Review of Dodo broadband plans

One of Australia’s best-known home services brands, Dodo is a subsidiary of Vocus Communications, which also owns iPrimus and Commander. Dodo provides not just home internet and mobile plans, but also comprehensive insurance and home energy products, making Dodo quite unique amongst the competition, with the ability to provide all of a household’s key services on one monthly bill.

Broadband internet is nevertheless Dodo’s core business, offering a comprehensive range of both ADSL2+ and NBN plans. With several unique entertainment bundles available in addition to standard internet-only plans, Dodo offers a product to suit almost every household. Dodo also provides some of the cheapest broadband plans around. We’ve looked into the details of Dodo’s internet plans to give you a rundown of exactly what they offer – and how they stack up next to the competition.

Dodo ADSL plans

Dodo eschews the traditional structure of offering ‘naked’ broadband plans alongside home phone bundles, and instead combines the two into a pair of flexible base plans.

Its 50GB and Unlimited plans both consist of a broadband-only ‘naked’ connection; customers then have the option of adding home phone line rental for $30 per month – making their plan resemble a traditional bundle – and customising their plan in terms of contract length, choice of modem and call pack add-ons.  The most prominent of these are the international call packs, which include 2000 call minutes to 25 selected countries. Dodo’s plan options are summarised as follows:

Data 50GB Unlimited
Price per month $24.90 $34.90
Contract term (Initial modem + setup fees) 24 months

(Free)

12 Months

($119)

Monthly

($208)

24 months

(Free)

12 Months

($119)

Monthly

($208)

Line rental $30/month
Unlimited local call pack $10/month
International landline pack $15/month
Int’l landline and mobile pack $20/month

Source: Dodo website

Dodo bundles

Unlike many providers which offer bundles consisting of just broadband and home phone services, Dodo offers a number of different bundles which include entertainment packages and hardware – perfect for families or large households. All bundles come with ADSL2+ broadband, and the same optional extras as detailed above. They include:

Xbox One Bundle

The Xbox One Bundle costs $64.90 per month on a 24 month contract, and is the perfect plan for gaming enthusiasts or families with kids. The plan provides you with unlimited data and an Xbox One console bundle, which includes a 500GB console, a controller, Kinect Sensor and 25 months of Xbox Live Gold membership. The Xbox One is also a media centre for TV, movies, music and sport, making it a tempting option even for households which aren’t into video games.

Microsoft Surface Bundle

The Surface 3 Bundle costs $59.90 per month and, like the Xbox bundle, comes with unlimited data on a 24 month contract. As the name suggests, this bundle also includes a Microsoft Surface 3 tablet; able to function equally well as a tablet or a fully-fledged laptop computer, the Surface 3 packs 64GB of storage, an 8MP camera and a 1 year subscription to Office 365.

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Dodo NBN plans

If the National Broadband Network has been rolled out in your neighbourhood, you can subscribe to one of Dodo’s value-packed NBN plans. It provides three different plans, each of which comes with the same contract options and add-ons as the ADSL plans. All NBN plans include an NBN Fibre phone connection, allowing you to make cheap PAYG calls.

The difference, however, is in your choice of download speeds. You can choose from Standard, Quick or Max NBN speeds, with the latter two costing you extra each month for the blazing fast downloads you’ll get in return. If you exceed your data limit, you’ll be charged at $2 per GB up to a maximum of $20, at which point you can choose to have your service throttled or purchase more data at the same rate. This is how Dodo’s NBN plans line up.

Data 10GB 50GB Unlimited
Price per month $29.90 $44.90 $64.90
Data speeds (price per month) §  Standard – 12/1 Mbps (Included)

§  Quick – 25/5 Mbps (+$15/month)

§  Max – 100/40 Mbps (+$35/month)

Contract term (Initial modem + setup fees) §  24 months (Free)

§  12 months ($119)

§  Monthly ($209)

Unlimited local call pack $10/month
International landline pack $15/month
Int’l landline and mobile pack $20/month

Source: Dodo website

NBN Xbox One Bundle

If you’re after an entertainment bundle with the fastest speeds around, Dodo has you covered. The NBN version of the Xbox One Bundle costs $94.90/month on a 24 month contract and includes the best features of the ADSL bundle and NBN plans – namely unlimited data, free setup and your choice of download speeds and call add-ons.

How does Dodo compare to other providers?

Dodo’s ADSL plans are among the best value on the market, with inclusions that certainly stack up well with most of its competitors. In fact, Dodo’s unlimited ADSL2+ plan is currently the cheapest unlimited broadband plan you’ll find, with most other providers bringing plans costing $40-$50 per month or more. Furthermore, Dodo’s bundle inclusions are unique amongst major telco providers, making them an advantageous option for media-focused households.

Dodo’s high-speed unlimited NBN plan does less well, but is still an attractive proposition – at a monthly price of $99.90 it’s undercut by other providers starting at about $89. That said, remains cheaper that the majority of internet providers, whether you’re looking for basic NBN speeds and modest data allowances, or the all singing, all dancing offers.  Dodo also includes the flexibility of different download speeds and contract options – something many providers, particularly larger ones, can often lack.

Dodo’s offerings consist of a comprehensive suite of both ADSL and NBN plans, which have the flexibility and low entry prices to cater to the needs of many Aussie households. The inclusion of entertainment hardware bundles is a unique selling point which is also likely to appeal to many customers. All in all, you can’t go far wrong with the bird.

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