Compare Internode Fixed Wireless NBN plans

Matt Sayer 23 August 2017 NEWS

Internode's Fixed Wireless plans deliver high-speed Internet to areas of Australia traditional broadband can't reach.

What you need to know about Internode's Fixed Wireless NBN plans

With nearly 25 years of experience in the telecommunications business, Internode has established itself as one of the most popular alternatives to industry heavyweights like Optus and Telstra. Its acquisition by iiNet in 2011 only strengthened the provider's foothold, extending its network to millions of homes across Australia.

That growth has continued with the rollout of the NBN. To bring high-speed Internet into the more remote regions of Australia, Internode offers a range of Fixed Wireless NBN plans that use rooftop antennae and transmission towers instead of underground cables. This technology is better suited for areas where properties are many kilometres apart as Fixed Wireless is capable of operating over distances as large as 14kms.

Internode's Fixed Wireless plans are available on both month-to-month and 24-month contracts, with 24-month contracts benefitting from discounted equipment and installation fees. The Fixed Wireless service can also be bundled with Internode's NodePhone Voice over IP (VoIP) phone service as well as with a Premium TV pack that provides access to pay TV channels and free movie rentals through Fetch TV.

What are the different Internode Fixed Wireless NBN plans?

Fixed Wireless connections are inherently less stable than wired connections like FTTN or FTTP, with factors like turbulent weather and obstructions between the transmission tower and the rooftop antenna reducing the speed of Fixed Wireless Internet.

As such, Internode only offers two speed tiers for its Fixed Wireless plans: NBN Wireless Bronze and NBN Wireless Silver. The Bronze tier supports a maximum download speed of 12Mbps, while the Silver tier supports speeds of up to 25Mbps. Of course, these are theoretical maximums, and the factors mentioned above can drastically reduce the speeds you'll see in a real-life set-up.

Both the Bronze and Silver tiers are available with your choice of 100GB, 500GB or unlimited data every month.

If you want to bundle in a NodePhone VoIP phone service, you can choose to add it to any of Internode's Fixed Wireless plans at no extra cost. NodePhone supports both pay-as-you-go calls as well as monthly payments that provide you with pre-loaded call credit each month.

Bundling in Fetch will get you the Fetch Mini set-top box, 30 Movie Box movies to watch every month and your choice of one of four Fetch channel packs.

How much do Internode's Fixed Wireless NBN plans cost?

Internode's 12Mbps NBN Wireless Bronze plan starts at $49.99 a month for 100GB of data and increases to $64.99 a month for 500GB and $69.99 a month for unlimited data. The NBN Wireless Silver plan begins at $54.99 a month for 100GB of data and goes up to $74.99 a month for 500GB and $79.99 a month for unlimited data.

Adding on a NodePhone VoIP service won't cost you anything in set-up or rental fees – you'll only have to pay for the calls you make, with untimed local and standard national calls charged at $0.18 each. If you plan on making a lot of calls, you can spring for a $5 a month, $10 a month or $20 a month NodePhone pack and get double the monthly fee in pre-loaded call credit each month.

Bundling in the Fetch Premium TV pack will set you back $10 a month, with additional channel packs available at $6 a month each or grouped together in the Ultimate pack for an extra $20 a month.

On top of the monthly payments, Internode also charges a $99 set-up fee for new customers signing up on a month-to-month contract. New customers signing up for a 24-month contract, as well as existing Internode customers signing up for any duration, do not have to pay this set-up fee. A 24-month contract also comes with a free NBN Wi-Fi router, an $89 extra on month-to-month contracts.

If you're looking to sign up on a 24-month contract, you'll want to be aware that Internode charges an early cancellation fee if you terminate your service before the two years are up. This fee starts at $300 if you cancel within the first six months of your contract, decreasing to $225 in the following six months, $150 in the six months after that and $100 in the final six months of your contract.

On the plus side, Internode doesn't charge any excess usage fees. If you go over your monthly data limit on any of its Fixed Wireless plans, your download speed will simply be reduced to 256kbps.


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