If the NBN has rolled out to your suburb, or is going to be, it may be time to hunt for a new NBN plan. Optus is one of the largest telcos in Australia, and has some of the most competitive NBN plans around. Review the full range of Optus NBN plans below.
Optus NBN Plans
Optus has two key NBN plans and both come with unlimited data:
- Standalone NBN with NBN 50 speeds.
- ‘Entertainment’ plan with NBN 50 speeds and Fetch TV
Optus states that its top-tier NBN plan fetches 80Mbps+ in peak periods (between 7pm and 11pm), which is nothing to sneeze at. Customers get a choice of either a 24 month contract, or a month-to-month contract – the latter costs $200 to set-up. The base plan comes with a basic Sagemcom Wi-Fi mode, while the dearer plan comes with a Sagemcom AC Wi-Fi modem capable of gigabit speeds. See current plans below:
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min. cost $1,800 over 24 months
min. cost $2,160 over 24 months
min. cost $2,520 over 24 months
min. cost $2,880 over 24 months
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Optus TV by Fetch
If you’re after a broadband plan with more than just data on offer, an Optus TV plan may be up your alley. Starting at $80 a month, Optus includes a Fetch TV package on its NBN plans.
- You’ll get a ‘Mighty’ set top box included, which allows you to watch FTA TV and streaming channels, plus record and rewind live TV.
- One channel pack is included, which ordinarily costs an extra $6 a month. You’ll get a choice of ‘Kids’, ‘Knowledge’, ‘Vibe’ or ‘Variety’. Kids has kids channels (believe it or not), Knowledge has news and Nat Geo channels, Vibe has sports channels, while Variety has entertainment/drama channels.
Beyond that, Optus Sport is also included, which retains rights to English Premier League soccer, and various cricket leagues/matches around the world.
The Mighty box costs around $400 outright, channel packs are $6 each and Optus Sport is ordinarily $15 a month so having all this included for $80 could be good value.
Optus Call Rates & Packs
Optus also offers easy call packs that are labeled ‘Bolt Ons’ and they can be added for an extra monthly cost on top of your internet plan. Plans come with pay-as-you-go – or ‘PAYG’ – rates as standard, which are as follows:
- 28c per minute plus 52c flagfall for mobiles and national lines, local calls 30c each, calls to 13/1300 numbers 35c each.
Available bolt-ons may work out to be better value, and start at $5:
- $5 for unlimited local & national calls; $5 extra for mobiles, and an international bolt-on is also available for $10.
Though landline phones are becoming arguably less popular over time, it may still work out to be a good deal for those weekly calls to Nanna. Below are some plans with call packs included:
How does Optus NBN compare to other NBN providers?
Optus compares quite well with a slew of smaller providers all jostling for your attention. With unlimited NBN data from only $65 per month, you arguably can’t put a foot wrong. However, where Optus can fall behind is the price for its speed boost and in comparison to the cheapest of the cheap. Other providers worth keeping an eye out for include:
Arguably its biggest competitor is Telstra, which also has its own suite of broadband and entertainment plans. All in all, Optus stays fairly competitive but may be outdone by one or more of these providers based on data and price.
Is an Optus NBN plan worth the money?
As one of the largest providers in Australia, Optus has cemented itself as one of the strongest NBN providers. With plans starting at just $65, it is well-positioned to take on the bigger providers and compete with the smaller ones alike.
- While base prices can be considered ‘cheap’, set-up fees may be prohibitive as well as speed boosts.
- Optus benefits from its entertainment packages, but this may not be enough to sway some consumers.
As you move into faster NBN speed tiers, Optus may fall behind a bevy of small providers offering cut-price rates and lots of ‘bang for buck’. Optus is certainly not falling much behind, but if on a budget, the extra $10 here and there can make or break a plan.
The next time you’re shopping around, Optus is well worth a look into – especially if looking for internet and entertainment – but if you’re after the cheapest price, there may be other providers worth keeping an eye out for.