iiNet NBN review

Features and options are limited, but iiNet mobile offers a handful of Prepaid plans with great first-year value.

3.5 out of 5 stars
iiNet mobile offers four Prepaid plans that are fully focused on great first-year Prepaid value.
Published on September 18, 2020
7 min read
Quick verdict
iiNet has some great value plans (including Fetch TV bundles), as well as one of the better NBN speeds in the Australian broadband landscape. However, hidden fees and low customer service scores have plagued the ISP ever since they were taken over by TPG.
Pro Heading
Pro Bullet Competitive speeds
Pro Bullet Cheaper than Telstra and Optus
Con Heading
Con Bullet Poor customer service

iiNet NBN has undergone one of the biggest improvements since the ACCC began tracking broadband speeds in Australia but its customer service has taken a dive over the years.

For years, iiNet was known as the Australian ISP with kooky ads, competitive month-to-month plans and outstanding customer service. Which is why TPG bought the telco for a cool $1.56 billion in 2015.

Compared to the likes of Telstra and Optus, iiNet offers comparable NBN speeds (and perks like Fetch TV) for far less, thanks to their satellite services and high-speed NBN alternatives.

Since TPG took over, iiNet has experienced a serious speed improvement since the ACCC started tracking NBN providers in Australia. However, with their focus now shifting towards value over customer service, consumer satisfaction has taken a decent dip.

Best iiNet NBN plan

The most popular iiNet NBN plan by far is the iiNet NBN50 Liimitless 6-month contract plan. It offers unlimited data at a premium evening speed of typically 46.7 Mbps for $74.99 per month, plus an upfront set-up fee of $129.94.

The real deal-breaker for most though is its Fetch Premium TV Bundle deal at no extra cost for the first 6 months when you sign up (you’ll still need to pay a $59.99 set-up fee though). You’ll get a Fetch set-top box as well. Usually, iiNet’s Fetch TV Bundle will cost you an additional $5 per month on top of the set-up fee.

Get more details in our Fetch TV Bundle section below. Not sure this is the right TV bundle for you? Learn more about the best TV and internet bundles in our best picks roundup.

For those that aren’t keen on getting Fetch TV and prefer a no lock-in contract, you could alternatively opt for the iiNet NBN50 Limitless no-contract plan for $74.99 a month.

Here are more popular iiNet NBN plans.

How does this compare to my other options?

If you’re simply looking for a cheap NBN plan with unlimited data, you can’t go past Tangerine’s XL Speed Boost UNLIMITED providing unlimited data on NBN Standard Plus for $59.90 a month with no lock-in contract.

Otherwise, if you’re set on getting a TV and internet bundle, you might also want to consider the Telstra Unlimited Data (NBN) no-contract plan. For $90 a month, as well as unlimited data at NBN Standard Plus speed, you’ll get 3 months of Foxtel Now, a bonus first month of internet, a bonus 20,000 Telstra Plus points and a $99 connection fee waiver. This deal is for a limited time only and the Foxtel Now sign-up bonus will expire on 30 April 2020.

For those willing to fork up a little more and who aren’t fussed about committing to a 24-month contract, you might also want to think about Telstra’s TV + Unlimited Data (NBN) plan. For $99 per month, on top of all the inclusions with its Unlimited Data (NBN) Plan, you’ll also receive a new Telstra TV with Telstra TV Box Office.

More popular NBN plans

Fastest iiNet NBN plans

The fastest iiNet NBN Plan for personal use is its NBN100 Liimitless Plan which offers unlimited data on its NBN Premium speed of typically 80.5Mbps for $99.99 a month. This is available on either a 6-month or no-contract term.

Alternatively, businesses could opt for iiNet’s Business NBN100 Essentials Plan, which provides the fastest speeds you can get with iiNet at typically 84.9 Mbps during business hours for $99.99 a month. The only catch is that if you want unlimited data instead of the 300GB you’ll get on the Essentials Plan, you’ll need to pay an extra $10 for the Business NBN100 Value Plan ($109.99 per month in total).

What are my other options?

If you simply want an NBN plan with the fastest speed, providers have started rolling out NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans to eligible addresses. These plans are so new that we can’t even be sure of typical evening speeds until more people sign up, and only Aussie Broadband, Kogan Internet, Superloop and Optus have NBN 1000 options.

That said, NBN 250 is more than enough (hell, even NBN 50 suits most people), and there are plenty of great options out there. Our pick for best price-performance ratio is Tangerine’s XXXL Speed Boost UNLIMITED plan.

Check out more of the fastest NBN plans below.

How fast is iiNet NBN?

According to the latest ACCC Broadband Performance Data, iiNet ranked equal fifth for average download speeds during busy hours and seventh for download speeds in the busiest hour. It also placed fourth for upload speeds during busy hours.

Netflix’s ISP speed ranking places iiNet as your next best bet for streaming Brooklyn Nine-Nine after Telstra, Optus and Aussie Broadband - the latter narrowly ranked ahead of iiNet by 0.02 Mbps. On average, iiNet NBN streams Netflix at 4.52 Mbps. To compare, Telstra, in first place, clocked in at 4.72 Mbps.

Satellite iiNet NBN plans

For satellite NBN, iiNet’s NBN Satellite 150 Basic which gives you 150GB for $39.99 per month is one of the most popular satellite plans around.

Alternatively, you might want to consider SkyMesh’s NBN-SB-65-125 Sky Muster plan offering 200GB at standard Satellite NBN evening speed for $54.95 per month. Activ8me’s Sky Muster 150GB Standard could be another good option for those on a budget. You’ll get 150GB at basic evening satellite speed for $34.95 per month.

See more popular Satellite NBN plans below.

The best iiNet NBN Fetch bundle

If you’re fixing for some Fetch, iiNet offers a competitive NBN Standard Plus (nbn50) bundle. You will need to add premium channel add-ons (at $6 a pop) when you build your plan but that’s the same story for every provider offering Fetch.

iiNet’s Fetch bundles are decent value but the marketing implies the set-top box cost is included in the plan. In reality, the upfront equipment fees are hidden as “set-up fees” in the fine print.

Fetch’s hardware is plug-and-play and requires no set-up on iiNet’s end.

This set-up fee for each is also conveniently priced accordingly with the outright RRP. The Mini will cost you $59.99 to set up and the Mighty will cost you $399.99. An odd bit of tomfoolery on iiNet’s behalf.

All that’s on top of the $10 delivery fee (and the $5 per month you pay to bundle Fetch, currently waived in their Fetch TV Bundle Deal) plus whatever channel packs you decide to tack on.

We asked iiNet’s customer service to explain what the set-up fee covered. The rep claimed that the $59.99/$399.99 charge was to cover iiNet’s part in “preconfiguring” the hardware.

Also, while you technically own the Fetch box once you’ve forked out for it, the box will be forever locked to iiNet, rendering it totally useless if you ever switch providers.

Here are all of iiNet's Fetch TV NBN bundle plans.

What is Fetch TV from iiNet?

Fetch TV is Foxtel’s humble pay TV competitor in Australia. Though that’s not to say the two are comparable. Where Foxtel is concerned with absolutely murdering your wallet for the privilege of watching a couple of HBO shows, Fetch offers a smaller selection of premium channels, such as Comedy Central, ESPN, National Geographic and BBC UKTV, at a fraction of the cost.

Fetch’s affordable hardware comes in two variants, the Fetch Mini and the Fetch Mighty. The Mini is a slim set-top box with pause and rewind features for live TV and support for 1080p HD streaming, where the Mighty is a more robust box with 1 TB of onboard storage, 4 TV tuners and support for 4K/UHD streaming.

Both boxes include 30 pre-selected movie rentals per month, access to digital movie and TV show purchases and support for Netflix, Stan, hayu, YouTube and more.

Fetch has four channel packs available for purchase: Kids, Knowledge, Vibe and Variety. Each will cost you an additional $6 per month on top of your monthly iiNet bill. If you want to save yourself $4 per month, the Ultimate pack gives you all four packs for $20 per month.

There are also a few special interest channels, such as Optus Sport, beIN Sports and… Horse and Country? And a few international channel packs, including the Taj Mahal, Chinese and Pinoy and packs. Special interest and world channel packs all come at a premium, ranging from $9.95 to $19.99 per month.

Heads Up
What is iiNet Freezone?

iiNet Freezone was meant to be a collection of services that could be used on iiNet broadband connections. By all accounts, partnered services like Xbox Live and iTunes were unmetered at some stage, that's no longer the case for most iiNet connections.

The majority of iiNet connections don't qualify for Freezone anymore, with the exception of OptiComm FTTH connections in Victoria and South Brisbane (and a long list of Grandfathered plans). To top it off, the Freezone website doesn’t look like it has seen any action in years. Most of the section tabs don’t hold any content and none of the apparently “live” broadcasts, like Kitty Cam, redirect to anything.

It’s the internet equivalent of a burnt out Torana on the side of the road.

How is iiNet’s customer service?

As TPG has started to move iiNet to a more value focussed offering, it looks like its customer care has suffered at that expense. One year after the TPG takeover, the TIO (Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman) reported that iiNet complaints had increased by nearly 50%. There was an overall 22.1% increase in complaints across the telco industry, most around poor NBN connections, to the TIO over that period but iiNet’s fall from grace was notable.

I was an iiNet customer during the acquisition and distinctly recall the change in tone and treatment from what I once considered one of the best customer service experiences I’d ever had (and I was an Optus employee to boot).

Overall, old iiNet just ain’t what it used to be. Which is a shame because I’d really like to see the iiNet guy continue to crush it. If you value customer service over price or are just trying to recapture some of that old iiNet magic, we’d recommend a provider like Mate Broadband or Aussie Broadband for outstanding customer service and transparency.

What is my internet speed on iiNet?

If your downloads are taking a little longer than usual or your stream is buffering beyond what’s acceptable, try running a speed test when connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

If the result is below what you’re paying for, there are a few common causes and solutions.

Why is my iiNet NBN so slow?

Firstly, check the time. Australia’s busiest hours for broadband usage are between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Congestion between these hours can impact your download speed significantly.

The ACCC broadband performance data suggests iiNet users can expect around 84.5% of their maximum NBN speed in busy hours and around 78.6% of their maximum NBN speed in iiNet’s busiest hour for traffic.

If it’s well below that percentage or you're browsing outside busy hours, we’d recommend running through some basic troubleshooting (like power cycling your modem) before getting in touch with iiNet’s tech support team.

Nathan Lawrence
Written by
Nathan Lawrence

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