Australian Internet service provider Internode has launched an assault on the high speed Internet market in the form of an excess-free, no-contract broadband deal for home users, with a start-up price of AU$29.95 per month with 500MB download allowance at speeds of 256Kbps.
According to a statement released by Internode today, the company has also "revised its business broadband plans to increase download thresholds and data transfer speeds with no increase in costs".
"All Internode's new plans have no contracted period and allow Internode customers to select their preferred phone carrier. Internode's move contrasts with competitors that advertise '$29.95 per month' broadband plans, and then charge customers 14 cents per megabyte excess fees once the customer has downloaded more than 200 MB of data in a month," the company stated in its release.
Managing director, Simon Hackett, said Internode aims to "simplify" broadband by "eliminating the hidden costs".
"We're giving customers one price for their plan with no sneaky add-ons in the monthly bill," he said. "As well as price certainty, we offer our customers contracts without fixed timeframes, so if we stop delivering value to them, then they can vote with their feet."
According to Internode, excess-fees have been replaced by "shaping" technology that "slows download speeds to modem rates once the customer has exceeded a monthly download allocation".
Hackett claims that this deal should appeal to most customers as he said they would prefer "prefer price certainty to unrestricted broadband with the risk of a large bill at the end of the month".
"If an Internode customer decides to change to a plan with a higher download limit, they can simply change plans online," he said. "Internode Broadband is about customer choice and plan transparency."
Internode said it has introduced new plans for SOHO (Small Office Home Office), Server and VPN (Virtual Private Network) applications in addition to its home user plans.