Today’s new “naked” ADSL plans from gotalk are well worth a look if you’re about to jump ship to a new ISP.
The company today joined iPrimus and other ISPs offering “naked” DSL
for people happy to ditch their fixed line telephone service – meaning potential savings of $29.95 per month.
The flagship bundle costs $95 and gives you ADSL2+, 9GB quota (3GB during peak hours), free local and national calls and free calls to mobiles, plus a $100 mobile cap.
But it’s the entry level “Great Escape 9” plan that has our attention, with 9GB (3GB during peak hours) downloads for $49.95 versus iiNet’s 4GB (2GB during peak hours). gotalk is also promoting the fact it doesn’t count uploads towards your monthly quota, unlike iiNet.
We also spoke to iiNet's chief technology officer Greg Bader, who pointed out that iiNet has national coverage. "We are still the only ISP offering naked ADSL in every state and territory. We have DSLAMS in Darwin and Hobart – no-one else has that," he said.
If you can get it, naked DSL is increasingly looking like good value, if you’re happy to go with VOIP for telephone calls. For example: gotalk’s Great Escape 9 plan looks good on paper up against iPrimus and AAPT when you take into account the cost of telephone line rental ($29.95). The iPrimus ADSL2+ Light
plan gives you 6GB downloads for $39.95 ($69.90 if you add phone rental), while AAPT LiveNet 5 NTC
gives you 5GB for $39.95 ($69.90 if you add phone rental).
Several ISPs are offering, or have announced naked DSL plans including Internode, iiNet, Adam Internet, TPG, Amnet, Exetel, and iPrimus.