Internode have recently launched their "Naked" ADSL2+ plans, and I have to say, I'm unimpressed. They're pitching it saying that you don't have to deal with Telstra anymore, and that it's cheaper. So, let's look at the numbers.
If you're on Telstra Homeline Budget, on the "Extreme" 40GB plan, you'd pay $19.95 line rental + $74.95 to Internode; coming to a total of $94.90.
If you'd gotten Naked on their 40GB plan, you'd be paying Internode $89.95. A total saving of $4.95.
But what compromises do you make?
The major pitfall of Internode's "Naked" plans: It only comes packaged with Nodephone 1. That means outbound calls only. If you want inbound calls, that'll set you back another $10 per month.
So, to get an equivalent service on a "Naked" plan, you'd need to shell out $99.95: $5.00 per month more than the equivalent "standard" service.
When you have a Telstra phoneline, Telstra's responsible for ensuring you have a dialtone to the first phone point in your house. A dialtone usually means your ADSL connection will work. Who ensures this when you're no longer dealing with Telstra? Internode??
We all hate Telstra -- I'll be the first to agree. But I get some degree of comfort knowing that I can call them and abuse them when my Internet doesn't work.