Internode mobile plans review

Lots of data for not a lot of cash.
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5

Internode mobile isn’t big on perks, but it does have a dollar-to-data value ratio that’s worth a look for SIM Only users.

Internode mobile quick verdict

If you’ve heard of Internode, it’s likely more in terms of a provider offering NBN plans rather than a telco providing SIM Only mobile plans. Still, while other provider/telco hybrids like Tangerine offer SIM Only plans that aren’t terribly competitive in terms of price, Internode mobile has perk-light plans that have great pricing and plenty of data.

Pros

  • Ongoing discounted pricing
  • Good support options

Cons

  • Basically no perks
  • Identical plans to iiNet

Internode mobile value for money

Competitively priced SIM Only plans with plenty of data.

Internode mobile offers no-contract SIM Only plans on the Vodafone mobile network. All plans include unlimited talk and text in Australia, with a $0 SIM charge and no delivery fees for your SIM. At the time of writing this review, Internode was also still offering ongoing six-month promotional pricing across all its mobile plans.

It’s also worth noting that Internode and iiNet mobile effectively offer identical plans in terms of monthly price, included data and even the same ongoing six-month promotional discounts. This is likely because they’re both owned by TPG Telecom and, therefore, aren’t technically competing with each other.

The first Internode SIM Only plan is the Small 8GB Plan, which normally costs $19.99 a month but was discounted to $10 a month for the first six months at the time of writing.

This Internode plan shares the best-value pricing accolade with the iiNet Mobile 8GB Plan and the next cheapest competitor for this amount of monthly SIM Only data is the Circles.Life 8GB Monthly Plan, which normally costs $14 a month but is regularly reduced to $14 a month for new customers (for the first year).

Below is a daily updating list of the most popular SIM Only plans with at least 8GB of data that don’t cost more than $20 a month.

The data doubles for the Internode Medium 16GB Plan, which normally costs $24.99 a month but was reduced to a $12.50 monthly fee (for the first six months) at the time of writing.

Once again, there’s basically an identical offering from iiNet with its Mobile 16GB Plan. In terms of typical pricing, Moose Mobile’s 16.80 SIM Only Promo offers 20GB of data on the Optus network at a regular monthly price of $23.80 ($16.80 for the first year at the time of writing). Similarly, Spintel’s $24.95 Mobile Plan is slightly cheaper but has 20GB of data on the Optus network. If you prefer the Telstra network, Pennytel’s Large – 18GB SIM Only plan is around the same price point but comes with 18GB of data.

Below is a daily updating list of popular SIM Only plans with at least 16GB of data that don’t cost more than $30 a month.

The data more than doubles for Internode’s next plan: the Large 40GB Plan, which normally attracts a $29.99 monthly fee.

It’s an initially identical story at this price point, with the iiNet Mobile 40GB Plan offering the same amount of data, for the same monthly price and with the same ongoing six-month discounted price on the same mobile network. At the time of writing, Circles.Life technically had the better first-year value with the 30GB of bonus data on top of its 20GB Monthly Plan, but it’s normally priced at $28 a month. It’s a similar story for the Circles.Life 100GB Monthly Plan, which is normally priced at $38 a month but is regularly dropped to a $28 monthly fee (for the first year) for new sign-ups.

Below is a daily updating list of popular SIM Only plans with at least 40GB of data that don’t cost more than $35 a month.

Finally, there’s the Internode Extra Large 55GB Plan, which normally costs $39.99 a month.

Assuming Circles.Life continues with its 30GB of bonus data for its 20GB Monthly Plan, this particular Optus network plan is the best value for at least 50GB of data a month, closely followed by the iiNet Mobile 55GB Plan. For even more data, the Circles.Life 100GB Monthly Plan regularly has the best SIM Only value, even without discounted pricing. The Moose 35.80 SIM Only plan is also a contender with its 50GB of Optus network data. For reference, the cheapest Telstra network MVNO plan at this pricepoint is the Belong 80GB Mobile Plan, which costs $45 a month.

Below is a daily updating list of popular SIM Only plans with at least 50GB of data.

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Is Internode mobile Prepaid or SIM Only?

As times goes on, the line between Prepaid and SIM Only plans becomes murkier. Both mobile plans require an existing handset, but while it used to be that one was paid ahead of time and the other at the end of the month, things aren’t so simple these days.

For Internode mobile, it’s technically a Prepaid plan because you pay for it in advance. That said, Internode mobile plans default to an automated payment system, which isn’t the case with traditional Prepaid plans, that makes it closer to how SIM Only plans are paid after the fact. On top of this, Internode mobile offers monthly plans, instead of the 28-day or 30-day recharges that Prepaid providers tend to offer.

Because of factors like these, Internode mobile plans are categorised as SIM Only plans according to our comparison engine, which is why we’re comparing the telco’s plans to SIM Only offerings rather than Prepaid ones (but we do round up the best Prepaid plans every month).

Internode NBN plans

Internode is primarily renowned for its internet plans, and the provider offers several fixed-line NBN plans, split across no-contract and plans with a six-month contract, ranging from NBN 12 all the way up to NBN 1000. You can see Internode’s 10 most popular NBN plans below.

Internode mobile features and perks

Meaningful perks are basically non-existent with Internode mobile plans.

It seems that one of the reasons Internode mobile is able to offer great pricing and generous amounts of data with its plans is because it’s incredibly light on perks. The only noteworthy perk is the 100 minutes of international calls that’s included with the Internode Extra Large 55GB Plan. Typically, minutes are restricted to dozens of countries, but Internode mobile allows for calls to all countries except for the following 20 international dialling destinations:

  • Afghanistan
  • Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Iran
  • Liberia
  • Nepal
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tonga
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

For international travellers, Internode mobile doesn’t support roaming.

Internode mobile customer support and satisfaction

Solid support options and great reported customer satisfaction.

There are plenty of ways to get in touch with Internode mobile if you need support. Contact Internode via phone on 13 66 33 for customer service, 1300 788 233 for technical support, or 1300 889 188 for any billing concerns. If you don’t like talking on the phone, Internode has responsive Facebook and Twitter, online chat via its website and self-service help.

User reviews are a little trickier to find online because most of them are for Internode the NBN provider rather than Internode the telco, but if the Internode NBN scores are any indication, Internode mobile is popular with the people, sitting at an average of 4 out of five across Google, Trustpilot and Product Review.

How to sign up for Internode mobile

Click the ‘Go’ button next to the Internode mobile plan you like the look of or visit the Internode mobile website. Either way, ensure the correct plan is selected, then click ‘Sign up Now’. You’ll have to enter your personal details, account details, mobile service details and payment details to complete the sign-up process.

Internode mobile plans

Below is a list of all four Internode mobile SIM Only plans.

Does Internode mobile have 5G?

At the time of writing this review, Internode mobile was not offering 5G mobile plans. Currently, Spintel is the only MVNO offering 5G plans, and those are via the Optus 5G network. Below is a daily updating list of the most popular 5G plans.

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