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5G Broadband Unlimited Data 24 Months $70/Month, $10 off First 6 Months @ Spintel

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For those within the Optus 5G Coverage Map, I think it's a good deal as you pay the equivalent of NBN 50 price, but getting NBN 100 performance. It is essentially Optus 5G network, Spintel offers $10 off first 6 months ($60pm) on a 24 months contract ($70pm), cheaper than Optus.
Optus direct is $75 per month on a 24-month contract, first month free (Shopback $55).
Only Optus wholesale to MNVOs. There are no MNVOs for Vodafone and Telstra 5G.
Nokia FastMile modem rental included.
YMMV. They advertise average speed of 147Mbps download but my friend in Sydney is getting 30-120Mbps, with the modem in the optimal location in the house (LED indicator green). He's usually getting 30-50Mbps peak, 50-90Mbps off peak.
Latency is better than 4G, around 35ms, not quite hard core gaming standard but ok for average use.
Upload is quite good, around 50Mbps (twice the speed of an average NBN 50 plan), great if you back up large files/photos/videos to the cloud often.
T&Cs.

There is a satisfaction guarantee clause:

If at any time during the term of your 5G Internet plan you’re not satisfied that you are getting download speeds of at least 50Mbps, or you cannot receive a 5G signal, simply report the issue that you are having to us and we will investigate the issue and check if it’s within the terms of our 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee (Guarantee). If it is, we will confirm your eligibility to cancel your contract without cancellation fees under this Guarantee. You must return the supplied 5G device to us in good working order within 30 days of cancellation.

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  • +2 votes

    I get around 300-400 on my Optus 5g home internet

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      Lucky you, must be in a very sweet spot. That's the equivalent of Superfast to Ultrafast NBN paying only NBN 50 price right?

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      I get around 200-300 on 4G home broadband. Upload isn't great though.

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      have also been receiving consistently speeds around 300-350 mbps down and ~ 20mbps upload. Almost have direct line of sight to 5 G tower around 200 m away from my home. Got from Optus at $70 pm few months back

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      My Optus 4G home internet has been slow as dial up for the past two months! We live on our mobile data hotspot most of time!

  • +10 votes

    $60B spent on the NBN for nothing.

    • +2 votes

      This seemed imminent at the time, surely the NBN could have been a split between wired/5G?

      • +4 votes

        NBN was supposed to be 100mbit speeds almost everywhere by 2016, and then an upgrade to gigabit speeds by now. No split required then

    • +2 votes

      I’ll take 4G speeds over NBN any day! 5G is pushing it. Problem is 4G unlimited is really unaffordable. If they can make it $60pm no contract, sign me up!

    • +18 votes

      $60B spent on the NBN for nothing.

      You move even 10% of the amount downloaded on fixed line networks over to 4G/5G and they'll grind to an absolute halt (and will double what they did in 2018).

      https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/industry/technology-and-in...

      Fixed line in June 2018: 3,714,068TB
      Mobile in June 2018 (I'll add in both FW, satellite, mobile wireless and mobile handset etc. downloads together): 369,912TB

      And this was in 2018, considering the massive rate fixed line was increasing (it went from 2,913,245TB in June 2017 to 3,714,068TB in June 2018) I would bet it has continued that trend.

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        2.6M satellites should be able to do that.

    • +1 vote

      I'll take FTTP over 5G any day…

  • +12 votes

    LOL Get real..

    Modem Rental
    The modem remains the property of SpinTel. You will be required to return the modem in good working order to SpinTel within
    21 days of cancellation. If you do not return the modem, you will be charged the retail value of the modem ($935.00).

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      ~ 1k for a modem :)

      • -4 votes

        Ya LOL!

        Optus plans seem better.

        Over 2 years if u dont return it in "Good working order" it ends up being $38 extra a month over 24 months.

        • +7 votes

          Then return it and it costs you nothing

          If you do not return the modem, you will be charged the retail value of the modem ($935.00).

          No 5G providers give away their modems for free, Telstra you'd pay monthly for the device.

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            @Buy2Much: "Good working order"

            • +2 votes

              @Turd: Where does it say

              Over 2 years if u dont return it in "Good working order" it ends up being $38 extra a month over 24 months.

              • +1 vote

                @Buy2Much: Optus's is $330, why such a random high price for this "modem" made of gold?

                • +3 votes

                  @Turd: Apple made it. Probably.

                  • +5 votes

                    @googleyahoo69: Designed in California, Made in China

                  • +2 votes

                    @googleyahoo69: These Nokia routers do remind me of a cross between Apple Airport and the Mac Pro trash can.

  • -3 votes

    Not worth it. On the huawei b818 and get 40-50mbps at peak on 4g. Good to see the price coming down though with 5g and MVNO

    • +1 vote

      Unlimited data.

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    Could you get this and just use it in a 4G area or doesn't it work with 4G at all?

    • +2 votes

      optus states:
      Our 5G Modem connects automatically to the Optus 4G/LTE Network as a backup, ensuring you stay online when you need it.

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      You have to live in a 5G area to even be considered for this.

  • +1 vote

    Can you take the modem anywhere with you and it will work? Say on holiday home etc.

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      interesting idea, will like to know this too

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        probably if you stay within the 5G network coverage area?

    • +1 vote

      Just checked with Optus Chat

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      It would work. It connects to 5G > LTE > 4G+ > 4G > 3G, depending on what best is available.

      Unquote

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      Good question a interested to know too

      Is the 5G device like a hotspot? Does it need power or is it battery etc

      • +2 votes

        Uses power.

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    Just outside my local Optus 5G area by 500 meters :/ covered by Telstra though however they don't seem to offer unlimited plans sadly!

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    How's gaming on 5G?

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      Probably shit due to high latency.

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      Hearthstone? Perfectly fine.

      Call of Duty? Probably not.

    • +1 vote

      I game on my phone's 4G hotspot and its great. CS and rocket league both work flawlessly and I imagine 5G is even better.

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        Latency on the 5G is horrible. When I had it, it was around 20-40ms. Lowest 20 on an excellent day.

        The 5G that we have now is NOT real 5G.

        It it’s using the 4G signal as the transporter for the signal.

        Also bear in mind, this is cellular signal. It is super super flaky. It will not work if you have tinted windows or anything that will affect the transmission. You could stand in front of the modem and the speed will drop.

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          20 - 40 ms isn't horrible lol

    • +1 vote

      Latency is inconsistent according to reports on Whirlpool.

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    And I got holes drilled in my walls for NBN connection for nothing !

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    Can someone help me understand the 5G tech? If my area has 5G, does it mean that I don't have to spend money for NBN installation in my premise, just hook up a compatible router with 5G capability and all my devices incl mobile phone, laptop, TVs etc can run off 5G speeds (even if they aren't a 5G mobile for eg)?

    • +1 vote

      Yes. Correct.

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        And it's essentially like mobile broadband in the sense that you just insert a SIM card in the router? Is there any downside to 5G?

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          It is basically a wifi router but connecting to 5G instead of NBN. The wifi part connects to your wifi equiped devices the same way as other wifi routers. They should come with the SIM cards preinstalled and set up, so just plug and play.

    • -1 vote

      be careful, 5g transmits CoVIP19 according to Trump! According to his consultant, this is the case since CoVID1 !

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    Does the Shopback $55 offer for Optus direct, cover 5G home broadbands?
    i thought it is only for postpaid SIM only / mobile plans.

  • +2 votes

    I was on Optus 5G home for around one month… 1st 2 weeks were going good, after that it started cutting out. There is no actual 4G backup. The issue is that their towers disconnect when there is a high demand (can be every 5mins). I recommend you read the whirlpool forums on how many people are experiencing issues. I ended up cancelling it. Having a stable 50mbps nbn connection is better than having a connection which can fail anytime. Also, while it did reach speeds of 400mbps, there is some delay in the initial response time as compared to an nbn connection or even a 4G connection. So the speed is only noticed when downloading large files.

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    We have this thanks to Conservative voters. You voted for a third world hobbled NBN, despite being driven by ‘economics’. The one thing that’s comforting about conservatives is they prop up the lower end of the IQ bell curve

  • +1 vote

    I had the Optus 5G for about 6 months before I chose to cancel it. While the speed is great, averages around 300-350, the connection is unstable and very flaky at times, especially when it’s raining. I live about 80 meters from the tower so the connection should be pretty solid. It’s super laggy in gaming and very frustrating!

    Common issues with 5G:
    - positioning the modem is very important. Even where it faces and 5-10cm placements matter
    - weather will shit on your signal
    - fast max speed but very laggy, around 30ms ping
    - requires line of sight for best speed
    - often need to restart the modem, sometimes 5 times a day!

    I’m now on NBN100 and much much happier now! No lag, super solid!

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      Hi Mate,
      When you cancelled it, did you have to pay any cancellation fees ?

      From your msg , is clear you had over 50mbps download speed anyway.

      Did optus agree to cancel without extra charges based on slow /laggy connections?

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        I wasn't charged for cancellation because during the time when I cancelled, I could barely get more than 20Mb/s. It was so flaky that sometimes there's no data coming through for most of the day for a week.

        Optus agreed on the cancellation due to the slow speed and disruptive service. They sent me a box to post the modem back to them.

        The current 5G implementation is not mature yet. It's using a 4G technology as a transport layer for their 5G signal. So in whole, it's not 5G.

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    I agree with the comments above. I had this signed up with Optus directly and was using an address with 5G coverage and hoping that it will work perfectly on 4G as well.

    However sometimes in the morning I got 200M/60M from band 40 but during the day time, it is very flaky and bouncing between band 28 and 3. Sometimes you only get 3M/10M yes upload is greater than download.

    We had it for 3 months and then switched to NBN and are never going to look back for this hack solution again.

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    Do you have too use provided modem?,.. can you supply your own 5G modem and avoid any contracts with either Optus or Spintel?,.. wondering if anyone's tried?

    Was hoping too use with a portable 5G modem and hope too take anywhere as I do with my 4G modem/data sim and of course optus mobile phone plan reaching speeds of over 250Mbps some places over 350Mbps and solid connection (4G crappy at home barely 50Mbps and still waiting for 5G but im sure it will be crappy also at home, location location is important with any 3G/4G/5G connection)

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      You can't use your own 5G modem. It needs to be pre-configured with their settings when it's delivered. It's a very new technology and it's buggy as hell.

  • +1 vote

    Sadly can't get this as I live 1.6 KM's from an Optus 5G tower