Optus cable plans compared August 2018

Optus cable plans offer connectivity over HFC connections.


What you need to know about Optus' cable plans

Despite being one of only two broadband providers to roll out its own nation-wide cable network in Australia, Optus doesn't charge a premium for its cable service, instead pricing it in line with both its ADSL and NBN plans.

As with all its broadband plans, Optus offers a standalone cable plan as well as two different cable bundles. The basic cable bundle comes with home phone line rental, while the entertainment bundle includes Yes TV by Fetch and a subscription to Optus Sport. While Optus' bundles are available on both 24-month and month-to-month contracts, you can only sign up for its standalone cable service on a 24-month contract.

One thing to keep in mind if you're considering signing up to an Optus cable plan is how the arrival of the NBN will affect your service. As the NBN continues its rollout across Australia, Optus' cable network is being disconnected, with existing customers needing to switch to new NBN plans if they want to continue to access the Internet. Fortunately, Optus doesn’t charge any fees to switch you over, so you shouldn't have to pay anything extra to swap over to the NBN when the time comes.

What are the different Optus cable plans?

Optus currently offers three separate cable plans: standalone cable, a cable and home phone bundle and an entertainment bundle including cable, home phone and Yes TV by Fetch. Each plan comes with unlimited data each month, a free Wi-Fi modem and supports cable Internet speeds of up to 30Mbps.

The two cable bundles also include pay-as-you-go calls with the option to add call packs for unlimited local and national calls, unlimited mobile calls and unlimited international calls to select countries. The entertainment bundle kicks things up another notch with a Fetch Mighty set-top box, one Fetch channel pack of your choice and a subscription to Optus Sport.

How much do Optus' cable plans cost?

For Optus' standalone cable plan, you'll be looking at $80 a month plus a start-up fee of $125 if you're a new Optus customer.

On the bundle front, $75 a month will get you Optus' cable and home phone combo, while $90 a month will score you the entertainment bundle with Fetch and Optus Sport. An extra $14 a month will upgrade the entertainment bundle from its single Fetch channel pack to the ultimate pack including all 45+ Fetch premium channels. For speed demons, an additional $30 a month will boost the cable speed from 30Mbps to 100Mbps.

If you prefer the freedom of a month-to-month contract, you'll have to pay a $200 start-up fee at the outset of your contract. On the flip side, if you sign up for a 24-month contract and want to cancel your service early, you'll have to pay an early termination fee of up to $175 on the standalone cable plan and up to $500 on either of Optus' cable bundles.


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