Optus NBN Review
Is the high price of Optus NBN justified by its perks and performance?
Optus offers plenty of perks and bonuses, such as football streaming (Optus Sport), a TV set-top box bundle (Fetch) and earned the top spot for consistency in ACCC’s Measuring Broadband Australia program (February 2020). But you pay a premium for those features, and overall, Optus NBN suffers the same low customer satisfaction as every major telco.
Optus NBN Value For Money
Only expensive if you want the bonus bundles and perks.
Optus has always maintained a tight balance of quality and price. Almost as expensive as Telstra, with a large mobile network and appealing bonuses to back it up. But with the rollout of the NBN and more internet providers in Australia than ever before, it’s worth re-evaluating the value of a premium provider like Optus.
When you build an Optus NBN plan, you start at a $70 or $90 base. The $70 base gets you broadband and a home phone line, and the $90 base gets you all that plus included calls, Optus Sport, and a Fetch Mighty PVR set-top box and one Premium Fetch channel pack (valued at $6 per month). Then you pick add-ons, such as a $5 per-month Fetch Mini on the $70 plan, or a $30 per month upgrade to Premium NBN 100 speeds.
Without the bundle, that’s $100 per month for unlimited Premium. As a standalone broadband plan, that’s not that expensive. The cheapest you can currently access NBN 100 is via Tangerine’s Unlimited 100/20 plan (see below) but you halve your potential upload speeds on that plan. The cheapest 100/40 plan currently available is from Superloop and is almost the same price as Optus.
Take a look at how the cheapest NBN 100/20 plans stack up.
However, we’d be remiss to discuss speed without giving props for Optus NBN’s performance in the ACCC broadband speed testing program. In February 2020, Optus took the top spot for delivering the most accurate advertised download speeds to its customers. That doesn’t necessarily mean it has the fastest speeds but it does mean it has been the most consistent.
Here’s a small handful of the fastest self-reported NBN speeds (including the ludicrous 250/25 FTTP plan from Aussie Broadband).
Optus NBN Features
Bonus Optus Sport subscription and Fetch bundles.
Broadband bundles used to be a huge value add for customers but they’re becoming a bit of a relic. There are a few providers who will allow you pay off a Fetch box with your monthly bill but its rare you’ll get a bundle ‘bonus’ or ‘freebie’. That said, Optus does offer the closest thing with its NBN, home phone and internet bundles. Here’s what that includes and how much it will cost you.
That’s an extra $20 per month for unlimited standard national calls from your home phone, an Optus Sport subscription (usually $14.99 per month on ineligible plans), a 4K Fetch Mighty PVR (usually $449) and 1 premium Fetch channel pack (valued at $6 per month). The point is, you’re saving a little cash overall if all of these services are relevant to you.
Here’s a short list of alternative providers offering Fetch bundles.
But it’s not all about bundles; Optus scores so highly for perks and features because it also offers online account management (and the My Optus app), a bundled modem at no extra cost, discounted international calls, and perks like cheap movie tickets, buy 1 get 1 free deals on experiences and more regular discounts.
Optus NBN Support and Satisfaction
Loads of avenues for support but quite a few cranky customers.
As one of Australia’s largest telcos and over 600,000 broadband customers alone, there’s something to be said for the telco’s infrastructure. Optus has just about every customer support avenue you can think of; live chat, in-app chat, phone support, brick-and-mortar stores, customer forums and responsive Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The problem is, there’s something else to say about Optus’ customer support, and its customers are saying it, regularly. On user-generated review aggregator Trustpilot, Optus has a 1 out 5 rating based on 396 reviews and Optus Broadband, specifically, has a 1.6 out of 5 rating based on 2,936 reviews on Product Review. Telstra is sitting at roughly the same score, around 1.7 to 1.8.
This is no big surprise. Angry telco customers are often the loudest, and most people who are perfectly satisfied with their service don’t go online to leave a review.
Unless you’re one of the smaller players, like Aussie Broadband, which is currently rated 4.5 out of 5 out of 5 based on 3,537 reviews. That’s an incredibly impressive effort. 92% of the users who rated Aussie were satisfied with their speeds and the customer service alone has a 4.6-star average.
Here’s a few of Aussie’s most popular broadband plans if you’re thinking of making a new friend in the broadband space.
How do I sign up for Optus NBN?
Getting signed up to Optus NBN is simple, especially if you already know which plan is the best for your needs. If you want to get started on the NBN with Optus, it’s a straightforward process:
- Find the right plan in the table below
- Check that your address is eligible for Optus NBN
- Choose between a month-to-month plan or a 24-month contract
- Select any additional extras like a Fetch set-top box
- You’re done!
How long it takes to activate your NBN service with Optus is a bit of a guessing game. If your NBN connection has already been installed in your home, switching over to Optus should be fast, but if you have to wait for a technician, it may take a few weeks or months – Optus will let you know when to expect your NBN to become available after you order.
You’ll be sent an email confirmation and an SMS with your installation date, and a few days later Optus will deliver your included Wi-Fi modem to your address. From there, it’s just a matter of giving technicians access on the installation date to connect the NBN if needed, and hooking up your Wi-Fi modem to the NBN connection point in your home.