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Optus - mobile broadband deals. $219 for 72Gb of data; $54 for email+more for a year

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2011/01/14 11:16
Two deals I've just spotted:

1. For $19.95 per month you get 2Gb of data *plus* 4Gb of off peak data per month. Order online and the first month is free. So for $219.45 (11*$19.95) spread out over a year you get up to 72Gb of data. If you go over your data allowance, you don't get hit by excess charges but instead get restricted to the sites listed in the second deal below.

2. For $4.95 per month you get "Unlimited access within Australia to Facebook | eBay | LinkedIn | FourSquare | Twitter | MySpace | Optus Web Mail | My Zoo". Again, order online and you get one month free. So for $54.45 if all you really need is mobile email access (and you can forward your existing emails to the optus email and/or you don't mind switching), perhaps twitter and a few other of these services then this is pretty sweet. The Optus Zoo website is a little cluttered (http://www.optuszoo.com.au/) but does have a lot of content like news, weather, tv guide, etc so there's some value there.

*update* It seems a little confusing if the deals include the standard E160 modem or if you have to pay for a modem..... it's ok but a little less appealing if the basic modem isn't included....
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  • ninkasi2011/01/14 11:26:32
    FYI Off peak is from midnight to 7am. Also, the way that this market is changing so quickly I'd recommend ensuring you go with a 12 month plan.
  • Donkey2011/01/14 20:15:05
    No it doesnt ninkasi. And in the order process your forced to purchase a modem with the min being $49 for the crappy stick.

    The actual price on the data is reasonable.
  • ninkasi2011/01/14 21:10:46
    But to muddy the waters in some areas it's contradtictory eg when you go into plan comparison it - for example - says "Min Total Cost (includes Standard E160e modem, 1 month free access offer) over 24 months" is '$54.45 Normally $59.40'. So you could probably say that they have mucked up both the contract term and inclusions... ;-)

    But you're correct in that almost certainly it ain't included in either of these... you have to go the $29.95 plan before you can get a modem included for free. With that plan you can get the wifi modem for $0 and you get 4Gb peak/8Gb offpeak so that would be 144Gb plus wifi modem for $329.45 (allowing for the one month free)..... would probably be better off doing that than paying $219 but also having to fork out for a modem.
  • Donkey2011/01/14 21:51:43
    I'm assuming that the min contract period is 12 months?
  • ninkasi2011/01/14 22:21:08
    Yep - which is further confused by the 24 month mention in the fine print.... maybe Virgin is still the better choice... $19/month, includes modem, 1.5Gb data, 2 months free - so $190 for the year inc modem on plan.... or $49 for modem plus 4Gb for first month, plus $149 for 12Gb data that expires in 360 days. So $198 for year+1 month with modem as long as you manage the usage....
  • lukian2011/01/15 01:00:16
    "For $19.95 per month you get 2Gb of data *plus* 4Gb of off peak data per month."
    Uncertain the $19.95 plan receives both peak and off-peak quotas, unless you can confirm from the T&C?
    The other plans (with their stated 'rate per MB' for offpeak/peak certainly do not.)
    One may either use the full peak quota, or receive double in off-peak.

    On a positive note, 12 months seems to be the contract period (just the fine print may be out of date elsewehere) and $69 for the 'better' modem (the same price as the cheaper one) is damn good.
    Additionally, the plans are available month to month for the same price.

    "$149 for 12Gb data that expires in 360 days."
    Not entirely sure why anyone would choose this when Telstra have 10GB for around the same price on a network which typically performs (up to 10x) faster. *shrug* Just sayin'
  • ninkasi2011/01/15 15:40:09
    lukian
    "For $19.95 per month you get 2Gb of data *plus* 4Gb of off peak data per month."
    Uncertain the $19.95 plan receives both peak and off-peak quotas, unless you can confirm from the T&C?
    The other plans (with their stated 'rate per MB' for offpeak/peak certainly do not.)
    One may either use the full peak quota, or receive double in off-peak.

    On a positive note, 12 months seems to be the contract period (just the fine print may be out of date elsewehere) and $69 for the 'better' modem (the same price as the cheaper one) is damn good.
    Additionally, the plans are available month to month for the same price.

    "$149 for 12Gb data that expires in 360 days."
    Not entirely sure why anyone would choose this when Telstra have 10GB for around the same price on a network which typically performs (up to 10x) faster. *shrug* Just sayin'


    Under the plan comparison they show what is included eg for the $19.95 plan they state "2GB peak/4GB off peak". The other plans go 4/8, 8/16, 10/20, 16/32. I understand what you're saying, but that sounds very misleading if it's the case. I know with my Optus cable service the data is counted as peak/off peak depending on when it's used and I can in theory max out both.

    I will note that in the fine print they say "For Data Cap $19.95, $29.95, $39.95, $59.95 and $79.95 your pricing plan sets out a maximum amount of included value in dollars that you can use to download and upload in a billing month. This included value is charged at $0.08 per MB or part there of during Peak time and $0.04 per MB or part there of during Off Peak time." So this means wih the $19.95 plan, at 8 cents per MB that it includes 249MB of peak data. I would choose to believe the big print as the fine is obviously out of whack, but if anyone is interested in these then maybe worth confirming.

    As for why not Telstra - well agree. Speed is less of an issue as opposed to coverage. I think the 365 day long expiration date is a relatively new thing, so not everyone would be aware of it?

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