Optus Unleashed Streaming Plans – What’s the Point?

Optus Unleashed Streaming Plans – What’s the Point?

If you are planning a streaming frenzy, think again, as OPTUS has again released its ‘Unleashed’ plan.

For mobile phone users, unlimited data is back on the table.

The unlocked phone plans, which were only available for 24 hours to select customers before being withdrawn, are back and are now available for selected customers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Another big bank has a payment service.

According to Harrison Astbury of Canstar Blue, unlimited data does not necessarily mean customers will get open season on streaming movies and videos.

Mr Astbury said that the speed was barely enough to stream standard definition. You might be disappointed if you were used to high definition picture quality and mobile downloads.

If you want to do more than just check social media, it may be slower than before.

The speeds may be slowed even further during peak times.

Mr Astbury said that some users would be better off with one of the existing plans that offered a large amount of capped data.

If you need to download or stream quality, you may want to consider a plan with at least 20 or 30 gigabytes of data.

Mr Astbury said that the main benefit of the deal was that up to five family members could be bundled into it for an extra fee. Those with plans would prefer deals that have good data limits.

Changes in user behavior mean a need for more data.

He said a light user would need between 1 and 3 gigabytes a month europe data sim to access social media, while a medium user would need between 5 and 10 gigabytes to stream a few videos and a heavy user would need between 10 and 15 gigabytes.

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With unlimited phone calls and text messages now a standard offering, the number one battleground for providers is data allowance, according to Joseph Hanlon, publisher at Whistle Out.

Everyone wants unlimited data, something that is seemingly impossible. How much data the networks can handle at a time is what the telcos are trying to manage. The load on the network could cause the services to be unavailable for everyone.

Mr Hanlon believes that the market is being tested to see if unlimited data is realistic.

A data-heavy plan probably has all you need.

He said that the restrictions on the plans make them less attractive. The 1.5Mbps speed is 30 times slower than normal 4G speeds and it kind of defeats the purpose if you can’t use your phone plan for data-heavy activities.

Customers would be better off with a standard plan. For $60 you can get 50 gigabytes of data, which is more than enough to make a phone plan feel unlimited for most people.

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