Optus launches new NBN plans

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Optus has reshuffled its NBN plan range, offering eligible customers a choice of three new base plans with add-on speed boosts (and plenty of included extras).

The new plans will completely replace Optus’ existing NBN options, and are available on both a 24-month contract and on a month-to-month basis. Optus now offers two phone-and-broadband bundles, priced at $85 per month and $99 per month, plus a standalone broadband plan at $85 monthly.

All new Optus NBN plans

Optus’ 85 Bundle Plan includes unlimited data at Standard Plus Evening speeds (NBN 50). With a typical evening speed of 40Mbps, this plan is suited to families who enjoy streaming in HD, and includes a phone line and unlimited standard local, national, and mobile calls.

This plan also includes an Optus Sport subscription, and the option to add a Fetch Mini set-top box for $5 per month. If you’d like a faster connection, you can upgrade to Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) for an extra $30 per month; giving you typical evening speeds of 80Mbps for a total of $115 each month.

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85 Bundle Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $2,139 over 24 months

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85 Bundle Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $2,859 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $115Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

If you’d like to include entertainment in your broadband bundle, the 99 Bundle Plan features unlimited data, Standard Plus Evening Speed, and included Optus Sport. You’ll also receive a Fetch Mighty set-top box and Fetch Premium channel pack subscription, with the option to upgrade to all Fetch channels for an additional $14 per month.

Available Fetch channel packs include Kids (featuring Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and more); Knowledge (National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and BBC Knowledge); Vibe (ESPN, MTV, and more); and Variety (including BBC UKTV, SyFy, and TLC).

As with the 85 Bundle, this package also includes a phone line, plus unlimited local, national, and Australian mobile calls. A Premium Evening Speed boost is available for an extra $30 each month (or $129 per month in total) and offers typical peak-hour speeds of 80Mbps.

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99 Bundle Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $2,475 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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99 Bundle Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport
  • Includes phone line & unlimited national calls

min. cost $3,195 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

All of Optus’ NBN bundles are available with no lock-in contracts, but this does come with a $200 setup fee. If you opt to sign a two-year contract, you’ll instead pay $99 upfront in setup costs.

Customers who don’t require a phone line can go NBN-only with Optus’ 85 Broadband Plan. This plan features unlimited data, Standard Plus Evening Speed, and an Optus Sport subscription, but is only available on a month-to-month basis: as such, you’ll need to pay $200 upfront.

You can also upgrade this plan to Premium NBN 100 speeds, again for an extra $30 per month. This means you’ll pay $115 per month in total for super-fast NBN.

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85 Broadband Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $200 upfront fee
  • Includes Optus Sport

min. cost $285 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
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85 Broadband Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $200 upfront fee
  • Includes Optus Sport

min. cost $315 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $115Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Are Optus’ new NBN plans any good?

While Optus is hailing these plans as a step forward, the changes do see prices go up for basic NBN service. Previously, Optus’ NBN plans began at $70 per month for Standard Plus Evening Speed and unlimited data, although this didn’t include unlimited phone calls or Optus Sport; still, this is a full $15 cheaper each month than Optus’ new 85 Broadband plan.

Optus’ now-replaced entertainment and broadband plan – which included Optus Sport, Fetch TV and a channel pack, and Standard Plus Evening Speed – was priced at $90 per month, but phone calls weren’t included. However, with the new entry price for Fetch TV and Optus NBN combined now $99 monthly, customers will receive a fee hike of $9 each month, or $216 over 24 months.

While the price and plan shake-up could suit customers wanting a combined phone and internet package, other Optus subscribers may be disappointed in the changes, particularly if a home phone service isn’t required. However, if you’re a die-hard football fan, the inclusion of Optus Sport – with 24/7 soccer coverage, and more than 1,000 live games each season – may make the extra cost worth it.

Overall, the price changes could be a tough sell for Optus, especially when competing telcos are currently offering NBN 50 speeds from as little as $60 per month. Aside from the plan makeover, Optus has also announced upcoming  ‘customer service initiatives’, designed to make the switch to NBN as painless as possible: while details aren’t yet available, we’re looking forward to seeing what the telco has planned.

Other NBN options

If you do want to shop around before committing to a broadband provider, below is a selection of similar unlimited data NBN plans on the Standard Plus Evening Speed tier. These are featured products from referral partners.

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XL Speed Boost

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional modem from $89.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $59.90 per month for first 6 months, then $69.90 ongoing

min. cost $59.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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NBN Standard Plus

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $80 mobile credit

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Essentials+ NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $180 upfront modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $249 for first month

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Unlimited Everyday

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $79 over first month

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Unlimited

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $306 for first month

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

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