.

Telstra Plans

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • 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

Core Internet Plan
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
$75/mth
Min Cost - $1,899 if you stay connected for 24 mths

Starter Internet Plan
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 25GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$60/mth
Min Cost - $1,499 if you stay connected for 24 mths

Unlimited Internet Plan + Foxtel Sport
  • 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) + $39 Foxtel Sport

Unlimited Internet Plan + Foxtel Drama
  • 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) + $30 Foxtel Drama

Southern Phone Unlimited Basic Plan

Another option is Southern Phone. The telco provides unlimited data on the NBN at an affordable price. Very budget-friendly for a one-person household at $60/month, this plan enables you to download as much as you want without keeping an eye on the usage or being tied down to a long contract. The NBN 12 speed tier means that you can save money while still receiving a reliable connection, but you won’t be getting blazing-fast download speeds. Nonetheless, it’s just $10 more to get the next best speed — Southern Phone’s Turbo NBN with 40Mbps typical evening speed.

Southern Phone Plans

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

nbn™ Broadband Basic (Small)
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 100GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$50/mth
Min Cost - $50 over 1 mth

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

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

nbn™ Sky Muster Satellite Basic Speed Plan (Small)
  • Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
  • 70GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
$38/mth
Min Cost - $38 over 1 mthCost of 1MB data $0.00054

MyRepublic Unlimited Essential Plan

MyRepublic offers good value plans that’ll help you save in the long run. Their Unlimited Essential plan is priced from $75 per month. This gives you uncapped data on the NBN50 speed tier with typical evening speed of 43Mbps, which is a good enough speed for everyday browsing, streaming, and gaming. Need a phone? You’re just in luck because all of MyRepublic’s NBN 50 plans also include a landline connection with pay as you go calls. If you also need unlimited calls to mobile, that’s just another $10 per month.

MyRepublic Plans

Unlimited Premium 12 Months
  • 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 Premium 12 Months
  • 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 - $1,150.40 over 12 months (inc modem and $10 P&H)

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)

Unlimited Essential 12 Months
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
$75/mth
Min Cost - $900 over 12 months

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

Tangerine’s Standard Speed Plan

Living alone and on a budget? Good thing Tangerine offers one sweet deal with their unlimited NBN plans. You can start it off with a free 14-day trial and then proceed to have $10 off your first six months of subscription. With this offer, you just need to pay $54.90/month on the Standard Speed plan, giving you unlimited data on the NBN25 speed tier.

Tangerine Plans

NBN UNLIMITED Plan - STANDARD SPEED
  • 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
  • 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 Plan - XXL SPEED BOOST
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
$79.90/mth
Min Cost - $79.90 for 6 months, then $89.90 ongoing

NBN UNLIMITED Bundle - XL SPEED BOOST
  • 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
  • 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

Checking Service Availability

Yes, the usual caveats apply.  Read up on service availability in your area, the critical information summary and the total costs of any options or added extras you choose. In particular, keep an eye out for area-specific setup fees, installation costs, customer service rates and terms of use.

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