Optus offering unlimited 5G broadband for just $70

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If you’re champing at the bit to try out 5G broadband, you may now have a new super-fast home internet option. Optus has now made its 5G Home Broadband Plan available to all eligible customers in 5G-serviced areas, offering unlimited data for just $70 per month.

We first reported on Optus’ 5G broadband launch back in January, well before the service was actually available to customers. Over the past few months, Optus has been quietly rolling out its $70 plan on an invite-only basis, offering unlimited 5G broadband only to select applicants who had submitted an online expression of interest.

Now, however, the plan has been opened up to all customers fortunate enough to live in areas covered by Optus’ burgeoning 5G network. At just $70 per month, it’s a surprisingly well-priced alternative to premium NBN broadband – and even comes with one month free for all customers.

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Optus 5G Home Broadband (24 months)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes Nokia 5G modem
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

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Optus 5G Home Broadband (month-to-month)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes Nokia 5G modem
  • $200 setup fee
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $270 over first month

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Optus’ 5G Home Broadband plan is available on both no lock-in contracts, and on a 24-month term. Sign up for the full two years, and you’ll pay no setup fees; opt to go month-to-month, and you’ll need to pay a $200 upfront connection fee.

Both options include unlimited data, plus a Nokia FastMile 5G modem. Nokia’s 5G gateway is included free with your service, but you will need to return it to Optus once your contract ends, or if you decide to cancel your plan. If you fail to return your Nokia device, you’ll be subject to a non-return fee of $330.

You’re welcome to set up your modem yourself, but Optus is currently offering a free professional installation. This option will be offered to you at sign up, and Optus will contact you to arrange an installation time.

If you’re looking for entertainment extras, you have the option of adding Optus Sport and Fetch TV to your broadband plan. Optus Sport, available for just an extra $14.99 per month, offers exclusive football content, including Premier League and Champions League games. Fetch TV is priced from $10 per month and includes a set-top box and easy access to subscription and streaming channels, plus free-to-air television.

Optus 50Mbps Speed Guarantee

You probably know that 5G will offer groundbreaking data speeds, but just how fast can you expect your Optus broadband to be? Optus has reported an average download speed of 100Mbps for 5G home broadband, with peak speeds of up to 295Mbps. However, your actual speeds may vary, which is why Optus is offering a 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee to all 5G customers.

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If you’re not happy with your plan speed or 5G signal, and you’re not regularly achieving speeds of 50Mbps or faster, Optus will cancel your service and waive all cancellation fees. This offer is subject to Optus’ terms and conditions, and you’ll need to return your Nokia 5G modem within 30 days of cancellation to avoid a non-return fee.

Optus states that speeds will continue to improve as the network is rolled out, and there’s plenty of factors that may influence how fast your plan will be. Your location, network congestion, how many devices you connect, and other variables will impact your daily speeds, but in general you can expect a performance at least as fast as a fixed-line NBN plan on the Standard Plus Evening Speed tier.

Optus 5G broadband: what you need to know

The biggest issue with 5G is that most Australians still aren’t covered. Optus hasn’t released an up-to-date 5G coverage map, so you’ll need to enter your address on the telco’s online address checker to determine if your home is eligible for the service.

During Optus’ initial invite-only 5G rollout, the plan was available in limited suburbs, including Glendenning, Minchinberry, Niagara Park and Bonnyrigg in NSW, as well as Cook in the ACT and Kenmore in Queensland. As of this week, Optus has announced that its 5G network is now live in limited areas of Auchenflower, Castle Hill, Kallangur, Kenmore Hills, Kingsford, Macquarie Park, Rosebud, and Strathpine.

You can check your suburb on Optus’ website to determine if your address is 5G-ready. Optus has confirmed plans to send over 1,200 5G sites live by March of next year – but for now, you may need to be patient if you’re outside of a 5G-covered area.

As with all broadband plans, there’s some fine print to be aware of before you sign up. Although Optus’ $70 5G plan includes unlimited monthly data, this is subject to the Optus Fair Go policy. Basically, if you’re using your plan in a manner that Optus deems unreasonable, or for commercial purposes, the telco has the right to cancel your service.

Be aware that if you do move home, you may not be able to take your 5G broadband plan with you. As Optus 5G is still only available in fairly limited areas, you may need to switch to a 4G wireless/mobile broadband or fixed-line broadband service if you relocate mid-plan. Customers who do move to a non-serviced area and decide to cancel all Optus home internet may be subject to cancellation fees, and will also need to return their 5G modem or other broadband equipment.

Telstra 5G broadband

If you’re looking to compare 5G plans, Telstra’s own 5G network is now live in selected locations across all capital cities. If your home does fall under Telstra’s 5G coverage – available to check on the Telstra website – you’ll be eligible for the telco’s new 5G mobile broadband plans, listed below and starting from $15 per month for 5GB of data.

These plans are available with the new HTC 5G Hub, which is offered by Telstra on either a 24 or 36-month contract. Plans are available on a month-to-month basis, with your 5G Hub payment separated from your monthly service. All plans include an allocated number of full-speed 5G gigabytes each month, plus unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps, meaning you’ll never need to worry about excess data charges.

The below table features all published Telstra mobile broadband plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance. These do not include device payments for the HTC 5G Hub. These are products with links to a referral partner.

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Extra Small

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Free 5G access until 30 June 2020

min. cost $15 over one month

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Small

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Free 5G access until 30 June 2020

min. cost $25 over one month

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Medium

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Includes 5G network access

min. cost $50 over one month

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Large

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Includes 5G network access

min. cost $75 over one month

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If you’re looking for more 5G options, Telstra also offers 5G mobile coverage on a variety of new, high-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. For more information on 5G-capable smartphones and plans, head over to our 5G Devices guide.

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