iPrimus prices its Tassie NBN services

iPrimus prices its Tassie NBN services

Summary: iPrimus has released pricing for its first National Broadband Network services, revealing an introductory offer covering broadband, calls and line rental for under $50.

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update iPrimus has released pricing for its first National Broadband Network services, revealing an introductory offer covering broadband, calls and line rental for under $50.

Customers in the NBN towns of Smithton, Scottsdale and Midway Point can order the new broadband plans from today, but services won't come online until 30 June.

The plans start at $39.95 per month for 15GB (5GB of data between 10am to 2am and 10GB off peak) at 25Mbps when combined with a phone on a 12- or 24-month contract. Shaping is used after the limit is reached.

iPrimus has also announced an introductory offer, flogging plans for half price for the first six months on a 24-month plan — this comprises calls, line rental and broadband for $44.97 a month. A free wireless router is also included, although users have to cough up for postage and handling.

All up, according to iPrimus's general manager of marketing and products Andrew Sims, the internet service provider will offer around 12 broadband plans to customers in the early roll-out towns.

The internet service provider's top plan featured 300GB of download quota (80GB on peak and 220GB off peak) at 100Mbps speeds for $139 when not bundled with an additional internet telephony line. The company will also offer the same 300GB plan at slower speeds of 50Mbps and 25Mbps for $119 and $109 per month respectively. It will cut some $10 off those monthly charges if customers also sign up for a separate internet telephony phone line, with line rental starting at $24.95 per month.

Customers will be able to choose a variety of speeds and match those with a variety of monthly download limits to achieve their desired price point. For example, Primus will also offer plans with 15GB, 40GB and 130GB monthly data allowances. When customers exceed either their off- or on-peak allowances, their connection will be shaped down to 128kbps.

Primus will also offer some bundled plans — for example, it has plans starting from $89.95 a month that will include local, national and mobile calls as well as 25Mbps speeds.

"We're particularly excited that our customers will have access to a wide range of new capabilities and advanced services using this new generation high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. This is a key milestone in Australian communications history and we are proud to be part of it," Primus CEO Ravi Bhatia said.

The full range of plans will be available on the iPrimus website later today, according to the company.

Exetel recently announced its fibre-to-the-home pricing, while iiNet and Internode have also given indications of what they will be charging.

(Front page image credit: Australia Dollars image by InfoMofo, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Topics: Broadband, NBN

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  • "our customers will have access to a wide range of new capabilities and advanced services"

    Of course, they won't actually be able to USE any of those capabilities or services with only 5GB of data per month...
    Dean Harding
  • You have to start somewhere Dean! Also we must compare apples with apples.

    So while I agree, it won't get you too far (although I think it says 15GB - 5 on/10 off - not 5GB) in comparison to "you know who", these prices compared to their similar "premium priced" plans, are quite competitive, lmo!
    RS-ef540
  • "The plans start at $39.95 per month for 15GB (5GB of data between 10am to 2am and 10GB off peak) at 25Mbps when combined with a phone on a 12- or 24-month contract."

    I assume that this is just the entry-level plan for light users, Dean. But let's not forget that making a phone call over fibre would be more clearer and more higher voice quality than a phone call over copper.

    "Customers will be able to choose a variety of speeds and match those with a variety of monthly download limits to achieve their desired price point. For example, Primus will also offer plans with 15GB, 40GB and 130GB monthly data allowances."

    So Primus is basically offering 25, 50 and 100Mbps speeds, with either 15, 40, or 130GB of data a month, with the option of having a phone and line rental. Sounds okay, but prices are a little disappointing.
    RL-079ec
  • Considering what xDSL technologies cost when they first came out (AUD$150/month when competition was bad for ADSL1, limited to 1.5 Mbps down and 256 kbps up) this is nothing short of a miracle.

    It will only get better with economies of scale and increased competition!

    Heck, the 15GB plan is tempting, as that is all I am using now on a 5.6 Mbps ADSL2+ line. If that, and I stream a lot of inbound news video.
    scott2010au