Internode revamps Home broadband plans

Ry Crozier | Nov 17, 2010 12:56 PM
Gets improved terms from Telstra Wholesale.

ISP Internode has slimmed down its Home Standard and Fast2 broadband portfolios to three products on the back of "improved terms with Telstra Wholesale".

Managing director Simon Hackett said in a statement today that the existing 512, standard and Fast2 plans would no longer be available for sale but that existing customers could stay on them if they chose.

The "grandfathered" plans would be replaced by three products – 5GB, 60GB and 200GB – offered on Telstra ADSL2+ infrastructure and marketed under the name 'Easy Reach'.

The new 5GB Easy Reach plan replaced the Homeline-512-Starter product. Its $39.95 a month price was unchanged when bundled with a Nodeline phone service but now cost $10 more standalone.

However, at ADSL2+ speeds it offered a substantial speed boost compared to the old plan which was limited to 512/128 Kbps.

The next step up was a 60GB Easy Reach product for $59.95 standalone ($49.95 bundled) – faster and cheaper than its predecessors, which had cost anywhere between $69.95 and $89.95 a month for 10GB less of data.

And the new Easy Reach 200GB for $89.95 a month standalone offered at least 50GB more data for up to $60 a month less than the old Fast2 plans.

Hackett said that a small office home office (SOHO) flavour of the new plans, which offered "a fixed IP address, unlimited uploads and faster "shaped" speeds at 256kb/s downstream and full-speed upstream", would be offered for $10 a month more.

The new plans were available at 1,300 exchanges nationally, he said.