What are the best phone plans on the Optus network?

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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 communications platform. Whilst 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 details or jump straight into our comparison tool to find a great deal.

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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 of course Optus itself. as well as well-known telcos such as Amaysim, iiNet and Virgin Mobile. But did you know there are many more telcos to choose from? The leading Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) on the Optus network are:

Plans & Providers on the Optus Network

As seen above there are many providers that use the Optus network to ply their wares. The leading telcos are:

Amaysim

One of the best-known and most popular MVNOs out there, Amaysim’s explicitly online-only business model allows it to deliver great value on all of its SIM only 4G plans. It also offers identical plans on a prepaid basis, so pick your poison. Amaysim offers five different plans with 28 day expiry, most 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. Be aware though that these plans expire after 28 days as opposed to the 30 days you get with most other carriers. So let’s just recap what Amaysim offers:

  • Easy to compare plans by data allowance
  • Some of the cheapest prices on the Optus network
  • Plans expire after 28 days instead of 30

This is how Amaysim’s plans shape up:

Catch Connect

Catch Connect is the newest 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. Now, the company also has a series of low-cost, prepaid phone plans. There are three base plans over 30 days, but if you prepay for 90 or 365 days you stand to save e ven more in the long run. Currently, Catch lays claim to one of the most competitive 2GB 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! Doing so could mean it’s a false economy. Just to recap:

  • Some of the most competitive plans out there
  • Discounts by prepaying for 90 or 365 days upfront
  • Three simple base plans

This is how Catch Connect looks over 30 days:

Coles Mobile

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 three plans – $10, $20 and $40 in price. The latter two plans are both on 28 day expiry periods, with unlimited calls and texts, as well as 2GB and 7GB of data respectively. The $10 plan is over 10 days, and even with this short billing period it still works out to be pretty solid value. You can recharge with your Flybuys points, though, keep in mind that the plans have 28 day billing periods whereas others are 30 days.

  • Three plans, all solid value
  • Stack up well against ALDI and Woolies plans
  • Over 10 and 28 days instead of 30

This is what Coles Mobile has to offer:

Dodo

Perhaps better known as an internet provider, Dodo has been around for a fair while now and now offers competitive postpaid plans. Dodo benefits from offering its plans on both month-to-month and 12 month contracts. The benefit is that by signing up, you get a lot more data included on your plan. As you can see below, for about $20 on a monthly basis you’ll get just 1.5GB data, while if you sign up for 12 months, this data limit increases to 3GB plus some big data bonuses you can lock in if you sign up at the right time. Monthly options also attractive a relatively hefty setup fee. So just to recap Dodo:

  • Choice of 12 month or no lock-in contracts
  • Cheap unlimited plans
  • Set up fees for no lock-in plans

See Dodo’s phone plans below:

Exetel

Perhaps best-known for providing great-value home broadband services, Exetel also offers six different SIM-only phone plans with quality inclusions. With unlimited calls on all of its plans if you sign up for 12 months, Exetel is rightly proud of its straightforward products designed to appeal to all Australians. Plus, its two most expensive plans boast 30GB and 90GB of data! These plans use 3G data only, though. It’s refreshing to see a telco offering distinct plans. Exetel also brings a number of data add-ons to the party which represents good value. Just to recap:

  • 2.5GB data for just $15/month over 12 months
  • Incentives for signing on for 12 months
  • Big-data 3G-only plans

Take a look at Exetel’s phone plans:

iiNet

A telco with a reputation for excellent customer service and product value, iiNet was recently 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, whilst the base plan’s generous $550 credit inclusion means you can still chat up a storm. Overall iiNet has:

  • Good data inclusions at low price points
  • Straightforward phone plans
  • Is renowned for outstanding customer service

Here are iiNet’s phone plans for your consideration:

Jeenee Mobile

Jeenee Mobile is an MVNO with a conscience. It uses some of its profits to help people with disabilities get hold of a phone for easier communications, to give them a sense of increased independence. Though, that doesn’t mean its phone plans are lacklustre – far from it! All plans come with unlimited calls & texts as standard and you get a choice of a no lock-in, 6 month, or 12 month contract, with lots of incentives for signing on for the long haul. You also get the same benefits if you simply stick around for a while – talk about loyalty! Jeenee Mobile also has ‘Mammoth’ plans, which offer 30GB and 90GB of data. These massive amounts of data are on the 3G network, but are still great value. The rest of the plans are also among some of the cheapest in the competition considering the amount of data you get. Jeenee Mobile stands out for:

  • Giving back to the community
  • Big incentives for signing on for 6 or 12 months
  • Massive ‘Mammoth’ plans with lots of data

Want to let the Jeenee out of the bottle? Here are some of the telco’s plans:

Moose Mobile

Moose Mobile is one of the cheapest no lock-in providers to offer unlimited calls and texts AND 1.5GB data. This plan is $14, while most others are a dollar dearer, with the $20 mark being pretty common as well. Moose’s other plans are fairly competitive, too, and it also has a range of 3G plans with big data available. Moose has also branched out to offer even more competitive 12 month plans, to compete with a raft of other providers doing the same. If you’re not a commitment-phobe you could save some dough in the long run. To recap:

  • Cheap unlimited, no lock-in plans
  • Incentives for signing up for 12 months
  • One of the cheapest 10GB plans out there

The Moose is loose. Here are the plans:

Optus

Of course, we couldn’t write a review of phone plans on the Optus network without mentioning the mothership herself. It goes without saying that the telco giant provides a fairly large range of phone plans – over 20 when you add them all up over prepaid and postpaid terms. You can choose a phone plan over 12 months or without a contract at all in the postpaid space. Your one year commitment will see some extra value included. In addition to strong data offerings, the big selling point of these plans is that they also periodically provide bonuses like data boosts and limitless music streaming! Some plans also have included access to the English Premier League via Optus Sport. The plans range from $30 a month, all the way up to $120, and Optus plays host to some of the cheaper iPhone 8 plans. Below are a handful of them, but first let’s consider the main positives of Optus postpaid plans:

  • Watch EPL soccer on your mobile
  • Impressive data inclusions at mid-range price points
  • Better value on offer if you commit to 12 month contract

See what Optus has for you below:

OVO Mobile

An exciting new prepaid telco on the block, OVO Mobile offers some simple, distinct plans that are sure to make a few people happy. OVO Mobile offers five different plans, with the top three costing $24.95, $34.95 and $44.95 per month. All have healthy amounts of data included, and three have unlimited calls and texts, while the two ‘kids” plans have dollar-values attached and access to a free cyber safety account. The value dramatically increases when you jump up into the higher plans. For example, for $19.95 you’ll get 2GB of data, $34.95 will give you 10GB and $49.95 will give you a massive 19GB of data.

Another neat feature of OVO Mobile is its unlimited streaming options. OVO Mobile has teamed up with V8 Supercars, Audi Sport Customer Racing and Gymnastics Australia to deliver free and unlimited streaming of these three sports using OVO Time – OVO’s streaming app. So if you’re interested in one of these sports, OVO Mobile could be a good bet. In summary:

  • Cheap ‘kids” phone plans with cyber safety account
  • Generous data inclusions for the price
  • OVO Play – a sports streaming app

This is how OVO Mobile’s plans look up close:

Southern Phone

Southern Phone is a provider with another noble cause; some of its profits go to regional/rural councils to help build telecommunications infrastructure. Southern Phone also provides some pretty competitive postpaid phone plans. Southern Phone is yet another provider that offers big incentives if you sign up for 12 months. The telco also provides plans on the Telstra network. All of its Optus network plans come with unlimited calls & texts, which is a solid inclusion given the tiny entry price of $9.90. There are four base plans, with extra data or discounts if you sign up for 12 months. Southern Phone is also one of the few MVNOs to sell phones on a plan, including the new Samsung Galaxy S9.  To summarise:

  • Discounts or bonuses for signing up for 12 months
  • An MVNO with premium phone plans
  • Dual-carrier telco, with plans also on Telstra network

This is how some of Southern Phone’s plans look below:

SpinTel

SpinTel has also been a quiet operator that has been around for quite a while. In competing with all these young hooligans, SpinTel has put together some strong-value plans, of which there are five in total. Three are your standard monthly phone plans with 4G data, and two are 3G phone plans with massive amounts of data. Its cheapest phone plan is under $10! The main takeaways with SpinTel are:

  • Cheap plan with 1GB under $10
  • One of the cheapest 5GB plans
  • Massive data allowances if you can swallow 3G speed

This is how SpinTel phone plans lines up:

Vaya

Vaya is earning a growing reputation for providing value-packed phone plans at some of the cheapest prices around. The budget telco has a concise range of four phone plans, all of which are unlimited. In fact, Vaya is one of the cheapest unlimited providers in Australia, and with 1.5GB to boot – beating out others by 500mb. Data varies from 1GB to 13GB, and you can save money if you buy in bulk. With prices starting at just $16 per month and a new price-beat guarantee on similar plans from other providers, Vaya presents a strong proposition. Some noteworthy facts about Vaya are:

  • Some of the cheapest plans on the Optus network
  • Easy to compare plans based on increasing data offers
  • Price-match guarantee if you find better value elsewhere

Cop a load of Vaya’s phone plans below:

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile offers a huge range of plans on the Optus 4G network, with 5 contracted plans, as well as 5 no contract plans. All of Virgin Mobile’s offerings bring unlimited standard calls and texts, along with free voicemail and an inclusion of international credit as well. Virgin Mobile customers can roll over their unused credit from month to month, and you can even earn Velocity Frequent Flyer points. Perhaps the big selling point for Virgin Mobile is its massive data deals at very competitive prices. Below is a list of Virgin Mobile’s SIM only plans, but it may be worth looking at the bundled plans as well – Virgin plays host to some of the cheapest iPhone 8 phone plans out there. Overall, Virgin Mobile’s key takeaway points are:

  • Good range of bonuses including data-free music streaming
  • Huge data bonuses and other incentives
  • Some of the cheapest iPhone 8 plans out there

This is what you can get from Virgin Mobile:

Yomojo

Yomojo is staking its claim in the postpaid sector with some solid phone plans. It’s another provider that also offers the same plans on a prepaid basis. While none are ‘bargain basement’ plans, what you get for your money is quite admirable. Yomojo has one of the cheapest plans to offer unlimited calls and texts plus 2GB of data, which comes in at under $20! Not only this, but there is also the opportunity to build your own plan, though the value here is somewhat questionable.

  • Cheap 2GB phone plan for under $20
  • Build your own phone plan option
  • Phone plans available as both postpaid and prepaid

Ready to go Yomojo? Here are the plans:

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. The list isn’t complete in this article – there are handfuls more that may be up your alley.

  • In the postpaid arena it’s hard to beat Amaysim, Jeenee Mobile and Moose Mobile at different price points and for different reasons.
  • In the prepaid sphere all providers have something solid to offer, with OVO standing out for offering cheap no-fuss plans with data-free V8 Supercars streaming.

However, there’s nary a bad apple in the whole landscape! In fact, each of these providers has a unique selling point. Some have big data at a cheap price; some have extra bonuses like data-free music streaming; some have iPhone 8 plans on offer and so on. Good luck trying to decide! It pays to shop around for the best deal that’s right for you.

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