Optus - $60 Per Month (24 Months) for 200GB of Data and Range of Tablets or Modems

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$60 for 200GB of data is back and this time you can select from a range of goodies if you sign up for 24 months or 12 months without the goodies

can sign up with
iPad 128GB
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
or Modems
4G Plus Wi-Fi Modem (Cat 11) AC800S
4G Plus Wi-Fi Modem (Cat 6) B525

note, the new iPad air is coming soon, so hold on if you're going for the iPad

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  • +2 votes

    Also works with ipad pro

    Nice find

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    Same price for 128gb?

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    Are those things free or extra on top of the $60?

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      free, just click on the link and select the $60 plan…. Mobile TV streaming is $5 extra for iPad, but Music streaming, Nat. Geo and Optus Sport is included in free data.

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        Just FYI - i was told at the optus shop the data-free streaming only works on the device that holds the optus sim. This is fine if you're just watching shows on your ipad/tablet, but not if you plan to chuck the sim into a wireless router (like i hoped to do)

        • +1 vote

          Your wireless router doesn't do HDR + 4k resolution? You need an upgrade!

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          Rubbish. Optus reps don't know what they're talking about. (As is usual for Optus. Two years ago I went to a few different Optus stores and got different answers to the same questions at every store.)

          I've been on the 100GB/$70 plan that came with a free tablet for nearly 2 years. (So the same service as this, basically.) The SIM card is in a Huawei E5786 pocket wifi modem which I bought outright and is not locked to Optus.

          *** I access the internet via wifi on both my laptop and an Android phone. ***

          I haven't used it for a while, but the last time I did, the free radio/TV/sport data shows as 'unmetered data' on my bills with a charge of $0 next to it (as opposed to other things which have a dollar value next to them). You used to be able to see this online in the 'dashboard' too. But they did change it months ago and people were complaining about it. So I'm not 100% sure you can still view it online. If not, you could either try someone else's (if you can find someone with the same type of service) by connecting your device via wifi to their modem, and watching a few minutes of video on your device - and/or sign up, view some video, wait a few hours - then either check their 'dashboard' or phone Optus and explain you tried your free video and radio services and would like to know if they are showing on your current bill as "unmetered data", or, if they have a charge next to them. (If they're showing neither, then they haven't updated yet - wait another few hours and call again.)

          Many of their reps get MOBILE DATA SIMs confused with their HOME WIFI SIMs which have a SIM that only works with a certain modem, has (or had) speed restrictions, etc.

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          Oh - and if you plan to use netflix don't turn the resolution to high. That WILL be counted.

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        I meant, is the iPad/S4 free, not the services?

  • +2 votes

    No more $10 off for existing customer?

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    the $10 bundle discount, if you have a mobile with them, work with this?

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    If this cna be tethered. It's quite a good replacement for home internet

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      Need to buy a 4g modem. Viviwifi cost $200. Or you can get better huawei modem for $100 in Asian countries.

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        Can't you just use free iPad as continual hotspot?

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          I guess so. I wonder how reliable using an ios device 24/7 for hotspot actually is. Google might know…

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          Yes. I put the Optus SIM into my Android phone and set it as a wifi hotspot so my laptop could access the internet for the first couple of weeks, until I bought a pocket wifi. AND as above… Optus reps claiming you have to watch video on the same device the SIM is in to get free data - is nonsense. (For everyone I've spoken to it is anyway.)

      • +2 votes

        Plenty of old Vivid B315 and B325 Modems on Gumtree for less than $100.
        Also a few Optus Home Wireless Broadband Huawei E5186 modems which are better if you're in a Band 40 area as they have Carrier Aggregation for Band 40.

    • +1 vote

      There are modems that can be used with the deal. I use the Netgear ac800s modem that is free on this plan with the aircard smart cradle for the gigabit Ethernet ports. The benefits of cat11 are quite nifty, I get 120mbps downstream during peak and 240mbps downstream during off-peak. Given up on NBN in my area.

      That being said, might be worth you waiting till later this year when the 5g plans and modems are in stock. $70 per month for unlimited data and faster speeds than I'm getting on 4g.

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        AC800s has known drop outs.
        How is your experience?

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          I've heard that but I haven't had any dropouts. Running on the latest firmware and using the aircard smart cradle, we've had 3 of us connected and playing fortnite (we had 40 kills in team rumble between the three of us so it's quite stable) with a fourth person watching Netflix in 4k, no stutters or lag.

          The smart cradle does have a tiny fan, may help during summer, but you'd get better flow from a usb fan.

        • -1 vote

          I suspect the ac800s has issues in poor signal. I have bad signal inside and am about to return my second ac800s. From what I've read online, those reporting good speeds don't report drop-outs or restarts, and people who report restarts have said it's fixed when they buy/install a good outdoor antenna.
          I got a second hand b315 and it's rock solid and same speeds.

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            @sacah: My modem cradle setup is sitting on a window sill and I get 3 bars at best with the amplified antennas of the cradle. That being said, I had no issues when I was running on the modem alone with no cradle on 1-2 bars. 4g modems always work best when near a window with minimal interference.

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              @DangerNoodle: Yeah, when I say we have bad signal, I'm talking unable to make phone calls without being in the same location as the modems are, and even then having calls drop out at times.
              Both the AC800s' and the B315 have all been in exactly the same spot, right near a glass window and 4 panel glass sliding door. And both the AC800s' have had dropouts and restarts frequently and the B315 has none.
              I also tried one of those USB stick modems in the same spot, it got the same speeds as the AC800s.

              If this was a perm setup I'd invest in a mimo antenna outside going to the AC800s, but NBN is coming in a month, so I'll stick to the working B315 (-:

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        noob question here, what improvement could i expect going down the AC800s /Aircard or B315 route vs. the Huawei USB 4G Modem E3372 i have plugged into my ASUS AC68U router at the moment? I have a large house so strong wifi signal is important

        thanks

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          The Huawei modems use cat 4 modems which can only allow for a 150mbps maximum. The ac800s uses a cat 11 modem which has four of the same connections for a theoretical max of 600mbps downloads. Hypothetically you could get up to 4 times your current speed but it depends on various other factors in your area.

          I've been using the ac800s in the aircard smart cradle, which amplified the 4g signal strength with internal antennas as well as improving wifi strength with external antennas. I would recommend this route if you can snag the cradle cheap on eBay. The 5ghz signal goes to the front room of the house when the cradle is in the rear (20m or so) and the 2.4ghz goes all the way to my car parked on the street, haven't tested beyond that.

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          Note that the AC800S can hook into the ASUS AC68U, but stability may be an issue.

          I use a E5186 bridged to my ASUS Ac68U and get 100/8 with an external antenna.

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    Do they still have the double data promo?

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    Just confirmed with chat advisors; none discounts with iPads or S4 as an existing member

  • +1 vote

    Can I sign up a tablet with Harvey Norman to receive 10% off?

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      I recently enquired in store about this and the answer was no. I was told the 10% discount applies to new mobile phone plans only unfortunately.

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    I'm guessing the answer is NO but hear me out.. Lets say i get the ipad plan, I'm about to go overseas and wondering if I can fandangle a tax invoice for the tablet to claim on TRS? Would be fine paying the whole 24month plan cost in one hit if that were possible. Doubt Optus would allow it though.

    • +6 votes

      In the invoice, IPAD is not listed as an LINE ITEM, no GST associated to IPAD, so technically it is free (even though you are paying for it), so TRS will probably not be able go work.

    • +1 vote

      What you could do is keep the Optus tablet, buy another overseas, TRS the overseas one, and sell it online. (After checking the amount they're selling for new on gumtree/ebay is worth it.)

      You could sell the Optus tablet instead. But Optus (probably still has) a $99 tablet upgrade, where if you are say 12 months into a 24 month contract, and they come out with a better 24 month plan, you can recontract for another 24 months and hand back the original tablet with the same serial number to qualify for a new tablet again.

      I sold my tablet on gumtree. So instead of me paying $70 per month over 24 months, I was effectively paying about $48/m.

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    $60 a month for an ipad doesnt sounds like a deal

    • +3 votes

      IPad + 200gb is.

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        $120 for the 60GB optus yearly plan

        • +2 votes

          Well. It depends on ur situation. For me, I have 2 Gal note 9 and iPad pro with 100gb each total 300gb and if I am adding one more iPad or s4 with 200gb to my account then total 500gb which is more than enough of my NBN internet usage which I currently pay $59/ month to ABB. I can cancel NBN and move to Optus 4G for all my internet needs. Basically I am getting iPad or S4 for $1.

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            @ozizoy: And then optus goes down…

            But for this to happen they need to get rid of the 150MB limits on 4G for ios downloads.

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            @ozizoy: So your really paying a few hundred a month, and you think that is better then paying $59 a month

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              @asa79: My phones and iPad pro are on optus plan for me and family members and I am thinking of adding one more device with 200gb for $60 and thinking of cancelling NBN. I already said it depends on your situation and clearly you are not in the situation.
              If you think it is not worth it for you then just pass it.

  • +7 votes

    This is actually a good plan for 200GB data. But, before you commit to 24 month plan, please get an OPTUS sim to check the speed in your area. I used to get about 48Mbps download. Cheaper and faster than NBN, plus the "free" ipad.

    Now less than 10Mbps, back to ADSL2 speed, plus more and more delay with initial http data (not good for browsing)

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      Good comment. this is exactly what I want to do. Get ipad, use it to hotpsot for when I occasionally use my laptop. At the moment my internet is 3 Mbps so I can't do worse. Nbn is TBC, but likely no faster than 4g.

      Could you complain and get them to release contract? I guess there is probably no min speed they need to achieve, but ive heard of breaking contracts when you can't get reception.

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        There is no penalty to terminate the contract. But you have to pay out the IPAD. Balance month x (the device subsidy + device fee)

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          Legend, thanks.

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          If you've been on it for a while, a (partial) way around that might be to trade in the used tablet, pay $99 for an upgrade, and sell THAT one unopened (to get the most $ for it). It might reduce the total owed when cancelling the contract.

          You'd have to check what the new tablet is selling for on ebay/gumtree first then do your sums. I sold mine on gumtree. I explained to the the Optus store I'd be selling it, asked them to keep the tablet as if I hadn't picked it up yet. Then met the buyer in person at the Optus store, he gave me the cash, they handed him the tablet. That way he saw the item was unopened, I'd never touched it, so he didn't need to put his fingers all over it only to change his mind. (All this was explained to him before meeting on the day.)

          If wanting to use ebay instead, just wait for a 'no final fees' promotion.

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      I did exactly that and only saw 5-15Mbps but it was better than ADSL2 where I am so I signed up for 2yrs. Speed has improved over the 18mths since. Last test was 160Mbps!

      Sold the free iPad immediately so effectively cost me $30/m. Don’t think I’ll sign up for NBN when it arrives soon.

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        Do you just hotpsot the iPad full time?

        It says you can cancel the 24 contract any time, just have to pay out the iPad. Do you know how they calculate that?

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          Yeah, your contract shows the amount remaining on the tablet for each of the 24 months. But basically you pay a pro-rata amount 'owing', divided by the number of months remaining on the contract - and it goes by whatever they value it at on the website.

          So for example, if they list the tablet on their site as being '$720 value' (which will obviously be overvalued in their favour compared to what you could purchase it for elsewhere), and after 10 months you want to cancel, then you've already 'repaid' 10 months of it's total value, or, $720 divided by 24 = $30 per month x 10 months = $300 you've 'repaid'. And $720 - $300 = $420 still owing.

          Or to put it another way, the tablet is worth $720 when you get it. After 1 month the tablet is worth $30 less at $690. At the end of month 2 it's worth $60 less at $660, etc. until the end of month 23 it's worth $30.

          There are a few things you might not have thought of:

          1. You MIGHT be able to tell them you don't want a tablet (or sign up month-to-month with no contract, etc. if that's available) so you'll owe them nothing - and use a tablet you already have, or buy one cheaper yourself. Then if you cancel you'll owe nothing for the tablet. And can take advantage of any better deals that come up.

          2. They have an upgrade option while still in contract. Where you pay $99, hand back the ORIGINAL tablet (has to be same serial number) and get a new tablet. Of course it probably has to be the same 'value level' too or else they probably add another $— per month, etc. (Have to be worked out with them.)

          3. You could sell the tablet unopened to reduce the total cost of the plan. Obviously you lose the ability to upgrade to a newer tablet later, and would have to pay out the pro-rata value owed according to the number of remaining months.

          I did #3. Listed it on gumtree after explaining to Optus I planned to sell it and didn't want to take possession because I wanted the buyer to receive it unopened. (They were fine about it as long as it wasn't more than a couple of weeks.) I told the buyer we'd meet at the store, he would give me the cash, they would give him the tablet, and I'd stay while he confirmed it was ok. In hindsight he probably should have asked for some kind of receipt from me, because I believe people can ring up and have stolen ipads disabled.

          I'm telling you all this because I kind of wish I'd gone the month-to-month option now, even after all the thought I put in. I would have paid more per month, but there was an even better Optus deal about a year later - and I couldn't take advantage of it because I no longer had the tablet. (I effectively reduced the monthly cost from $70 down to about $48 by selling the tablet. No longer having the tablet meant I could not return it and pay the $99 to upgrade to another - so I would have had to 'keep' the first tablet which I didn't really have - and pay the full monthly cost of the second contract, because I didn't have a second tablet to sell.)

          So I was 'stuck'. (Not really, but you get what I mean. The amount owing on the tablet, even though Optus charged $0/m, made it worse value to cancel. I was better off waiting the full 24 months, continuing to effectively pay the $48 I reduced it to, by selling the first tablet.)

        • +1 vote

          I had the exact same questions too. The way to see what the "Device repayments" are, is to select the plan and click through to "buy now". It will then show the device payment amount and the invisible optus credit.

          For the Samsung Tab S4 the "Device repayment" is always $49. This values the tablet at $1200, and is what you owe optus the moment you sign up.

          The level of plan dictates the invisible credit, $15 plan = $19 credit per month, $25 plan = $29 credit per month and the $60 plan gives you $49 of credit per month. So if you cancel early at all, you owe whatever remains on the S4's $1200, minus applied credit and payments, and you get no more applied credit.

          It's a bit opaque and misled me…

          edit: for the Samsung S4 the list price at Bing Lee is $999. So you are paying 20% for the privilege of the credit.

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          Nah. Sold the iPad BNIB. Sim in Optus Modem.

    • +2 votes

      Optus customer for 2 years here. I'm mostly in the city area so coverage there is pretty decent. However after trying out the Telstra network i have to say the speed difference is rather obvious, though you would have to pay a premium to get on the Telstra network.

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      make sure you test the speeds on the same device you are going to us.
      Carrier aggregation and the type of CAT device you have will change the speeds you actually get.
      4g is more prone fluctuations in speed and overall ping is worse than fixed line.

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        Ping is worse but not by much.

        My brother gets NBN at his house with 40mbps downstream 15mbps upstream average and 11ms ping.

        I get 120mbps downstream during peak and 240mbps downstream off-peak with an average ping of 15-20ms. This is with an amplified antenna that only gets me 3 bars in a crappy area with a lot of interference.

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    Looks like you can share this data across plans on the same account too. I assume that doesn't include pre-paid though (i.e. that $120 deal)?

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