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100GB Mobile Broadband on Optus Month to Month $70 Per Month

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Optus leading the way in terms on Mobile Broadband data.

50GB+50GB = 100GB total for $70 a month with no lock in contract.

Month to month or can be contracted on a 24month deal with a modem.

Edit: I just bought one this afternoon. I can confirm it comes with TV and Music streaming free.

I'm close to ditching my ADSL for this type of offering.
CIS is here
http://smb.optus.com.au/opfiles/Shop/All/cis/Cis%20Documents...

From the CIS
Description of the service
This is a Postpaid Mobile Broadband Service which includes
a Data Allowance of 100GB for use within Australia. In times
where our network is busy, data usage on this plan will be
prioritised at a lower level than other data on our network. This
means that during busy times you will experience slower speeds.

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  • +6 votes

    Wow! I'm going to cancel my broadband and get this. The speed of 4g is so much better than adsl and from what I hear nbn isn't much better than adsl.

    • +8 votes

      Its really not. Its better bandwidth but latency is not ideal. Not great for games.

      Take this from someone who has been stuck on vodafone & Telstra 4g for a month now trying to sort out a real internet connection.

      Having said that, this is a great deal for me right now.

      • +1 vote

        I agree, latency is an issue 30ms ping isn't great. But 15/10 connection for me was pretty good. In peak last night 7-8ish I was dropping down to 10/10.
        Its on par with my ADSL in terms of download but I'm looking for increased upload which is why this is neat.

        • +6 votes

          In my experience 30ms is a dream. It may get down to that but it spikes a lot more often than youd like, especially under load.

          Maybe its my modem. But i have tried two.

        • +8 votes

          30ms is not great???? That's enough really for any online game. The problem you may have is the spike.

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          @moonphase: In context, my ADSL is getting 15ms and we lived with Cable which was single digits. I've run a few speedteset since I bought this a few hours ago and keep getting pretty much 30ms. Really happy with it.

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          @Avatar:

          No that is normal, that is the problem with any wireless, interference and insatiability. Wired will always be better for gaming no matter what new tech comes out next 5G, etc. because it is limited by the physics of radio waves.

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          @moonphase: Not really, some FTTP users have 8ms.

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          @Diji1: I'm saying that you wouldn't feel much difference between 8ms and 30ms… if it makes any difference, it's more likely another factors affecting your experiences….

        • -1 vote

          @Diji1: 8ms is high for FTTP, I typically sit on 2-3ms latency to Sydney servers

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        It depends on what game you're playing and where the servers are located and even then the slight increase is negligible.

      • +1 vote

        This is nothing to do with 4G, rather to do with peering and/or device used.

        I found the best device (ping wise) for Optus is the MF920V. Around $39 from Kmart/Officeworks. With this my ping is lower than on my ADSL connection. Still very similar peering, though 1-2ms lower ping. My mobile + another portable wifi device both experience weird ping fluctuations on the same network, in the same spot at the same times. To make it more confusing, both wifi devices use exactly the same 4G bands…

        tl;dr: try with a better device, it can effect ping drastically

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          I have a MF910. Just tried it with this plan but get about 90ms average. Having said that, it's a Telstra modem (was prev on Telsta/Vodafone plans) so maybe it's using the poorer bands…

        • +5 votes

          Well, speedtest.net reports:

          PING: 19ms
          Download: 73.82 Mbps
          Upload: 19.56 Mbps

          Dslreports.com:

          Download: 76.8 Mbps
          Upload: 24.56 Mbps
          Overall: A
          BufferBloat: C
          Quality: A+

          This is on this optus plan MF910. Adelaide, Glenelg.

          I dont get that good latency with a simple average ping test to random servers. Even to say optus.com.au…. so I dont trust that latency. For example, on my Telstra cable I would get a flat 9ms ping to almost any australian ip website.

          But, I'm pretty darn happy at the moment.

        • +1 vote

          You might want to check the channels. I often found "auto" option is not smart enough to switch to less congest channels.

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          @Avatar: unsure about the Telstra model, though I assume it differs in bands.. but those speed tests seem fine.

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          @Avatar:

          Could you ping 103.25.58.100 (Syd) and 163.47.16.10 (Melb)?

          For reference, from regional SA (Port Lincoln):

          To Melb:
          Optus 4G: 40ms
          Telstra 4G: 65ms
          Telstra ADSL: 65ms
          Dodo ADSL: 39ms
          Internode ADSL: 60ms

          To Sydney:
          Optus 4G: 59ms
          Telstra 4G 77ms
          Telstra ADSL: 69ms
          Dodo ADSL: 59ms
          Internode: Unknown

          There's 1-2ms difference in the above test (compared to Dodo) but this isn't exactly seen in any real world situations. Dodo is apart of Vocus group, which peers with a lot of major data centers (including the two the IPs above are hosted by), where as Optus peers with gaming server hosts, etc. In other words, Optus may actually be 3-5ms lower than the above in games due to this.

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          @dyl:

          Well, this is not so good.

          Ping statistics for 163.47.16.10:
          Packets: Sent = 30, Received = 30, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
          Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
          Minimum = 45ms, Maximum = 424ms, Average = 210ms

          Ping statistics for 103.25.58.100:
          Packets: Sent = 30, Received = 30, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
          Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
          Minimum = 45ms, Maximum = 497ms, Average = 277ms

          There are those spikes I was talking about…

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          @Avatar:
          Those spikes are insane, mine doesn't spike at all usually.

          Try pinging the router (192.168.0.1) and seeing if such spikes exist - could be the wifi connection.

          With the lowest, seems like a case of poor routing. The Sydney ping is reasonable (it's 25ms from Adelaide to Sydney on a premium link, so this plus the 19ms you seen to Adelaide = 44ms) but the 45ms to Melbourne makes no sense… You should be seeing <30ms. Either way, this shouldn't matter - it's all under 50ms and won't be problematic, the ping spikes are the only problem.

      • +1 vote

        I get download speeds of about 2mbps on my adsl. Sometimes on the evening a Web page will take 10 seconds to load. Switch to tethering on 4g and it's so much better.

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        Get the right modem or right phone ….I had to use 4g while ADSL was being fixed ….4g was faster but my modem has band 28 and supports band aggregation.

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        I am getting 30m/s on games like Overwatch with my Telstra 4G. It's very dependent, but you can play games on mobile broadband.

        • +2 votes

          I play League on Vodafone 4G because my ADSL 2+ line has an unstable ping lately, these past few months.

          Might ditch the connection if data quotas rise on mobile plans, since I don't use much data.

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          @StrayfireX: I just switched to the lebara 365 plan for my phone it's 7GB data with unlimited calls/texts for $19.92/month but you gotta pay it all upfront at $239. If you want more data Kogan mobile have a similar plan where you get 14GB of data for $25.90/month — https://www.koganmobile.com.au/extra-large-prepaid-plans/

        • +1 vote

          @StrayfireX:

          This is the reason why I have gone to 4G, my upload speed has turned to crap, I can't use Discord and play at the same time. I'm happy with 4G for now, only updates kill me as I'm on a smallish data plan.

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          @StrayfireX:
          Same situation here, unplayable on ADSL at peak times… Vodafone and Optus 4G both manage a stable ping.

        • +1 vote

          For me 4G seems to disconnect me for a few seconds here and there but 3G is completely stable

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          @penguin286: I have this issue, too. What I eventually ended up doing is running a ping continuously in a window, which of course wastes bandwidth, but it keeps my connection up. Otherwise, I might have a 30-60 second delay when clicking a link during web browsing. Vodafone. It seems that voda likes to reap connections from busy POPs (or whatever local nodes are called) on a pretty aggressive schedule, to "make room" for others, making it necessary for the time-consuming connection-re-establishment process to occur after 3 minutes of idle during which one read a web page. Anyone know if that's what's actually going on?

          Due to an error they made (LOL when they discontinued an old plan, they didn't just discontinue the plan, they literally removed the phone numbers of everyone on it, and it took them a while to fix it), a few months back they had to give me a temporary SIM with a new number. Using the same phone, tethering gave me a much faster connection on the new SIM… FOR TWO WEEKS. Streaming was actually doable, fast and pleasant. After that, it sloughed off to normal Voda speeds, streaming unusable due to lag, etc. It's almost like they're trying to make sure new customers don't run for the hills before some guarantee period is up, and then screw 'em. It was really noticeable.

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          @NWLikeShopping:

          Well that looks like a logical explanation as to what I'm experiencing!

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          If anyone wants to know, I am using a Netgear AirCard 810S for my 4G.

    •  

      I'm close to ditching my ADSL for this type of offering.

      Vivid would be better if this is your aim and can handle 10/1.

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      Dont no about others but my optus nbn is spot on 100/40
      3/4 of the day peak drops down to around 60/35

    • +2 votes

      NBN is great if you're in a good location. I got 100/40 FTTP and I get around those speeds. I get 15ms to single digit pings to Aussie game and speedtest servers.

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      just a note with mobile plans, uploads are counted towards your quota

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      Thanks for the deal. I need a stopgap broadband while waiting 2weeks for ADSL.
      Can I just walk in to an optus shop, sign up and walk out with a SIM to use in my E5573 modem?

  • +1 vote

    What is the best 4g modem to get?

    • +3 votes

      Im close to getting this one.
      http://www.optus.com.au/shop/broadband/mobilebroadband/e5186...

      Its on a 24month contract and the modem is free, if you cancel i.e. something better comes along, you pay out how much is left on the modem and that's it. So the RRP of the modem is $240 after 12 months you would only pay $120 to break and you own the device. Really a no brainer.

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        so this has advantages over the little 4g modems you get from Coles?

        • +1 vote

          The avantage for that modem is its got better wifi (AC) bulit in. More home wifi coverage possibly.

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          @gratefulforsavings: Thanks….on the fence with this one as only have a small place. Still sounds like a good idea

        • +1 vote

          @slipperypete: Know I'm late to this, but… I bought a pocket wifi from Optus outright: a E5786. My laptop is connected to it via a magnetic USB cable, and my phone is connected to it via wifi.

          I was in the kitchen the other night, and without thinking I grabbed the phone and started browsing a recipe I knew online… and realised wifi was working through several walls at the other end of the house.

          The modem costs a bit to buy, but it's connected to the laptop via one of these: www.ebay.com.au/itm/262989762036 - which means when I go anywhere, I just break the connection, slip in my pocket, and the internet is with me via the phone/wifi.

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          @GregMonarch:
          Hey Greg thanks for that info.
          I ended up getting this deal and been using my pocket modem with no issues. However I realised I get a much better signal when the modem is positioned in a place that limits wifi with my device.

          I just bought this with the recent ebay sale was $85

          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BNIB-Vodafone-Huawei-WiFi-Cube-E5...

          Gives great signal and a little better efficiency. Despite that, the difference isn't that great and it does lose that portability as you mentioned

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          @slipperypete: You mean the Optus $70 deal? Do you know if it's 100GB per month for the entire 24 months?

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          @GregMonarch:
          Yes it is as far as I can see. I also got free movie and music streaming with mine which I was surprised about

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          @slipperypete: how are you watching Netflix? Just from phone? Do you play it on TV data free?

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          @albanyson:
          I haven't even used it as yet…haven't had the time to check and don't really watch much TV
          I was surprised as this came only if u bought an ipad or something but I got emails saying it had been activated. I was on their online help centre but wasn't really convinced how it worked and whether I would get charged if I used this for the TV and as per other conversations here it indicated that the sim had to be in the actual device.
          I will give them a call probably tomorrow and check how I can use it successfully and what I can watch…sorry not much help

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          @slipperypete:

          Just for info…I'm in a country area and getting up to 30mb/s and ping of ~20. Way better than the satellite boradband I have been using prior to this

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          @slipperypete: Yeah, I noticed some plans do, some don't. I'm looking at it again later today. I'm currently paying $54/m to Jeenee (Optus) for 50GB. The Optus plans are $70/m for 100GB. 50GB is enough for me if I constantly monitor usage. But I'm looking at how much the plan cost per month would effectively reduce to, if I immediately sold the tablet. Only problem is, some of the plans mention: "music streaming not suitable for modems"… I'm trying to find out what that refers to. I have the sneaking suspicion it means I can't put the SIM in a modem, and listen to free radio on the computer… that it's only counted as free if the SIM in in a phone and you listen to music on the same phone.

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          @GregMonarch:
          Hey Greg

          I think you are correct and this is what I am trying to figure out. I can't be bothered or have the time at the moment to call optus but I reckon you may be correct. If I find out I put a post on this thread

      •  

        I have this exact unit on a $60 p/m plan (was $80, but bundled with my mobile for discount).

        It's okay. The guy at my local Optus shop mentioned he used it at his place, claimed he was getting 75Mbps speeds. I max out at about 12-14Mbps. He said the worst you'll ever get on it is 12Mbps, and that the connection disconnects if it were to drop below that.

        I get about 30-45 ping on Battlefield 1, Ethernet connected to PC. I was playing Saturday night, and sent a 0:27sec video on Whatsapp to my partner (both on WiFi, connected to this). This send & receive process was enough for my ping to skyrocket to 999 for about a minute.

        Sometimes it needs a re-boot, maybe once a week. You'll know when it needs it, the little blue WiFi connection icon will turn red.

        All in all, it was either this or ADSL2+ for me, which I did try first, but was worse.

        • +1 vote

          Hey mate, I have the same modem and had the same trouble when the thing goes red. Just set the network to 4G only and it won't happen again.

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          Sounds like you've got the E5186 on the wireless home broadband option rather than the mobile broadband.
          $60 when bundled for 200GB. This service is speed limited to 12/1 when on 2300mhz and 5/1 on all other mobile frequencies.

          The local Optus shop guy was probably using a non-speed limited sim card in the device, such as this 100GB mobile broadband offer.

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          @unco: Oh. That sucks, if it's limited to 12/1? You mention they're probably using a non-speed limited sim card, would I be able to get this on my current plan? Or I'd probably be locked into the current sim, right? :(

        • +1 vote

          @cvas: Fantastic, thanks. I'll adjust this tonight.

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          From what I've read on the whirlpool thread for the Optus home wireless broadband product, the modem isn't locked to the sim. You can put another sim in it and get full speeds, however you'll be paying more for proper mobile broadband data options.

          Best to give a quick post in this thread to double check the modem will work with another provider's sim if you're going to do it.

          https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2561139#r51532709
          This post seems to indicate it worked fine when a Telstra sim was put in it.

      • +1 vote

        This Optus modem have bugger all configuration ability. Can't see wire connected device. Non of those port forwarding jazz…

    • +1 vote

      I'm running off an MF920V I got for $15 from Kmart. Manages ~50mbps, no need for more. Most importantly it's stable - never had a problem.

      If you need a larger WiFi range you might need something more.

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      TP-Link have decent 4G router offerings that aren't locked to a network.

  • +1 vote

    Mobile broadband getting interesting when it starts challenging fixed line. Isn't the bonus 50gb limited time only though?

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      I don't think the 50GB is a limited time. The offer is but once your on it your on it.
      The CIS doesn't indicate that the 50GB only for the first month.

      • -1 vote

        "DOUBLE DATA ENDS 2/7/2017" I can't help but think that means it will switch back to 50 GB after that period.

        • +1 vote

          The CIS says this is $70 100Gb plan, not a 50+50Gb plan. So I think you should be safe in getting the whole 100Gb over the contract period.

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          I'm on my 2nd month of the 100GB plan. It is definitely 100GB.

          Edit: Woops, posted this in the wrong thread

    • -1 vote

      Something that challenges ADSL isn't very interesting, it's just ADSL is shit.

  • +4 votes

    Also available with Galaxy Tab A 8.0 & netflix / music if you go 24 months http://www.optus.com.au/shop/tablet/devices/samsung-galaxy-a...

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      So they include the tablet free if you sign up for 24 months? It's only a basic Android tablet with low res screen but LTE is one redeeming feature.

      • +1 vote

        Correct, $70 plan + $0 tablet. Available in store or on the website.

        I got this tablet yesterday on the $20 plan with 2GB. I haven't played around with it much yet but it seems pretty reasonable.

        • +2 votes

          Wait, so $70 pm, 100gb per month - data free netlfix, stan, iview, spotify etc, AND potentially a 128gb ipad for free that you could sell on? the ipad seems to get about $650 on ebay - so $600 after fees.

    • +6 votes

      Other tablets at a higher cost or no cost also available too if you sign up for 24 months plan. Prices below of the tablets at the end of 24 months with the 100gb/$70 data plan.

      12.9-inch iPad Pro 128gb $720 (though says Out of stock Online)
      12.9-inch iPad Pro 256gb $864 (though says Out of stock Online)
      9.7-inch iPad Pro 32gb $312
      9.7-inch iPad Pro 128gb $456
      iPad 32gb $0
      iPad 128gb $0
      Samsung Galaxy TabPro S $792
      Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 $192

      Hope this helps! iPad 128gb for $0 looks good for anyone signing up for the 24 months $70 100gb data plan!

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        Any idea how much you can sell the iPad 128GB for? I don't need an ipad but could do with the 100gb over 24 months.

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          RRP is 799. so if u wana off load it maybe 699. or 599 for a quick sale.

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          I sold it for $650 including postage on eBay. Deduct the 15% fees and postage, got around $540 net.

        • -2 votes

          @go2home: I would have happily paid you 500 in cash and saved you all the headache. Why didn't you post in the Classifieds section here, I still dont understand why personal sellers sell items ebay unless you are living in a remote rural area with no one around !!#[email protected]%@@

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          @regenade: Well, ebay sometimes has deals. They just had (or have?) a no-insertion and no final value fees deal. But yeah, Gumtree - why reward ebay with money for turning a great site into the landfill retailer it's become.

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        Thanks ! Awesome deal thats what i got

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          Netflix unmetered on this plan too!

  • +5 votes

    If only they included Netflix in the services they give quota-free.

    Without that, you're gonna chew through 100GB of data pretty quickly, especially for a multi-person household.

    How do this deal and this deal compare when using mobile broadband as an alternative to fixed broadband?

    • +2 votes

      i sometimes go though 50GB in one day in a household of 3 people on NBN

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        sounds like my house. i'm not sure on our daily, but we sit between 1-1.5TB/month

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      The difference between the home wireless broadband is that you can only get 12/1 speeds if you are in 2300mhz area and if your not, You can only get 5/1.

      This way they can give you a higher data limit at 200GB for the same cost but at a lower speed.
      The Mobile broadband would have access to 4G plus at full speed depending on other factors like congestion and distance etc.

    • +1 vote

      Yep..if it was free netflix and spotify data id immediately. Only thing that's holding me to dsl

      • +1 vote

        It is if you get the Ipad on the 128gig deal.

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          Only Spotify, not Netflix I think?

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          @hashtagbargain: Nope - its netflix too. Got my receipt.

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          @dickiee: so is there a way to then miracast to TV?

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          @dickiee: MOBILE TV STREAMING

          Add Mobile TV streaming to your plan for $10 a month. You can add or remove this at any time in My Account or My Optus app. Stream the latest movies and TV on Yes TV by Fetch, Netflix, Stan, ABC iview, ABC KIDS iview and ABC ME in SD on your tablet without using your plan's data. Mobile broadband customers will need an Optus mobile/home broadband service to get Yes TV by Fetch.

          Looks like it is a $10 add on for the 128 gb iPad plan. Only free music is included by default.

          http://www.optus.com.au/shop/tablet/devices/apple-ipad-9-7?S...

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          @hashtagbargain: no it's included on the 100 gb plan.

        • +1 vote

          @wxyz234: Absolutely right, didnt notice that before. Cheers.

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          @wxyz234:
          $70 includes 100gb data, Spotify& Netflix streaming?

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          @ygytyg: Spotify Netflix unmerited.

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      Netflix is quota free. It comes with TV streaming.

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      erhm, just picked this up today (sim only $70 month to month 100GB) and got this email a few hours later:

      Hi there,
      Great news! Your data-free Mobile TV streaming is now ready to go on your mobile broadband service.
      If you need more information about your new Mobile TV streaming service, click here.
      Thanks,
      Your Optus Team

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        Hope that's correct, ie they dont issue a retraction, re video streaming on the sim only plans as the page you linked to explicitly says the sim plans only cover audio.

        I'm tossing up between the ipad plan and the sim only

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        Hmmm I just signed up but did not get this. Did you sign up online or in store. It has set up music and sport but not TV.

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          In store

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          ahh ok

          I figured it out, I logged into my account and was able to enable it there! So looks like it is available which is great.

  • +11 votes

    Just back aware "times
    where our network is busy, data usage on this plan will be
    prioritised at a lower level than other data on our network. This
    means that during busy times you will experience slower speeds."

    • +3 votes

      OP should put this in description… Deal breaker for me and I was about to sign up for 24 months.

      • +2 votes

        Done.
        I'm going to go to my local store this afternoon and see what that means. I.e. what kind of guarantee they will give and what it will be slowed to.

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      From memory, I think Vividwirless on their Unlimited data plans also thorttle/reduce network speeds during busy times.