Compare iPrimus ADSL plans

As the first telco to challenge Telstra and Optus's duopoly, iPrimus is well-versed in the ways of the Aussie broadband market.

What you need to know about iPrimus ADSL plans

When the Australian telecommunications industry was deregulated back in 1997, it was Primus Telecom that emerged as the first consumer telco, introducing some much-needed competition into space previously dominated by Telstra and Optus. Since then, through its residential division iPrimus, the nearly 25-year-old telco has expanded its network across the country, establishing facilities in over 66 major cities nationwide.

To complement its far-reaching network, iPrimus offers a broad mix of ADSL plans to cater to Aussies of all stripes. These range from basic Internet packages and home phone and Internet bundles right up to complete entertainment solutions featuring the latest movies and TV shows courtesy of subscription streaming service Fetch.

All iPrimus' ADSL plans are available on 24-month, 12-month and month-to-month contracts, with one exception: Fetch bundles require you to sign on for the full two years. While your monthly bill will be the same no matter which contract you go with, you'll have to pay higher setup and modem fees if you choose a 12-month or month-to-month plan. On the other hand, if you commit to a 24-month or 12-month contract, you'll have to fork out an early termination fee if you decide to cancel prematurely.

What are the different iPrimus ADSL plans?

iPrimus keeps its ADSL plans fairly simple, splitting them into two tiers based on their data caps: 100GB or Unlimited. Speeds are the same across all three tiers, with iPrimus connecting you to the fastest speed supported by the network infrastructure available at your premises. In peak conditions, you won't see anything higher than a maximum ADSL2+ speed of 20Mbps.

No matter which data plan you pick, all iPrimus' ADSL plans come bundled with free phone line rental. The 100GB plan operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, while the Unlimited and Fetch bundles include unlimited local and national calls every month. If you're hungry for more phone time, you can upgrade your service with optional call packs, adding unlimited mobile calls or 2,000 minutes of international calls every month.

In case that's still not enough, iPrimus' Fetch bundle packs in unlimited ADSL, unlimited local and national calls, and a premium Fetch subscription including the Fetch Mighty set top box and over 35 of the most popular pay TV channels.

How much do iPrimus' ADSL plans cost?

All the extra services iPrimus packs into its ADSL plans place the telco at the premium end of the broadband market, with prices similar to the big names like Optus and Telstra. At the bare minimum, you'll be looking at $60 a month for the 100GB plan, with that increasing to $80 a month for unlimited data. If you've set your sights on the Fetch bundle, be ready to pony up $90 every month for a full 24 months.

Should you want more than the unlimited local and national calls included with the basic ADSL packages, you can add unlimited mobile calls for an extra $10 a month. 2,000 minutes of international landline calls can be yours for another $15 a month, while upgrading that to 2,000 minutes of international landline and mobile calls will run you an extra $20 a month.

iPrimus' network only extends so far, and if you're unlucky enough to live outside its reach, you'll be charged an extra $20 a month to cover the cost of iPrimus renting infrastructure from other ISPs.

Depending on your contract length, you may also have to pay a one-time mode fee. On month-to-month contracts, this comes to $100; on 12-month contracts, it drops to $60; and on a 24-month contract, it's waived completely. If you want to cancel a 24-month or 12-month contract prior to its completion, you'll have to fork out an early termination fee of up to $300, depending on how long you have left on your contract.

iPrimus doesn't charge excess data usage fees on any of its ADSL plans; instead it reduces your connection speed to 256kbps for the rest of the billing cycle if you exceed your data cap.

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Matt Sayer

Matt is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

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