Internode broadband | ADSL, fibre and NBN plans compared

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Acquired first by iiNet in 2011 and subsequently by TPG in 2015, Internode has come a long way since its founding way back in 1991. While the Aussie telco started small by providing Internet services solely in South Australia, it now supplies a wide range of NBN and ADSL services across the country. Not only that, it also offers home phone, voice over IP and entertainment services alongside its broadband plans for those wanting more than just basic Internet.

Regardless of the technology used, all Internode's broadband plans are available on both no-lock-in month-to-month contracts and 24-month contracts, with multiple data tiers and speeds catering to a variety of Internet appetites.

Internode fixed-line NBN plans

Internode provides fixed-line NBN services over fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB) and hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) connections. Three tiers of data inclusions are available on Basic (nbn12), Standard Plus (nbn50) or Premium (nbn100) speeds, resulting in the following plans:

Basic NBN plans

  • Bronze 100, which includes 100GB of data for $49.99 a month
  • Bronze 500, which includes 500GB of data for $64.99 a month
  • Bronze Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for $69.99 a month

Standard Plus NBN plans

  • Gold 100, which includes 100GB of data for $54.99 a month
  • Gold 500, which includes 500GB of data for $74.99 a month
  • Gold Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for $79.99 a month

Premium NBN plans

  • Platinum 100, which includes 100GB of data for $74.99 a month
  • Platinum 500, which includes 500GB of data for $94.99 a month
  • Platinum Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for $99.99 a month

Since speeds on the NBN are affected by the number of users connected to it at the same time, the maximum speeds promised by the various tiers aren't always realistic. Internode advises the following average speeds during the peak evening hours of 7pm to 11pm:

  • Basic NBN plans: 10.30 Mbps
  • Standard Plus NBN plans: 44.10 Mbps
  • Premium NBN plans: 77.10 Mbps

Along with the monthly fee, Internode charges a one-off setup fee of $99 on all month-to-month NBN plans. This fee is waived if you sign up for 24 months, but bear in mind that you'll have to pay an early termination charge of up to $300 if you cancel your service before the full two years is up.

Internode doesn't charge excess usage fees, so if you happen to go over your monthly data limit on any of its NBN plans, your Internet speed will simply drop to 256kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Internode offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Internode fixed-wireless NBN plans

Like many NBN providers, Internode's fixed-wireless plans follow a similar structure to its fixed-line plans, albeit with support for fewer speed tiers due to the limitations of fixed-wireless technology. Basic (nbn12) and Standard (nbn25) are the only speeds available, with six plans in total on offer:

Basic NBN plans

  • Wireless Bronze 100, which includes 100GB of data for $49.99 a month
  • Wireless Bronze 500, which includes 500GB of data for $64.99 a month
  • Wireless Bronze Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for $69.99 a month

Standard NBN plans

  • Wireless Silver 100, which includes 100GB of data for $54.99 a month
  • Wireless Silver 500, which includes 500GB of data for $74.99 a month
  • Wireless Silver Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for $79.99 a month

Internode only charges set-up fees if you sign up for its fixed-wireless plans on a month-to-month contract, in which case you'll be looking at a one-off charge of $99. The counterpoint to that is if you want to cancel a 24-month contract before the two years has passed, you'll be hit with an early termination fee of up to $300.

On the plus side, Internode doesn't charge excess usage fees if you blow through your monthly data allowance. Instead, your Internet speed will simply be reduced to 256kbps for the rest of the current billing cycle.

For more information on the extras Internode offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Internode ADSL plans

Internode offers three types of ADSL service: Easy Broadband ADSL, Easy Naked ADSL and Easy Reach ADSL. Easy Broadband is Internode's standard ADSL service delivered over its own network rather than Telstra's, meaning you'll need to live within the coverage area of Internode's network to be eligible for it. Otherwise, the Easy Reach plan makes use of Telstra's network to provide the same service at a higher price. Easy Naked ADSL, meanwhile, provides exactly what it says on the box: a naked DSL service that doesn't require home phone line rental.

Here's how Internode structures its ADSL plans:

  • Easy Broadband 500GB, which includes 500GB of data and pay-as-you-go calls for $59.99 a month
  • Easy Broadband Unlimited, which includes unlimited data and pay-as-you-go calls for $79.99 a month
  • Easy Naked 500GB, which includes 500GB of data for a month
  • Easy Naked Unlimited, which includes unlimited data for a month

Depending on the ADSL infrastructure currently available at your premises, you may also have to pay a set-up fee to activate your Internode ADSL service. If you're not already with Internode, transferring an existing ADSL service from a different ISP or establishing a wholly new service will set you back $129 on a month-to-month Easy Broadband or Easy Naked plan. On a 24-month contract, you'll only have to pay $79.

Excess data usage does not incur any fees on Internode's ADSL plans. Go over your limit and your Internet speed will slow down to 256kbps until the next billing cycle instead.

One thing to remember if you choose to sign up with Internode for 24 months: should you decide to cancel your service before the two-year term is up, you'll have to pay an early termination fee of up to $300.

For more information on the extras Internode offers with its broadband plans, click here.

Internode extras

Internode offers plenty of extras on top of its NBN and ADSL broadband plans. On the entertainment front, lovers of pay TV can bundle in the streaming service Fetch with any of Internode's plans. For $5 extra a month, you'll get the basic Fetch service with a Fetch Mini set-top box and 30 pre-selected movies free every month but no premium channel packs. Step up to $10 extra a month and you'll get the base Fetch service plus your choice of either the Kids, Vibe, Knowledge or Variety premium channel packs.

If you're looking to bundle your broadband plan with a home phone service, Internode has a few different options for you. On all its NBN plans, you can add the pay-as-you-go NodePhone VoIP phone service at no extra cost, letting you make and receive calls over your Internet connection. You can also sign up to a $5, $10 or $20 NodePhone plan instead, each of which includes double its price in call credit every month.

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) customers can alternatively sign up for Internode's Fibre Phone plan instead, which functions more like a traditional landline phone service while retaining the rates of Internode's NodePhone VoIP service. Internode's Fibre Phone service costs $29.95 a month, with a $49 set-up fee on month-to-month contracts and a $0 set-up fee on 24-month contracts.

Most people don't have a spare NBN-ready modem-router just lying around their home, but Internode will happily sell you the iinet-branded TG-789 for $89 with any of its month-to-month ADSL or NBN plans. It'll even throw the modem-router in for free if you sign up for a 24-month contract instead. While the TG-789 supports all the standard features like 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi channels and the ability to handle 100Mbps broadband speeds, Internode also sells the FRITZ!Box 7490 modem-router for those who want a premium device with all the trimmings. Bundling in the FRITZ!Box 7490 will typically set you back $249 regardless of contract length.

If you use up all your monthly data limit but don't want to deal with slower Internet speeds, you can purchase extra data blocks from Internode at rates starting at $5 for 2GB and going up to $80 for 200GB. Just remember that data blocks are only valid for the month in which they were purchased.

For business customers and Aussies with very particular Internet needs, Internode offers two option packs with its broadband plans: the Power Pack and the Business Pack. At $10 extra a month, the Power Pack comes with one static IP address suitable for hosting a private server, a subdomain useful for hosting a website and a faster shaping speed of 512kbps instead of the usual 256kbps. The $30 Business Pack, meanwhile, comes with the same static IP and faster shaping speeds along with eight subnet addresses, an subdomain and priority business support.

How does Internode compare?

Internode's extensive range of Internet services allows it to compete on multiple fronts of the broadband market, as you can see in the comparisons below. For simplicity, these comparisons are based on Internode's month-to-month plans which only differ from its 24-month plans in their set-up fees.

How do Internode's fixed-line NBN plans compare?

Fewer and fewer providers offer fixed-line NBN plans with data caps these days, let alone ones below 200GB. Rather than giving Internode an edge with its 100GB plan, though, this only highlights a number of cheaper and more generous alternatives on the market.

Providers like Spintel and Flip TV offer up 500GB and unlimited plans respectively at a similar price point to Internode's plan, providing you with significantly more bang for your buck. Meanwhile, if you don't need a phone service, you can save even more with the standalone NBN plans from Exetel, Teleron and IPSTAR, all of which clock in at a cheaper monthly rate.

Internode fares much the same at the unlimited data tier. Once again, plans from Flip TV, Spintel, Teleron and Infinity offer a better dollars-to-data ratio, slashing as much as $20 off the monthly cost of Internode's unlimited plan:

Cranking it up to the top tier of NBN service currently available, Internode's Platinum unlimited plan doesn't do much to improve the telco's position against the competition. At $99.99 a month, it doesn’t measure up to the cheaper plans offered by Infinity, Teleron or TPG, all of which offer the same inclusions at a significantly lower monthly rate. Infinity's plan benefits from no set-up fees, too.

Since most providers allow you to customise their NBN plans by choosing different speed tiers, it can be tricky to compare every permutation of NBN plan a provider offers. Fortunately, you can get a good idea of how Internode stacks up at various tiers by combining the above comparisons with how much it charges to upgrade its Basic NBN plan to higher speeds:

InternodeSpintelTeleronExetelFlip TVInfinity Telco
StandardN/AN/A$10 extraN/A$10 extra$5 extra
Standard Plus$10 extra$10 extra$20 extra$5 extra$30 extra$10 extra
Premium$30 extra$25 extra$30 extra$35 extraN/A$20 extra

How do Internode's fixed-wireless plans compare?

Unlike some providers, Internode splits its fixed-wireless plans out from its fixed-line NBN plans. On one hand, this makes them easier to compare, but on the other, it allows Internode to charge more for fixed-wireless connections than it does for wired connections. As a result, Internode's fixed-wireless plans end up considerably more expensive than many of its competitors.

Even at the budget end of the spectrum, Internode struggles to deliver the same value for money with its Basic 100GB plan that the likes of Teleron, Spintel and Flip TV do. All three offer plans with larger data caps, plus Spintel throws in a pay-as-you-go phone service for the same monthly price or even cheaper.

Activ8me and IPSTAR, meanwhile, offer more directly comparable 100GB plans without a phone service for as much as $10 cheaper a month:

The gap between Internode and the top-value fixed-wireless providers only gets bigger at the premium end of the spectrum. Flip TV, Spintel and Hello Broadband all offer Standard NBN connections with unlimited data for quite a bit cheaper than Internode. The latter two include a pay-as-you-go phone service, too, making Internode's offering tough to recommend.

If you're after the fastest fixed-wireless service currently available in Australia, it's also worth noting that while Internode only offers plans at Basic and Standard NBN speeds, providers like IPSTAR and SkyMesh offer plans at Standard Plus speeds too.

How do Internode's ADSL plans compare?

ADSL is not Internode's forte. Though it offers a broad range of plans across its own network and Telstra's existing network as well as naked DSL options, none fare particularly well against the competition. As a direct comparison, Exetel's Unlimited home phone and ADSL bundle weighs in at a lower price than Internode's 500GB plan, plus Exetel's set-up fees are a fair bit cheaper, too.

Since Internode charges the same price for its naked DSL plans as its regular ADSL plans, the comparison above is based on the Easy Broadband plans for the sake of simplicity.

Why should you consider Internode?

Internode doesn't offer the cheapest broadband plans around, but it does provide plenty of choice. With support for fixed-line and fixed-wireless NBN plus ADSL plans on both its own and Telstra's networks, there's a good chance you'll find an Internode broadband service suitable for your needs.

Similarly, with extras like Fetch, a VoIP phone service and static IP addresses available, Internode's broadband plans can serve your entertainment and business needs as well as providing you with high-speed Internet access.

Customer satisfaction is also one of Internode's strengths. Research institute Roy Morgan has named Internode the Australian Internet Service Provider of the Year every year since the awards began bar one, and numerous other consumer advocate groups have recognised Internode with their own awards over the years. As track records go, Internode's is pretty impressive.

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