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Overall - 89%
Plans - 85%
Extras - 95%
Value for money - 90%

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With a great network behind them and quality extras for all kinds of users, Dodo’s a great one-stop shop for your communications needs.

User Rating: 1.91 ( 48 votes)
Article updated August 2017 to reflect changes in pricing.

Dodo Offers Affordable Broadband, But Is It Right for You?

Dodo offers potential clients affordable deals on broadband, and they’re mainly popular for their unlimited plans, which are fairly cheap.

What’s the catch, you ask? Dodo has had something of a bad reputation in the past, but has since changed hands and is now under the wing of Vocus, which already owned iPrimus. The two ISPs now share a large part of the same excellent network, with the bulk of the difference simply being in branding and price.

If you’re on the lookout for cheap, unlimited broadband, the company is definitely worth checking into, especially since it pushed its beak into the NBN space. Let’s see what Dodo has to offer.

Home Broadband

When it comes to home broadband plans, Dodo only offers ADSL2+ and NBN plans. It leaves the cable plans to Telstra and Foxtel. While NBN is great – and we strongly advise you to go for it if it’s available in your area – it’s not yet available everywhere. So an ADSL2+ plan, while maybe lacking in speed, can still be a viable option.

Once you’ve figured out which type of plans are available where you live (which you can easily do on Dodo’s website), you will need to pick a plan based on your Internet surfing habits. Here’s what’s on the table.

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ADSL2+ Broadband Plans

Dodo ADSL2+ Broadband Plans
Enjoy reliable Internet and a phone line with Dodo’s broadband bundles. Photo: Pexels
Dodo offers two ADSL2+ broadband plans:

  • 50GB for $24.90/month
  • Unlimited data $29.90/month

The first plan is geared towards light internet users. If you only use the web to check your email, do some google-ing, and browse social networks, 50GB may be enough. On the other hand, if your main hobbies include streaming, gaming or anything involving YouTube, the unlimited plan is the way to go.

To be honest, we advise you to go for the unlimited plan anyway, since exceeding your data can get expensive. Once you have reached the data allowance for your plan, you will be charged an excess data fee until the maximum plan cost is reached. Once the maximum plan cost has been reached, you can purchase additional data blocks. If you choose not to purchase additional data blocks, your access will cease until your next billing month.

Besides the amount of data included, there’s also some additional things to consider. First off, the contract period.

You can opt for a:

  • 24-month contract
  • 12-month contract, or
  • month-to-month contract.

The type of contract you go for will determine your connection fee: free for a 24 month contract, $60 for a 12 month contract, $99 if you would prefer to pay month to month.

What about extras? Well, you can opt for Dodo Line Rental instead of using your own phone line, for an additional $30/month. If you do, Dodo gives you an extra 200GB per month – giving you a total of 250GB.

If you do, Dodo also gives you the chance to add some call pack add-ons to your plan:

  • Unlimited Call Pack: unlimited local, national and mobile calls for $10/month extra
  • International Landline Pack: 2000 mins to landlines in 25 countries for $15/month extra
  • International Landline and Mobile Pack: 2000 mins to landlines & mobiles in 25 countries for $20/month extra

Dodo also

provides an NBN-ready modem with each new subscription free, which is pre-configured for your convenience.

NBN Broadband Plans

Dodo NBN Broadband Plans
Dodo offers three NBN broadband plans. Photo: Pexels
This is where things get interesting. If NBN is available in your area, these plans are definitely worth considering. Dodo offers three NBN broadband plans:

  • 10GB – $29.90/month
  • 50GB – $44.90/month
  • Unlimited data – $59.90/month

The line rental is included, but the connection fee depends on your contract period, same as for the ADSL2+ plans. The Dodo NBN modem is provided for free. And you can still add the call packs we mentioned above.

Dodo also offers you the chance to boost your internet speed. The broadband plans all come with standard speed (12/1 Mbps) included. The Turbo speed boost of 25/5 Mbps is an additional $10/month) and customers can also choose the Max speed boost of up to 100/40 Mbps for $30/month.

Mobile broadband

Dodo Mobile broadband plans
Dodo offers a wide variety of mobile broadband plans. Photo: Pexels
For fast browsing on the go, Dodo offers a wide variety of mobile broadband plans – picking one will depend on your personal preferences. You have options regarding lock-in contract (one year, two years, or month to month), connectivity (3G, 4G), and the devices you’re going to use. Your best bet it to check out their website and browse through offers until you find one that best suits your needs.

All in all, Dodo is pretty competitively priced, so if your conscious of your broadband budget, it might be worth giving it a try. However, we strongly advise you to take advantage of the provider’s no-contract option and test-drive it for a month or two to make sure it’s everything you’re looking for. The connection fee is pretty high; but if it doesn’t work out, at least you won’t be stuck spending the next 12 to 24 months on a broadband plan that doesn’t satisfy your needs. Go for the unlimited plan, especially if you’re a heavy Internet user. It’s not much more expensive than the 50GB plan, and you avoid running out of data and paying extra.

What was your experience with Dodo broadband like? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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3 Comments

  1. Kris September 19, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    What’s the deal with this
    12/1 Mbps
    How can it be both 12 mb/s and 1 MB/S
    Really want to know as I’m trying to figure out if I’m getting ripped off I’m with dodo adsl2+ unlimited and I only get a 1.3 MB/S to 3.5 MB per second depending on when and how I test the speed its mostly under 2.5 mb/s most things drop out on a regular basis

    • Anthony Horan September 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      The “12/1” is a standard way of saying that the connections maximum download speed is 12Mbps, and its maximum upload speed is 1Mbps (in almost all cases in Australia, download speed is always faster than upload speed, regardless of whether you’re on ADSL, NBN or cable).

      Now, that download speed of 12Mbps means 12 megabits per second (internet speed is always measured in megabits). 8 megabits = 1 megabyte, so if you’re looking at the download speed measured that way (such as the download speed in a web browser, for example) you have to multiply it by 8 to get the rough equivalent in megabits.

      A 12 Mbps connection can download at a theoretical maximum of 1.5MB (megabytes) per second. However you will never reach the exact maximum of any connection as there are overheads that need to be accounted for as well.

      And finally, on ADSL, your speed is severely limited by how long the phone line is between you and the nearest phone exchange. Along with that, there are factors like poor quality copper lines and joins, water damage, and even poor phone connections inside your home (or the lack of line filters on all voice phones) that can both affect speed and cause dropouts.

      The NBN should fix MOST of this when it comes to your area!

  2. Dave October 21, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    They’ll say literally anything and offer absurd discounts to sign; but then you’ll see the contract sent out with the wrong price, and additional charges for things you’d explicitly clarified and asked about (line rental).

    Don’t expect to just say you’re not accepting their terms and going with another provider though. They’ll call you for weeks, multiple times per day even when you answer and say you’re not interested. If you explain why you’re not touching their garbage and went with another provider they’ll ask if the lines connected yet to keep trying to sell you on their dumpster fire of a service.

    Finally snapped and started calling back and the second option on their IVR is the do not call register, and their own internal DNC register. I’ve never come across a company that was so blatant in its harassment that they offer the do not call register as the SECOND OPTION in the menu.

    Seriously, pay the extra $10 and go with a decent provider, even TPG is less terrible than whatever Dodo is.

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