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Optus NBN Plans & Review

One of the country's largest Internet providers, Optus has a wide range of NBN plans and bundles to meet your needs.

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Optus NBN plans explained

Optus offers two main NBN broadband plans, with your choice of a standalone plan or one with a Fetch TV entertainment pack.

  • Internet Everyday. Unlimited data for $75 per month. Typical evening speed of 44.00 Mbps.
  • Internet Entertainer. Unlimited data for $95 per month. Typical evening speed of 80.00 Mbps.

If you're after faster speeds, Optus allows you to opt-in for a Speed Boost, which will cost you an additional $30 a month and bump you up a speed tier to reach Fast NBN speeds (typical evening speed of 80.00 Mbps for these Optus plans).

Optus Sport is included in both plans, which focuses mostly on coverage of European football. Extra channel packs for Fetch can be purchased for an additional price, though you do get one Premium Channel pack for free on the Internet Entertainer plan.

All plans are available on month-to-month contracts. The $252 cost of the modem will be covered as long as you stay connected with Optus for 36 months. If you leave before then, you'll have to pay back $7/month for the time remaining.

Optus NBN review: What we think

Optus is Australia's second biggest telecommunications company and in many ways is Telstra's less expensive younger sibling. Optus' plans, while not the cheapest on the market, offer decent connection speeds in return for the reliability and reputation of a major provider.

If you're particularly into sport and European football, Optus' plans give you access to the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League with its Optus Sport bundle. Its entertainment bundle offerings in general are pretty comprehensive.

While Optus' $99 set-up fee may seem like a steal, keep in mind that your modem will only be free if you stay with them for 36 months. On top of this, Optus doesn't offer anything in the lower NBN speed tiers and its higher-speed plans might not be necessary for a smaller family or a household of medium–light Internet users.

What's included with the Fetch TV bundles?

Fetch TV is a powerful pay TV platform that uses the Internet to deliver more than 35 entertainment channels to your TV. As part of the Optus NBN entertainment bundles, Optus includes a Fetch TV Mighty DVR and a single channel pack. You can pause and rewind live TV on any streaming channel, including free-to-air TV, with enough tuners to be able to record up to six channels while watching something else.

It also offers quick and easy access to streaming services like Netflix and Stan, as well as catch-up TV services like ABC iview, SBS On Demand, 9Now, 7Plus and TENplay.

Perhaps more interestingly, though, is the ability to access the Optus Sports service, which is the exclusive channel for watching the English Premier League in Australia.

How do Optus' NBN plans compare?

Let's take a look at how Optus' Internet Everyday plan compares to a few other NBN plans on the market that share a similar speed.

Optus' entry level NBN plan sits on the higher end of the scale in terms of pricing, though it does offer you a higher than average typical evening speed. The option to grab an Optus NBN plan in an entertainment bundle does add extra value to their offerings, so if you're looking for a packaged option, Optus may be well worth your consideration.

To compare more Optus plans against the rest of the market, use our NBN search engine and adjust the filters to what you're looking for.

Frequently asked questions

How do I switch to Optus NBN?

You can follow this three-step process to switch over to Optus from your current provider:

  1. Find out whether the NBN is installed in your area. You can check this using our NBN tracker map.
  2. Decide which of Optus's plans you're interested in and whether you want any of its entertainment offerings added on top. Contact Optus by phone or online to buy your desired plan.
  3. Optus will send you a modem as part of the $99 set-up fee ( on a 24-month contract) and you'll be good to go after setting it up. It may send a technician to hook you up if it's the first time your property is being connected to the NBN.

Do I need to buy a new modem to sign up to Optus?

Yes. Optus includes a new modem as part of its $99 ( on a 24-month contract) set-up fee and doesn't allow you to supply your own.

Can I cancel my Optus NBN plan?

If you're on a month-to-month contract, you can easily cancel your plan at any time without a problem. On a 24-month contract, you'll be subject to a $300–$500 early cancellation fee depending on your plan. This fee will decrease over the term of your contract, though Optus does not specify by how much.

Do Optus' NBN plans include calls?

Optus's basic NBN bundles provide a home phone with pay-as-you-go calls by default and you can add on local and national calls for $5/month, Australian mobiles for $5/month and international calls to 24 countries for $10/month. This home phone line is not part of their Optus Sport included NBN plans.The more expensive entertainment bundle plans provide a phone line with unlimited Australian mobile and landline calls, with the same option of extra international calls for $10/month.


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    DannyAugust 7, 2017

    G’Day,
    Am I able to watch the V8 Supercars, Sky F1 coverage and Australian A League?
    I do this on Foxtel at the moment.
    Thanks

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      JonathanAugust 7, 2017

      Hello Danny,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The channels/shows you have mentioned are not available in Optus Fetch TV, which would be your subscription service under Optus NBN Plans. You can read more about Fetch on this page.

      Optus TV featuring Foxtel services are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane or are within cable or HFC-cable enabled area, you may confirm with Optus directly if they offer these in there.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    ClemJune 12, 2017

    Do you have pensioner concessions

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      DanielleJune 13, 2017

      Hi Clem,

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      The pensioner discount depends on the plan you’re on as some plans are ineligible for the discount. It would be best to contact Optus directly.

      For other options, you may refer to this page.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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