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Compare cheap broadband plans

Find out how you can get the cheapest deal on your broadband with our guide.

MyRepublic - Fibre Pro

MyRepublic - Fibre Pro logo

Speeds up to 950

Mbps

  • Get a free ASUS router or $100 welcome credit on a 12-month contract
  • $95/month
  • Monthly plans available
  • Unlimited data
  • 9x faster than standard fibre
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With high-speed Internet a necessity these days, shopping around for cheap broadband deals is more important than ever. If you’re after a low-cost broadband plan, sort plans in the table below by price and find the right plan for you.

Compare broadband plans

Name Product Prices from (per month) Max Download Speed (Mbps) Minimum Contract (Months) Unlimited Data Option?
MyRepublic Fibre 100
$85
100
No contract
Yes
ASUS Bundle: Sign up on a 12-month term for $90/month and get an ASUS RT-AX3000 Router with your plan. Plus
get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
NOW Unlimited - No contract
$74.95
70
No contract
Yes
FINDER OFFER: Save $10.05 a month on a no-contract plan. Use your own router or buy one for $120.
Wireless Nation Fibre Broadband
$79
900
No contract
Yes
Unlimited fibre, ADSL and VDSL broadband plans with no connection fee and local Kiwi support.
MyRepublic Gamer Fibre Pro
$105
950
No contract
Yes
DISCOUNT OFFER: Get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months. BYO router on no-lock in contracts.
Voyager Fibre 100
$89
100
No contract
Yes
$79 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
MyRepublic Fibre 4000
$189
4000
12
Yes
Special offer: Save $249 with free installation on a 12-month term. Plus get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months
NOW Ultra Unlimited
$99
900
12
Yes
Special offer: $14.05 off each month ($84.95 per month) for the first 12 months with no connection fee and a free standard router.
MyRepublic Fibre 2000
$159
2000
12
Yes
Special offer: Save $249 with free installation on a 12-month term. Plus get $50 account credit for every friend that signs up for 12 or 24 months
MyRepublic VDSL Unlimited
$85
70
24
Yes
Free Wi-Fi Hub+ modem. Available to new businesses in select areas only. Ts&Cs apply.
Wireless Nation Home Wireless
$59
36
No contract
No
Plug and play wireless broadband plans with no installation needed. Data plans ranging from 60GB to 600GB.
Voyager Fibre Max
$109
950
No contract
Yes
$99 per month on a 12-month term. Unlimited data.
Discount offer: Get FREE SETUP right now! Save $49 on a no-contract plan.
NOW Unlimited
$85
100
12
Yes
Special offer: Get 6 months half price ($42.50 per month). No connection fee.
Wireless Nation RBI Rural Wireless
$89.90
36
24
No
RBI wireless broadband plans for those in rural locations. Data plans range from 115GB to unlimited (during off-peak hours).
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How to compare cheap broadband plans

Of course, cheap broadband plans don’t come without a few caveats you’ll want to be aware of. Keep the following points in mind when comparing your options:

Speed and connection type

When it comes to the internet. many cheaper broadband plans sacrifice Internet speed in order to cut costs, which might be fine if you’re only interested in some light web browsing and watching the odd YouTube video. However, should you want to stream Netflix in HD, that cheap ADSL connection probably won’t cut it. Instead, you should aim for a higher speed connection to ensure you won’t be stuck waiting for the latest episode of Rick and Morty to load.

Fibre is the fastest and most reliable type of broadband, and even though it typically does cost more than copper connections, some providers offer the most basic fibre at the same price as ADSL and VDSL. While VDSL has download speeds of up to 70Mbps in most cases, you could experience up to 100Mbps with fibre.

Data allowance

In cutting costs, many broadband providers also cut monthly download limits quite significantly. Limits of between 60GB and 120GB a month are common with cheap broadband plans. While this can be sufficient for general web browsing, it’s a little less suitable if you plan on streaming TV shows or downloading movies or games. Streaming two hours of HD Netflix a day would blow through 50GB in just over a week, and that’s not counting all the videos you watch on Facebook or the image galleries you flip through on news sites.

In the lower price range of cheap broadband, you won’t see too many plans offering both a roomy data cap and a super-fast connection, so you’ll need to weigh up which of the two is more important to you.

Not sure how much data you need? Try out our data usage calculator.

Ongoing cost and value

The cheapest broadband plans in New Zealand are available for as little as $45 a month. It’s important to factor in how many gigabytes you get for the cost, as you may find that you can get an extra 10-20GB for just a few dollars more with another provider.

Additional costs

Beyond the monthly bill, you’ll want to check what additional costs you may be subject to with your cheap broadband plan. Installation fees and mandatory equipment purchases can quickly turn a $70 plan into a $300 buy-in, so be sure to understand all necessary costs before signing up. You should also factor in costs for data packs if you are not on an unlimited plan and may need more data from time to time.

Contract terms

12- and 24-month contracts were once the norm for broadband plans, but signing up to one of these means that you are locked in for a length of time. If you decide to leave early, exit fees will apply, and these can be hundreds of dollars depending on what point you are at in your contract.

Open-term plans are becoming more common and give greater flexibility. While some providers will charge you a higher monthly cost, some will keep the same price as longer contracts but charge you for your modem and installation.

Added features and bonuses

Broadband plans sometimes come with added features and signup bonuses such as account credit, free Amazon Prime or Netflix, or a joining reward like a free TV. However, these are usually for more expensive plans, so you may miss out when looking for cheap broadband. It does pay to shop around though, as you might be pleasantly surprised.

How to save more on broadband

Other than scouring the Internet for cheap broadband deals, you may be able to save on your broadband with these tips:

  • Discounts for mobile plans. If you have a pay monthly mobile plan, you may receive a discount for having your broadband with the same provider. For example, you can get $5 off per month for each mobile plan you have with Orcon up to a maximum, and 2degrees gives a $10 discount for pay monthly customers.
  • Bundle your energy. Energy providers such as Trustpower, Nova Energy, Contact Energy and Orcon offer discounts for bundling your broadband and power. If you are with one of these companies already, find out how much you can save by switching your broadband service over. Or, you may want to switch to a new company for both services.
  • Limit your add-ons. Depending on the provider, you may be offered a range of add-ons including a landline, calling packs, wiring maintenance fees or technical assistance callouts. Consider which of these you actually need, as fewer add-ons will keep your monthly cost down.

How to switch broadband providers

If you’ve found a cheap broadband plan and want to switch providers, the process is relatively simple with minimal downtime.

  1. Check the terms of your current contract. If you are still under contract, an early exit fee will most likely apply. If you only have one or two months left, it may make more sense to wait until the contract is finished before switching over.
  2. Signup for your new plan. You can either do this online or by phone. You will need to let the new provider know that you have an existing connection and give them permission to transfer the service.
  3. You will be given a date that your new connection will be ready to go. You can go ahead and cancel your existing plan, making sure to inform them of the date to avoid being cut off early.
  4. You may have an email or phone number tied to your current provider. Find out whether you will lose access to your email, and if so, transfer your contacts and important emails over to an email service such as Outlook or Gmail. If you need to keep your landline, speak to your new provider about porting the number over. You can find out more in our guide on how to switch broadband providers.

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