Internode offers NBN-ready modem

Internode is offering an NBN-ready ADSL2+ modem with a built in wireless telephone handset – the FRITZ!Box.

Developed by German company PC Range, FRITZBox is the "most feature-rich Home and SOHO ADSL2+ router ever offered in Australia", according to Internet Service Provider (ISP) Internode.

Internode will become the first Australian company to sell the FRITZ!Box, from January 2011. The wireless modem includes a built-in DECT cordless handset base station, supporting as many as six wireless handsets, plus two wired VoIP handset ports, IPTV capability and can support fibre-to-the-home speeds, which is what the NBN (National Broadband Network) will run on.

FRITZ!Box also offers HD (High Definition) Voice, which means higher quality phone calls than traditional PSTN services, between any two FRITZ!Box units.

The ISP is rivaling iiNet for innovative hardware products and is currently trialing its own version of fetchtv.

Internode managing director, Simon Hackett, said: "It has the best user interface and every conceivable feature you’re likely to need. With its built-in DECT base station and High Definition Voice, it provides the best platform ever for Internode's ADSL2+ and NodePhone VoIP services.

"With full IPTV support to go with our FetchTV offerings, and built-in media server functions, it's also the ideal device to expand your Internet experience to the lounge room in a seamless and easy way."

The FRITZ!Box will be available from Internode in January from $369.

Internode offers a range of ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked broadband and bundle plans, which are ideal for heavy or light downloaders. Internode also has a VoIP plan that can be added to a broadband plan, for cheap calls over the internet.

Customers looking for a good value Naked broadband plan should consider Internode's Easy Naked S 150GB plan, which can be used anytime, for $59.95 a month.