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Skinny Broadband Review

Here’s the skinny on Skinny’s broadband options to see whether you could trim the fat with a new plan.

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Skinny Mobile offers both mobile phone plans and broadband plans. In fact, Skinny is Canstar’s 2021 award winner for Most Satisfied Customers | Mobile Prepaid Plans. While Skinny’s perhaps best known for its no-frills prepaid plans, it offers a great range of broadband plans across wireless and unlimited fibre:

Wireless Plans:

60GB Plan

$45/month

120GB Plan

$50/month

Unlimited Plan

$55/month

All of Skinny’s plans require the use of a Skinny modem, which is provided free if you sign up for a 12-month plan. Otherwise you’ll need to purchase one for $199.

Skinny Wireless 4G Broadband plans use Spark’s 4G network. So you can expect a solid broadband connection with a download speed of 29mbps, which is enough for HD video streaming.

Fibre Plans:

Unlimited Plans:

$78/month – 300mbps/100mbps

$98/month – 900mbps/500mbps

All the above plans offer a Skinny Smart Modem for free on a 12-month contract. Otherwise you’ll need to purchase one for $99 and pay a $49 connection fee. You can’t use your own modem on Skinny unlimited plans.

Current deals:

Skinny currently has a deal offering four months free on all unlimited fibre plans on a 12-month contract, or one month free on its wireless broadband.

You can also save $10 per month on selected 4G wireless broadband plans while you have an active eligible Skinny $16-plus four-weekly Skinny mobile plan.

How does Skinny broadband compare?

All plans are for 300mbps/100mbps with no home phone line. Unless indicated as an extra, all include a router, although a delivery fee can apply. It’s worth noting that most deals also include early termination fees, should you break your contract early. And many allow you to bring your own compatible router.

Broadband Provider

Unlimited Broadband Deal

$ Per Month

Skinny

Modem shipping: $10

$52

(price includes current deal: 4 months

free on 12-month contract)

Contact*

Bundle deals only, no fixed term:

$59.99: broadband + power + gas

$64.99: broadband + power

Trustpower*

Only offers broadband + power/gas bundles

$70.50: broadband + power

(Price includes current deal:
12 months half-price
on 24-month contract)

2degrees*

$75

(Deal includes 6-months NEON, $15.99 p/m, and 6-months Prime, $8 p/m. Total saving over 6 months: $143.94, not included in above price.)

MyRepublic*

$79

(Extra: $1 p/m modem rental)

Vodafone

$79

($69 with Vodafone pay monthly mobile plan)

(Extra: $4 p/m modem rental on 12-month plan)

Bigpipe

$79

Sky Broadband

$79

(Includes 12 months of Disney+, $12.99 p/m)
($94.99: broadband + Sky Starter Package, $25.99 p/m, equivalent
to $69 p/m.)

Slingshot*

$79.95

Now*

$85 (+$120 router)

Spark*

$85 (+$106 router)

Includes Standard Netflix worth $18.49 p/m,

equivalent to $66.51 p/m.

Nova Energy*

$89 broadband only (no fixed term)

$69.99: broadband + power

Orcon*

$89.95

*$15 one-off modem delivery fee (Prices correct as of 10/05/22)

What’s the deal with Skinny broadband?

Skinny has a couple of extra tidbits that are noteworthy:

  • 30-day money back guarantee for network performance
  • The flexibility of not having to opt for a fixed 12-month contract

To help Kiwi consumers choose the best broadband providers, Canstar surveys thousands of broadband customers and asks them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service. To read the results of our full research and to find out more about NZ’s best broadband providers, just click on the big button below:

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