Broadband Bundles: Telstra v Optus – September 2016

Updated: We’ve updated our analysis with the latest information for January 2016.

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
  • 6 months Presto (online streaming TV service)
  • Telstra T-Box, a digital set top box with online streaming TV functions and PVR recording
  • Telstra Platinum Pro, providing 24/7 technology support and advice
 DataHome PhoneAdditional InfoPrice
Telstra S Bundle Collection50GBUnlimited standard local and national callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year$69/month
Telstra S Standard50GBPAYG ratesUp to 3 data top-ups a year$75/month
Telstra M Bundle Collection200GBUnlimited standard local and national callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year, T-Box, Telstra Gateway Max, 6 months Presto$89/month
Telstra M Standard250GBPAYG ratesUp to 3 data top-ups a year$95/month
Telstra L Standard1000GBPAYG ratesUp to 3 data top-ups a year$115/month
Telstra L Bundle Collection500GBUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year, T-Box, Telstra Gateway Max, 6 months Presto$119/month
Telstra XL Bundle Collection1000GBUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile callsUp to 3 data top-ups a year, T-Box, Telstra Gateway Max, 6 months Presto, Telstra Platnium Pro$149/month

Optus

Optus’ value-adds include:

  • Up to 2 data top-ups a year, effectively doubling your data for that particular month
  • FetchTV, with 35 included streaming channels
 DataHome PhoneAdditional InfoPrice
Optus Basics Bundle200GBUnlimited standard local and national callsUp to 2 data top-ups a year$70/month
Optus Big BundleUnlimitedUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile, selected international countries$95/month
Optus Entertainment BundleUnlimitedUnlimited standard local and national callsFetchTV with 35 channels$95/month
Optus Ultimate BundleUnlimitedUnlimited standard local and national calls, mobile, selected international countriesFetchTV with 35 channels$115/month

Analysis: The Option

Based on our analysis – Optus wins the value proposition here – with lower prices and more included data across the board, with more included call types. Optus offers the FetchTV entertainment bundle included in select packages, while Telstra’s entertainment options are arguably superior offering T-Box and Presto 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.

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