Known as NodeMobile Data, the 3G service delivered through the Optus network will allow Internode customers to access the internet all around Australia without a phone line.
Two fairly basic data plans will be offered by Internode: a budget priced 250MB plan for $14.95/month and a slightly better value deal that would give customers 3GB of data for $39.95. Downloads and uploads are both counted towards the overall data capacity.
Internode customers who sign up to a 24 month plan will receive a free USB data modem valued at $199, although that's a basic concession offered by all the major players for such lengthy contracts. A SIM only service for $25 is also available.
However, a quick study of Internode's prices show that they don't tend to stack up to very well against the competition. A quick scan around the web revealed:
Vodafone: 5G- $39.95 and 1GB - $19.95 (on a 24 months contract)
Optus: 5G - $39.95 (bundled) and $49.95 (stand alone)
Three: 6G - $39.95 for 6GB (PC Authority reccommended)
Based on that pricing snapshot, Internode might have a bit of work ahead to them to convince customers that they should sign up to their 3G service.
The service goes online tomorrow, April 28th.