Skinny’s $39 Cheapest Broadband Deal: Is it Worth It?

If you’re looking for the cheapest unlimited fibre broadband, Skinny’s latest deal is hard to beat. But how does it stack up against the competition? Canstar explores.

Unlimited broadband at 100mbps/20mbps for $39 per month. Yep, you read that correctly: $39 per month! No frills internet provider Skinny’s new deal really is that cheap. But is it a good deal, and is it the cheapest broadband when stacked up against the competition?

As competition in the broadband market grows, and more  people opt for lightening fast broadband speeds of 900mbps/500mbps, the cost of regular 100mbps/20mbps connections continues to fall.

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Skinny’s latest deal is clear evidence of this. Across all its fibre plans, if you sign up for a 12-month contract, Skinny will give you the first six months for free. Once you crunch the numbers, as Canstar Blue has done, it works out to some pretty cheap internet spread over a year:


Unlimited Fibre 30 (30mbps/10mbps)
Regular Price: $73 per month / $876 per year
Deal price: $36.50 per month/ $438 per year


Unlimited Fibre 100 (100mbps/20mbps)
Regular Price: $78 per month / $936 per year
Deal price: $39 per month/ $468 per year


Unlimited Fibre Ultra (900mbps/500mbps)
Regular Price: $98 per month / $1176 per year
Deal price: $49 per month/ $588 per year


These ultra-low prices also come with free connection, and a free modem. The only upfront cost is a pretty standard $10 shipping and handling fee for the modem.

Skinny’s cheapest broadband deal: the competition

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

Skinny

$39

(special offer: 6 months free
on 12-month contract)

Contact**

$59.99*

Vodafone

$79*

Bigpipe

$79

Stuff Fibre

$79.95*

Slingshot

$84.95*

MyRepublic

$85

Spark

$85*

Now

$85 (+$120 router)

2degrees

$89*

Nova Energy

$89

Orcon

$89.95*

Trustpower**

$94 (2-year contract)

* $15 one-off modem delivery fee / **Only available as part of a power bundle (Prices correct as of 20/10/21)

But with any great deal, there are always things to be aware of before signing up. So before you head on over to the Skinny website be aware that:

It’s the cheapest broadband deal for the first year

Skinny’s deal offers six months free if you sign up for a year. Spread over the 12-month period, you’ll pay the equivalent of just $39 per month. But once the year is up, you’ll revert to paying Skinny’s regular price, which is currently: $78 per month / $936 per year.

An early termination fee applies

If you have to quit your plan, or move to a different Skinny plan, within the first six months of your contract, you’ll have to pay a $199 early termination fee. Leave within 7-12 months, and you’ll pay $99.

Skinny is a no-frills provider

When looking at the different providers, look carefully at what’s on offer. 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 per month, in line with the other telcos. After a year, your savings will be minimum, unless you change providers – which Skinny won’t want you to do!

If you don’t think you’ll be motivated to change plans again after 12 months to hunt down a better deal, opting for a provider that delivers ongoing savings could be a better option.

For example, sign up to Spark, and you get free Netflix Standard, worth $18.49 per month. So, if you’re already a Netflix subscriber, your Spark internet will effectively cost you just $66.51 per month, which is lower than Skinny’s current regular price plan.

Or if you have a Vodafone pay monthly phone plan with them, Vodafone offers a $10 per month broadband discount. This reduces the cost of their current 100/20 broadband plan to just $59 per month.

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So is Skinny’s cheapest broadband deal worth it?

At current prices, even with competitor discounts factored in, Skinny’s deal still beats the field: $39 per month for 12 months is a great price – half the cost of many of its competitors. And if you’re proactive after 12 months, you’re free to search out an even better deal. It’s just up to you to do your research, because if you’re after the cheapest broadband, you have to shop around.

And that’s where Canstar Blue can help. 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:

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:

Compare broadband providers for free with Canstar!


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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