NZ’s Best Wireless Broadband Deals

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Competition between wireless broadband providers is hotting up, meaning great deals for consumers. Canstar Blue checks out the latest deals.

Competition in the wireless broadband market is really hotting up. The big broadband providers are pushing wireless broadband because it means bigger profits for them, as they don’t have to pay to provide their services over fibre networks belonging to other companies.

And for consumers, this increased competition means lower prices. Vodafone and Spark have just announced new deals, but which is best? To compare, just read on for the latest deals from all the wireless broadband providers in the market.

If you’re considering wireless broadband, and are wondering if it’s right for your home, read our story: Wireless Broadband: Is it Right for Your Household?

When it comes to speeds, 4G wireless broadband is typically faster than ADSL broadband (20/1mbps) but generally slower than standard fibre (100/20mbps). While 5G wireless broadband sits around 750mbps, it can reach 1gbps in optimum conditions, depending on coverage, device capabilities and environmental factors.

 

 

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Vodafone

Vodafone’s home wireless broadband service runs on its 4G mobile network, and new limited 5G network. Vodafone’s 5G service is only available in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Check availability at your address using their coverage map.

Vodafone offers a choice of 60GB, 300GB and 600GB plans. You can also buy extra data if required, available as 1GB, 15GB and 50GB add-ons. Vodafone’s plans are available on 12-month terms, with customers able to make unlimited national calls for an additional $10. Prices below include discount valid 08/08/21.

An upfront modem charge of $249 applies to the 4G open-term, one month plan.

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
60GB Wireless Broadband 60GB 4G/4G $40
300GB Wireless Broadband 300GB 4G/4G $45
600GB Wireless Broadband 600GB 4G/4G $55
Unlimited 5G Wireless Broadband Unlimited 5G $69

 

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Spark

Spark’s home wireless broadband service runs on its 4G mobile network, and new limited 5G network. Spark’s 5G is only available in parts of downtown Auckland, Takapuna, Te Awamutu, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Alexandra, Westport, Twizel, Tekapo, Hokitika, Clyde and Dunedin. Check availability at your address using their coverage map.

Users on Spark’s Unplan plans move automatically between three price tiers, based on their data usage every month. It’s important to be aware of potential data restrictions, with further information available at the Spark website.

Unplan plans are available on 12-month terms, and you are able to add a landline on the 4G plans for $10 per month. Free modem on fixed-term contracts, postage fee applies.

NB: Spark is currently offering $20 per month off the cost of its 4G plans, listed below, to new customers, offer valid until 30/04/21. Spark is also currently offering $10 per month off its 5G plans, correct as of 08/03/21.

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
Unplan Wireless Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 4G/4G Up to 60GB: $65

60-120GB: $75

120GB+: $85

Unplan Metro Wireless Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 4G/4G Up to 60GB: $65

60-120GB: $75

120GB+: $85

Unplan Netflix Wireless Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 4G/4G Up to 60GB: $75

60-120GB: $85

120GB+: $95

Unplan Netflix Metro Wireless Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 4G/4G Up to 60GB: $75

60-120GB: $85

120GB+: $95

5G Discover  Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 5G/4G Up to 60GB: $75

60-120GB: $85

120GB+: $95

5G Discover Netflix  Up to 60GB/60-120GB/120GB+ 5G/4G Up to 60GB: $85

60-120GB: $95

120GB+: $105

 

Skinny

Skinny’s home wireless broadband plans use the Spark 4G network. It offers consumers a 30-day money-back network guarantee.

Skinny offers 60GB, 120GB and unlimited plans. Customers are also able to repurchase their plan at any time to get another 60GB or 120GB, or buy a 10GB data add-on for $20. Currently, Skinny offers the first month free with each of its plans.

Skinny’s prepaid plans are available on a monthly basis (without a landline), and the Skinny 4G modem costs an additional upfront sum of $99. Save $10 per month if you have an active eligible Skinny mobile plan.

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
60GB Wireless 4G Broadband 60GB 4G/4G $45
120GB Wireless 4G Broadband 120GB 4G/4G $55
Uncapped Wireless 4G Broadband Uncapped 4G/4G $65

 

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Trustpower

Trustpower’s home wireless broadband plans use the Spark 4G network.

Trustpower offers 60GB, 120GB and 300GB plans. An extra 10GB data pack is automatically added and charged to a customer’s account if they use all of their base plan’s data. If this additional data is used, customers can choose to add manual 10GB data packs ($10 per pack) – up to four packs for the 60GB and 120GB plans, and two for the 300GB plan.

Trustpower offers a range of bundle offers with its plans, including gas, electricity, mobile and home phone lines ($10 per month), which are available on a monthly basis. For example, when you join on an eligible power and broadband bundle for a 24-month term you’ll get your first 12 months broadband half price.

Free modem on fixed-term contracts, $15 postage fee applies.

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
60GB WBB 60GB 4G/4G $84
120GB WBB 120GB 4G/4G $94
300GB WBB 300GB 4G/4G $104

 

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2degrees

2degrees has just one wireless broadband plan, powered by its 4G network. It offers a $10 discount per month when the plan is linked to an eligible 2degrees pay monthly mobile plan. If you reach your monthly 120GB allowance, you are charged an additional $2 per extra 1GB block of data used, to a maximum of $70. Maximum monthly data allowed is 200GB.

Modem an additional $299 on an open plan, or free on fixed 12-month term. $15 delivery fee applies to both.

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
120GB Wireless 4G Broadband 120GB 4G/4G $60


*Further information on pricing can
be found at individual retailer websites. This should be used as a starter guide and not considered an actual quote.


Compare broadband providers with Canstar

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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