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Optus Mobile Phone Plans Review

As one of the ‘big three’ Aussie telcos, Optus offers a variety of postpaid and prepaid plans at a range of price points – so no matter what your mobile needs are, you’re likely to find something to suit your budget. Currently Australia’s second-biggest telco, Optus also owns and operates a comprehensive network infrastructure that rivals that of Telstra for coverage and speeds, with a particular 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 bunch of bonuses and perks, including data-free streaming, international roaming, and exclusive sports coverage. Data plans are available up to 200GB per month, so even super-heavy streamers and downloaders aren’t left out.

If you’re considering moving to Optus, or just want more information on the telco’s plans and options, we’ve broken down everything the company has to offer – including postpaid and prepaid plans, network coverage, and more.

Optus plans at a glance

With the rise of mobile data use in Australia, Optus has bumped up the included gigabytes in both postpaid and prepaid plans. Currently, the telco offers 24-month plans with new smartphones, as well as month-to-month and 12-month SIM only postpaid plans, and a large selection of prepaid plans.

Prepaid users can pick from Epic Data or Epic Value plans (standard month-to-month plans with unlimited talk and text), pay-as-you-go Daily Plus plans, or 6- or 12-month Long Expiry plans. Most of Optus’ plans are fairly competitive: for a idea of what to expect, below are several currently available, 12-month SIM-only postpaid plans. More Optus plans are listed down the page.

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$35 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$45 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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What does Optus offer?

Like Telstra and Vodafone, Optus is a ‘full service’ provider, meaning you can pick from a range of postpaid and prepaid plans, with both contract and month-to-month options available. 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 a two-year contract.

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
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Data-free video streaming
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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 in 2018.

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. 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. But sign up for selected plans, and you’ll also get access to a bunch of awesome bonuses and extras, thanks to Optus’s many entertainment partnerships.

  • Optus Sport: Customers on selected Optus plans can add Optus Sport free to their service, and enjoy live and on-demand matches from Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and more.
  • National Geographic: Included in most postpaid plans, the National Geographic app includes documentaries, articles and more.
  • Data-free music streaming: Optus customers on eligible plans will receive unlimited data-free streaming from Google Play Music, iHeartRADIO and Spotify, at speeds up to 512Kbps.
  • Date-free video streaming: Optus now offers an add-on video streaming pack, which includes data-free streaming from Netflix, Stan and ABC iView. Available for $5 per month, this service limits speeds at 1.5Mbps (or Standard Definition video quality).
  • International roaming: Selected 24-month plans include monthly overseas roaming data to use internationally: you’ll get 2GB per month on the $105 plan, and 4GB monthly on the $125 plan. You can also add a $10 per day Travel Pack to your Optus plan, which gives you unlimited calls and SMS and 50MB of data use each day.
  • 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.

Optus plans with phones

As mentioned above, Optus offers a selection of postpaid and prepaid plans at various price points, over several contract terms. If you’re looking to buy a new phone on a plan, you’ll need to sign a 24-month contract; however, you can choose whether to pay off your device over two years with no further obligations (My Plan Plus), or lease your phone over the same period (My Plan Flex).

Leasing means you’ll pay about $10 less each month for your phone, but you won’t get to own it after two years; instead, you’re basically renting it, and will need to return it to Optus after the lease period expires. You do have the option of upgrading to a newer phone after 12 months, but you’ll need to hand back your lease device and pay a $99 upgrade fee.

Standard Optus two-year mobile plans can be paired with any stocked postpaid phone, while leasing is only available for selected high-end handsets. Whether you buy or lease, your mobile plan options are the same, and are listed below. Plans start at $45 per month for 4GB of data (including double data), up to $125 monthly for a huge 200GB.

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$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data – ends 13/01/19

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data – ends 13/01/19

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data – ends 13/01/19

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data – ends 13/01/19

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period

Optus SIM-only plans

If you’re looking for a SIM-only plan for a smartphone you already own, Optus has you covered – and evens offers the choice between a month-to-month or 12-month plan. Unsurprisingly, the best deals are available on a 12-month contract, with plans beginning at $35 per month for 3GB of data.

Optus frequently offers bonus data and service fee discounts, so savvy buyers can score extra gigabytes and cheaper prices if they sign on at the right time. If you’re looking for a big data option, the $55 12-month SIM plan includes 80GB per month, plus international extras.

In comparison, month-to-month plans begin at $45 monthly for 3GB of data, up to $75 for 40GB. No-contract SIM plans also miss out on some of the features included in Optus’ 12-month deals, such as data-free music streaming.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$35 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$45 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Promo plan; offer available until withdrawn

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus prepaid plans

Prepaid plans are great if you’re after flexibility, and don’t require frivolous extras. Optus’s prepaid plans are split into four options: Epic Data, Epic Value, Long Expiry, and Daily Plus.

Optus Epic Data

These are Optus’s standout prepaid plans, featuring unlimited texts and calls and great value data inclusions. Plans begin at $10 per recharge for 5GB of data, and each option includes 10GB of data for streaming on Netflix, Stan and ABC iView. Billing periods range from 5 to 28 days, and all unused data can be rolled over to the following recharge.

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Epic Data $10

  • 100 min of calls & unlimited SMS
  • 5GB data, plus 10GB to stream

min. cost $10 over 5 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $20

  • 200 min of calls & unlimited SMS
  • 12GB data, plus 10GB to stream

min. cost $20 over 10 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $30

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 10GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $5 extra credit

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 20GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $10 extra credit

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 30GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $15 extra credit

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $60

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 40GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $20 extra credit

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $70

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 45GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $20 extra credit

min. cost $70 over 28 day billing period

45GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $80

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 50GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $20 extra credit

min. cost $80 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Data $100

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 60GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 10GB on first 3 recharges
  • $20 extra credit

min. cost $100 over 28 day billing period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus Epic Value

Similar in structure to Epic Data plans, Epic Value prepaid offers up to 42 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.

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Epic Value $15

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data rollover

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Value $30

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data rollover

min. cost $30 over 42 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Value $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data rollover

min. cost $40 over 42 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Value $50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data rollover

min. cost $50 over 42 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Epic Value $180

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data rollover

min. cost $180 over 186 day billing period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus Long Expiry

If you don’t need to recharge regularly, and are a light to infrequent user, you may prefer a long expiry plan. These plans are offered on a 45, 90, 186 or 365-day basis, and begin at $10 per recharge. Usage is charged per minute of talk, megabyte of data, or SMS sent, with data rates priced at $0.07 per megabyte.

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Long Expiry $10

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $10 over 45 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $20

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $20 over 90 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $30

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $30 over 186 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $40

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $40 over 186 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $50

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $50 over 186 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $60

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $60 over 365 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $70

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $70 over 365 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $80

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $80 over 365 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Long Expiry $100

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $100 over 365 day billing period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus Daily Plus

Like Optus’ Long Expiry plans, Daily Plus prepaid offers 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.

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Daily Plus $10

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $10 over 30 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Daily Plus $20

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $20 over 30 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Daily Plus $30

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $30 over 186 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Daily Plus $45

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $45 over 186 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Daily Plus $60

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $60 over 186 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Daily Plus $100

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500MB of data for $2 per day

min. cost $100 over 186 day billing period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus contact details/customer support

Need some help with your Optus plan or service? The telco offers plenty of contact and support options, including:

 How does Optus compare?

If you’re interested in Optus network coverage, but want to shop around first, there are quite a few similar MVNOs offering cheaper SIM-only plans – check out the list below:

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 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. Although unlimited data isn’t yet available, the telco does include up to 200GB on its high-end, two-year phone plans. 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 iPhone XS – on a two-year plan.

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, OVO Mobile, 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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