iiNet has taken the wraps off the latest addition to its hardware range: the Budii. The device combines a Wi-Fi router with a tablet and a smartphone style Android handset.
Billed as an "NBN-ready" network hub, the Budii includes dual-band Wi-Fi, seven Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB ports. It also has an analog phone jack.
The 'smartphone' — a VoIP and DECT compatible cordless handset — and tablet, which is sold separately can both dock with the Budii base unit.
Budii can either be rented from the ISP for $19.95 per month or bought outright $399. The device must be bundled with an iiNet broadband plan. The device comes with a single handset; further handsets and the tablet are available separately.
The ISP has previously released two iiNet branded modem-routers dubbed 'BoB' that were designed for use with ADSL connections.
Budii will be available with one included handset soon, starting from $19.95 per month for equipment rental* (or $399 outright), when bundled with an iiNet broadband plan (separate broadband charges apply). BudiiTM tablets and additional handsets are sold separately. SmartLifeTM will be released in the second half of 2013.