NZ’s Cheapest Broadband Plans

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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. Up until the end of last year, the standard speed for fibre connections was 100mbps/20mbps. But Chorus’ recent fibre upgrade means that those speeds have tripled, to 300mbps/100mbps.

As a result, many providers have re-jigged their plans and pricing. But clicking through page after page of plans and details to compare deals 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 Broadband Award, plus newcomer Sky Broadband.

 

Cheapest broadband plans

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 the cheapest broadband plans?

As you can see above, most broadband plans cost around $80 p/m. On paper, both Contact and Trust Power have deals that appear cheap. But to take advantage of their low-cost broadband, you must sign up for power, too, which could cost more than your current electricity provider.

And it’s worth noting that Trust Power’s deal comes with a two-year contract. And broadband costs could reduce considerably over that period, as they have done over the past 24 months.

Then there is Skinny’s current cut-price deal, offering free broadband for the first four months of a 12-month contract, which equates to just $52 p/m.

So why would you pay $85 for Spark’s broadband when you can get the same internet from Skinny? The answer to that poser comes down to the deals and contract lengths. When looking at the different providers, you have to look carefully at what’s on offer.

No frills vs bonuses

Skinny is a no-frills provider. All it does is deliver unlimited broadband. And while its current deal is great, its regular plan price is $78 p/m, in line with the other telcos. After a year, your savings will be minimal, unless you change providers – which Skinny hopes you’ll be too preoccupied to do.

Sign up to Spark, however, and you get free Netflix Standard, worth $18.49 p/m. So, if you’re already a Netflix subscriber, your Spark internet will effectively cost you just $66.51 p/m. But it’s only a great deal if you want Netflix!

The same can be said for Sky Broadband, if you’re an existing Sky TV customer your broadband will only cost you $69 p/m. And, likewise, if you’ve a Vodafone pay monthly mobile plan, Vodafone’s broadband is just $69, too.

So if you’re willing to bundle your internet, adding either mobile phone plans or power plans, a world of extra savings awaits. But you need to do your homework.

Current cheapest broadband deals include:

2degrees

  • 6 months free NEON worth $15.99 p/m
  • 6 months free Prime worth $8 p/m
  • $10 p/m discount across all broadband plans if you have a 2degrees pay monthly phone plan

Nova Energy

  • Bundle with electricity for an extra saving of $20 monthly

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

Slingshot

  • Add power to your Slingshot broadband and receive 10% off your broadband plan and 10% off your power plan

Spark

  • Includes Netflix Standard (HD), worth $18.49 p/m
  • Add Neon to your plan for $11.99 p/m and/or Spark Sport for $19.99 p/m

Sky Broadband

  • 12 months free Disney+ worth $129.99

Trustpower

  • Range of joining rewards, including fridges, TVs and washing machines, and half-price broadband for 12 months on a 24-month term.
  • Duel-fuel discounts on gas and electricity
  • $50 account credit when you sign up online

Vodafone

  • $10 p/m discount if you already have a Vodafone pay monthly phone plan
  • Vodafone’s rewards scheme
  • SuperWifi, wall-to-wall wi-fi guaranteed or get a $100 account credit

It’s about more than just the cheapest broadband plans

Ultimately, if you’re after the cheapest broadband plan, it’s always worth shopping around. And don’t forget to check 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 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:

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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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