news National broadband company Internode revealed a new service last week that allows customers rent its Fritz!Box broadband routers and accessories. The announcement also unveiled lower pricing across the series of Fritz!Box equipment.
Starting January 11, Internode customers can skip upfront costs for the Fritz!Box 7270 and 7390 routers and Fritz!Fon DECT handsets by paying a monthly rental fee on a 24-month contract. Customers can rent the 7270 for $9.95 a month, the 7390 for $14.95 a month and the DECT handset for $4.95 a month.
Philip Dempster, Internode product manager, explained that Internode had launched the Fritz!Box rental program to meet customer demand. “Many customers prefer the affordability and convenience of renting their broadband hardware. This has proved popular with the Set Top Box for Internode’s FetchTV IPTV service, so we’ve introduced it as an option for customers who prefer to rent FRITZ!Box routers and hardware,” Dempster said.
Internode has cut $50 from the price of the two Fritz!Box routers and $20 from the Fritz!Fon handset for its customers who wish to buy the equipment outright. The price of Internode’s Fritz!WLAN WiFi USB Stick has also been cut by $10 to just $79. The new Fritz!Box pricing means that the 7390 now costs $349, the 7270 costs $249 and the DECT handset costs $109. Additionally, Internode has lowered its Fritz!Box bundle pricing by $50.
The Fritz!Box (read a review of the 7270 here) offers a long list of features. It connects to standard ADSL2+ networks and has inbuilt NAT, DHCP and DN servers, a DDNS client and quality of service alongside packet inspection and port forwarding. The Fritz!Box also supports the TR-069 standard that internet service providers such as iiNet require for access to their FetchTV IPTV platform that Internode launched recently.
The device also supports 802.11n Wi-Fi that delivers up to 300Mbps theoretical speeds and comes pre-configured with wireless encryption (WPA and WPA2 on offer) with a unique password active upon delivery. The separate Fritz!Box USB stick can be used to automatically connect PCs to the router. The device can also act as a base station for up to six cordless telephones through the DECT standard, and support ISDN telephones and ISDN PBX boxes.
The device includes an answering machine service for up to five users, and users can set up fax numbers, number blocking, quick-dial numbers, calls between three parties, linkages with PBX, number blocking and much more. Users can place voice calls over IP and then fall back to legacy fixed line if their VoIP drops out and the SIP standard is supported. Users can have up to 20 VoIP/SIP accounts through the Fritz!Box and up to three phone calls simultaneously. The device incorporates fax to email and a TAPI interface for integrating telephony and software (such as Microsoft’s Outlook/Exchange platform). The only feature not supported by the Fritz!Box 7270 is gigabit Ethernet, as it is restricted to 10/100 connections. The higher model of the device, Fritz!Box 7390 supports gigabit Ethernet.
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