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Optus $20 Entertainer 24mth Plan - 2GB Data, Galaxy Tab A8, w/Video & Music Streaming Quota Free


Sure its not the worlds greatest tablet or plan with only 2gb of data but for 20 bucks it includes the tablet and a plan from optus that has quota free video and music streaming.

Perfect for trips away and a cheap way to access these services data free without chewing up quota on my mobile.

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  • +1

    Pretty good deal

  • +1

    Wow.. agreed there, Nice deal.. Perfect for what I'm looking for as well. Off to Optus on Saturday

    • +1

      Suited my needs. Moving house soon and not sure if I'll get adsl. Quick wholesale port check and I may be lucky may not. Otherwise my choices are mobile data or satellite. It could be who knows how long I'll be without internet for so I figure I can binge watch on netflix etc.

      • Yup..And I'm sure you can run a cable from the tablet into your tv..Might not be the best but it's workable

        • +1

          I have a mhl cable I bought for a note 3 that is being temperamental so I could use that providing the pin layout is the same (there were a batch of Samsung phones that used 11 pin mhl instead of the standard 5 pin other vendors used)

          If not its a cheap cable anyway

        • +1

          Always cheaper on ozbargain.. though haven't seen any recently..lol

        • @dazza826:

          Unfortunately, specs on Optus page say "HDMI: No"

        • +1

          @yow: That means it doesn't have an HDMI port inbuilt. Doesn't stop you from using an MHL cable though.

        • -2

          @yow: Ever heard of Chromecast?

        • @dazza826: I was looking into doing the same thing. However, from quickly reading online, I don't think this particular galaxy tablet is MHL compatible? Am I missing something?

        • throw that Netflix on to your tv using a Chromecast(if its a old TV)

      • the $50 25GB and $70 50GB plans could be ADSL replacement plans.

        I'd be nearly sold if they included youtube 480P streaming as well.

  • dis is bretty gud

  • What's the payout for the tablet if you cancel early given the plan says $0 for the tablet?

    • +2

      Plan is 480 over 24 months. When you sign up it says the cost of the device can't remember what it was is covered in the plan.

    • Cost of the device is $15/month but they credit you that amount as part of the contact. If you leave early you need to pay the balance of $15/month

    • The "Month to month" plan costs $375 for the first month comprising of $15 for the plan and $360 for the tablet.

      If they use this figure to determine early termination fee it could be costly decision

  • +2

    Uncapped Netflix, Spotify streaming, etc. Makes this a pretty good portable entertainment device

  • +1

    Do you actually have to pay for Netflix and Stan monthly fees or do they come with?

    • You'd have to pay for them.

    • +1

      use a friends

  • +1

    Its a good plan. Bear in mind the tablet is a 2 year old model from 2015 with the 4:3 formfactor. It is the LTE model, so it does 2GB of RAM which is better than the standard WIFI version with only 1.5GB. Screen Res is "only" 1024x768..

  • Your paying $4 extra a month for the entertainment package. You could save $96 without it and just have 2gb to entertain yourself. Or just use your home wifi.

    If I recall right this is on par with the Nexus 7.

    • +5

      Unmetered data with video and music streaming is probably the icing on the cake.
      AFAIK there are no other providers that will offer that on a mobile device.

      • Unmetered Foxtel Go on Telstra.

  • +1

    I have one of these tablets (got it in a Telstra deal), and with a ChromeCast use it as my home media centre, works fantastically and a great way to search all the different platforms for media to stream.

    Great additional use for the tablet if anyones getting one.

  • Nice deal.

    Tablets ok for doing all the usual but that unmetered video streaming is fantastic deal.

  • use with data pool and you have much more data to use

  • Cant sign up for $16.can select only $20….i had chat with a guy and they gave me the deal for $16..thats an issue in their site

    • Not sure what you mean, I did a dummy order selecting the 16 and it went all the way up to place order. I didn't want to press place order, just in case I missed out on the data free feature. Appreciate to know what steps you took to get it for 16, thanks.

    • It looks like the $16 plan doesn't get the free streaming?

    • +1

      Are you sure, you got the $20 Plan for $16 ?

      • Looks like..
        got a pdf saying $15 My Mobile Broadband Plus 2GB..
        no entertainment..
        i was after a tab

        But am sure the guy said its a mistake in their side

  • +1

    Does anyone know if the unmetered streaming will still work if you put the sim in a pocket WiFi modem?

    • It definitely can be made to work but if you abuse it they will come crying with their fair use policy

    • +2

      Looks like you May need to use their available app to stream.
      Gonna be very slow!!
      Got the following from their fair use page

      • This streaming service is for your single usage of video streaming through the included mobile video service apps only (at launch: Netflix and Presto). Tethering is not permitted.

      • For technical reasons downloads, mobile and mobile broadband WiFi hotspots, streaming or casting on TVs (such as through Chromecast and Apple TV), and other data such as DRM pings, advertisements, authentication and app analytics are excluded and will incur data charges.

      The delivery of this service will not exceed 1.536 Mbps.

  • Can anyone confirm if unlimited streaming works for SBS?

    • Its not listed on their page but you can always ask to double check.

  • What's the cost of the tablet on its own??

    Would make a great in car streaming unit, but what's the battery life like?

  • So it says that you get SD streaming up to 1.5mbps. Does this mean HD won't work?

    • +1

      • The delivery of this service will not exceed 1.536 Mbps. This includes if you choose to download any video. This throughput speed is designed to allow a single user to stream in SD quality on mobile and tablet devices only through the included mobile video service apps. It is not suitable for HD quality video, or viewing through TVs or big screens

  • +1

    This is so tempting… how do I resist?

    • Waiting for a better deal?

  • +2

    From Optus' spec page (on "deal" page) http://www.optus.com.au/shop/tablet/devices/samsung-galaxy-a...

    Display 8.0” TFT display
    Size (H x W x D) 208.4 x 137.9 x 7.5 mm
    Weight 320g
    Colour White
    Processor 1.2GHz Quad Core
    SIM Type Micro SIM
    RAM 2GB
    Internal Memory 16GB (10.8GB User accessible)
    Expandable Memory Support MicroSD up to 128GB
    Camera Rear: 5MP Front: 2MP
    Video Camera 1080P @ 30fps
    Operating System Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
    Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
    Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
    Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4G + 5GHz)
    WiFi Hotspot Yes
    Bluetooth V4.1
    GPS Yes
    HDMI No
    3G Network 2100, 1900, 850, 900 MHz
    4G Network FDD: 2100, 1800, 850, 2600, 900, 800, 700 MHz TDD: 2300 MHz
    Battery 4,200 mAh

    • However, it fails to mention on the specs page that is is only a 1,024 x 768 screen. It isn't the best screen, but good enough for SD quality Netflix and the Stan content as well.

  • +1

    Amazing deal with the free streaming. It is a pretty good tablet too aside from the low res screen which is not great for reading, but you do get used to it and stop noticing the pixels after a while. Telstra has it for $15 a month (if you are existing customer and ask them for a deal) but only 1gb of data and no free streaming. That is a good deal too if you don't care about streaming but would like a cheap tablet for emails/browsing or want the better 4G coverage.

  • +2

    They don't answer this at the question "What happens if I go over my plan's included data?", but it's in the "nitty gritty" at the bottom:

    Additional Data: Additional data automatically charged at $10/1GB.

    That's reasonable (though I'd prefer it just cut out, like prepaid). Why hide it?

    • it isn't really hidden at all, its pretty clear in the information summary.

      • The answer to that FAQ question doesn't actually answer its question. Doesn't that seem odd?

        Though, I didn't include that answer, so I guess my comment can't convey it; you'd have to read it for yourself.

        • Because a lot of customers usually overuse their allowance and end up paying more money than what they signed up for and it used to be one of major income sources of telecom companies. They really count on you being tempted to use the data for something other than streaming music or TV shows.

  • +1

    I'm seeing correct you can get it for $16 a month ? Just scroll on the left and its $15 plus $1 a month for the tablet

    • Sorry silly me it looks like it doesn't include unlimited streaming

  • +1

    lol. I already have a couple of tablets. At this rate I can set my room up like that guy on the matrix

  • Can you put the sim in a phone to recieve phone calls?

    • This tablet can make and receive phone calls :). But I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do that if you wanted to.

      • +5

        but will the sim let you make/recieve phone calls?

        • +2

          No it won't. I confirmed this with Luke from optus via online chat

        • @edrift: thanks

  • +1

    Can I put the sim in a different device, say iPad and stream data alike? Of is the free video stream connected to the device?

    • yes I would also like to know this. I don't really need the device.

    • i just went on chat and the guy said the free stream would be removed on a different device. But he couldn't point me to anything in agreement so states this.

  • 'Streaming services subject to change at any time.'

    What are the chances of them retracting the unmetered streaming?

    • Cancel the plan if they can't keep up with original terms then why should the person paying for it

  • +1

    Got one. $16 - no free streaming, I don't need it.
    Got free delivery by ordering between midnight and 1am.
    Another plus is this tablet has the capacity for external storage of 128GB.

    I love OzBargain.

  • +2

    thanks again ozbargain at this price the missus wont even notice it coming out of my account…… ihope

  • +1

    Are there any minutes in this deal or its just a data sim that if you wanted to call, text someone you'd have to whatsapp, viber, Skype?

    • +1

      It is only a data sim with this plan mate, however, if you replaced the data sim with a standard phone sim then you would be able to, but you would want to use Bluetooth for the call. Holding an 8.0 inch screen to your ear is a bit cumbersome after all.

  • Hi all, I don't think this has been asked but am I right in assuming YouTube won't be included in the unlimited streaming as it's not listed?

    • As it doesn't say I would assume it does not include YouTube.
      Very unfortunate but the rest is still good.

  • Newb question but can I use this for installing the uber app and requesting uber rides? I don't have uber in my area so can't try and its for my dad who only uses an old mobile.

  • Does this support the s-pen stylus?

  • Quota free did it for me. Thanks OP.

    • Did you buy insurance?

      • No bought tough bumper case.

  • Would there be any way to can stream Netflix unmetered onto a monitor or PC using the tablet? DeX dock perhaps?

    • Not sure, but it would be worth looking at. If you used Chromecast on the monitor, it may work as you will only need to use the tablet to stream the content that way, using the tablet's wifi to the Chromecast.

      • +2

        If you use Chromecast or any other streaming device it will incur data charges as mentioned in the Fair Go Policy document:

        • For technical reasons downloads, mobile and mobile broadband WiFi hotspots, streaming or casting on TVs (such as through Chromecast and Apple TV), and other data such as DRM pings, advertisements, authentication and app analytics are excluded and will incur data charges.

        You could probably get around this by using a micro USB to HDMI cable (or micro USB to HDMI adapter and using a HDMI cable you have laying about) since this would be a direct connection instead of a stream over WiFi.

        • I don't think the micro USB to HDMI would work as according to some of the Samsung forums, this particular tablet is not MHL compatible. Is there any other way to get around it?

        • @Kiwiboy86: You seem to be right, I checked the specs on the samsung website and it doesn't support MHL.

      • Disregard my comment, as iseenya92 covered it better than me. Thanks iseenya92 for correcting my oversight.

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