The Optus phone network is home to more mobile service providers than any other, meaning you have plenty of choice if the Optus network is your preferred network. While Optus owns and operates the network, the telco giant sells the use of its infrastructure to numerous smaller mobile carriers which are known as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs).
So, if you’re thinking of switching plans, but love the speed and service you’re currently receiving with the Optus network, you may want to consider one of these many third-party providers. We’ve reviewed some of the best providers and their SIM-only plans on the Optus network to help see you through. Read on for all the details, or jump straight into our comparison tool to find a great deal.
Cheap SIM-only phone plans on the Optus network
Optus might not be the cheapest telco around, but you can choose a cheap phone plan from one of the many MVNOs on the Optus network. Many of these MVNOs have plans for under $10 with generous inclusions and if you’re big on data, you’ll be able to find big data inclusions for $30 and under.
The table below shows a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $20 and under, listed in order of advertised 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.
Mobile Phone Plans on the Optus Network
If you’re hankering for some extra bite to your mobile plan, there are over ten standout providers on the Optus network all jostling for your attention, including Optus itself, as well as well-known telcos such as Amaysim, Dodo and iiNet. But did you know there are many more telcos to choose from? The leading MVNOs on the Optus network include:
- Southern Phone
- Moose Mobile
- Catch Connect
- OVO Mobile
- Coles Mobile
- Jeenee Mobile
One of the best-known and most popular MVNOs out there, delivering great value on all of its SIM only prepaid plans. Amaysim offers six prepaid plans with 28 day expiry, with unlimited calls and texts and some great data inclusions. The increasing price points simply reflect the additional data as well as international inclusions, making these plans easy to compare. While the lowest-level plan offers good value for money, the 60GB plan is the one that really shines at $50, which is less than $1 per 1GB over 28 days. The below table includes links to a referral partner.
Amaysim was awarded the 2019 Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction award for Prepaid Mobile SIM-Only Plans.
- 60GB of data for $50
- $10 plan includes 1GB of data
- Plans expire after 28 days instead of 30
Southern Phone is a provider with a noble cause; some of its profits go to regional/rural councils to help build local telecommunications infrastructure. Not only does Southern Phone provide services to regional communities but it provides some pretty competitive postpaid phone plans too. All of its Green plans come with unlimited standard national calls and texts, which is a solid inclusion given the small entry price of $11. There are four base month-to-month plans and five plans on 12-month contracts with extra data on offer if you sign up for 12 months. Southern Phone also offers a range of mobile handsets. The below table includes a links to a referral partner.
Southern Phone was awarded the 2019 Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction award for Postpaid Mobile SIM-Only Plans.
- Month-to-month and 12-month plans available
- More data when you sign up for 12 months
- Range of mobile phones available
Moose Mobile is one of the cheapest no providers with a range of plans on 12-month or no lock-in contracts. Typically the cheapest plans Moose has to offer are some of the cheapest on the market, but if you’re willing to sign on for 12 months, you’ll get a bit more data for your money. For example, if you’re after 1GB of data, you’ll pay $8.80 on the month-to-month plan but only get 200 minutes of standard national calls, while the 12-month plan at $9.80 per month, includes unlimited standard national calls. Moose’s other plans are fairly competitive too, with data going all the way up to 80GB on the $49 12-month plan. Keep an eye out for any discounts for new customers as this telco is known to drop plan prices to as little as 1c or free! The below table includes links to a referral partner.
- Cheap unlimited, no lock-in plans
- Incentives for signing up for 12 months
- Big data plans under $50
Catch Connect is still a reasonably new provider in this list, and you’ve probably heard of ‘Catch’ before. Catch, as you might know, is an online retailer with staggering discounts and on-the-spot sales. The company now has a series of low-cost, prepaid phone plans with four base plans over 30 days, but if you prepay for 90 or 365 days you stand to save even more in the long run. Currently, Catch lays claim to one of the most competitive 3GB prepaid plans out there, at just $15 for 30 days. Users prepaying for their plans over 90 or 365 days may save, but must also be cautious not to use their whole data pool before their three months or a year is up! It’s also worth noting that all plans include unlimited standard national talk and text. You should also keep an eye out to see if there are any discounts on offer as the telco is known to offer generous discounts for new services every now and then. The below table includes links to a referral partner.
- Four base 30-day plans to choose from
- Discounts by prepaying for 90 or 365 days upfront
- Unlimited standard national calls and SMS on all plans
Perhaps better known as an internet provider, Dodo has been around for a fair while now and now offers competitive postpaid plans. Dodo offers only three plans on month-to-month no lock-in contracts. Its cheapest plan is one of only a handful of Aussie phone plans available for under $10, but there is a catch if you want this $5 phone plan — you won’t get any data inclusions unless you add on a 2GB data pack for an additional $10 per month. While this plan isn’t for everyone, it’s definitely going to be a tempting option for anyone who doesn’t use or need mobile data. You’ll also get international minutes to 35 select countries on the top two plans.
- Cheap $5 no-data plan
- International call inclusions
- Simple month-to-month plans with unlimited standard national calls and SMS
Yomojo is staking its claim in the prepaid sector with some solid phone plans. The prices are reasonable but you might find more data with other providers. Although they do offer a solid Kids Plan at $9.90 for 1GB of data and 200 minutes of standard national calls and you can get 10GB of data for under $30. It’s biggest data offer is 45GB for $49.90 although there are other plans out there with more data if 45GB doesn’t quite cut it for you. You can also stand to save a bit for the family if you choose to bundle two or more SIM cards. The below table includes links to a referral partner.
- 10GB of data for under $30 (over 30 days)
- Family Bundles allow you to combine plans and save
- Kids plan for under $10
Perhaps best-known for providing great-value home broadband services, Exetel also offers five different SIM-only phone plans with quality inclusions. With unlimited calls on four of its five no lock-in plans, Exetel is rightly proud of its straightforward products designed to appeal to all Australians. You’ll have a good range of plans to choose from with the cheapest under $10 and including 1GB of data and 330 minutes standard national calls and unlimited standard national SMS. The top four plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS with the top-three plans including international call value. The below table includes links to a referral partner.
- 1GB data for just $9.99/month
- Five phone plans to choose from under $30
- International call value on select plans
Vaya is earning a growing reputation for providing value-packed phone plans at some of the cheapest prices around. The small, budget telco has a concise range of five month-to-month phone plans. All plans have unlimited standard national calls and SMS and as for data, there are some fairly generous inclusions across all plans, especially if you want a plan with big data as you can pick up 64GB for $56 per month.
- 64GB of data on the $56 plan
- Month-to-month plans only
An exciting prepaid telco that is still a reasonably new addition to the Aussie telco market, OVO Mobile offers some simple, distinct plans that are sure to make a few people happy. OVO Mobile offers six different plans, with the bottom three plans under $20 and the top three ranging from $29.95 to $49.95 per month. On the lower plans you’ll find OVO’s two ‘kid plans’, its Mini and MiniPlus options, which both come in at under $15 and include free access to Family Zone cyber safety.
A neat feature of OVO Mobile is its data-free sports streaming options. OVO Mobile has teamed up with a range of sports including Formula Drift, Chinese Super League, Australian Esports League, Brumbies Rugby, Badminton Australia and Gymnastics Australia to deliver free and unlimited streaming of these sports using OVOPlay – OVO’s streaming app. Plus, they also have free radio streaming including Triple M and the Hit network. The below table includes links to a referral partner.
- Cheap phone plans for kids with cyber safety account
- Generous data inclusions for the price
- Access to OVO Play (sports streaming app)
Owned by the same company that runs Dodo, iPrimus might be more of a familiar name when it comes to broadband plans, but you will find three simple SIM-only phone plans to choose from. While iPrimus has plans which are more of a middle-price than other providers, it does offer fairly generous data and international call inclusions for the price. All plans are on 12-month contracts and your international call and data inclusions will increase the more you spend.
- Three postpaid 12-month plans at mid-level prices
- Generous data inclusions on all plans
- International call inclusions on all plans
A telco with a reputation for great product value, iiNet was taken over by TPG, but it still offers its own unique range of home broadband and mobile phone plans. iiNet offers five different month to month SIM only phone plans on the Optus 4G network, with prices steadily increasing as you add more data. The latter three plans all include unlimited calls and texts within Australia and the top two plans include international call value. The two lower plans include $550 of call and SMS value, which can also be used for international calls. When it comes to data, you might find these plans lacking if you’re a big data user as the top-level plan includes 9GB for $37.99 a month. There is an upfront SIM cost so you’ll be up for an additional $10 on your first month.
- Call and SMS value on lower plans can be used for international calls
- Straightforward month-to-month phone plans
- Top two plans include international call value
All three major grocery chains in Australia provide phone plans (ALDI and Woolworths both operate on the Telstra network), but Coles Mobile stacks up well against its rivals. Coles has four prepaid plans across different expiry periods– $10 for 10 days, $20 for 35 days, $40 ver 35 days and $180 over 365 days. All plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS with data starting at 1GB for 10 days and going up to 36GB over the 365 days. You can also recharge with your Flybuys points and the $40 recharge includes 250 standard international minutes to 10 countries. There are also international call packs and extra data that you can add on as needed.
- Four plans, which run over 10, 35 or 365 day expiry
- International call value included on one plan
- Data and international call packs will cost extra to add on
Jeenee Mobile is an MVNO with a conscience. It uses some of its profits to donate phone services to people with disabilities to help give them a sense of increased independence. There are also discounted plans for seniors and Jeenee runs a HELP service, which is to assist anyone, especially seniors, children and those with disabilities, to feel safe and provide assistance in emergencies.
As for the mobile plans themselves, there is good value for your money with postpaid plans available across one month or 12-month contracts. Of course, if you sign up for 12 months, you’ll get more data for your money. All plans include unlimited calls and SMS as standard and data starts at 1.2GB (on the $9.90 12-month plan) and goes up to 80GB (on the $55 12-month plan). All plans include a one-off setup fee of $12.37, which will be added on to your first month.
- Providing mobile services to seniors and people with disabilities
- More data on 12-month plans
- One-off setup fee
SpinTel has been around for quite a while, but that doesn’t mean it has lost touch when it comes to mobile plans. The telco has a small range of SIM-only postpaid plans on month-to-month plans with data starting at 2GB and going up to 15GB. While there is a $10 SIM card activation fee, these is sometimes waived for new customers. The top two level plans do include some international call credit.
- International call credit included on two plans
- Month-to-month plans only
- Unlimited standard national SMS on all plans
Of course, we couldn’t write a review of phone plans on the Optus network without mentioning the network operator itself. It goes without saying that the telco giant provides a fairly comprehensive range of phone plans – especially when including prepaid and postpaid options. You can choose a postpaid SIM-only month-to-month plan or choose to build your own plan by selecting your preferred data allowance and international extras. The postpaid SIM-only plans from Optus start at $39 per month for 10GB of data, and go up to $79 for 120GB.
In addition to strong data offerings, the big selling point of these plans is that most plans include data-free sports streaming, and if you time it right, there might be special deals available, like discounts or bonus data. If you’re after a premium experience from your telco, Optus also offers a special ‘One’ plan — $119 per month gets you 500GB of data, international and entertainment extras as well as special customer service and 4G network priority.
Optus does have even more plans on offer, including prepaid (over both long and short expiry periods), in addition to a range of phone on a plan options. You can pick up the latest devices from the big players, including iPhone and Samsung phones, select your payment period (12, 24 or 36 months) and bundle with a postpaid plan. Many of the plans will include access to data-free sports streaming and other entertainment extras.
- Impressive data inclusions at mid-range price points
- Build-your-own plans provide the ultimate phone plan flexibility
- Range of plans and devices to suit all needs
Who offers the best value on the Optus network?
If you’re after a new phone plan on the Optus network, there truly is a huge selection of great value offers to choose from. This article doesn’t include all of the plans available from all providers, so there are even more plans available for you to choose from.
When it comes to postpaid plans, it’s hard to beat Southern Phone, Jeenee Mobile, Moose Mobile and Exetel at different price points and for different reasons.
If prepaid is what you’re after, OVO provides some good cheap plans for kids with some great added value, but you’ll also find great value with Amaysim’s top-level plans if you’re data hungry, while Catch Connect has a variety of plans on different expiry periods.
But, if you’re after a new smartphone on a plan, Optus is hard to beat with its selection of premium smartphones from the big names. It also includes some fairly decent value for what you pay.
When it comes to choosing your phone plan, it really comes down to what you want for your money, and what your needs really are, along with whether you want prepaid or postpaid. If you’re not a big data user, you can easily go for one of the cheaper plans, but if data and extras is what you need, you’ll be looking at the pricier end of the spectrum. There’s also great value around on the mid-level plans, so it helps to shop around. Optus itself, while generally more expensive, does have the widest range of plan types and some of the most generous inclusions around, so you’ll need to weigh up whether price or inclusions are what you’re after.
Plans and providers on the Optus network – a summary
Below is a table featuring a summary of some of the plans we’ve mentioned above.
|Telco||Mobile Plan||Included Data||Monthly Cost||Contract Term|
|Exetel||Super Saver 4G||1GB||$9.99||No contract|
|Catch Connect||3GB 30 Day Plan||3GB||$15||No contract|
|OVO Mobile||Small Plan||4GB||$19.95||No contract|
|SpinTel||$19.95 L Plan||5GB||$19.95||No contract|
|Southern Phone||Green 22 (12M)||7GB||$22||12 months|
|Vaya||Unlimited M||18GB||$24||No contract|
|iiNet||$24.99 Mobile Voice SIM Only||3GB||$24.99||No contract|
|Jeenee Mobile||$25 Pennywise SIM||18GB||$25||12 months|
|Moose Mobile||Moose 29 SIM Only (12M)||18GB||$29||12 months|
|Yomojo||10GB Plan||10GB||$25.90||No contract|
|Dodo||12GB Plan||12GB||$30||No contract|
|Coles Mobile||Prepaid $40 for 35 Days||10GB||$40||No contract|
|Optus||Medium $49 Choice Plan||60GB||$49||No contract|
|Amaysim||Unlimited 60GB||60GB||$50||No contract|