Currently, for whatever reason, the biggest percentage of ADSL2 sign ups are for 'naked'.
For mine, this is partly because a lot of people just don't do their homework. A potential new sign-up probably knows of persons A,B,C,D on 'Naked', hearing how good it's been, and monkey-see monkey-do, they sign up, not realising these new bundle deals exist that are probably better for them.
I am a 'Naked' user and am keenly awaiting this switchback proposal.
For me, it doesn't make much difference either way (financially or quotas), but what I expect to get back is more choice in future plan options, the ability to plug in a line powered handset in event of power outage, and for '000' to immediately know where I am again.
One thing I am curious about .... I am a PSTN # to VOIP # convert. Does this impact the proposed switchback ? Will my VOIP #, which was my previous PSTN #, remain the same ? Or will it become my PSTN # once again, and I'll get a new VOIP # for my outbound calls ?
Finally, the one thing I fear in all this ... these bundles appear they will succeed/fail based on people making calls. So what happens if Optus/Exetel don't achieve the margins they expect ? service costs have to go up, and that will be passed onto subscribers as "regretful increases in the cost of provisioning", and the bundle plans ain't so cheap anymore ...... hello 'Naked' plans once again.
Certainly, you would have to predict that the majority of existing 'Naked' subscribers switching back to wireline aren't going to use the PSTN line to make calls, and that would have an inevitable impact on the success rate of the plans. I guess that explains the thought of only allowing the switchback on an inclusice VOIP pack arrangement for 12 months.
Or perhaps what we are seeing here is somekind of convergence in telecommunications and the super-cheap bundle is here to stay ...... in which case ... Hasta-la-vista 'Naked'.
.....as with everything....only time will tell.