Optus’ new home wireless broadband plans increase data inclusions

Alex Kidman 2 September 2016


If you can’t get NBN at your place yet, Optus would like you to consider wireless broadband with new 200GB plans.

The current range of Optus Home Wireless plans use Optus’ 4G network to deliver broadband with a single 50GB data inclusion, but from Monday if you sign up for a 12 or 24 month plan, that data inclusion will quadruple to a very healthy 200GB for the entirety of your contract period.

The new plans do entail a slight price uptick in return for all that tasty data, however. If you signed up before 5 September, Optus would charge you $70 per month on either a month-to-month or 24 month basis for that 50GB of data. On the month-to-month tier you’d also have to spend $240 upfront for the Home Wireless Broadband modem, which is bundled free with a 24 month contract. If you opt for a 12 month contract, there’s a $10/month hardware payment on top of that $70 monthly charge.

From Monday, however, Optus’ Home Wireless Plans will cost $80 per month for month-to-month or 24 month customers, or $90 per month if you opt for a 12 month contract, taking that $10 monthly hardware cost into consideration.

If you’re also an Optus mobile customer spending $30 per month or more on a postpaid contract, Optus will slice the price down for a Home Wireless Plan by $20 per month. All plans include an excess data provision for $10 for 10GB of data, which is quite a bit cheaper than the almost standard $10/GB data you’d pay for a genuinely mobile product. Then again, unless you own a very long extension cable, you can’t take the Home Wireless Broadband service with you, and Optus rather specifically speed limits Home Wireless Broadband connections to a maximum of 12/1Mbps in areas with 2300Mhz coverage and just 5/1Mbps if you’re in an area without 2300Mhz coverage.

Here’s how the new and old plans compare:

Optus Home Wireless BroadbandMonthly CostMonthly cost (Optus Postpaid mobile customer)Upfront CostIncluded DataMinimum total cost (no discount)Minimum total cost (Optus discount)
Month to month pre 5/9/2016$70 N/A$240 50GB$310 N/A
Month to month post 5/9/2016$80 $60 $240 50GB$320 $300
12 Month contract pre 5/9/2016$80 N/A$0 50GB$960 N/A
12 Month contract post 5/9/2016$90 $70 $0 200GB$1,080 $840
24 Month contract pre 5/9/2016$70 N/A$0 200GB$1,680 N/A
24 Month contract post 5/9/2016$80 $60 $0 200GB$1,920 $1,440

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