NZ’s Best Wireless Broadband Deals

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 fierce. 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 Skinny 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.

Both Vodafone’s wireless plans are unlimited, although subject to a fair-use policy, and are available on 12-month terms ($249 early termination fee applies).

Plan Monthly data Download/Upload Cost (per month)*
Unlimited 4G Wireless Broadband Unlimited 4G/4G $65
Unlimited 5G Wireless Broadband Unlimited 5G/5G $79

Plans include:

  • $10/month discount if you already have a Vodafone pay monthly phone plan
  • Make unlimited national calls for an additional $10
  • Vodafone’s rewards scheme
  • SuperWifi, wall-to-wall wi-fi guaranteed or get a $100 account credit

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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.

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

60-120GB: $85

120GB+: $95

5G 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. Skinny’s prepaid plans are available on a monthly basis (without a landline), but the Skinny 4G modem costs an additional upfront sum of $99. Free modem on fixed-term contracts, postage fee applies.

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 $60

Plans include:

  • Save an extra $10 per month if you have an active eligible Skinny mobile plan
  • Repurchase plan at any time to get another 60GB or 120GB
  • Additional data $20 for 10GB
  • Currently, Skinny offers the first month free with each of its plans

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Trustpower

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

Trustpower offers 60GB, 120GB and 300GB plans. Trustpower offers a range of bundle offers with its plans, including gas, electricity, mobile. 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

Plans include:

  • Home phone line for $10 per month
  • 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.

 

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2degrees

2degrees has just one wireless broadband plan, powered by its 4G network, featuring a maximum monthly data allowed of 300GB. 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)*
300GB Wireless 4G Broadband 300GB 4G/4G $65

Plans include:

  • $10 discount per month when the plan is linked to an eligible 2degrees pay monthly mobile plan
  • If you hit the monthly 300GB limit, you’re charged an additional $2 per extra 1GB block of data used, to a maximum of $70
  • $100 joining credit on a 12-month term


*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. Prices valid 29/06/21.


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 2021 review of NZ internet providers compares NOW, 2degrees, Bigpipe, Contact, MyRepublic, Nova Energy, Orcon, Slingshot, Spark, Stuff Fibre, Trustpower and Vodafone, and awards the best our 5 Star rating:

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