Review of Internode broadband plans
Internode was one of the first ISPs founded in Australia, and was the first provider to offer ADSL2 speeds when the technology was first introduced. Whilst it was purchased by iiNet back in 2011, Internode continues to operate as a separate entity, providing a comprehensive range of plans to customers all around Australia. With ADSL and NBN plans to choose from in both naked and bundled form, we’ve looked at all of Internode’s current plans to make your broadband comparison easier.
Internode Internet Plans & Bundles
As a subsidiary of iiNet, Internode’s plans are somewhat similar to its parent company, but with some twists. Internode was a winner in our ADSL & Cable Internet Ratings, so let’s see if this carries over to its large bag of internet plans in general. Internode offers NBN, Naked DSL and ADSL plans with unlimited data starting at around $70 a month.
|Connection||What’s Included||Price Per Month From|
|Naked DSL||250GB data||$59.99|
|ADSL with Nodeline||250GB data||$59.99|
Source: Internode website
Internode NBN Plans
Internode has all NBN bases covered. For FTTN, FTTB and FTTP, prices start at $49.99 for 100GB data which gets you the base speed tier of 12/1. For a speed jump you can look at spending about $10 extra per month for each jump you make. This makes the most expensive plan $99.99 a month with which you get put onto the 100/40 speed tier with unlimited data. All four speed tiers are available on fixed line services, while fixed wireless services max out at 25/5, but the prices are the same. Below is the price you can expect to pay for unlimited data on a fixed line connection across all four speed tiers.
Internode Naked DSL Plans
If you want to get naked, Internode may provide the internet you’re after with no need to delete your browser history. ‘Naked’ simply refers to the fact that you pay for internet and nothing else – no line rental and no home phone call packs. This makes it ideal for renters or for those with no need for a home line anymore. With cheap unlimited mobile phone plans these days, naked DSL is a compelling option for many. Prices aren’t too dissimilar to regular old ADSL, and unlimited data starts at about $70 a month, though if you’re a light user or a small household 250GB for $60 may be more suited. Either way, Internode has you covered.
Internode ADSL Plans
Internode provides some pretty compelling ADSL bundling options, with discounts on your broadband plan if you bundle in a ‘NodeLine’ home phone service. Prices work out to be about the same but with pay-as-you-go calls added in for good measure. PAYG rates start at about 18c for local calls, and fairly low rates for most other types of calling. There is a strong incentive to get a ‘NodeLine’ bundle but keep in mind any landline calls you make will attract extra fees, which will in all likelihood be reflected in your monthly bill.
How does Internode compare to other internet providers?
Internode’s plans are varied enough that they offer something to just about everyone, and competitive pricing means they stack up well in comparison to other providers. Let’s see how Internode stacks up with other providers across NBN, Naked DSL and ADSL connection types.
Internode NBN Plans Compared
As far as NBN goes these days, 12/1 speeds with unlimited data are available for as little as around $50 a month these days, which is the price you’ll pay with Internode for 100GB. Providers on this speed tier to look out for are Flip TV, Tangerine Telecom and SpinTel, which all offer cheaper plans than Internode.
On 50/20 speeds, prices are usually an additional $20 for unlimited data, bringing the minimum monthly fee to about $75-$80. Some providers to look out for in this space are Teleron, Hello Broadband, and Barefoot Telecom. Internode is certainly no slouch, but chances are you could find something about $10 or so cheaper per month by digging around.
For the top speed tier – 100/40 – prices are generally around $90 a month at a minimum, but there is one provider undercutting all others by quite a margin – MyRepublic. At just $60 a month, MyRepublic provides NBN on the top speed tier with unlimited data. Internode charges about $100 here, and other providers worth a look into are Dodo and MyNetFone.
Internode Naked DSL Compared
Not as many providers dish out naked DSL plans – many understandably want you to still bundle a home phone if you’re on an ADSL connection! Unlimited data can be had from around $60 a month, but more commonly at this price customers only stand to receive about 250-500GB. Still, providers worth a look into in this space include MyNetFone and MyRepublic once again, and big sister to Internode iiNet is also worth a look into.
Internode ADSL Compared
To get unlimited Internode ADSL with NodeLine you’ll have to be willing to spend about $80 a month. This price doesn’t get you a modicum of calls, rather access to a phone line with PAYG calls. If you want the option of choosing your own line rental, Dodo is a cheap provider, but keep in mind line rental with other providers is usually around the $30 a month mark. TPG and Optus are other providers with pretty competitive plans.
Is Internode my next internet provider?
Internode is a smaller provider doing battle with the big guys to eke out its own slice of the pie. With plans from around $50 a month it’s certainly not an expensive provider, but isn’t the cheapest of the cheap either. If you want unlimited data – and this is becoming the norm these days – Internode is frequently about $10-$20 dearer than the cheapest providers. Again, this doesn’t make Internode ‘bad value’ but if you’re after a cheaper plan you can probably do so without looking that hard. Though you may find Internode is worth it with its high-ranking track record in our broadband ratings. In any case, Internode is a solid provider, but weighing up your options before parting ways with your money is the best bet.
What customer think about Internode ADSL/Broadband plans?
In 2017, Australian customers gave Internode 5 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction for ADSL/Broadband plans.
Internode has taken over at the top of Canstar Blue’s annual ratings for ADSL and cable internet providers. The South Aussie was rated five stars in every category, including network performance, customer service and value for money, replacing Westnet at the top of the table.