Internode has added a suite of Samsung handsets to its NodeMobile SIM plans, with the option to sign up to a 24-month contract or buy a smartphone outright. Here's how the new plans compare to other options on the market.
Initially, five Samsung handsets will be available for the NodeMobile service, comprising the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Note II and the Windows Phone-based Samsung Ativ S.
Monthly handset repayments start at $10 (for the Samsung Galaxy Ace) and end at $33 (for the Samsung Galaxy Note II), with the other handsets all falling somewhere in-between. Outright purchase prices range between $240 and $792 (for the Ace and Note II, respectively).
NodeMobile Plans, meanwhile, range between $10 and $60 per month, which includes 200MB of data and 3GB of data, respectively. (You can read our verdict on the top $60 NodeMobile Plan here.)
These options stack up pretty favourably against equivalent plans from Live Connected, which is generally considered to offer some of the best value on the market.
For example, purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S III on a NodeMobile 'Sixty' plan will cost $93 per month. Meanwhile, Live Connected's equivalent 'XL' plan comes in at $100. This translates to $168 over the course of the 24-month contract (both plans include unlimited calls/text, plus 3GB of data).
The NodeMobile Starter Plan is considerably less appealing though, with just 200MB of data and $165 worth of calls for a minimum monthly spend of $43 (including the Galaxy S III). You can read more about the new plans at Internode's website.