These days, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to our choice of ISP. And with the arrival of the NBN – which gives everyone the ability to pick and choose from a full range of internet providers – there’s a baffling array of options to sort through. On the one hand, you want value, since nobody’s looking to pay more than they can afford for broadband. On the other hand, you want a quality service that won’t slow to a crawl right when you need it the most. Thankfully, both Dodo and iPrimus have your back.
Both providers have been around for a good long while now. iPrimus for 18 years, Dodo for 16. But what might surprise you is the fact that, in 2016, they became a part of the same company. Communications giant Vocus, which runs a massive fibre network used by businesses Australia-wide, now owns both consumer ISPs. That makes Dodo and iPrimus a part of one of the four largest internet providers in Australia. And that’s good news for customers, since it means more direct access to a very, very fast backbone network.
Despite being two parts of the same parent company, both Dodo and iPrimus operate as separate businesses (though they do share some support resources). Dodo has dropped a lot of the value-added offers they used to be known for, though – no more “free” tablet PCs or other gadgets – and has streamlined their offerings using low price as the main marketing message. The famous Dodo bird, though, lives on! Dodo has also branched out into power, gas and even insurance, but we’ll stick to the broadband offerings here.
iPrimus, meanwhile, has changed little since the merger – the big difference for customers was that the monthly price actually went down.
On the ADSL side of things, Dodo has trimmed their available options, which used to include all kinds of packages, down to just two. A 50GB plan for $24.90 per month and an unlimited plan for $29.90 a month. Yes, the unlimited-data plan is only an extra five bucks a month more than a very limited 50GB offering. If you do anything more than just casual web browsing and email, head straight for the unlimited option.
Both plans come with a TP-Link Wi-Fi modem at no charge. However, a home phone line is an extra $30/month if you want it through Dodo, with unlimited calls and extra $10/month. There’s no setup fee if you take the 24-month contract option. Month-to-month has a $99 setup fee and you’ll have to pay for the modem or bring your own.
For NBN, Dodo has two options – 50GB and Unlimited. No surprises for guessing what we’d recommend here, with unlimited the only viable option for regular internet users. The NBN plans cost $39.90 and $59.90 respectively. But that’s at “standard” speed, which will be too low for those who want to enjoy on-demand streaming and so on.
The “turbo” speed (presumably around 25Mbps) is $10 extra, while “Supercharged” speed (which is up to 50Mbps, connection permitting) is $20 extra – so, $79.90 per month. If you’ve got access to a fast NBN connection that’s awesome value. With NBN, home phone line rental is included, but calls are billed.
Following a trend we’re seeing everywhere, iPrimus has three ADSL and NBN plans, two of which are unlimited-data while the other is fairly limiting. You can have 100GB for $70/month, unlimited for $80 per month, or unlimited plus Fetch TV for $90/month.
Now, that might sound a little bit expensive compared to Dodo. But with iPrimus the “supercharged” 50/20 speed, your home phone line rental and unlimited local and national calls are included (original parent company Primus did start off 20 years ago as a phone company, after all!) When you add Dodo’s extras onto their base cost to match the iPrimus offering, the prices are actually very close to each other.
You can drop to “basic” speed (12/1 Mbps) for $10 less, but we’d highly recommend you give up that extra cup of coffee each week and enjoy hassle-free fast broadband instead!