news National broadband company iiNet has launched several new National Broadband Network plans, including a plan featuring 1000GB (one terabyte) of download quota and 100Mbps speeds for $99 per month — $10 a month cheaper than its previous terabyte, 100Mbps NBN offering.
On its company blog last week, iiNet noted that it had recently launched two new NBN plans.
The first plan features 200GB of monthly broadband data quota and comes with 25Mbps speeds. It includes iiNet’s Netphone Internet telephony service and all local and “standard” national calls, and costs $69.99 per month.
“This plan is a great choice for those who want their Internet to run fast, but don’t expect to be using a huge amount of quota. This is also an affordable nbn™ choice for people who still use their home phone regularly,” the company wrote.
The second plan costs $99.99 per month and comes with 100Mbps speeds, as well as 1000GB (one terabyte) of data quota. However, it doesn’t come with any included telephone calls.
“Our second recently added plan is for people who love their Internet, but may not be as interested in making phone calls … This is a great option if you want pure, fast internet with lots of quota and don’t mind paying as you go for local and standard national calls,” the ISP said.
Customers signing up for new iiNet plans will need to pay a $79.95 activation fee, unless they sign up for a two-year contract. They also receive a free Wi-Fi modem if they sign up for a two-year contract.
The news does not appear to change iiNet’s previous NBN plans, but instead gives customers more options. The company has previously offered several other terabyte NBN plans with 100Mbps speeds, for example, at $109.99 and $119.99 price points, with those plans offering local and “standard” national calls, plus “standard” Australian mobile calls respectively.
The new terabyte option appears to give iiNet customers an option of signing up for a cheaper broadband plan that does not place an emphasis on included telephone calls.
iiNet’s new plans also bring the company’s pricing structure closer to that of its parent, TPG.
TPG, for example, offers a 100Mbps NBN plan with unlimited data but without any bundled telephone calls for $99.99 per month — the same price as the new iiNet plan announced today.
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.
The company last revamped its NBN plans in November 2015.
It looks like two things are happening here.
Firstly, iiNet is recognising that many people don’t care at all about home telephone access, and use their mobile phone for pretty much all calls now. This is precisely my own situation … we technically do have a landline phone connected to our household, but we never use it — it’s only there so we can get TransACT VDSL. We use our mobiles for all calls.
Secondly, its parent TPG is gradually bringing iiNet’s product mix closer to its own. I do wonder how long it will be before they are identical.