These Mobile Broadband Plans From Optus Are A Genuine NBN Alternative

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Mobile broadband is finally affordable for non-business types; especially if you live close to a major population centre. It's now possible to score a 200GB plan - which is enough data to replace your home internet - for as little as $60 a month.

Here are two plans from Optus that are well worth considering.

The following Optus plans contain at least 200GB of data. To find out more about each plan, click on the interactive table below.

These new Optus home mobile broadband plans are special in that they're genuinely designed to replace your home internet connection. You'll get full 4G speeds (typically between 20Mbps and 100Mbps) and data allowances comparable to a fixed line service.

The modem is free if you sign a 24-month contract and is more robust than a 4G hotspot - it even has Ethernet ports - but it needs to plugged into the wall.

If you’re still waiting on the NBN (or connectivity sucks in your area), these plans will quench your thirst for faster internet.

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    500gb for 80 bucks? That's.... actually pretty damn good all things considered?

    I cannot get any sort of wired NBN, nor fixed wireless NBN, only Satellite which has limited usefulness for me, so this article was extremely timely and helpful and I have signed up for the $80/500Gb Optus plan.

    Wonder what typical peak speeds are, and lag times? I've read on here before mobile broadband isn't good for gaming?

    It should be the future, fast reliable wireless broadband which could be much easier infrastructure to upgrade than a wired network.

      Hi there. I've had Optus 4G internet for over a year now. It depends a lot on how close you live to a tower and how many other users are connected to said tower. I'm currently pretty close to a tower and at worst it slows down to about 20mpbs during worst peak time but I think this is more to do with reception/modem placement. I usually get between 50-100 with my hotspot. I even once got 300+ when sitting with my hotspot at the park!

      Also, as far as lag is concerned, it again depends on tower distance. Its not *as* good as wired but its still more than playable. In Overwatch, my ping is between 48-60 most games which is more than playable. Also tend to get far fewer ping spikes as well

      It isn’t good for gaming - wireless is going to be inferior for latency versus a wired connection. You might get away with it for off peak times but during peak times, especially in a populated area, you’ll find it frustrating.

      Wireless networks, at least for the moment, are going to be inferior to wired networks. It’s hard to get signals to act as reliably as a cable.

        Really depends on the type of games you're playing.
        I'm using Vivid Wireless, and have no problems with gaming - apart from the usual we-don't-host-local-servers-in-Australasia, which adds the 200+ ping, but neither NBN nor 4G will rectify that.
        That said, I play Co-op or PVE, than PVP, so less time sensitive. However, most FPS and MMO's I've played are quite playable, even those with servers in Europe.
        Vivid uses Optus 4G, so these plans should be fine for gaming.

          It may be passable but nobody will recommend wireless over wired for online gaming. A wired connection is always going to be more stable, especially in congested areas or buildings with poor wirlesss penetration. If wireless subscriptions increase (as some people seem to think it’s the future of broadband) these problems will become more pronounced.

            I imagine 3g and 4g have latency problems often but I find fixed wireless (with nuskope, not nbn) delivers with a steady ping of about 15ms or so to local servers. (in Adelaide)

    The only problem is speed. I find I only get abut 3 to 4 mb/s at peak times. I never get consistently much beyond that even in off peak. I think I'll stick with my crappy ADSL until the nbn arrives.

    Last edited 31/12/18 1:29 pm

      coops1967 ... have you looked into it much???? ... sounds like you may be connecting to optus 4G - rather than "4G plus" ... what tower are you going through? what channels does your tower transmit on? how far from tower? LOS? have you tried an external mounted antenna (even ones that mount on side of house, rather than a pole on roof)... my GF is right on the boundary of "Optus 4G plus" within her area, so it took alot of playing around to get decent speeds (including an external mounted antenna) ... plenty of help in the various online forums if you go looking.

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