Optus launches new NBN plans

NOTE: Since this article was originally published, Optus NBN plans have changed. An updated guide to Optus NBN plans and bundles is available here

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 $70 per month and $90 per month, plus a standalone broadband plan at $85 monthly.

All new Optus NBN plans

Optus’ 70 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 $100 each month.

If you’d like to include entertainment in your broadband bundle, the 90 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 and Discovery Channel); Vibe (ESPN, MTV, and more); and Variety (including BBC UKTV and TLC).

As with the 70 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 $120 per month in total) and offers typical peak-hour speeds of 80Mbps.

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.

The following table shows a selection of published Optus NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

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, the following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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