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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: are Optus phones locked 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. In this guide, we’ll take you through why it’s important to know are Optus phones unlocked and why it’s important to know.

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What does it mean if my phone is locked to Optus?

A locked phone is tied to its original network, also known as SIM locking or network locking. This means it only works with the telco it was bought from. For example, if you bought your phone from Optus, it’ll 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. Checking if your device is locked before travelling is crucial, as many travellers get a foreign SIM card to avoid expensive international roaming fees.

So, you might be wondering, is my phone locked to Optus and how do you check this?

Are Optus phones 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.

For prepaid services, you may be wondering are Optus phones locked. If you’ve bought a phone direct from Optus to bundle with a prepaid plan, 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.

If you’re interested in what Optus has to offer when it comes to postpaid SIM-only plans, the following table includes Optus’s postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our phone plan comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers.

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 Optus 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.

The table below shows a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for under $40, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Emma Bradstock
Telco Specialist
Emma Bradstock has been an authority on consumer phone, internet, technology and streaming markets in Australia for over 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Macquarie University and has over a decade of professional writing experience in print and digital media.

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