National broadband provider iiNet this morning confirmed its final pricing plans for its National Broadband fibre offerings in the early stage rollout sites in Tasmania, noting also that it had signed up its first customers of the service.
The plans do not differ markedly from the ISP’s expected NBN pricing announced some time ago, and are similar to its pricing in other early stage fibre areas not associated with the NBN — such as Telstra’s rollout in Point Cook, Victoria.
However, although in a statement this morning, iiNet chief executive Michael Malone claimed line honours for the first customers to have signed up for NBN plans, rival Primus is known to have already signed up customers when it launched its own plans several weeks ago.
Malone said the first iiNet customers would be connected “as soon as Tasmania NBN Co was ready to flick the switch”. In the weeks ahead, iiNet would commence a new marketing campaign that would see residents in the early stage rollout areas of Midway Point, Smithton and Scottsdale would receive a “special orange envelope” in their mailbox promoting iiNet’s services.
“Yep, we think it’s kind of cute that we are using ‘snail mail’ to encourage Australians to connect to the fastest internet service the country has ever seen,” he said.
IiNet will offer customers who sign up before 30 September a deal with zero setup costs if they sign up to a 24 month plan – avoiding in-home wiring required to get the NBN connected, that would normally cost around $180, according to iinet.
The offer will also see customers provided with iiNet’s BoB wireless modem and phone unit, which is normally valued at $269, and any account setup fees waived.
“NBN fibre customers will also have the option to sign up to iiNet’s iiTalkpack product if they choose; iiTalkpack costs $9.95 a month, including all local and national calls, with very competitive rates on mobile, international and 13 and 1300 numbers,” said iiNet’s statement. Custmoers will also be able to signup to iiNet’s FetchTV IPTV offering, which has not yet been released publicly.
However, it remains unclear whether iiNet’s internet telephony service will be provided through its BoB device – with the included analogue telephone adapter – or whether it will use the analogue telephone plug which the NBN will see installed in people’s homes.
Image credit: Delimiter screenshot of iiNet press release