news National broadband player iiNet has revamped its National Broadband Network plans to match its newly minted ADSL and VDSL broadband plans, with the headline offering seeing customers offered a terabyte of download quota coupled with 100Mbps speeds and local and national telephone calls included, for $109.99 per month.
The company now offers five separate NBN broadband plans.
The base offering gives customers 100GB of on-peak and 100GB of off-peak download quota, but only offers “basic download speeds” of 12Mbps. It costs $59.90 a month. The plan does, however — like all of iiNet’s NBN plans — come with an Internet telephony service, as well as local and “standard national” phone calls included.
For $79.99 a month, customers can get a terabyte of quota and 25Mbps broadband speeds. The next step up, at $89.99 a month, bundled in “standard” Australian mobile calls. The next plan up the ladder offers full 100Mbps broadband speeds for $109.99 per month, with the same terabyte quota, while for $119.99 per month customers can add on “standard” Australian mobile calls.
Customers will have to pay a $79.95 activation fee if they sign up to one of the new plans without a contract, while if they sign up for a two year contract, this fee will be waived, and iiNet will also throw in an included Wi-Fi broadband modem.
The plans come close to mimicking the NBN broadband offerings of iiNet owner TPG, which offers, for example, a plan with unlimited broadband quota and local, national and mobile calls, at full 100Mbps speeds, for $109.99 per month.
The plan revamp comes after iiNet recently revamped its ADSL and VDSL plan structure. The NBN plans are, on average, slightly more expensive than the ADSL and VDSL plans that iiNet offers.
However, not all of iiNet’s sub-brands have yet received the plan changes, and some are looking uncompetitive as a result. For example, iiNet subsidiary Internode also offers a terabyte NBN plan at 100Mbps speeds. However, this will cost customers $124.95 per month. iiNet appears to have largely shut down the Netspace brand it acquired a number of years back.
iiNet subsidiary Westnet, has had its NBN plan structure revamped to precisely mimic iiNet’s NBN plans.
iiNet has offered terabyte NBN plans for some time. The company first launched terabyte plans on the NBN back in August 2010. At the time, the company was strongly targeting early rollout NBN customers in regions such as Tasmania, offering them plans with 500GB on- and off-peak quota for only $99.95, as part of special arrangements at the time.
However, over the past few years the company has largely sold plans focused around lower download limits.
I like what iiNet has done with its new broadband plans. Getting rid of the annoying on- and off-peak quota, focusing on its Internet telephony product (which functions well over the FTTP NBN connections which predominantly reflect the NBN infrastructure so far), and focusing its efforts around two poles — cheap, low-speed plans and high-speed, high-quota 100Mbps plans for those who want them.
If I was an iiNet customer on the NBN, I would go for the $109.99 terabyte, 100Mbps plan. Most of us have enough mobile quota to call whoever we want these days on mobile anyway — landlines are quite old-school, and I don’t know anyone who uses one extensively, unless it’s for office work during the day. The $109.99 plan offers the best of all worlds — high speeds and a high quota that can be used at any time.
I think we’re finally starting to see decent NBN plans out there, as ISPs’ understanding of the platform matures.
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