As Australia’s second-largest mobile network, Optus provides coverage to 98.5% of the population on its 3G and 4G mobile networks, in addition to an expanding 5G mobile network. However, you don’t have to sign up to a plan with Optus to access the Optus mobile network.
Smaller telcos, known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), use parts of the Optus network to deliver their phone services. There are plenty of prepaid and postpaid phone providers that use the Optus network (and others that use the Telstra or Vodafone network) and many of these telcos often offer cheaper prices for plans and more data for your money. However, the network coverage available from MVNOs might be limited compared to what is available if you sign up directly to Optus, as Optus will only allow the smaller telcos to access parts of its mobile network.
So, if you want to know what postpaid plans are available with Optus network coverage, let’s take a look at a range of plans with a minimum of 10GB of data from different telcos using the Optus network.
Moose Mobile 20GB phone plans
Moose Mobile is one of the few telcos around offering both month-to-month and 12-month phone plans. Of course, the benefit of a month-to-month plan is that you’re free to cancel or switch plans without having to pay any exit fees, and some people just prefer the freedom of going no-contract.
In comparison, the benefit to signing up to a 12-month plan with Moose is that you can typically get more data for less money. However, if you’re looking for plans with 20GB of data, there’s very little price difference between the month-to-month and 12-month plans. Both plans include unlimited standard national talk and text.
The below table shows the $22 and $23.80 Moose Mobile postpaid plans, from Canstar Blue’s database. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. These are products from a referral partner.
Dodo $30 SIM Only phone plan
Dodo offers a much simpler selection of postpaid phone plans than Moose Mobile — there are only three plans to choose from, including the unique No Data plan for $5. All of Dodo’s plans are month-to-month. For $30 you get a fairly generous 36GB of data included, unlimited standard national calls and SMS and coverage on the Optus mobile network.
The below table shows Dodo’s $30 SIM Only plan, from Canstar Blue’s database. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This is a product from a referral partner.
Southern Phone Large phone plans
Southern Phone offers a simple selection of month-to-month SIM-only postpaid plans, with prices starting at $12.99 and going up to $45. The Large plan is $35 per month and includes 30GB of data, plus unlimited standard national calls and SMS, along with $300 of international call credit.
The below table shows both Large Southern Phone plans, from Canstar Blue’s database. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. These are products from a referral partner.
Vaya Unlimited XL phone plan
Vaya is a postpaid provider offering a simple suite of plans with some great data inclusions for the month. All plans are month-to-month and include Optus network coverage. The Unlimited XL plan is $44 per month and includes a pretty generous 50GB of data, plus unlimited standard national calls and SMS.
The below table shows Vaya’s Unlimited XL postpaid plan, from Canstar Blue’s database. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This is a product from a referral partner.
Optus Medium Choice Month-to-Month phone plan
While many of the MVNOs using the Optus network have more data at cheaper prices, Optus does offer some good value on its postpaid SIM Only plans. Optus includes 5G network access on all its postpaid plans (both SIM-only and bundled with a new handset). There are also no excess data charges, meaning that after you finish using your included data allowance, you can keep using your data but at the capped speed of 1.5Mbps. This speed is still adequate for basic internet usage such as web browsing, and even standard-definition video streaming, although your experience might be slow.
The $49 Medium Choice plan includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, 60GB of data, unlimited international talk and text to 35 select countries, plus you’ll also have access to Optus Sport and Fitness.
The below table shows the Optus Medium Choice postpaid plan, from Canstar Blue’s database. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This is a product from a referral partner.
Other phone plans
The above plans are only a handful of what’s available from MVNOs using the Optus network. There are plenty of prepaid and postpaid providers offering plans with access to the Optus network, including the likes of Amaysim, iPrimus, Yomojo, Exetel, Catch Connect, Circles.Life and Spintel (which is currently the only MVNO to offer a plan with 5G network coverage). Of course, before you sign up to plans from any provider, it’s important that you check your mobile network coverage on the website of your telco of choice, to make sure that you’ll have coverage in the areas you frequent.
If you’re not dedicated to Optus network coverage, there are plenty of other plans around from MVNOs on the Telstra and Vodafone mobile networks. If you’re unsure about which network coverage is best for you, you might want to check your address and places you regularly frequent on the coverage maps available on the telcos’ websites. From there compare a range of phone plans from providers, which you can do using our free phone plan comparison tool, and look for plans that suit your needs for both cost and inclusions.