Optus 4G Mobile Broadband Launches For Consumers, Hits Melbourne September 15

Optus has been selling its 4G hotspot to business customers since late July, but now everyone can get in on the action with consumer plans released for accessing Optus’ high-speed LTE network using either a hotspot or a USB dongle. Optus has also set a launch date for 4G services in Melbourne: September 15.

For the hotspot or USB, you have a choice of either a 12 or 24 month contract and 10GB, 15GB or 20GB a month. The device charges are identical whichever plan you sign up for. This is the full breakdown:

Device Data Contract Plan cost Device cost Total cost
USB 10GB 12 $34.95 $11.00 $551.40
USB 10GB 24 $34.95 $5.50 $970.80
USB 15GB 12 $54.95 $11.00 $791.40
USB 15GB 24 $54.95 $5.50 $1,450.80
USB 20GB 12 $74.95 $11.00 $1,031.40
USB 20GB 24 $74.95 $5.50 $1,930.80
Hotspot 10GB 12 $34.95 $15.00 $599.40
Hotspot 10GB 24 $34.95 $7.50 $1,018.80
Hotspot 15GB 12 $54.95 $15.00 $839.40
Hotspot 15GB 24 $54.95 $7.50 $1,498.80
Hotspot 20GB 12 $74.95 $15.00 $1,079.40
Hotspot 20GB 24 $74.95 $7.50 $1,978.80

As well as hotspot and USB options, Optus will offer the Samsung Galaxy S III as a 4G device on contract.

Below is the coverage map for Melbourne (you can see the maps for Sydney and Perth in our earlier post on Optus’ 4G plans):

Optus’ consumer rollout puts in more direct competition with Telstra; the latter has much broader national coverage for 4G but also charges higher data rates. (Both companies are adopting a no-premium approach for 4G data; if you have a suitable device, the charges are the same as for 3G.)

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