National broadband provider iiNet this morning confirmed its final pricing plans for its National Broadband Network fibre offerings in the early stage roll-out sites in Tasmania, noting also that it had signed up its first customers of the service.
iiNet chief executive Michael Malone claimed line honours for the first customers to have signed up for NBN plans in a statement this morning, although rival Primus was known to have already signed up customers when it launched its own plans several weeks ago.
Malone said the first iiNet customers would be connected "as soon as Tasmania NBN Co was ready to flick the switch". In the weeks ahead, iiNet would commence a new marketing campaign that would see residents in the early stage roll-out areas of Midway Point, Smithton and Scottsdale would receive a "special orange envelope" in their mailbox promoting iiNet's services.
"Yep, we think it's kind of cute that we are using 'snail mail' to encourage Australians to connect to the fastest internet service the country has ever seen," he said.
iiNet will offer customers who sign up before 30 September a deal with zero set-up costs if they sign up to a 24-month plan — waiving costs for in-home wiring required to get the NBN connected, normally around $180, according to the internet service provider.
"NBN fibre customers will also have the option to sign up to iiNet's iiTalkpack product if they choose; the iiTalkpack costs $9.95 a month, including all local and national calls, with very competitive rates on mobile, international, and 13 and 1300 numbers," iiNet's statement said. Customers will also be able to sign-up to iiNet's FetchTV IPTV offering, which has not yet been released publicly.
However, it remains unclear whether iiNet's internet telephony service will be provided through its BoB device — with the included analog telephone adapter — or whether it will use the analog telephone plug, which the NBN will see installed in people's homes.