Optus triples data on new SIM-only plans

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If you’re looking for a gigabyte-packed SIM-only plan, Optus has increased the data on selected BYO-phone options – but only for a limited time.

The telco has made some major changes to its $35, $45, and $55 SIM-only one-year plans, more than tripling the monthly data allowance at all three price points. If you’re a new or re-contracting customer, you can lock in 30GB of data for just $35 per month, 50GB for $45 monthly, or 80GB for only $55.

Optus is calling the new plans ‘My Promo Plus’, with two of the offers replacing the existing $45 and $55 ‘My Plan Plus’ SIM-only options. The changes also see Optus scrapping its $65 My Plan Plus offer, which included 40GB of monthly data.

The full list of currently-available Optus 12-month SIM-only plans is below, including the new My Promo Plus offers. All plans include unlimited standard national talk and text.

  • $35 My Plan Plus: 3GB data (plus 3GB bonus data, ends 9 October)
  • $35 My Promo Plus: 30GB data, plus 300 minutes standard international talk to 35 countries
  • $45 My Promo Plus: 50GB data, plus unlimited standard international talk and text to 35 countries
  • $55 My Promo Plus: 80GB data, plus unlimited standard international talk and text to 35 countries

Previously, Optus had offered double data on its most popular 12-month SIM plans, along with a 20% plan fee discount. Today’s new promo plans feature similar data inclusions and pricing, as well as bonus features such as data-free music streaming from selected services, data-free Optus Sport and National Geographic, and international calls and texts. If you’re fan of mobile TV, you can also add data-free Netflix, Stan and ABC iView streaming to your account for an additional $5 per month.

As noted above, customers can still sign up for the $35 My Plan Plus, but this plan features a base data allowance of 3GB monthly (with an additional 3GB each month if you join before 9 October); it also doesn’t include international talk and text, both of which are offered on the $35 My Promo Plus plan. So overall, you’ll get much more bang for your buck by opting for the $35 My Promo Plus deal.

Customers should also be aware that the changes only apply to Optus 12-month SIM-only plans. Although month-to-month SIM plans are available, these options feature much less monthly data, and don’t include extras such as data-free music streaming, or international calls.

How do Optus’ plans compare?

If you’re wondering how Optus compares, several featured products are highlighted in the below table.

Vodafone is currently offering customers 40GB for $40 on month-to-month SIM plans, or 80GB for $60 (plus unlimited slowed data). You can also grab a massive 100GB of monthly data on Vodafone’s $80 SIM-only plan, but keep in mind that these are promo deals, and that Vodafone doesn’t include quite as many extras as you’ll find on Optus plans (although you do get included international minutes, and up to 20,000 Qantas points).

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

$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Double Data offer
  • $5 off plan fees each month

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Calls & Texts to 15 countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included

min. cost $828 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Calls & Texts to 15 Countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included
  • 12 Months Foxtel Now Subscription – 1 Channel Pack

min. cost $1068 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra packs decent data into its 12-month SIM plans, but can’t quite match Optus’ promo offer: right now, Telstra customers can take home 30GB on the Medium $69 plan, or 60GB on the Large $89 option. Like Optus, Telstra does offer plenty for entertainment junkies, including a six-month subscription to Apple Music (plus data-free streaming), and a free 12-month Foxtel Now subscription on its Large SIM-only plan.

Overall, Optus makes a compelling case for skipping the phone upgrade cycle and taking your device to a SIM-only plan. But if you’re interested, you may need to move quickly: Optus’ new Promo plans are likely a limited-time-only deal.

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