iiNet Dumping Off-Peak On Some Plans

When iiNet purchased Internode, a major consumer worry was that iiNet’s annoying peak/off-peak distinction for downloads would be extended to Internode. Fortunately, it seems to be working the other way around; iiNet is dropping peak and off-peak calculations from some of its plans.

iiNet is now offering an “anytime quota” to customers who are using one of iiNet’s own ADSL2+ connections, or who have a Naked DSL connection. The same arrangement applies to Netspace and Westnet customers. iiNet has also introduced “data blocks” for customers who exceed their quota, another concept which Internode originally pioneered.

When we asked iiNet CEO Michael Malone back in December whether Internode would end up using the same peak/off-peak arrangement, he said: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of things get more similar over time but there’s no intention to do that in the short term.” The way things have become “more similar” in this area is good for customers. It’s a pity it hasn’t been extended to everyone, but the nature of wholesale pricing presumably precludes that.


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