Dodo vs iPrimus: Compare Broadband Plans, Offers and Costs


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.

Dodo’s Plans

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.

NBN Broadband Plans

Unlimited Internet Plan
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points
  • First month free. New customers only
  • $99 connection fee waived when you buy online
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Unlimited standard local, national and Australian mobile calls
  • Broadband Protect: Online security to keep your family safe
$90/mth
Min Cost - $2,070 when you stay connected for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes

nbn™ Unlimited Broadband Turbo
  • Get 3rd mth free & included modem. Save up to $169! Use code SCHOOL. Ends 31 Jan
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Suited for gaming and video streaming
  • Ideal for households of 3-4
$70/mth
Min Cost - $70

Unlimited Premium Month to Month
  • $5/mth discount for first 12 months
  • No Contract
  • Up to 80Mbps Premium Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 100™ Fixed Line
  • BYO Modem
  • PAYG Home Phone
$94.95/mth
$94.95 for first 12 months, $99.95 thereafter
Min Cost - $94.95 over 1 month

NBN Sky Muster - 200GB Sonic
  • No Contract
  • Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
  • 200GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Satellite
  • 60GB peak data
  • 140GB off peak data
$54.95/mth
Min Cost - $54.95 per month

NBN Standard Plus Month to Month
  • $80 Free Mobile Credit
  • $0 Standard Activation
  • $60 Wi-Fi modem
  • No Contract
  • Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • No excess usage charge
  • Powered by Telstra
$70/mth
Min Cost - $130

iPrimus’s Plans

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!

Fetch TV

Both Dodo and iPrimus offer plans including the Fetch TV box and service. Dodo is keeping it simple by offering Fetch only with their unlimited plans on ADSL and NBN on a 24-month contract. Fetch adds an extra $15/month to the cost for the Fetch Mini, or $20/month for the far more capable Fetch Mighty (which we’d highly recommend you choose). You can then opt for one channel pack, with categories covering Kids, Vibe (music and lifestyle), Variety (drama) and Knowledge (docos). You also get 30 free pre-selected rental movies each month to give you plenty to watch.

Over at iPrimus, though, Fetch is packaged differently. It’ll cost you $90 per month for either of the ADSL or NBN Entertainment plans, which give you unlimited data, home phone and calls, the Fetch TV box itself, your choice of premium channel pack, and the 30 free movie rentals. 

The winner?

Really, the customer’s the winner here, with some very well-priced options on both sides, depending on your needs. You can cut out all the services you don’t want with Dodo and save money. Or, you can get everything bundled with iPrimus and have a “set and forget” plan, with the option to spend more if you want super-fast NBN speed (and at the top speed tier, the price is comparable to many ISPs’ regular speed).

Both are backed up by one of Australia’s most reliable top-tier networks, which means great connections for gamers, fast reliable streaming and all the essentials. Whichever you choose, you can’t go wrong.

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