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Best Group Family Phone + Broadband Deals

If you’re a regular Kiwi family with a couple of kids and fibre broadband, what’s the best deal to ensure everybody’s got the data they need to lead their best online lives? Canstar Blue looks at the best group family phone plus broadband deals.

Things have a habit of growing out of hand. One minute you’re single, the next you’ve a partner and then, somehow, there are a couple of teens lurking around your home. From only having to worry about your own mobile, you’re suddenly responsible for four mobile phone plans plus the household broadband. So if you’re in charge of organising your household’s data needs, which group phone and internet bundles offer the best deals? Canstar Blue looks at the best group family phone + broadband deals.

Only three mobile phone providers offer group data deals plus internet:

  • 2degrees
  • Spark
  • Vodafone

And of those three, only 2degrees and Vodafone offer a discount for bunding your phone and internet together: $10 per month off broadband.

So, overall, once you take into consideration things like the bundle discount and the offer of free streaming services, how do the three stack up? Let’s explore!

NB: for this comparison, we use a standard 300/100Mbps broadband connection, although we have marked the extra price for 900/500Mbps.

Group Family Phone + Broadband: The Deals

2degrees, Spark and Vodafone’s prices:

2degrees logo

2degrees

MOBILE ENDLESS DATA

Main user $75/m (40GB)

Main user $90/m (100GB)

  • Free data hour every day
  • Unlimited NZ/OZ texts
  • Unlimited minutes to NZ/OZ mobiles & landlines

  • Hotspotting included
  • 5G ready
  • Free Sky Sport Now ($11.99/m) for six months for new customers. Existing customers get 20% off

Companion plans: $30/m

Unlimited Broadband 300/100

$65/m for 12-month term (with Pay Monthly mobile plan saving $10) (+$15 for 900/500)
  • BYO or free modem rental on a 12-month term ($15 shipping fee)
  • Free Amazon Prime Video ($8/m) and Neon ($11.99/m) for six months on 12-month deal

 

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SPARK

MOBILE ENDLESS DATA

Main user $99.99/m (100GB)

  • 10GB hotspotting
  • Unlimited NZ/OZ texts
  • Unlimited minutes to NZ/OZ mobiles & landlines

  • Free Spotify Premium ($14.99/m)
  • Add NEON for only $11.99/month (save $4/m)

Companion plans: $29.99/m

  • Companions receive 40GB data at max speed, then endless data at reduced speed
  • Companions get 50% off Spotify Premium

Unlimited Broadband 300/100

$90p/m from July 28, 2022 (+$15 for 900/500)

  • Open term
  • BYO router or buy for $106.20
  • Free Netflix Standard ($18.49/m)

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Vodafone

MOBILE ENDLESS DATA

Main user $60/m (12GB)

Main user $80/m (40GB)

Main user $100/m (100GB)

  • Unlimited NZ/OZ texts
  • Unlimited minutes to NZ/OZ mobiles & landlines
  • 250mins & 50 texts to std numbers to 20 countries

  • Hotspotting included
  • 5G ready

Companion plans: $35/m

Unlimited Broadband 300/100

$69/m for 12-month term (with Pay Monthly mobile plan saving $10) (+$20 for 900/500)
  • BYO router or $48 on 12-month term ($15 shipping fee)

How do 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone compare?

Telco

Data x4 Phone Plans Broadband
plan

Total

2degrees

40GB $165 $65 $230
100GB $180 $65

$245

Spark

100GB $189.96 $90

$279.96

Vodafone

12GB $165 $69 $234
40GB $185 $69

$254

100GB

$205 $69

$274

2degrees

Disregarding added extras, 2degrees is the cheapest phone and broadband bundle. Its free router is another plus, as Vodafone ($48) and Spark ($106.20) charge for theirs. Plus, if you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Video ($8/m), Neon ($11.99/m) and Sky Sport Now ($11.99/m), that’s an extra saving of $191.94 over the first six months!

Spark

Spark has the most expensive phone and broadband bundle, at $280 per month. It’s also worth noting that while it only has one phone plan that you can add companions to, its 100GB plan, only the main plan holder gets that limitless cap. The other users only get 40GB per month at full speed, whereas 2degrees and Vodafone give each extra user the same max speed data cap as the main plan.

However, Spark’s plans do come with free Netflix Standard ($18.49/m) and one free Spotify Premium ($14.99/m) account for the main phone account holder (additional phone plan holders get half-price Spotify Premium). Together these two incentives are worth $33.48/m, which reduces the overall cost down to $246.48/m, which is on par with 2degrees.

Vodafone

Vodafone doesn’t offer Spark’s premium freebies, or 2degrees no-frills budget deals. And its 900/500Mpbs broadband upgrade is also the most expensive. It does offer its much advertised SuperWifi deal, which promises fast wi-fi throughout your home, but to qualify you have to sign up for 24-months of broadband.

Related article: Vodafone SuperWifi: What Is It and Is It Worth the Money?

Group Family Phone + Broadband: the verdict

If you don’t want Spotify Premium or Netflix, and everybody on your group plan requires the same amount of data, then 2degrees is a clear winner on price alone.

However, if streaming services are important to you, then Spark could be the best value choice. For on top of free Netflix and one free Spotify subscription, it offers half-price Spotify Premium for all phone account holders, plus an additional saving of $4 per month on a NEON subscription, which all adds up to a streaming good deal!


Compare broadband providers with Canstar Blue

For a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the providers in the market annually. Canstar Blue’s latest review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Contact, MyRepublic, Nova Energy, Orcon, Skinny, Slingshot, Spark, Trustpower and Vodafone and awards the best our 5-Star rating:

See Our Ratings Methodology

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

Compare broadband providers for free with Canstar!


About the author of this page

Bruce PitchersThis report was written by Canstar’s Editor, Bruce Pitchers. Bruce began his career writing about pop culture, and spent a decade in sports journalism. More recently, he’s applied his editing and writing skills to the world of finance and property. 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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