Are Optus phones unlocked?

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Whether you’re a current Optus customer, or considering signing up to a new Optus phone plan,  you might be wondering is if Optus locks phones to its network. This is especially important to know if you’re planning on holidaying overseas anytime soon, and will be picking up a SIM card to use on your travels.

What does it mean if my phone is locked?

A locked phone is tied to its original network, in a practice that’s also known as SIM locking or network locking. This means that you can’t use your device on any network besides that of the telco it was purchased from – so if you bought your phone from Optus, it would only work with Optus SIM cards and plans.

This is to ensure that when you buy a device through one provider, you’re actually using that provider’s services, rather than just switching to another telco. That’s why it’s especially important to check if your device is locked before you go on holidays, as most travellers purchase a SIM card overseas so they can keep using their device without being charged expensive global roaming rates.

How do I know if my Optus phone is locked?

If you’ve purchased a phone through Optus on a postpaid phone plan, chances are that your device is unlocked. For iPhone users, it’s worth noting that any device running iOS 7 or higher won’t be network locked, but earlier models may be.

If you’ve bought a phone direct from Optus for use with a prepaid service, this phone will be locked, and you’ll need to pay a fee to unlock the device. Fees will vary depending on how long you’ve used the service: $80 if your phone has been active for less than six months, and $25 otherwise.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$25 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$35 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$35 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$45 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$55 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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How do I unlock my Optus phone?

Optus makes the process easy, allowing you to unlock your device via its website. Before you start the process, you’ll need to find your device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.

To find this number, simply dial *#06# from your handset: the first 15 numbers that appear are your IMEI number. Once you have your IMEI handy, you’ll be able to start the online unlocking process.

My phone is unlocked — what does this mean?

If your device is already unlocked – or once you have completed the unlocking process – you’re now free to switch your SIM card, which means you can move to a cheaper phone plan, or simply use an overseas SIM card for travelling.

This is also handy if your contract is finished and you’ve paid off your device, as you’re now free to pass your unlocked phone on to a friend or family member. If you’ve got kids, and they’re at the age they need their own handset, you can shop around for a cheap kid-friendly phone plan to pair with the unlocked phone.

If you’re interested in comparing phone plans to pair with your unlocked device, below is a range of postpaid SIM-only plans under $30 with at least 2GB of included data. This table includes links to products from our referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 14 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international SMS

min. cost $168 over 12 month contract

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Yomojo Logo

2GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15.90 over 30 day plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Pennytel Mobile

2GB Small SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15.99 over one month

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE 16 24M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 2GB data + 2GB bonus data

min. cost $384 over 24 months

4GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Hive Mobile

$18.80 SIM Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $18.80 over one month

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $18.80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $22 over one month

3GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Belong Logo

5GB SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Add international talk & text for $5 extra

min. cost $25 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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