Internode has expanded its range of NodeMobile plans with a $60 a month plan that includes unlimited calls. It might tempt some existing NodeMobile customers, but there are still better deals to be had.
Like all NodeMobile plans, you need to be an Internode customer to sign up and the service is provided on the Optus network. For $60 a month, you get unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers. You also get 3GB of data a month plus 150GB for use on social networking sites — the same inclusions as the $40 a month plan immediately below it save for the unlimited calls. (In practice, the plan is identical to a similar option offered by iiNet's parent company Internode.)
Spending the extra $20 might appear to be worth it if you're a heavy phone user. On the $40 plan, you can make 348 two-minute calls (which is still more than 11 a dat each month). However, as we noted back when we looked at the Internode and iiNet mobile offering, there are several cheaper plans around which also use the Optus network, include unlimited Australian calls and texts and have unlimited access to social networking sites. Amaysim charges $39.90 a month with 4GB of data; Boost charges $40 a month with 3GB of data. Live Connected charges $34.90 for unlimited texts, 4GB of data, and $3000 worth of calls (which amounts to 1395 2-minute calls, or more than 46 a day over a month). In other words: unless talking to Internode's excellent customer service department is worth $20 a month to you, shop around elsewhere.