If you feel like you’re not getting the best deal on your broadband internet plan, then have you considered switching over to another provider? We get it – there’s either not enough data, or you’re paying too much for what you are getting. Of all the providers out there in New Zealand there’s bound to be a choice broadband deal out there for you. So what are the cheapest broadband plans out there, and what should you be looking out for? Keep reading to find out what the cheapest broadband plans are in New Zealand.
What are the cheapest broadband plans in New Zealand?
This depends on what connection you desire – fibre, ADSL, VDSL or wireless broadband.
- Unlimited ADSL, VDSL and fibre can be had from about $60 a month
- Data-capped plans start at around $30 but keep in mind your own usage needs
The Cheapest Fibre Internet Plan
Surprisingly, fibre connections tend to be cheapest even though they are generally the fastest and most reliable type of connection. This is due to providers dangling a carrot to try and get you to switch from your old school copper connection.
Currently, among the cheapest seems to be is Flip:
- Plans start at around $60 with unlimited data starting at $69, making it one of the cheapest providers in NZ.
However, there is are a few things to look out for with these cheap-as-chips plans
- Setup fees can cost a lot, and you often have to BYO modem.
- A lot of providers do not include many extra perks and home phone calls are extra.
In this case, the 24 month contract can severely hemorrhage overall value as you’re locked in for two years. In this case, it’s safe to say to not discount a plan for its apparent higher monthly cost – you may find extra perks and stuff like included Netflix, Lightbox and Neon to be worth it.
The Cheapest ADSL Plan
Overall, ADSL plans tend to be slightly higher in cost per month than fibre ones, feature slower speeds and often less data inclusions. Go figure. The cheapest comes in at around $55 a month, and Flip has a few plans.
- The cheapest Flip plans comes in at $59.99
- You’ll get 100GB data with up to a 24/1Mbps download/upload speed
One of the benefits with ADSL is that it is generally available in a wider range of areas. So, while the Ultra-Fast Broadband scheme is being rolled out, ADSL seems to be the reliable if unspectacular old friend.
As for the big guys, 2Degrees offers a fairly price-competitive option, with unlimited data starting at $85 a month. So, while some of the more popular service providers don’t win out on price alone, there are a few other considerations to consider in this price bracket. In any case, 24/1 speeds are among the higher rungs for ADSL so it can pay to pay a little extra for these speeds for all your streaming needs.
The Cheapest VDSL Plan
VDSL is a similar story to fibre plans in that it’s pretty cheap overall, and reliable. With speeds up to around 70/10Mbps download/upload speeds, it’s nearly as good as fibre and similarly priced.
- Again, MyRepublic appears to be the cheapest at $75 for unlimited data
- Other providers such as Skinny and Flip are both worth keeping an eye out for around $70 a month to start with.
As a bonus you’ll get free installation and a free modem. Plus, as fibre comes around to your home you’ll be seamlessly transitioned. It’s worth comparing some other VDSL providers and seeing what works out to be cheapest, however the status quo seems to be about $90 a month for unlimited VDSL with at least 50/10Mbps download/upload speed.
The Cheapest Wireless Broadband Plan
Fixed wireless broadband is the ultimate solution for rural residents wanting to get a quality connection. However, costs per gigabyte tend to be higher than all other connections. The cheapest plans tend to come in at around $30 a month; however they come with limited data:
- Skinny Broadband has 60GB data starting at under $40 a month, while 120GB can be had for under $50.
- Currently finding a wireless 4G plan with unlimited data is a tough ask due to the sheer costs involved.
While these base plans seem cheap, the fact is you are compromising on speeds and data. Evidently to get an appreciable amount of data and speed, you have to pay to play.
What’s the catch with cheap internet?
These plans are among the cheapest New Zealand providers have to offer. However, while they seem cheap, you have to keep an eye out on a few catches that may affect value:
- Short-term discounts on contracts that return to a higher price after a certain period
- Minimal included data and slower speeds especially on copper connections
- The most attractive options may not even be available in your area
Fibre connections seem to be the best value out of the lot. Until the high speed network is fully rolled out, however, you may be without the combination of great prices and great speeds that it affords. This is especially the case if you’re in a rural area; for now, some rural residents will most likely have to put up with wireless connections with dearer plans, slower speeds and fewer inclusions. But hey, that’s better than nothing right?!
It can’t hurt to compare a range of providers – large and small. While the smaller providers may offer a cheaper price, the larger guys usually make up for it in other aspects like service, extra perks and network superiority. Overall it can pay to look at the bigger picture of overall value, as opposed to just a cheap price alone.