Optus is making mobile Netflix and Presto streaming quota free

Alex Kidman 23 August 2016

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Optus postpaid customers will be able to stream Netflix and Presto quota free, although you’ll have to make do with standard definition playback.

Australians have taken to streaming media with a passion, but as with most things that inspire passion, there’s a price to pay. If you’re a fan of watching streaming video on your phone or tablet while you’re in transit, you’re likely to hit a heavy price when it comes to actual data usage, because mobile data is seriously expensive stuff compared to fixed line broadband allowances.

Optus’ latest plan to entice customers is to offer those on selected contract phone and mobile broadband plans the option to enjoy unlimited streaming of content from streaming media providers Netflix and Presto during their contract terms.

Customers on the $40, $65 and $85 Optus My Plan Plus tiers (excluding handset repayments) will have the option to pay $10 per month for quota-free Netflix and Presto streaming, while those on the $100 and $120 My Plan Plus tiers will have it included at no additional charge. All of those plans are only available with a bundled handset.

Even for those plans that attract the charge, given that all of Optus’ contract plans come with $10/GB excess data pricing, that’s a pretty fair deal if you’re likely to watch more than an hour’s worth of Netflix or Presto per month. The deal doesn’t include the subscription price for those services, which you’ll still have to foot yourself. Selected mobile broadband plans will also be able to take advantage of quota-free Netflix and Presto streaming. Specifically, customers on the $30, $45 and $60 per month My Mobile Broadband Plus plans will be able to pay the $10 fee for video streaming from Presto or Netflix, while it will be included on the $90/month My Mobile Broadband Plus plan.

The one significant catch in all of this is that Optus will cap speeds on those services for Standard Definition playback only. For most phone devices that’s probably not too onerous a limitation given screen sizes, but if you were a larger higher-resolution tablet or laptop with a mobile SIM it could be problematic

There are some smaller catches to be aware of as well. If you're pooling your data under a data sharing arrangement, only the primary eligible plan will enjoy data free streaming of music or video content. You can't tether or use services such as Airplay or Google Cast to stream out content, and if you do so, any usage that way will count against your data quota.

Optus has also extended its music streaming free offer, which was previously the sole province of its prepaid customers to include all plan tiers of its My Plan Plus offerings, including the SIM-only month to month and 12 month contract plans. This allows for quota free streaming from Google Play Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora and Spotify for pretty much any postpaid consumer Optus customer.

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