Your complete guide to Optus
Posted by Canstar Blue August 23rd 2016
Optus has long been a major telecommunications player in Australia, providing an extensive suite of products and services for both residential and business customers, ranging from the home through to mobile offerings.
Optus can trace its origins back to the formation of AUSSAT, which was established by the Australian government in 1981 to own and operate the national satellite system. Acquiring AUSSAT in 1992, Optus became Australia’s first privately owned communications carrier. In 2001, Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) completed the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Optus, with Singtel Australia now holding 100 per cent of the ordinary shares in Optus.
What services does Optus offer?
As one of the largest telecommunications providers in Australia, Optus now maintains a presence in an array of market segments. “Optus shares the vision, core purpose and values of the Singtel Group – to be Asia Pacific’s best multimedia solutions group,” Optus states. “Our mission is to enable communication by breaking barriers and building bonds.
“We help businesses and people communicate anytime and in many ways. We make communications easier, faster, more economical and reliable by working to break the barriers of distance, price, time, technology and the unknown; and by building strong bonds among us, with our shareholders, customers and business partners.”
Optus’ suite of services encompass home phone, home internet (NBN and broadband), mobile internet and mobile phones, with its home and mobile services often combining a number of different services under the one package.
Home internet and phone
Optus offers both NBN and broadband plans for residential consumers, with consumers able to check via the Optus website as to whether they are eligible for the NBN at their address as it rolls out across the country.
When it comes to its home internet offerings, Optus offers unlimited data across its various plans, with customers having their choice of bundles paired up with different inclusions, from a variety of call inclusions to entertainment offerings.
Optus states of its home broadband bundles, variously available on either month-to-month or 24-month contracts: “NBN. ADSL. Cable. We’ve got the goods. From basic data and phone packages, to big value entertainment bundles starring Yes TV by Fetch: your internet needs are covered. We’re talking broadband plans with unlimited data. At your fingertips. Anytime you like.”
Optus’ entertainment offerings tie in with its Yes TV by Fetch digital set-top box, providing access to a range of channels and content, and additionally providing for access to subscription video-on-demand services.
Optus states of Yes TV by Fetch: “Take control of your home entertainment with Yes TV by Fetch. Watch movies, unmissable TV and enjoy Netflix, Presto or Stan on your big telly (fees apply). Subscribe to premium channels offering loads of sport, entertainment and more.”
Meanwhile, for customers who are simply after a basic internet or home phone plan without the add-ons, Optus also provides options.
Optus covers all the major bases when it comes to mobile plans, from prepaid to postpaid, new phone plans, SIM-only plans and mobile broadband, comprising a variety of call, text and data allowances.
Customers also have their choice of a variety of value packs via which they can add to their plan allowances, providing options from international calls to additional data. As part of its mobile plan offerings, Optus ranges the latest smartphones, paired with various plans, available over a contract period, with its SIM-only plans (available as either a month-to-month or 12-month contract) providing consumers a bring-your-own phone option.
Optus prepaid options, meanwhile, provide the flexibility of no lock-in contract, with consumers able to buy a SIM, and to either bring their own phone or buy a phone from Optus.
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When it comes to mobile broadband, Optus also offers a range of options, encompassing both plans (month-to-month and 24-month plans) and prepaid, either SIM-only or in combination with a range of different devices, designed to operate with its 4G network.
As with its home internet bundles, Optus additionally offers a range of entertainment options with its mobile plans, from music to sports streaming.
Optus states of its mobile network: “Our aim is to provide reliable coverage when and where you need it most, in cities and regional towns, at home, in shopping centres, business districts and travelling to and from work, as well as popular holiday destinations. We’ve invested billions of dollars in our mobile network so you get great coverage.”
Consumers can check via the Optus website to see which areas Optus’ network reaches, while Optus states that its 4G Plus network is available in all capital cities and at over 700 regional and holiday towns around the country.
Optus states that it provides a network that customers can rely on, stating that it is growing its network, improving speeds and bringing 4G to more places.
“The Optus mobile network now covers a whopping 98.5 per cent of the Australian population with 3G, and we’re turning on 4G in loads of new places,” Optus states. “That means, with a compatible device, heaps more people living and working in both cities and regional towns can enjoy 4G on our superfast 4G Plus network.”
Account management services
Optus offers various account management tools across its respective home and mobile plans, with customers able to access the Optus My Account service via Optus’ website.
My Account allows customers to access and manage their account at their own discretion, providing a range of services, including: viewing and paying of bills, setting up direct debit, keeping track of usage and managing call settings. Customers also have access to various functions via the Optus website for which logging into My Account is not required, such as paying their bill and recharging their prepaid service.
Along with My Account, Optus also provides its My Optus app for prepaid and postpaid mobile customers. “The My Optus app is the easiest way to manage your mobile account on the go,” Optus states. “You can track your data usage, mobile spend, set up roaming, pay bills and lots more anytime, anywhere.”
Optus customers can additionally access Optus’ Optus Perks rewards program online, which provides customers with a range of discounts and rewards.
Customer service and bill payment options
Consumers looking for help can access a range of information via the Optus website via its support pages, with Optus’ “people-powered” Yes Crowd support community also providing a forum to search for information, engage in discussion and ask questions.
Consumers can also contact Optus directly via phone, while users of the My Optus app can contact Optus about their mobile service via the app’s Live Chat function. Also maintaining a presence on social media, Optus can be contacted via Facebook and Twitter.
Optus provides a range of options for bill payment, with customers able to pay online via the Optus website and My Account by credit or debit card, by BPay and by direct debit, and by phone via credit card. Customers can also pay by credit or debit card via the My Optus app, and by cash, Eftpos, cheque, money order or credit card at any Australia Post office.