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New Optus NBN plans come with free Netflix


Optus' 3 new showstoppers look good on paper, but do these Internet plans offer the most bang for your buck?

Optus has just launched 2 new NBN plans and replaced its previous 5G Home Internet Entertainer package to offer even faster speeds. What all of them have in common is every streaming fiend's fantasy – a free subscription to Netflix.

Here's a quick overview of what the plans cost before we go into the finer details:

  • Internet Family Entertainer, NBN 50: $89 a month for the first 6 months, then $99 a month after.
  • Internet Family Entertainer, NBN 100: $109 a month for the first 6 months, then $119 a month after.
  • 5G Internet Entertainer Superfast: $89 a month for the first 6 months, then $99 a month after.

What are Optus' new NBN plans like?

There are 2 new NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans available to sign up to depending on which speed you prefer:

  • Optus Internet Family Entertainer NBN 50: $89 a month for the first 6 months, then $99 a month after with 50Mbps speeds.
  • Optus Internet Family Entertainer NBN 100: $109 a month for the first 6 months, then $119 a month after with 100Mbps speeds.

Both plans differ from Optus' current line-up because they now include a free Netflix subscription for the lifetime of your Optus NBN plan.

There's no set-up fee involved, and both plans come with the Optus Ultra Wi-Fi modem with 4G backup, which can come in handy during an NBN outage.

Is it worth signing up to Optus' new NBN plans?

Both of Optus' new NBN plans are slightly more expensive.

The new NBN 50 plan is up to $20 more expensive than its no-Netflix version, while the NBN 100 plan is up to $30 more expensive.

However, the 6-month introductory discounts do make them more favourable. Plus, getting free Netflix on top makes it more convenient for you to pay for your Internet and streaming service in 1 place.

In the long term though, the new plans are more expensive than having a separate Netflix subscription and signing up to Optus' older NBN 50/NBN 100 plans.

  • Good to know: A Standard Netflix subscription in Australia costs $16.99 a month and a basic one is only $10.99 a month. However, you will not be able to downgrade if you sign up with Optus.

What's Optus' new 5G Home Internet plan?

Optus is replacing its 5G Internet Entertainer plan with 5G Internet Entertainer Superfast. There are 2 key differences:

  • You now get a Standard Netflix subscription (2 screens).
  • Your speeds during the busy hours of the day (7-11pm) will jump from 83Mbps to 210Mbps.

The cost will stay at $99 a month, but you do get a 6-month introductory discount that brings it down to $89 per month initially. Plus, the plan also includes Optus Sport and OS Fitness which sweetens the deal a bit more.

If entertainment extras and super fast speeds aren't a requirement for you, you can still sign up to its 5G Internet Everyday and pay $79 a month for 83-100Mbps speeds.

Is Optus' new 5G Internet plan a good deal?

If you're lucky enough to get Optus 5G coverage in your area, Optus' new 5G Home Internet plan works out better than its NBN 100 plan.

You get faster speeds and access to Optus Sport for just $19 more than its regular 5G plan. And not to forget, free Netflix on top too (worth $16.99 a month).

Bottom line

Optus is offering customers the convenience of having their Internet and streaming subscription under 1 bill (and access to Optus Sport depending on which plan you choose).

However, it might pay to shop around for NBN plans before committing to Optus. Where 5G Home Internet is concerned, the telco is hitting the right notes, especially when it comes to price and speeds.

Looking for the latest deals? See our top picks for the best Internet plans this month or compare Internet plans to find one that suits your needs.

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