NZ’s Cheapest Broadband Plans

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If you’re on the hunt for a cheap, no-frills unlimited broadband internet plan, we’ve done the research for you. Compare the best deals in the market with Canstar Blue.

Trying to track down the best and cheapest broadband plans can be confusing. And at Canstar, we should know. It’s part of our job to be across all the broadband deals in the market. And, actually, to be honest, it’s like a full-time job just keeping across all the broadband deals in the market.

For the casual consumer, trying to discover the best deals can be confusing. There is a range of different services available, from ADSL and VDSL to fixed-wireless broadband and fibre. A range of data allowances, from low to unlimited. Plus different upload/download speeds, and a whole load of bonuses and add-ons offered by different broadband providers.

But, ultimately, most Kiwi homes just want basic, unlimited broadband at 100mbps/20mbps, which is fast enough for the demands of most modern families. All providers offer such plans, but clicking through page after page of deals and details to compare them can be a long process.

But don’t worry, that’s exactly what Canstar has done, so you can get a clear picture of the basics. In the following table, we’ve compiled all the standard 12-month broadband plans from the main NZ providers that were researched for Canstar’s Most Satisfied Customers 2020 Award.

Cheapest Broadband Plans

All plans are for 100mbps/20mbps with no home phone line. Unless indicated as an extra, all include a router, although a $15 one-off delivery fee can apply. It’s worth noting that most deals also include early termination fees, should you break your contract early.

Broadband provider

Unlimited Broadband Deal
$ Per Month

MyRepublic

$75

Skinny

$78

Bigpipe

$79

Stuff Fibre

$79.95*

Slingshot

$85*

Now

$85 (+$120 router)

2degrees

$89*

Orcon

$89.95*

Contact**

$89.99*

Spark

$90*

Vodafone

$93*

Trustpower

$94* (2-year contract)

* $15 one-off modem delivery fee / **Only available as part of a power bundle

What’s the Deal with the Cheapest Broadband Plans?

As you can see above, there are two types of basic broadband deal: those costing $75 to $85 per month. And those from $85 to $95 per month. So why would you pay $94 for Trustpower, when you could get the same internet from MyRepublic for $75? The answer to that poser is: the deals!

All the sub-$80 per month providers listed above only do what it says on the box: deliver unlimited broadband. There are no deals and no extras. Pretty much all they offer is faster speeds. For $10-$15 more each month, these no-frills providers also offer super, super fast internet, up to 950mbps/500mbps.

However, once you start hitting $90 per month for basic internet from the above providers things become interesting. For, if you are willing to bundle your internet, adding either mobile phone plans or power plans, a world of extra savings awaits!

For example:

2degrees

  • Free Amazon Prime Video for a year when you sign up to a 12-month plan
  • $10/month discount across all broadband plans if you have a 2degrees pay monthly phone plan

Orcon

  • Add your power and get a 10% bundle discount on both your broadband and power 
  • Add a phone plan and get a $5 monthly discount

Contact

  • Save up to $30 per month if you bundle broadband with electricity and gas

Spark

  • Add Netflix Standard (HD) to your plan for $10 per month (Netfix Premium Ultra $15 per month)
  • Add Neon to your plan for $9.95 per month

Vodafone

  • $10/month discount if you already have a Vodafone pay monthly phone plan
  • $10/month discount if you sign up for a 24-month contract
  • Vodafone’s rewards scheme

Trustpower

  • $50 account credit for online sign-ups
  • 12-month half-price broadband, with an eligible power and broadband bundle
    on a 24-month contract
  • Range of joining rewards, including fridges, TVs and washing machines
  • Duel-fuel discounts on gas and electricity

It’s about more than just the cheapest plans

Ultimately, even if you’re after the cheapest broadband, it’s always worth having a look at the deals on offer. But also the small print. Locking yourself into a two-year deal at a fixed price might be a good deal now. But will it still offer good value 24 months from now, especially if you foresee your needs changing?

Customer service is also a huge consideration. If you’re not a tech wizard, it’s reassuring to know that your provider offers great technical advice to ensure your broadband is always up and running.

For a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the providers in the market annually. We survey thousands of broadband customers and ask them to score their providers across categories including Value for Money, Network Performance and Customer Service.

Canstar Blue’s 2020 review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Orcon, Skinny, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower, Vodafone and Voyager, 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:

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