iPrimus Mobile Phone Plans Review

If you’re interested in simple SIM-only postpaid phone plans with straightforward value, iPrimus might be just what you’re after. As part of the Vocus Communications group (which also owns Dodo), iPrimus is known mostly for its home internet plans. However, the telco does offer a few SIM-only postpaid mobile phone plans with some good included value for your money.

As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the Optus network, you can expect coverage throughout much of Australia. So if you have access to iPrimus via Optus in your area, is an iPrimus mobile phone plan the right deal for you?

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iPrimus mobile plans at a glance

There are only three postpaid phone plans to choose from with iPrimus, all on 12-month contracts. While this might be limiting to some, if you find yourself overwhelmed by phone plans and suffering from choice overload, this might make things easier for you.

All plans come with unlimited standard national calls, along with unlimited text to national and international numbers. The varying price points are reflected in the included data and international call minutes to select countries.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Basic

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 350 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $430 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$45 Optimal

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1500 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $550 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 Premium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 3000 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $670 over 12 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

What does iPrimus offer?

While there aren’t any flashy entertainment extras on the iPrimus mobile plans, the included international call value, available on all plans, is a big plus. While the included international call value is limited to select countries, there are 35 listed countries that you can make calls to. The unlimited talk and text (plus international text) is another plus and the data inclusions are fairly generous for the prices. Keep in mind that when you sign up, you will have to pay an upfront cost of $10 for postage of the SIM card. If you go over your data, you will still be able to use data, but you’ll be charged an extra $10 per GB you go over your allowance.

Postpaid plans
Entertainment bonuses
Data-free video streaming
Data-free music streaming
International calls/texts
International roaming
Set-up fees
Data overage fees

iPrimus network and coverage

iPrimus operates on the Optus 3G and 4G networks, which covers 98.5% of the Australian population. This means you can expect the same cover on an iPrimus plan as you would receive were you signed up direct to Optus. Optus has also committed to building more towers and improving service throughout Australia, particularly regional communities. Visit the iPrimus website to check the coverage in your area.

Features and bonuses

When you choose an iPrimus 12-month mobile plan, you’ll receive unlimited standard national calls and SMS in addition to large data inclusions. The telco also has some generous international call and text inclusions.

  • International calls: All three of the iPrimus postpaid phone plans include international call value in the form of capped minute inclusions. This can only be used to call select countries, which includes New Zealand, Israel, Italy, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the USA and UK. If you wish to call countries not included or if you go over your included value, it would be an additional cost on that month’s repayment. International call rates are on the iPrimus website.
  • International SMS: You can enjoy unlimited standard international SMS on all iPrimus phone plans, which is great news if you have friends and family overseas.
  • International roaming: International roaming is available, however it can be expensive iPrimus offers a spend management tool so you can monitor your usage and roaming can be switched off if you prefer.

Individual products

iPrimus Basic postpaid plan

The Basic plan is the lowest-level offering from iPrimus, and while it isn’t the cheapest phone plan out there, for $35 per month, you’ll get unlimited standard national calls, unlimited standard national and international SMS and 18GB of data. You’ll also get 350 international minutes to select countries.

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

$35 Basic

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 350 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $430 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

iPrimus Optimal postpaid plan

As a mid-level plan, the Optimal plan includes unlimited standard national calls, SMS and international SMS at $45 per month. You’ll get a generous 30GB of data and the international call value goes up to 1500 minutes to select countries.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$45 Optimal

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1500 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $550 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

iPrimus Premium postpaid plan

The Premium plan is $55 per month and while that might seem a bit steep to some, you’ll get unlimited standard national calls, SMS and international SMS, plus a generous 40GB of data. The international call inclusion goes up to 3000 minutes to select countries, so staying in touch with friends and family overseas is easy.

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

$55 Premium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 3000 mins standard international calls to select countries
  • $10 upfront SIM cost

min. cost $670 over 12 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

iPrimus contact details/customer support

Need some help with your iPrimus plan or service? The telco offers several contact and support options, including:

How does iPrimus compare?

iPrimus isn’t the only telco offering Optus network coverage at lower prices. The following providers also use parts of the Optus 4G and 3G networks.

Is iPrimus a good deal?

Depending on what you want from a postpaid mobile plan, you might find iPrimus has the right inclusions for you. If you’re after cheap phone plans, you might find more affordable options with other providers. What you can get from iPrimus is fairly generous call, SMS and data inclusions for your money.

If you decide to cancel your plan or want to downgrade, you will be up for an early termination fee, however if you want to upgrade your plan, there is no fee. While other telcos sometimes offer free postage of your SIM, you will have to pay $10 for postage of your SIM card.

Having access to unlimited standard national calls, SMS and international SMS, is a big plus. The included data is pretty generous for your money, and if you’re happy with 18GB of data, the Basic plan might have all you need. The international call inclusions are also very generous, especially on the Premium plan, so if you have friends and family in the included 35 countries, it’s a good way to keep in touch. So if you’re looking for a mid-level postpaid phone plan, and you’re happy to be on the Optus network, it might be worth keeping iPrimus in your phone plan comparisons.

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