Based on Your Results

Here is what we think :
1: Overpaying

Based on our data, you could save up to $612 per year with other providers.

2: Improve Your Speed

Check out our "how to improve your broadband speed" guide below.

3: Consider Switching

Switching is super easy and you can save a lot of money. When was the last time you compared broadband deals?

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Based on the results above, we think you can do better. Below are the 3 Top broadband Deals in New Zealand. Check them out.

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$64.95 / month
New customers get a $20 discount per month for 12 months.
Contract
12 months
Landline
No
Termination
$250.00
Data
Unlimited
Download
100 Mbps
Upload
20 Mbps
Modem
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Full price
$84.95
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Featured offer

136 kiwis have chosen this deal

Offer expires in:
$69.00 / month
Free setup & standard installation
Contract
12 months
Landline
No
Termination
$240.00
Data
Unlimited
Download
100 Mbps
Upload
20 Mbps
Modem
Free Rental
Full price
$69.00
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Featured offer

66 kiwis have chosen this deal

Offer expires in:
$84.95 / month
New customers get 3 month of FREE broadband!
Contract
12 months
Landline
No
Termination
$250.00
Data
Unlimited
Download
100 Mbps
Upload
20 Mbps
Modem
Free Rental
Full price
$84.95
Select Deal More Info
Not what are you looking for? Check out other broadband deals.

Alternatively, you can try and improve your broadband speed with our guide below.

How to Improve Your Internet Speed

So your provider said you should get one speed but your speed is lower. We know that feeling. As a result, we wrote a quick "how to"guide on improving your internet speed.

Step 1 : Test your broadband speed

Running a speed test is an easy and quick way to start troubleshooting slow broadband or check what speed you're getting right now.

Assuming that you are already here you've performed the Broadband Speed test above. If not, go up and do it. It helps to know what speed you are currently getting.

Cool, now that you know your speed, let's move to the next step.

Step 2 : Switch to faster broadband plan

Did you know 60% of New Zealand homes and businesses have a better broadband option available they aren't taking advantage of?

This is mainly of those who is on ADSL or VDSL connection and this is one of the easiest ways you can improve your internet speed. If you can get fibre broadband, then we strongly recommend that you switch. In fact, it is out of the questions. You should switch to at least Fibre 100 broadband plan. Most of the ADSL or VDSL plans cost the same, if not more than Fibre 100 plans.

Fibre is your best choice, delivering the highest performance with speeds up to 900Mbps. But if fibre isn't yet an option for you, VDSL is next in line, delivering an immediate speed increase from ADSL.

We recommend using broadband plans comparison site, such as: Glimp Broadband Compare or CompareBear Broadband Compare.

However, if you can't switch to Fibre or you already on Fibre and your speed is still slow let's keep going further.

Step 3 : Upgrade your modem router

Like other devices, it's a good idea to replace your router (sometimes referred to as a modem) every five years or so to make sure it can cope with advancements in broadband technology. You usually get a new router from your internet provider when you upgrade your broadband plan. Some router have limits on the speed they can reach so ask your provider if your router can handle the speeds required by your connection.

If you're looking to buy a new router, compare the specifications (memory, processor power, number of anennas) of different models and purchase the best one you can afford - it'll give you a better fixed connection and better WiFi throughout your home. Choose a model which uses a modem wifi standard. Currently, that means WiFi 5 (802.11ac) of WiFi 5 (802.11ax).

Buying a new router be a daunting task. The good news is there are many great review sites to steer you through the buying process. The wirecutter, PC Mag, Techradar, and Cnet are all great places to start your research.

Step 4 : Optimise your network

Where you place your router will have a big impact on the quality of wifi you experience throughout your home. Wifi signals travel a limited distance and they can’t pass through some materials. In some cases other electronic devices, especially cordless phones and microwave ovens, can interfere with wifi. If you're not getting the speed you expect, try moving the wifi router to another position. We recommend placing your router in a central position within your house and as high as possible.

It's also a good idea to place your router near your TV and other data-hungry devices like internet-capable stereo receivers and game consoles. This will make it easy for you to plug these devices into your router using an ethernet cable and improve the quality of your video, music and game streaming experiences. Remember, data travels many times faster over ethernet cable when compared with wifi, so where possible go wired, rather than wireless.

Step 5 : Extend your home network coverage

If you live in a large home or a home on multiple levels (or a small apartment with lots of obstructions) you might find your router by itself isn't up to the task of transmitting wifi throughout your dwelling. You'll need to extend your network to those rooms with a weak signal. Delivering ethernet cables to these areas is your best option, but it can be an expensive and difficult job to retrofit cables in an existing home.

Your other options are to extend your network coverage using a powerline adapter or installing a mesh wifi network or a wifi extender. The technology you choose will depend on you what material your house is constructed from - and your may even need a mix of powerline and wifi extension to get around difficult obstructions like concrete and glass.

These solutions add complexity and cost to your home network, so your first step should be to upgrade your router, which could provide a boost to the strength and range of your network without buying additional devices.

Step 6 : Update and upgrade your devices

The device you are using to connect to the internet can have a huge impact on your broadband performance. The average PC in New Zealand is over 3 years old and older devices can struggle to keep up with large amounts of incoming data.

Even the best devices can only do so much. You may see poor online performance if you’ve got a lot of apps running on the same device at the same time. You may be able to get a better internet experience simply by updating your browser to a new version. If that doesn’t work try switching to a modern version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Also check that you don’t have lots of browser extensions installed, these can slow your connection.

Upgrading old mechanical hard drives to SSD drives and installing as much memory (RAM) as your PC can take will greatly improve your computer's performance.

Step 7 : Find the right broadband provider

While on the surface, broadband providers offer similar plans at similar prices, there is a variation in the performance of different plans. Different service providers make different investment decisions about how they structure their network. The choices they make about backhaul, handover, routing and peering affect how their network performs and how fast your data travels from the local exchange or cabinet to the rest of the internet.

There are ways to find out which service providers do the best job. The Commerce Commission publishes speed and performance comparisons for copper, fibre and fixed wireless providers.

Head to the Commerce Commission website to read the latest Measuring Broadband New Zealand report, then find the best plan and deal for you at CompareBear or Glimp.

What Are People Saying

Our friends at CompareBear and Glimp have helped hundreds of thousand of Kiwis switch broadband plans. Here is what they are saying.

Very pleased i found your service and found it such a help in finding the ideal broadband that suits my needs. Thank you very much and may you prosper on.

Florence from Whakatane

I found Glimp really user friendly with lots of fantastic deals and companies to choose from. It made it easy for me to find the best package and price to suit us. Thanks Glimp : )

Angela from Pahiatua

I found the glimp team great, have switched to fast fibre and everything seems to be working well. Thanks again for the ease in doing that.

Russ from Hamilton