Broadband Bundles: Telstra v Optus (May 2017)

In this post, we’ve compared the broadband and home phone bundle prices of two of Australia’s most popular Internet Service Providers – Telstra and Optus.

Both providers have offered some value-adds to incentivise you to sign up, such as included local and national calls, entertainment options as well as broadband top-ups. We’ve combined their current offers into an easy to read table so you can compare packages from both providers with ease.

Telstra

First up, we’ve compared Telstra’s Broadband bundles. Depending on the bundle, they include the following features:

  • Up to 3 data top-ups a year, effectively doubling your data for that particular month
  • Telstra TV – Stream content like Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Play, live sport and catch-up TV straight to your big screen
  • Telstra Air Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • T-Voice App, Family Call Benefits (free calls between family), Mobile Bundle Bonus ($50 extra allowance for mobiles on the family plan)
 DataHome PhoneAdditional InfoPrice
Telstra M Standard500GBPAYG ratesUp to 3 data top-ups a year$80/month (24 month contract, $95/month (no contract)
Telstra L Standard1000GBPAYG ratesUp to 3 data top-ups a year$95/month (24 month contract), $115/month (no contract)
Telstra M Bundle Collection500GBUnlimited standard local and national callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year$80/month
Telstra Best Bundle Ever1000GBUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year, Telstra TV$99/month
Telstra L Bundle Collection2000GBUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year, Telstra TV, Foxtel$120/month
Telstra XL Bundle Collection4000GBUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile calls, unlimited to 35 countries home phones, 17 countries mobilesUp to 3 data top-ups a year, Telstra TV, Foxtel$140/month

Optus

Optus’ value-adds include:

  • FetchTV on the $80 Plan, with 35 included streaming channels
  • Optus Sport on the $80 plan, with Premier League and Cricket streaming
  • Add Calling Packs from just $5/month
    • Domestic Saver $5/mth: Unlimited standard local and national calls
    • Mobile Saver $5/mth: Unlimited standard calls to Oz mobiles
    • World Saver Ultimate $10/mth: Unlimited calls to standard landlines in 25 selected destinations and mobiles in 7 selected destinations.
 DataHome PhoneAdditional InfoPrice
$60 BundleUnlimitedPay As You GoIncludes Wi-Fi Modem on 24 month contract$60/month
$80 BundleUnlimitedPay As You GoIncludes Wi-Fi Modem on 24 month contract, Yes TV and Optus Sport Subscription$80/month

Analysis

Based on our analysis – Optus wins the value proposition here – with lower prices and unlimited data, with great value unlimited calling options for $5/month. Optus offers the FetchTV entertainment bundle included in select packages, while Telstra’s entertainment options are arguably superior offering T-Box and Foxtel depending on the bundle option. However, if entertainment options aren’t too important to you, it’s pretty clear that Telstra will need to step up their game to compete with Optus.

Do you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions about this article? We encourage all discussion and feedback (both positive and negative), so feel free to comment below!

1 Response

  1. Jane says:

    You say “We’ve updated our analysis with the latest information for January 2016.” Do you mean Jan 2017?

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