Make sure you have enough data to satisfy your internet surfing needs. Photo: Pexels
For the plans mentioned above, this question is moot, as they are all unlimited. You can binge away!
However, the other plans – home wireless broadband and mobile broadband – do have data limits. So when selecting from these options, it’s best to take stock of how much data you’ll need.
Home Wireless Broadband
This option gives you an Optus SIM card and a Wi-Fi modem that connects to the local Optus mobile network. This is great for people living in dorms and share-houses, and is also great for people who move around frequently.
The Home Wireless Broadband plans start at $80/month for 24 months, with a minimum cost over that time of $1920. This gets you 200GB a month, which is plenty if you’re just streaming videos occasionally, checking email and getting all social on that social media. If you go over $200GB in a month, you are automatically given another 10GB and charged another $10, up to five times. After that, your speed is shaped down to 256Kbps for the remainder of the month. A 12-month contract is also available for $90/month at a total cost of $1080 over 12 months. And there is a month-to-month contract available at $80/month, with a minimum cost of $320 for one month.
Mobile broadband is just a SIM card that you use in your preferred mobile devices. It connects you to the local Optus mobile network, and lets you browse on the go.
Optus has plenty of options available, based on the amount of data you need and the device you’re using – laptop, computer, tablet or iPad. The telco offers USB modems, portable WiFi modems and data SIM cards to bring the freedom of wireless Internet to your devices.
Plus, the company offers clients the possibility to pool and share data across devices. By combining any postpaid mobile and mobile broadband plans onto one bill, a Data Pool will allow you to share your total monthly data. This is especially useful for families – if the kids run out of data, mom or dad can share their GB with them.
Your best bet is to head over to the Optus website – we especially like their prepaid mobile broadband plans, starting at $2 for just SIM card, $10 for a SIM plus 1 GB of data, and $30 for a SIM plus 4GB of data. The data is valid for 30 days and does not roll over. If you’re more data-hungry, you can choose a data SIM only plan starting at $15/month for 3GB, price available on a 12-month contract; and going up to $70/month for 140GB (70GB bonus – offer ends 3 September 2017).
Home phone + broadband bundles
For families who like to have a shared household phone, Optus offers great value plans. For only $60/month you get unlimited data and pay as you go calls. You can either sign a contract, or take advantage of their online offers and go the month to month route. The Optus Entertainment Bundle comes with broadband, a home phone line, and Fetch TV. Photo: Optus
A bundle built for entertainment
Do you plan on bundling an entertainment service with your broadband and home phone? The Optus entertainment bundles come with unlimited broadband (ADSL2+, Cable or NBN), a home phone line, and Fetch TV – your personal 1TB personal video recorder. You get pay as you go calls, but can add calling packs for as low as $5/month.
The Optus bundle made for entertainment is $80/month and gives customers access to Yes TV by Fetch. You get a a Fetch TV Mighty set-top box and a free channel included, as well as an Optus Sport subscription. This deal basically covers all your entertainment needs. Minimum cost is $1920 over 24 months.