Optus Home Wireless Broadband

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Optus has a lot to offer as one of Australia’s biggest telcos and ISPs, but did you know the big teal and yellow telco offers home wireless broadband plans? If you’re not a fan of the NBN, or can’t get a wired connection where you live, then home wireless broadband may be perfect for you as the simple ‘plug and play’ alternative to get the WiFi on at home. And as home wireless providers go, Optus is hard to beat.

Optus is one of few providers that offers 5G network coverage for home wireless broadband, in addition to its mobile plans. However, you’ll have to be lucky enough to live in one of the select areas where 5G is available. Away from these suburbs, Optus home wireless plans operate on the telco’s existing 4G Plus Network. If you’re interested in picking up a home wireless plan from Optus, read on for everything you need to know.

How much does Optus home wireless broadband cost?

Optus offers 4G and 5G home wireless broadband, with the separate technologies meaning different prices – 4G plans start at $65 per month for 200GB of data, whereas 5G plans start from $75 per month for unlimited data. These are incredibly competitive prices, with the unlimited 5G deal representing amazing value for the money. 4G plans are widely available, with the network sprawling across the country more, whereas 5G plans are much faster, able to achieve gigabit speeds, although the network is limited to certain locations in major cities.

Optus 4G Home Wireless Plans

  • 4G Internet Lite: 200GB for $65 per month, minimum cost $1,560 over 24 months
  • 4G Internet Everyday: 500GB for $75 per month, minimum cost $1,800 over 24 months

You can pay either for a 24 month plan or a month-to-month plan. If you stay connected for 24 months on the 24 month plan, you’ll get the included modem for free, otherwise you’ll need to pay an upfront modem fee of $216. If you run out of data, you’ll automatically have data topped up, with 40GB costing you $10 – this can be done up to five times per month. After the fifth time, your internet speed will be slowed to 1.5Mbps. See the plans below.

The following table shows selected published Optus 4G wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 200GB

  • Includes: B8 18 Modem

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

200GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 500GB

  • Includes: B8 18 Modem

min. cost $2,040 over 24 months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus 5G Home Wireless Plans

  • 5G Internet Everyday (24 months): Unlimited data for $75 per month, minimum cost $1,800 over 24 months
  • 5G Internet Everyday (Month to Month): Unlimited data for $75 per month, minimum cost $2,000 over 24 months

Optus’ 5G home wireless broadband plans offer a “50Mbps guarantee”, whereby if you’re not reaching speeds that high, you can cancel your contract without any extra fees – the average download speed is estimated at 214Mbps.

The modem is a necessary purchase for 5G, and will cost you $200 at the checkout on the month-to-month plan, otherwise it’s free on the 24 month contract, provided you stay connected for that duration. The modem can also connect to the Optus 4G network when necessary, and if you’re upgrading from 4G home wireless, you won’t have to pay any cancellation fees.

Right now, Optus is offering the first month of your 5G home internet plan free, in case you were after some additional value. See below for the plans.

The following table shows selected published Optus 5G home internet plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Internet Everyday

  • Speed capped at 100Mbps
  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes the Optus supplied Nokia modem
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $75 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Internet Entertainer

  • No speed cap
  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes the Optus supplied Nokia modem
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

What do you need for home wireless broadband?

You’ll need a wireless modem and a SIM card, which is delivered by your chosen provider. You can buy a modem alongside a SIM card, although some providers allow you to bring your own modem. All you need to do is plug the modem into a power socket, insert the SIM card into the modem, and you should be good to go.

Note that home wireless broadband isn’t intended to be portable as such, although nothing is stopping you from taking it to a hotel room, holiday house, or just anywhere else in the house to find the best network connection.

What network does Optus home wireless use?

Optus uses its own 4G Plus network for its 4G plans, and own 5G network for its 5G plans. Smaller telcos typically have to use the networks owned by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, and usually don’t have access to the whole network, but you don’t have to worry about that with Optus because you’ll get the best coverage available from the telco in your area. Keep in mind that 5G is still being rolled out across Australia.

Two wireless modems offered by Optus - a 4G modem and a 5G modem

Two wireless broadband modems offered by Optus: The Huawei B818 for 4G plans and the Nokia FastMile for 5G plans.

How fast is Optus home wireless broadband?

On an Optus 4G home wireless plan, you’ll be able to reach download speeds around 12Mbps, although real-world results will vary. This puts 4G coverage on par with Basic NBN 12 internet, which should be perfectly fine for most standard web browsing and limited streaming/gaming. It is theoretically possible to achieve 4G download speeds anywhere up to 100Mbps, but if you’re getting above 25Mbps you’re doing pretty well.

On an Optus 5G home wireless plan, the telco says average download speeds sit at 214Mbps, much higher than most NBN plans on the market, and Optus is willing to guarantee it – promising you can expect speeds of at least 50Mbps.

Optus Home Wireless Plans Compared

Optus might be one of the only providers offering 5G home wireless broadband plans, but its 4G home wireless plans are worth comparing to other providers, including smaller carriers that also use the Optus network.

Southern Phone Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless 50

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,279 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Home Wireless 70

  • $79 upfront WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,759 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Tangerine Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Tangerine wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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200GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $59.90 per month for first 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing

min. cost $59.90 over first month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $69.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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500GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $69.90 per month for first 6 months, then $79.90 ongoing

min. cost $69.90 over first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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1000GB Plan

  • Optus 4G Plus Network coverage
  • Optional modem from $259.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $89.90 per month for first 6 months, then $99.90 ongoing

min. cost $99.90 over first month

1000GBMax Data**/billing period $99.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Optus wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 200GB

  • Includes: B8 18 modem

min. cost $1,560 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 500GB

  • Includes: B8 18 modem

min. cost $2,040 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Yomojo Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Yomojo wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan

  • $179 Netcomm 4G Gateway upfront cost

min. cost $238.90 for the first month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan

  • $179 Netcomm 4G Gateway upfront cost

min. cost $258.90 for the first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Spintel Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Spintel wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Basic Home Wireless Broadband Plan (12Mbps)

  • $179 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $798.40 over 12 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan (High Speed 4G)

  • $179 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $858.40 over 12 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $54.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband (High Speed 4G)

  • $179 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $1,038.40 over 12 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $69.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus Home Wireless vs NBN

Optus’ NBN plans start from $75 per month for Standard Plus NBN with a $426 first month minimum cost (including setup fees and a required modem at the checkout), meaning fixed line internet from Optus is similar in price to its home wireless offerings. But of course, there are numerous pros and cons to both types of broadband connection and price is unlikely to be the deciding factor for you, especially if NBN is simply not an option where you live.

If you’d like to compare Optus’ home wireless broadband plans to its NBN plans, see the table below. The following table includes a selection of unlimited Optus NBN plans listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Why should I switch to Optus home wireless broadband?

Optus simply has some of the biggest and best home wireless plans on offer, especially if you can access 5G coverage where you live. 5G home wireless broadband is the potential ‘NBN killer’ Australia has been waiting for, so Optus is at the forefront of the best internet options available across all types of broadband.

As far as 5G plans go, Optus currently offers a free first month across both plans, a 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee, with a projected 214Mbps average expected speed on your plan. If for some reason the 5G network goes down, you’ll automatically be redirected to the 4G network, which is much slower, but at least you won’t drop out.

On the 4G side of things, Optus offers two plans, contract and month-to-month, perfect for any consumer’s needs, with the option to buy additional data once you pass your data cap. Plus, if and when 5G reaches your area, it’s easy to upgrade with Optus.

Optus home wireless key takeouts

  • ‘NBN killer’ 5G plans available in select areas
  • 4G plans start at $65 per month, 5G plans $75 per month
  • 4G plans data capped at 200GB and 500GB
  • Choice of month-to-month or contract plans
  • 5G plans come with unlimited data and represent amazing value

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