iiNet has announced that it will be the first internet service provider in Australia to offer broadband ADSL2+ without the need for a telephony service, an option more commonly known as naked DSL. ‘Many Australians have wanted to get rid of unnecessary landline expenses for some time now,’ iiNet’s managing director, Michael Malone, said. ‘Consumers have been telling us they only have the phone connected at home to gain access to ADSL broadband.’ Previously, customers wanting broadband internet either had to purchase a landline connection or use a wireless or cable connection.
iiNet’s naked DSL plans, which start at AUD49.95 per month (USD45, for 2GB peak and 2GB off-peak quota) include free unlimited local and national calls through its VoIP service, iiTalk. Calls to mobiles are charged at AUD0.29 per minute. Customers who sign up can keep their existing landline numbers.