iPrimus Broadband Plans Review
As one of many subsidiaries of Vocus Communications, iPrimus is part of Australia’s third biggest home internet provider (others include Dodo and Commander). As for iPrimus, its product range consists of traditional ADSL2+ as well as several NBN plans with different speed tiers available. A number of SIM only mobile broadband plans are also available, with iPrimus running off the Telstra wholesale internet network. We’ve checked out iPrimus’s product range to determine exactly what its plans include – and how they stack up against similar providers.
iPrimus Internet Plans
iPrimus has broadly simplified its internet plans, with just over 10 plans in total, spread across ADSL and NBN connection types.
- Month-to-month contracts carry a $100 modem fee; for 12 months it’s $60 and for 24 months it’s included
Both connections start at $60 a month, but what exactly can you get for your money? Read on to find out.
iPrimus ADSL2+ Plans
iPrimus has a simple set of ADSL2+ internet plans, with the choice of 100GB or unlimited data. You can expect prices to start from around $60 per month and work their way up to $90 a month. While there are only two data points to pick from, prices differentiate by call inclusions.
- Both unlimited plans include some form of calling
- On 24 month plans you can choose one of the following bonuses:
- $5 off your monthly bill
- 2000 international minutes to selected countries
- Unlimited calls to Australian mobiles
ADSL2+ plans with iPrimus include line rental, and you won’t have any lengthy contracts to contend with if you don’t want. Line rental can cost around $30 a month extra with other providers so this is a noteworthy inclusion.
iPrimus NBN Plans
iPrimus has quite a few NBN plans across three different speed tiers. There are four on NBN 12 – the most standard level – three on NBN 25, and three on NBN 100. All plans come on a no-contract basis, with a VoIP service included, though there are bonuses for signing on for longer:
- 24 month contracts give you the bonus opportunity to do one of the following:
- Subtract $5 off your monthly bill
- Add an additional 100GB data per month (on a 100GB plan)
- Add unlimited standard calls to Australian landlines
Price jumps for the different speed tiers cost between $10 and $30 a month. So, for example, the 100GB plan costs $70 a month on NBN 25, and $100 a month on NBN 100. On its website, iPrimus offers a simple internet plan builder to help customise your own plan to your specifications. You can choose a contract length, data amount, speed tier and bonus (if applicable). Below is how some of the plans look:
Fetch TV with iPrimus
iPrimus is just one of many providers to hop on the Fetch TV bandwagon. Stablemate Dodo also has a few plans with Fetch TV. As for what Fetch actually is, it’s the latest in streaming entertainment, with the device acting as a PVR and set top box, while also being able to stream over 40+ Pay TV channels, along with catch-up services like ABC iView and streaming services like Stan and Netflix. Pairing this Fetch device with a designated broadband plan means that data used to stream through Fetch does not count towards your overall allowance, which can be handy for those 300GB plans mentioned above.
- Fetch TV with iPrimus can be had for about $80 a month, which includes line rental, local and national calls, and unlimited data.
- One Fetch channel pack is included in this price (ordinarily worth an extra $6 a month).
Here’s how the Entertainment bundles work, keeping in mind some plans attract a $55 ‘activation’ fee.
How does iPrimus compare to other providers?
iPrimus compares fairly well against the competition, with its plans on no-contracts with no line rental seriously boosting the value. In general, its prices remain quite stock standard compared to other providers, but there are a couple of cheaper telcos out there potentially offering more ‘bang for buck’.
iPrimus ADSL2+ Plans Compared
The inclusion of line rental on a no-contract plan is a pretty big kicker, but unfortunately iPrimus loses out to some key providers in terms of its ‘data for dollars’. Optus offers a $60 plan with unlimited data and included line rental, while MyRepublic offers naked DSL with unlimited data for around $70, and big boy Telstra has similar plans for around the $90 mark. iPrimus certainly isn’t behind much of the competition, but there are some providers out there offering more bang for buck.
iPrimus NBN Plans Compared
iPrimus benefits from having its basic NBN plans priced no differently to its ADSL plans, and against the big boys these plans compare quite well. However, if it’s a cheap price you want, other providers do offer more competitive plans.
NBN 12 Plans Compared
At this lackadaisical internet speed, several providers outshine iPrimus in terms of ‘data for your dollars’. Keep on the lookout for providers such as Amaysim, which offers cut-price deals for your first six months, plus Exetel and Mate Communicate. Exetel is noteworthy because it has been rated the best ISP for Netflix, while Mate offers dead simple NBN plans with no set-up fees or no lock-in contracts as standard.
NBN 25 Plans Compared
The first ‘Superfast’ speed tier is much the same story as iPrimus’s NBN 12 plans; there are other providers providing more for less. Keep an eye out for providers such as Hello Broadband, SpinTel and Teleron, which all offer NBN 25 plans for slightly cheaper. Hello Broadband, while being one of the cheapest, also tends to have lower set-up fees if opting for anything less than a 24 month contract.
NBN 100 Plans Compared
iPrimus skips the NBN 50 tier and goes straight to the top. Even at this speed tier, iPrimus is still slightly outdone by other smaller providers. MyRepublic blows everyone out of the water with unlimited data for less than $60 a month. You will be tied into a contract though. Teleron, Amaysim and Exetel round out the list of some of the most competitive providers to offer unlimited data on NBN 100 speeds. Also worth keeping an eye out for is Buzz Telco, which is a small provider competing with MyRepublic in the cut-price segment.
iPrimus Fetch TV Bundle Compared
There are a number of providers offering Fetch TV bundles. Dodo, Optus and iiNet offer Fetch plans with variable plan packages. Dodo tends to come out the cheapest at around $50 for the cheapest entertainment bundle, while iiNet and Optus duke it out at the mid-range of the market. Though, if you want entertainment, Foxtel Broadband and Telstra also have enticing broadband plans with Foxtel bundled in. Through Foxtel you’ll get first access to things like NRL & AFL matches, and Game of Thrones, which Fetch TV currently cannot provide.
Is iPrimus right for me?
iPrimus has a fairly large range of internet plans across both the NBN and ADSL connection types. However, across these platforms, it struggles to compete with smaller providers who tend to offer more data for less per month, with smaller or no upfront fees on a no-contract basis.
- Smaller and larger providers alike can offer unlimited data from as little as $40 a month with line rental included, which iPrimus cannot match.
- Its biggest plans are over $90 a month, with similar providers commonly offering equivalent plans for $10 or more cheaply.
This is not to say that iPrimus is bad value by any stretch – its internet plans are simple and compete well against an increasing number of new providers. If you’re an existing iPrimus customer, you can rest assured you’re in safe hands, but it’s always worth comparing different offers from time to time.
What do customers think about iPrimus ADSL/Broadband plans
In 2017, Australian customers gave iPrimus 3 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction for ADSL/Broadband plans