Optus cable plans compared November 2019

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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 plus pay-as-you-go calls. The entertainment bundle includes unlimited standard local, national and mobile calls plus a Fetch Mighty set-top box with a singleFetch channel pack. It also includes a subscription to Optus Sport. All three plans are available on month-to-month or 24-month contracts.

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: the 85 Broadband plan (standalone cable), the 70 bundle (cable and home phone bundle) and the 90 bundle (an entertainment bundle including cable, home phone and Fetch). Each plan comes with unlimited data each month, a free Wi-Fi modem and default cable Internet speeds of up to 50Mbps.

The 70 cable bundle includes a home phone service with pay-as-you-go calls, while the 90 bundle adds in unlimited standard local, national and mobile calls. An optional international call pack is also available for an extra $10 a month. You also get a free subscription to Optus Sport with either bundle.

The 90 bundle kicks things up another notch with a Fetch Mighty set-top box and one Fetch channel pack of your choice.

How much do Optus' cable plans cost?

For Optus' standalone cable plan, you'll be looking at $85 a month plus a start-up fee of $200 if you're a new Optus customer.

On the bundle front, $70 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 $20 a month will boost the cable speed from 50Mbps 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. This drops to $99 on a 24-month 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 $451 depending on your chosen plan and how many months remain in your contract.

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