In December last year, Internode switched from a tiered plan structure to a single option for its naked broadband offering — 1000GB for $69.99. While a massive shift from Internode's modus operandi, it syncs with quasi-owner iiNet's plans, so no real surprises there. However, current Internode users looking to change their plans, it does come with a caveat — all content is metered.
That's right, the new naked plan is excluded from Internode's list of unmetered content, so all your Netflix, Steam, iview and SourceForge data will count towards your downloads.
Note that Internode's regular broadband plans and all grandfathered naked plans don't have this restriction. That said, when asked on Whirlpool how long unmetered content will be maintained, Internode representative Michael Kratz provided this less than comforting answer:
Will the extent and availability of Freezone content be maintained for customers on legacy or grandfathered products? Is there a time period for any commitment on that?
I cannot commit to anything in relation to that. Unmetered content is always subject to change and we note this on our site, and always have done so.
Now, the interesting decision for current Internode customers on naked plans: To switch, or not to switch? That really depends on your setup. Due to the way Internode retires its plans, allowing users to stay on non-existent deals long after they've been axed, means that some users might be on plans offering similar quotas and pricing, while maintaining access to the ISP's unmetered content.
On the other hand, if you're stuck with a paltry 150GB or so and barely use Steam or Netflix, you could get a massive quota boost for the same price — or possibly cheaper. If you're having trouble figuring out the pros and cons, Internode has posted some guidance on its website.