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Optus offers free Netflix subscription for mobile and home customers

From March 24, Optus is giving both home broadband and mobile customers a six-month Netflix subscription -- just make sure you keep an eye on your data usage.

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The Optus Zoo may have closed for business, but the provider is making sure its customers still have plenty to entertain them. Popular video-on-demand service Netflix starts streaming in Australia on March 24 and Optus will be offering a free six-month subscription for the service to new and re-contracting customers on both home broadband and mobile.

While iiNet's data-free offering was the first of the official Netflix partnerships, Optus quickly matched it, also making Netflix data-free on its fixed-line home broadband from April 17. Optus noted that this wasn't in partnership with Netflix, just something it was offering of its own accord.

The subscription deal announced today, however, is an official partnership with the streaming service. From March 24 until July 5 the six-month subscription deal will be available customer who sign up (or re-sign) to a 24-month contract on the following plans:

  • Home broadband bundle, AU$60/month plan or above
  • Postpaid mobile service, AU$60/month plan or above
  • Postpaid mobile broadband, AU$30/month plan or above

At the moment it's unclear which of the three Netflix subscription tiers the offer will encompass.

Optus customers would also do well to note that the unmetered Netflix offer only applies to fixed-line home broadbnd customers. Mobile customers will need to keep an eye on that usage.

Launching the offer, Optus said that mobile customers could "get the most out of their Netflix subscription with automatic data top ups for AU$10 per extra GB". The telco did later note that one hour of Netflix streaming at Standard Definition would burn through 1GB of data -- 3GB if you want HD. Optus customers with long commutes might want to keep an eye on their usage.