Okay, let’s start this story with an old chestnut: there’s no such thing as a free lunch … or free Netflix, Spotify or any other streaming service. No telco is going to give away valuable products and services. Any freebies you receive will be factored into the plan you’re on.
For example, if you compare deals that come bundled with Neflix, Spotify or Amazon Prime, with those from no-frills providers, such as Skinny or Kogan, you’ll be able to see how much extra you’re paying for your supposedly free goodies.
However, no-frill services are not for everybody. For many of us, it’s convenient to bundle multiple phone and internet plans with one, big-brand provider. The big brands tend to offer a greater range of products, have better support services and even bricks and mortar stores that you can visit. Plus, they offer great free stuff, such as streaming services, which brings us back to what this article is all about.
For if you want free (or reduced-price) Neflix, Spotify or Amazon Prime, there are some great deals out there from the following providers:
SPARK: free Netflix & Spotify
Spark has a range of mobile phone and broadband plans that offer free/reduced-price Netflix Standard and Spotify Premium as part of the deal:
Two of Spark’s top-end Endless mobile plans come with free streaming:
Endless/40GB max speed: $79.99/month – free Netflix Standard (worth $16.99/month) or Spotify Premium (worth $14.99/month)
Endless/100GB max speed: $79.99/month – free Netflix Standard (worth $16.99/month) or Spotify Premium (worth $14.99/month)
Spark’s Endless group plans, which start at $129.98 for two people, offer free Netflix Standard for the main plan user and 50% off Spotify Premium for companion plans.
Spark offers free Netflix Standard ($16.99/month) on these plans, which each have three data usage bands. All charges per month:
5G Wireless Broadband Netflix: <60GB/$85 | 60GB-120GB/$95 | >120GB $105
Unplan Netflix Metro Wireless (4G): <60GB/$75 | 60GB-120GB/$85 | >120GB $95
Unplan Netflix Fibre Basic (50/10): <60GB/$76 | 60GB-120GB/$86 | >120GB $96
Unplan Netflix Fibre 100 (100/20): <60GB/$79 | 60GB-120GB/$89 | >120GB $99
Unplan Netflix Fibre Max (900/400): <60GB/$100 | 60GB-120GB/$110 | >120GB $120
However all of Spark’s Netflix broadband plans are also available without the Netflix option, for $10 cheaper per month. This reveals that you’re actually paying $10.00/month for your Netflix through Spark, but that’s still a saving of $83.88 per year.
2degrees: free Amazon Prime
2degrees offers free Amazon Prime Video (worth $8.99/month) for a year when you sign up to an unlimited broadband plan for 12 months. The subscription also comes with Prime Gaming benefits, including free games, free in-game content, and a free Twitch.tv subscription. Free Amazon Prime available on:
Unlimited ADSL, VDSL, fibre: $75/month ($65 with mobile plan)
Ultimate Unlimited (900Mbps/400Mbps): $90/per month ($80 with mobile plan)
Currently, 2degrees is also offering a $100 joining credit.
Sky Broadband: free Disney+
Broadband newbie Sky Broadband is enticing new customers to sign up by offering Disney+ free for a year (worth $12.99/month) on a 12-month contract. Free Disney+ available on:
Lightning Fast Sky Broadband (900Mbps/400Mbps): $109/month ($79/month with Sky Starter package)
WiFi 100 Sky Broadband (100Mbps/20Mbps): $89/month ($69/month with Sky Starter package)
Stream with the best broadband
If you want to watch streaming TV, an ultra-fast broadband plan is essential. And if you want to know more about the best providers in the market, Canstar can help.
To help you get a clearer picture of broadband providers in NZ, Canstar Blue rates all the big providers 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, 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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Canstar Blue NZ Research finalised in March 2020, published in April 2020.
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About the author of this page
This 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.