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What is Electric Kiwi Broadband and is it a Great Deal?

What is Electric Kiwi broadband and is it a great deal? Canstar explores all you need to know about Electric Kiwi’s broadband deal.

There is no shortage of broadband providers in New Zealand. Canstar Blue’s latest Broadband Star Ratings and Awards cover 13 major players. And since last year’s award, even more providers have started offering broadband services, including Electric Kiwi. But what is Electric Kiwi broadband and is it a great deal? Canstar explores.

Aside from its very catchy jingle, Electric Kiwi is well-known for its low-frills electricity deals. A two-time winner of Canstar Blue’s Award for Most Satisfied Customers, Electric Kiwi consistently rates as one of NZ’s best power brands. And now it also offers broadband with its power offering.

Electric Kiwi broadband: What’s on offer?

No frills

Just like Electric Kiwi’s power deals, its broadband offerings are no-frills products. It only offers unlimited broadband over existing fibre connections. This means, no landlines or other perks, such as free or cut-price streaming services.

And, Electric Kiwi broadband is only available to existing Electric Kiwi customers who have their power with the provider. This means that if you want to sign up to Electric Kiwi broadband, you first have to sign up to purchase your power through the company.

Two basic plans

There are just two no-frills plans on offer. Each comes with a free router and unlimited data, delivered at different speeds:

Sweet Fibre: 300Mbps down / 100Mbps up

Sweet As Fibre: 800Mbps down / 500Mbps up

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Electric Kiwi broadband: What does it cost?

Unlike many other broadband contracts, which require you to sign up for a year, there are no long-term contracts with Electric Kiwi broadband. Fees are charged on a daily basis and billed with your power charges, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Two basic rates

Sweet Fibre: costs $2.65 per day, which works out to $80.60 per calendar month
Sweet As Fibre:  costs $2.95/day, which works out to $89.73 per calendar month

Electric Kiwi broadband: Is it a good deal?

Compared to other no-frills providers, Electric Kiwi broadband’s rates are very competitive, if you don’t want to be tied down to a long-term contract. Plus, at the moment, they are running an offer that makes them one of the cheapest broadband providers in the market:

One month’s free internet

Currently, if you join Electric Kiwi before the end of September, you will receive one month’s free internet, reducing the cost per month of an Electric Kiwi power and broadband bundle further over your first year:

Sweet Fibre: with one months free = $73.89 per month
Sweet As Fibre: with one months free = $82.25 per month

Also, making the deal even sweeter, there’s no charge, not even a delivery charge, for the Netgear Orbi router that comes with Electric Kiwi’s plans. Most other providers only provide a free router if you agree to sign up to a long-term plan. And then they usually charge a $15 one-off modem delivery fee.

Electric Kiwi broadband: Things to consider

Yes, there are comparative broadband deals in the market, but most require you to sign up for at least a year, or to bundle further utilities, such as gas, too. And if you break your contract, you could have to pay penalty fees. Electric Kiwi broadband comes with no such penalties, and you’re free to cancel whenever you want.

Also, as with all bundle deals, especially when they involve power, it’s worth comparing prices across all the products in your bundle.

In the case of Electric Kiwi, its power prices are some of the lowest in the market, but it’s always worth checking your address against what’s on offer from other providers, to ensure you’re getting the best prices across your entire bundle.

Electric Kiwi: Best Bundled Utilities Winner

It’s also worth knowing that Electric Kiwi is the winner of Canstar Blue’s 2023 Award for Most Satisfied Customers | Bundled Utilities.

Electric Kiwi has only offered an electricity-broadband bundle for little over a year, but in that time it’s made a huge impression on its customers.

In this year’s award ratings, Electric Kiwi is the only company to earn a 5-Star rating for Overall Satisfaction. It’s a top result built upon a clean sweep of top ratings in every category measured, from Customer Service to Value for Money.

For more on this year’s Bundled Utilities Award, click here, or to go through to Electric Kiwi’s website, click the button below:

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To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big providers annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Overall Satisfaction, Value for Money and Customer Service. We then award the best broadband providers our Star Ratings and Most Satisfied Customer Award.

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The table above is an abridged version of our full research, to find out more about NZ’s best broadband providers, just click on the button below.

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About the author of this page

Bruce PitchersThis report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce has three decades’ experience as a journalist and has worked for major media companies in the UK and Australasia, including ACP, Bauer Media Group, Fairfax, Pacific Magazines, News Corp and TVNZ. Prior to Canstar, he worked as a freelancer, including for The Australian Financial Review, the NZ Financial Markets Authority, and for real estate companies on both sides of the Tasman.

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