to confirm, @sansom, you are saying that it is currently cheaper to buy the new VTV box outright instead of leasing the older box on a current broadband bundle, but you will be looking at this after the full launch?
Personally, I just hope our T-Box keeps working for a lot longer!
So nice to hear from a T-Box faithful user!
In terms of your question, negative, it is cheaper to buy Gen1 VTV on a the Ultimate Home broadband bundle... included at no cost when signing up for 12 months. Ultimate Home is $5/mth more than Smart Connect.. so Gen1 VTV is effectively $60 vs $179 for Gen2 VTV standalone, a $120 delta.
However this isn't comparing apples with apples. Gen1 (no Wi-Fi, charge to your Vodafone bill) vs Gen2 box (Wi-Fi, charged to credit card, full self-serve online) which is only available standalone. This will change.