Optus Mobile Phone Plans
As one of the ‘big three’ Aussie telcos, Optus offers a variety of postpaid and prepaid mobile phone plans at a range of good price points – so no matter what your needs are, you’re likely to find a plan to suit you. Currently Australia’s second-largest telco, Optus also owns and operates a comprehensive mobile network infrastructure that rivals that of Telstra for coverage and speeds, with a focus on improving service in regional areas.
In addition to providing great coverage and rates for talk, text and data, Optus also throws in plenty of attractive extras for mobile users. Customers can access a whole bunch of bonuses and perks, including data-free sports streaming and international roaming. If you’re big on data, you can get up to 240GB of monthly fast data on some Optus phone plans, and all postpaid mobile plans now include additional ‘endless data’ capped at speeds of 1.5Mbps.
If you’re considering a new Optus mobile plan or you’re thinking about making the switch to Optus, we’ve broken down everything the company has to offer – including postpaid and prepaid plans, plans with new phones, network coverage and more. Read on to find out which Optus mobile phone plan is best for you.
Optus plans at a glance
The following table shows a selection of published Optus postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on our database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Optus phone plans: a guide
Optus has a wide range of phone plans, whether you’re after a new handset with big data or a simple prepaid plan, there is a large selection to choose from. These plans can be split into three main offerings:
- SIM-only postpaid plans (all month-to-month)
- SIM-only prepaid plans (four different plan types to choose from, including plans with large data and long-expiry plans)
- Mobile phone plans (plans bundled with a new handset on 12, 24 or 36-month contracts)
With the rise of mobile data use in Australia, Optus has made an effort to bump up the included gigabytes in both postpaid and prepaid plans. The telco has also scrapped all excess data charges in Australia on its four postpaid SIM plans, now offering ‘endless data’ (capped at 1.5Mbps speeds) in addition to your plan’s full-speed gigabytes. Combine this with the entertainment extras, and Optus certainly does have competitive phone plans.
Postpaid plans are available as month-to-month plans, with four plans on offer to new customers. Plans with a new smartphone are month-to-month and separated from the device repayments over 12, 24 or 36 months. If you’re interested in an Optus prepaid plan, you can pick from four different types of prepaid phone plans: Epic Data, Epic Value, Daily Plus or Optus Flex plans. Optus has also previously offered a special ‘Optus One’ plan with a huge 500GB of data and a whole bunch of extras, but this $119 plan is no longer available to new customers.
Looking for a new phone? Optus has phones from all the major manufactures, such as the iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S21 series, other Samsung Galaxy devices, OPPO, Huawei and Google Pixel phones. Some phones are even available to buy outright.
If you’re after Optus mobile plans for the family, you can also check out the Optus 250GB Family Plan, with four SIM cards, the 250GB of data, subscription to the McAfee Safe Family App and Optus Sport, all for $149 per month (which works out to be $37.25 per month for each SIM).
Best Optus phone plans
Choosing the best Optus plan will depend on your needs. Optus keeps things simple with a selection of four postpaid plans (as listed below) which are available as month-to-month SIM-only plans or to bundle with a new smartphone. When you choose a new phone on a plan from Optus, your device and payment period choice will determine your monthly device payments, then bundle with your preferred postpaid plan.
When you’re choosing the best Optus phone plan for your needs, consider your needs such as how much data you’ll need, along with any international call or roaming inclusions. Whether you’re changing or upgrading to a new Optus plan or you’re considering switching from another telco, you need to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.
Are you after a SIM-only plan or a plan with a new phone? Do you prefer prepaid or postpaid? Once you have a clear idea of what you’re after, look at what Optus has to offer in terms of value for money and have an idea of how much you want to pay for your phone plan. The below table lists a range of SIM-only postpaid plans currently available. If you’d like to compare other plans, you’ll find more Optus phone plans further down the page.
|$45 Small Choice Plan||$45||Unlimited standard national calls and texts, 20GB fast data, endless data capped at 1.5Mbps speeds|
|$55Medium Choice Plan||$55||Unlimited standard national calls and texts, 80GB fast data, endless data capped at 1.5Mbps speeds|
|$65 Large Choice Plan||$65||Unlimited standard national calls and texts, 200GB fast data, endless data capped at 1.5Mbps speeds|
|$85 Extra Large Choice Plan||$85||Unlimited standard national calls and texts, 240GB fast data, endless data capped at 1.5Mbps speeds|
What does Optus offer?
Plans come with a range of inclusions and add-ons, including international services and entertainment, and you’re also able to bundle your service with a brand-new smartphone on your choice of payment period.
Some of Optus’ inclusions are listed on the below table. A green tick means that feature is either included on, or available with, that plan type.
|SIM-Only plans||Phones on a plan||Prepaid plans|
|Data-free video streaming|
|Data-free music streaming|
|Data overage fees|
Optus network and coverage
Optus’ mobile network covers 98.5% of the Australian population – just behind Telstra and ahead of Vodafone. The telco has also been stepping up its rural coverage in recent years and has committed to investing one billion dollars to improve service in regional and remote areas.
More than 2,200 new Optus towers have been built in over one thousand regional towns, and almost 1,500 existing towers have been upgraded – so even if you don’t live in one of the major cities, Optus is working to keep you connected.
Optus provides 3G, 4G, and 4G Plus service to its mobile customers, with super-fast 4G Plus speeds now available to around 96.5% of Australians. As for 5G, the telco is also rolling out its own Optus 5G network, with a handful of compatible devices and plan options now available. Optus has also rolled out its 5G home broadband to MVNOs which use the Optus network, proving its taking the development of this new mobile network very seriously. The telco also gives customers its Coverage Commitment, meaning if you do experience network issues that can’t be resolved, Optus will cover any cancellation fees if you leave. Optus will also cover any remaining handset charges (provided you return the phone in good working order).
Features and bonuses
All of Optus’s plans come with the standard talk and text, plus data use within Australia. If you’re interested in the entertainment extras that Optus has to offer, these aren’t available on all plans, so you’ll need to check the plan’s details. you’ll also get access to a whole bunch of bonuses and extras, thanks to Optus’s entertainment partnerships. Of course if you build your own plan, you’ll have control over your inclusions.
- Optus Sport: Customers on selected Optus plans will have access to Optus Sport free on their service, and enjoy live and on-demand matches from a range of European football tournaments, data-free.
- International roaming: You can add a $10 per day Optus Roaming Pack to your postpaid plan, which gives you unlimited calls and SMS and 1GB of data use each day. There is also a Data Roaming pack available for some prepaid plans, although you can only use it in five select countries.
- Endless data: Available on postpaid plans, this feature includes ‘ unlimited’ data restricted at 1.5Mbps speeds, in addition to a monthly full-speed data allowance.
- Data sharing: If you have multiple family members or devices on Optus plans, you can combine all your plans on to one single bill, pool your total monthly data, and share it between plan holders or phones/tablets.
Individual Optus Plans
Optus SIM-only postpaid plans
If you’re looking for a good SIM-only plan for a smartphone you already own, Optus has you covered. Plans are available with no-contract, or month-to-month, with prices beginning at $45 per month for 20GB of full-speed data. If you’re looking for a big data option, then the $85 SIM plan includes 240GB of fast data per month, plus international calling extras.
All plans include unlimited standard national talk and text in Australia, plus ‘endless’ data capped at 1.5Mbps in addition to a monthly high-speed data allowance. Optus frequently offers bonus data or discounts, so savvy buyers can score extra gigabytes and cheaper prices if they sign on at the right time.
Optus plans with phones
Previously Optus had offered its phone plans on the traditional two-year phone contract, however now Optus is following in the footsteps of Vodafone and Telstra, with your phone repayments and plan costs separated. There are plenty of new devices to choose from if you want a new Optus mobile plan with handset, including the latest iPhone, Samsung and Google smartphones. You’ll also be able to choose from a range of 5G-compatible devices, but you’ll only be able to use 5G in select 5G-ready areas as Optus works on expanding its network.
You’ll be able to select either 12, 24 or 36 months for your phone payments and the monthly phone cost will differ depending on your contract length — but you will pay the same amount in total — then you can bundle with a month-to-month postpaid plan. There are four plans to choose from, starting at $45 with 20GB of fast data, going up to $85 with 240GB of data. While your mobile plan is technically month-to-month, you will need to remain on an Optus plan for the length of your device payment period, otherwise you’ll have to pay off the remainder of your handset.
The following table shows all published 128GB iPhone 13 Optus plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised 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.
The following table shows all published 128GB Samsung Galaxy S21 Optus plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised 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.
Optus prepaid plans
Prepaid plans are great if you’re after flexibility and don’t need all the extras. If you’re looking into Optus prepaid phone plans, the plans are split into four options: Epic Data, Epic Value, Optus Flex, and Daily Plus.
There are also several Add Ons available for prepaid plans (except the Daily Plus plans). You can add on the $5 International Talk pack on Epic Data or Epic Value plans, with 300 minutes of standard calls to 50 countries over a period of 28 days. If you’re travelling to Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, The UK or USA, you’ll be able to add a $20 Data Roaming pack on Epic Data or Epic Value plans, with 10GB to use over 5 days. My Data and ‘Extras Credit’ Add Ons are available on Epic Data, Epic Value and Long Expiry plans.
Optus Epic Data
These are Optus’s standout prepaid plans, featuring unlimited calls and SMS with great value data inclusions. Each plan includes 10GB of data for streaming on Netflix, Stan and ABC iView, and all unused data can be rolled over when you recharge before expiry, to a maximum of 200GB. Plans also include expiry extensions when you recharge on time, as well as the option to add-on extras such as travel credit, daily unlimited data, and more.
Optus Epic Value
Similar in structure to Epic Data plans, Epic Value prepaid offers 21 to 365 days before expiry, but less monthly data and inclusions. You’ll still get rollover data and unlimited talk and text, but exclusive streaming data isn’t available and the overall data inclusions are smaller. There are add ons available for data, international talk and ‘extras’ credit.
If you want a flexible option, Optus offers daily, weekly, and 30-day Flex plans which each include 1GB of data per day, along with unlimited standard national talk and text. Choose to recharge daily for $1 per day, every 7 days for $7, or every 30 days for $30, and switch between recharge options as needed. This plan also includes up to 200GB of rollover data when you recharge before expiry.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
Optus Flex $1
min. cost $1 over one day expiry
Optus Flex $20
min. cost $20 over 7 day expiry
Optus Flex $30
min. cost $30 over 30 day expiry
|View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
Optus Daily Plus
Like Optus’ Long Expiry plans, Daily Plus prepaid offers a 30-day or a long expiry period of up to 186 days. However, this plan features a $2 daily recharge, which buys you unlimited talk and text and 500MB of data to use over 24 hours. Each day you use your device, $2 will be deducted from your credit balance, so it’s not ideal for people who use their phone daily – you’ll find better value from other Optus plans.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
Daily Plus $10
min. cost $10 over 30 day expiry
Daily Plus $20
min. cost $20 over 30 day expiry
Daily Plus $30
min. cost $30 over 186 day expiry
Daily Plus $45
min. cost $45 over 186 day expiry
Daily Plus $60
min. cost $60 over 186 day expiry
Daily Plus $100
min. cost $100 over 186 day expiry
|View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
Optus contact details/customer support
Need some help with your Optus plan or service? Want to find out when your Optus plan ends or how to upgrade your Optus mobile plan? The telco offers plenty of contact and support options, including:
- General customer support: 133 937
- Yes Crowd online customer forum
- 24/7 online chat on the website
- The Optus Facebook page
- Twitter support: @Optus
- My Optus app for both iPhone and Android
How does Optus compare?
If you’re interested in Optus network coverage, but want to shop around first, there are quite a few MVNOs on the Optus network offering cheaper SIM-only plans – check out the list below:
- Southern Phone
- Moose Mobile
- Catch Connect
- Coles Mobile
The following table shows a selection of published postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. These plans have been compared to Optus’ Choice $45 Small SIM-only plan. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on our database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Is Optus a good deal?
If you want the bells and whistles that come with a big-name telco, Optus has plenty to offer: entertainment extras, international features, and lots of customer-exclusive perks. It’s also generally cheaper than arch-rival Telstra, sells a variety of plan types, and operates networks covering over 98% of Australians.
Customers wanting big data should definitely consider Optus for their mobile service. Alongside endless speed-capped data on all postpaid plans, the telco includes up to 240GB of high-speed data on its Extra Large Choice plan. The company also offers a wide range of smartphones to suit most budgets, and is one of the few places you can get big-name releases — such as the latest iPhone.
Overall, Optus has remained surprisingly competitive for such a big brand, and regularly sweetens its plans with bonus data and limited-time offers. However, if you are happy to forgo extras in favour of pricing, you can find cheaper deals with smaller providers piggybacking off the Optus network.
Operators such as Amaysim, Southern Phone, and Moose Mobile all sell low-cost prepaid and SIM-only plans that run on Optus’ 4G Plus network, so may be worth checking out if you’re looking to save cash.
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About the author of this page
This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor, Tara Donnelly. Having spent over seven years writing for and editing telco comparison websites, she’s an expert in all things phone & internet, including NBN plans, wireless technology, the latest mobile devices and how to find the best deal for your family. She loves to highlight the next best deals, while also flagging the things you need to be aware of.
What do customers think about Optus phone plans?
In 2020, Australians gave Optus 4 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction in handset phone plans.