Best NBN 250 plans: the cheapest, fastest and best overall options

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For many gamers, streamers or remote workers, connecting to one of the best NBN plans is of utmost importance. If your current plan doesn’t sustain your internet usage, then it may be time to switch to a ‘superfast’ NBN 250 plan. 

If you have the right connection type to support a superfast plan (i.e. FTTP or HFC connections), 250Mbps will skyrocket your online experience beyond that of any NBN 50 or NBN 100 plan. Similarly, here at Tom’s Guide, we’ve seen a number of NBN 250 plans discounted as of late, costing around the same or lower than an average NBN 100 plan. 

Some NBN providers may reach only 240Mbps, while others reach only a maximum of 200Mbps during busy evening hours. With such big discrepancies in potential speeds you can achieve, it’s imperative that you shop around and really understand the plan that you’re signing up for. If you do find a plan advertising typical evening speeds of around 240Mbps, however, we would recommend it, as a 10Mbps difference is unlikely to have as much of a real-world effect as a 50Mbps difference between 250Mbps and 200Mbps.

Currently, four telcos advertise the maximum 250Mbps speeds during busy evening hours — AGL, Swoop, Southern Phone and Telstra — and other telcos like Optus and Superloop average at 240Mbps during peak hours. 

We’ve taken speed differences, hidden fees and more into account, as we round up the best NBN 250 plans currently available below. If you’re looking for more ways to save on your monthly internet bill, you can check out our cheap NBN plans guide or if you’re looking to drop down a speed tier, our best NBN 100 plans guide has you covered, too. 

Best NBN 250 plans

Best overall NBN 250 plan

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Superloop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$85 p/m

Superloop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$85 p/m (for 6 months, then AU$99p/m)

Superloop has been one of our top providers as of late, mainly due to its affordability, high speeds and Speed Boost feature. While its NBN 250 plan doesn’t quite reach maximum speeds, it does clock in at 230Mbps during peak hours, which is more than enough to suffice any large household. It also happens to be the second cheapest provider all round over the first 12 months, following Flip’s offering below. 

The telco does offer customers five Speed Boost days per month, which allows you to amplify your internet to the next speed tier of NBN 1000 and you can bank a total of 30 days. (Superloop currently advertises typical evening speeds of 700Mbps on the NBN 1000 tier).

Total minimum cost: AU$85 | Total cost for first 12 months: AU$1,104| Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,188

Best fast NBN 250 plan

Swoop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$84 p/m SUMMER35

Swoop | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$84 p/m using code SUMMER35 (for 6 months, then AU$119p/m) 

Highly rated by customer reviews, Swoop offers a budget-friendly, speedy plan that clocks in at the 250Mbps mark during busy evening hours. Right now, the telco is slashing AU$35 off per month for the first six months — that’s a saving of AU$210 — before the price increases. 

Also, if you refer a friend to the service, you’ll both receive AU$15 credit to your account for six months, saving you AU$90 off your total yearly bill. There’s no limit to how many friends you can refer to the telco, so your savings could be endless!

Do note though, the regular monthly price is one of the more expensive options and costs the same as Optus below, but the initial outlay is highly competitive. Swoop is only available for FTTP addresses only, so you’ll need to confirm your connection type before signing up. 

Total minimum cost: AU$84 | Total cost for first 12 months: AU$1,218| Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,428

Optus | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$85 p/m

Optus | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$85 p/m (for six months then AU$119 p/m)

This Optus offering is one of the best we've seen from the big three telcos in some time. With the current introductory offer, you’ll save AU$204 over the first six months of your plan — which is pretty phenomenal for Optus — before the price increases. 

The plan's minimum cost is AU$391, as it includes the modem; however, you won't pay any additional fees for the modem if you remain connected for 36 months or more. If you do disconnect your service, you’ll pay a AU$8.50 fee per month for any time remaining. 

Minimum monthly cost: AU$391 (including modem fee) | Total cost for first 12 months: AU$1,224 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,428

Cheapest NBN 250 plan

Flip | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$84 p/m

Flip | NBN 250 | Unlimited data | No lock-in contract | AU$84 p/m (for 6 months, then AU$94.90p/m)

Flip takes the crown for cheapest NBN 250 plan, although only by around AU$25. Flip's NBN 250 plan (which advertises a typical evening speed of 236Mbps) will set you back just over AU$1,000 for the first 12 months.

And don't assume that a cheap plan means a cheap service, as there's a wealth of positive reviews online at ProductReview.com.au at the time of publishing. If you have the connection type to support NBN 250, but you're not sure if you actually need the faster speeds, Flip's wallet-friendly plan could be the best option for you. 

Total minimum cost: AU$84 | Total cost for first 12 months: AU$1,073.40 | Yearly cost after discount: AU$1,138.80

NBN 250 FAQ

How fast is NBN 250?

NBN 250 plans offer a maximum download speed of 250Mbps. However, only four telcos in Australia currently advertise this maximum speed: Telstra, AGL, Swoop, and Southern Phone. All other NBN providers in Australia advertise a range of speeds, from 196Mbps up to 245Mbps, so it’s always good to shop around to find the right balance of speed to monthly cost that works for you. 

Can I get NBN 250?

Not everyone in Australia will be able to sign up to an NBN 250 plan. In order to access the superfast speeds, you will need to have either a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) or hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) connection type at your property. 

However, you will need to pay close attention to which connection(s) each individual internet service provider supports, as some will only support a 250Mbps NBN 250 plan on an FTTP connection and not HFC. 

How much is an NBN 250 plan?

The cost of NBN 250 plans varies rather dramatically. The cheapest NBN 250 plan, as we mentioned further up this page, comes from Flip, with prices starting at AU$84 p/m. But, the major telcos such as Aussie Broadband and Telstra charge AU$129 and AU$135 per month, respectively, for their NBN 250 plans, after any introductory discounts. 

The average monthly cost of an NBN 250 plan, from our research, comes out to AU$113.33 per month.

Lucy Scotting
Staff Writer

Lucy Scotting is a digital content writer for Tom’s Guide in Australia, primarily covering NBN and internet-related news. Lucy started her career writing for HR and staffing industry publications, with articles covering emerging tech, business and finance. In her spare time, Lucy can be found watching sci-fi movies, working on her dystopian fiction novel or hanging out with her dog, Fletcher.

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