Internode's 3G Broadband Service Not Spectacular Value

internodeoptusInternode this week is rolling out its own-branded version of Optus' 3G service for data-hungry consumers on the move -- but does it make sense as a broadband deal?

ISP deals to offer 3G services for when you're not at home are becoming pretty common; iiNet made a similar deal with 3 last year. As of tomorrow (April 28), Internode will offer a service branded as Nodemobile, and using Optus' 3G network. There's two plans on offer: 250MB for $14.95 a month, or 3GB for $39.95 a month. (As the ISP takes pains to note, that figure includes both uploads and downloads, unlike most of its plans, but like pretty much everything from Optus.) Extra data blocks cost $10 for 250MB, $20 for 500MB, or $40 for 1GB -- all prices high enough to make you want to stay under the limit, frankly.

Existing Internode customers will be waived the $199 fee for a USB modem if they sign up to a 24-month contract; you already have a 3G USB modem, you can get a SIM-only pack for $25.

That last option is probably the most appealing option, since most current 3G broadband plans require you to sign up to a long contract and acquire a new device, even if the one you have is quite functional. But in several other respects, the plans don't look that compelling.

Firstly, it's much more expensive than rival services fromVodafone and 3. While it's cheaper than Telstra Next G, it has nothing like the range of coverage; indeed, Optus last year was having trouble providing adequate network bandwidth for its own customers, let alone trying to resell the same network via others.

Price-wise, it also falls in the middle of the Optus reseller range. For $39.95, it offers more download value than Optus if you're not already an Optus customer. However, the 6GB deal from Optus for $59.95 is considerably better value for high-volume users (the same amount from Internode would cost $159.95). Casual users might have trouble cracking 6GB in a month, but routine travellers would definitely be better served looking further afield.

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    "Optus last year was having trouble providing adequate network bandwidth for its own customers"

    I'm with Optus and they *still* have trouble providing adequate network bandwidth for its own customers.

    i'm aware that it is April 28 tomorrow... are you? lollerblades.

      I am now :-) Apologies, error fixed.

    Could ISPs (other than the existing mobile carriers) get into the 3g broadband market by bundling 3g plans with existing customer's broadband service? Say if existing Internode customers were to be able to pay a little extra (say $20) a month and get access to their normal ADSL cap would this work economically for the ISPs?

    One reason I don't go for 3g broadband is that I have it at home and at work so I don't need a separate setup (bill, service provider, etc) but if you could add on 3g to an existing account then I'd go for it.

    Or maybe this is already offered and I just haven't seen it..........

    Why do the Internode prepaid one if you have your own 3G modem/phone then you can go with Exetel HSPA M1 - HA service and pay only $5/month and have 1.5c / MB data up to 1Gig then its 2.5c / MB over that.

    So you only pay for what you use!!!!
    still the same price if you used 3GB!

    http://www.exetel.com.au

    Added bonus is you can get/port a phone number as well to make/receive calls for reasonable rates

    I'm an Internode customer and they're great but Optarses 3G network blows. Can't wait until my iPhone contract is up in a few months so I can switch it to Telstra.

    It's sad that the only good thing I can see about these plans compared to other offerings is the 'cheap' excess rate of $40 per GB, which still burns a hole in your pocket. The news on the grapevine is that Exetel are about to make their plans even more appealing than they are now... but by the looks of things it wont be due to any competition Internode is bringing to the market.

    Exetel has been offering a much better deal than this for many months now. Exetel charge $5/month access and 1.5c/mb ($15/GB) - but you only have to pay for what you use. I think for most mobile users this is a much better balance as few will use 3GB.

      And Exetel's plans also include:

      1Gb for $17.50
      2Gb for $22.50
      5Gb for $37.50
      8Gb for $55.00

      and modems are now just $120 outright (plus $25 for the SIM).

      Plus $15.00 cashback exclusive to www.SeeknBuy.com.au/broadband.

      And those with a bigger appetite who would be looking at that 3GB plan can get a 5GB plan from Exetel with a small monthly saving... and with 30 free sms and 100 free VoIP calls to Aussie landlines per month to boot.

    I am on the above exetel plan, and the speeds are much better than the reported optus speeds. The reason behind this was explained on their forums

    Hi all,

    I've found Spin Internet's deals to be really good value: http://www.spin.net.au/products/wireless/ .

    Plans start at $4.95 for the pay as you go (which i'm on). You can also get a 1GB plan for $14.95 with free modem.

    Otherwise Exetel is a good choice, you can also get $15 off your bill at http://www.3gwirelessdeals.com .

    TPG offer $79.95 Mobile cap with $2000 in calls/data + 2gb of data included. They also have a $49.95 cap with 500mb which is HUGE still for casual use when your out & about.

    PS: McD offer free 50mb/day WiFi for FREE too!

    Internode is no better than Telstra in the Valve Department

    Internode is making a killing. Optus Wholesale charges aren't that much. Their is a good 20 to 30% markup on that

    Exetel is close to what Optus Wholesale charge

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