In December last year, Internode switched from a tiered plan structure to a single option for its naked broadband offering -- 1000GB for $69.99. While a massive shift from Internode's modus operandi, it syncs with quasi-owner iiNet's plans, so no real surprises there. However, current Internode users looking to change their plans, it does come with a caveat -- all content is metered.
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Belong is the brand Telstra uses as a no-frills broadband provider -- think of it as the month-by-month Jetstar to Telstra's contract Qantas. The original plans Belong offered were thoroughly underwhelming. Now it has increased its data allowances, but there are still better value plans out there.
Dear Lifehacker, My home connection is meant to be ADSL2+, but I have never exceeded 5.0Mb/s for downloads. My ISP tells me that is all the speed I can expect living 3.6 km from exchange. Is that true? Am I right in thinking that going through a VPN my download speed would be much worse? And can I do anything other than wait for that very elusive NBN?
Hi Lifehacker, I've recently moved to a town in Queensland that has no available ports for ADSL in the nearest exchange. I'm paying too much for a Wi-Fi hotspot and am scared of using it as I'm charged for every MB over my miniscule data allowance. What other options are there? How long might I have to wait?
If you're a heavy internet user, getting shaped at the end of the month can be a major nuisance, and no-one wants to pay a fortune for excess data. The solution is an unlimited broadband plan, but what choices do you have? Planhacker rounds up all the unlimited ADSL2+ deals.
The integration of iiNet and Internode continues. The latest development? Internode is offering its Easy Broadband plans through another 242 iiNet-equipped DSLAMs, further reducing its dependence on reselling ADSL services sourced through Telstra.
For early adopters like Lifehacker readers, average numbers make surprising and depressing reading. So just as people were astonished to learn that the average Aussie only downloads 6GB a month, I suspect a study suggesting that the average download speed in Australia is just 384Kbps will be greeted with hoots of astonishment.
Having trimmed back its main range of broadband plans in February, Internode is now further tweaking its offerings. The big changes? $10 of bundled voice credit with all of its Easy Naked plans and a trimming back of the options on the Easy Reach plan (which essentially resells Telstra network access).
Most Australians only use 6GB of data a month, but if you're in the group who consume 100GB or more, then an "unlimited" broadband plan can be appealing. Here's what's available in the unlimited space on an ADSL2+ connection.
Internet or phone connectivity problems? Telstra's revamped outage site now lets you search by postcode for any known issues in your area with its exchanges. It will also be updated with additional information during major disasters. Handy (for the large swathe of the population using Telstra connections).