Is it worth going naked?

Written on October 8, 2010

Following on from yesterday’s post I thought I’d run through the numbers to see what savings are possible with a change to a ‘naked’ Internode ADSL service and porting our home phone number to VoIP.

Current monthly expenses | Service | Description | Cost | | — | — | — | | Broadband | Internode Easy-Broadband-Classic (50GB)* | 47.45 | | Telephone | HomeLine® Budget# | 26.95 | | Total |   | 74.40 |

* – ‘grandfathered’ plan no longer available to new customers. Price includes 5% discount.

# – HomeLine Budget plan activated before newer conditions were introduced which disallow non-BigPond ADSL providers, and also includes $6 to enable Caller Number Display.

There seems to be two possibilities – the “Easy” plan (which also counts uploads but tend to have larger overall quotas) or the “Extreme” (which don’t count uploads). I’ve applied the 5% discount to the broadband plans.

Easy Naked monthly expenses | Service | Description | Cost | | — | — | — | | Broadband | Internode Easy Naked Pure Broadband S :: 150 Gigabytes | 56.95 | | Telephone | Internode NodePhone2-Starter | 5.00 | | Total |   | 61.95 |

NakedExtreme monthly expenses | Service | Description | Cost | | — | — | — | | Broadband | Internode NakedExtreme ADSL2+ Pure Broadband 60 Gigabytes | 66.46 | | Telephone | Internode NodePhone2-Starter | 5.00 | | Total |   | 71.46 |

So unless I’ve overlooked something, it looks like there’s an opportunity to save up to $12/month.

One thing to be careful of – there does appear to be a risk if you choose the “Easy Naked” plan. Turns out that you could end up on either an Agile OR Optus DSLAM, and if you’re not on an Agile DSLAM then I believe that NodePhone isn’t an option. I’m waiting for clarification of this in the Whirlpool forums.

Categories: VoIP, ADSL