+ Wednesday December 11th, 2019

Usually when we talk about the NBN at Ausdroid, we’re looking at the fastest plans or the best value plans, but these two slices on the available NBN plans ignore one big group of potential users.

Those that want to download everything. For these customers, the fastest downloads don’t matter so much as being able to access as much data as possible – a 500GB limit at 100/40 Mbps speed is nowhere near as much value as unlimited data at 50/20 Mbps speed if you’re downloading heaps.

So, it’s time we look at the best value plans for unlimited data, and there’s a couple of great deals this month.

First up is this plan from Tangerine. Customers will pay just $59.90 a month for the first six months to get unlimited data at NBN Standard Plus (50/20 Mbps speeds).

With a quoted typical evening speed of around 42 Mbps, you could – potentially – download well over 13 terabytes of data. While downloading that much data could potentially draw you afoul of some reasonable usage policy, or – depending on what you’re downloading – the authorities, that’s a massive potential amount of data in a month.

If you’re uploading, that plan still works out quite well, allowing you to pump well over 6 TB of data up to the internet for $59.90 a month.

After six months, it reverts to a standard $69.90 a month, but with no contracts, you can leave or change provider any time you like.

If Tangerine doesn’t quite take your fancy, consider these providers which offer a similar, unlimited data plan with prices ranging between $64.95 a month and $79 a month.

Vodafone promises the fastest speeds (of around 45 Mbps of an evening), whereas Spintel and Belong commit to just 40 Mbps for evening speeds. Aussie Broadband and TPG are in the middle at 43 and 43.7 respectively.

The reality is, if you’re after big data, these plans are a bargain. Considering that you can set your computer, PlayStation or whatever else downloading and just leave it overnight, you can grab quite a bit of data without lifting a finger. You could do 150 GB or so in eight hours at full speed … and that’s more data than I can usefully think of a use for.

Unless you’re downloading every Linux ISO known to man … 😉

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Why is Whistleout showing Belong at $70 a month when in fact its $65 a month, or can even be $55 with a slight decrease in speed.


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