In its first news announcement since merging into iiNet, Internode is offering a rental option on its well-regarded FRITZ!Box routers and handsets. But do the deals make sense?
If you sign up for a 24-month contract, you can get the 7270 router for an additional $9.95 a month, the 7390 for $14.95 a month, or the DECT handset for the equipment for an additional $4.95 a month. Outright buy prices have also been cut: the 7270 is $249, the 7390 is $349, and the handset is $109.
You don't have to be a mathematical genius to see that there's not much of a subsidy involved in the rental plans: each item is gear is around $10 cheaper than if you buy it outright. The one expense you'll escape is a delivery charge, though Adelaide residents (one of the major focuses for Internode under iiNet ownership) can dodge that if they visit Internode HQ. So it's far from a terrible deal if you fancy the hardware, but it's not a huge, radical way of saving money.