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Optus

Optus mobile plans

Our verdict: Optus has excellent coverage and some of the fastest 5G mobile speeds in the country. However, its plans are priced at a premium, which might not suit all budgets.

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Pros

  • No excess data charges on postpaid plans
  • 5G network is increasingly available across Australia
  • Free access to Optus Sport for football enthusiasts on postpaid

Cons

  • Plan prices are slightly higher than average

Compare Optus mobile plans

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Name Product Features Data Price
  • Optus Flex now lets you connect to a mobile plan with a new number in minutes, all from My Optus app. eSIM capable device required
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
1GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$1
per 1 days expiry
+ $1 upfront
1GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$1
+ $1 upfront
$0 upfront when connected via an eSIM
per 1 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$2
per 1 days expiry
+ $1 upfront
2GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$2
+ $1 upfront
per 1 days expiry
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  • Free Trial Offer: First 7 days free when you activate a new number on an eSIM and an eSIM capable device via My Optus app. T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
7GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$7
per 7 days expiry
+ $1 upfront
7GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$7
+ $1 upfront
$0 upfront when connected via an eSIM
per 7 days expiry
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Name Product Features Data Price
  • Optus Sport is available to eligible account holders through Optus SubHub
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$2.25 per GB
$45
per month
20GB
Data

$2.25/GB
$45
per month
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  • Optus Sport is available to eligible account holders through Optus SubHub
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$55
per month
80GB
Data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.69/GB
$55
per month
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  • Optus Sport is available to eligible account holders through Optus SubHub
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
200GB
Data
$0.33 per GB
$65
per month
200GB
Data

$0.33/GB
$65
per month
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Optus mobile review: Our verdict

Optus is Australia's second-largest network, covering 98.5% of the Australian population (Telstra covers 99.5% and Vodafone covers 96%). Optus may not have Telstra's extensive coverage, but it should be more than enough for most people.

While Optus doesn't offer the cheapest entry-level plans, it does have options that come with generous data inclusions and the ability to pay off new phones over 12, 24 and 36 months on postpaid plans.

Plus, its range of perks, including access to its 5G network and Optus Sport (on postpaid), might justify the premium price for some.

Optus may be the right choice for you in the following situations:

  • You want extra perks like free subscriptions to Optus Sport and OS Fitness
  • You prefer generous data limits up to 500GB a month, with no excess-data charges on postpaid plans
  • You plan to use international roaming for the occasional short overseas trip
  • You want the security of being with a first-party, established network
  • You are interested in connecting to a 5G network

However, it's worth keeping a couple of things in mind:

  • Optus shares its 3G/4G network with a large number of MVNOs, meaning you can get the same coverage for cheaper
  • Access to its 5G network will vary depending on your location

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Value for money

Optus's prepaid plans come in 2 types: Flex and Epic plans.

Optus Flex plans are pretty simple: $1 a day for 4G or $2 a day for 5G, billed daily, weekly, monthly, bi-annually or annually so you can control how and when you use it. Prepaid Flex includes 1GB a day (which can roll over up to 200GBs) and unlimited calls and texts.

These Flex plans are ok since they hit the benchmark of $1 per GB, but aren't anything too special.

If you need more data, Optus's Epic plans come as 28- or 365-day recharges.

Its longer expiry 365-day plans offer about 10-25GB a month and are great value if you're willing to commit to the plan for a full year.

  • Good to know: The ACCC says the average person actually uses less than 15GB of data a month so Optus's 365-day plans could be within your sweet spot. Plus, if you have the cash up front, that's a huge saving over time compared to getting one of its regular 28-day prepaid plans.
Optus's Choice Plus plans start with 20GB of data for $45, which is steep given that's $11 higher than the average price of 40GB plans on Finder ($34).

Things get more reasonable with Optus's 80GB for $55 plans and higher, with data getting cheaper the more you're willing to spend on your plan.

  • Keep in mind: Optus's postpaid plans are often a few dollars more expensive than other similar plans and offer more data than most people actually need in a month.
If you want the latest phone from Apple, Samsung or Google, but aren't able to pay for it outright, Optus will allow you to buy it and pay it off over a 12-, 24- or 36-month repayment period.
  • Keep in mind: Phone contracts end up being more expensive in the long run compared to buying outright, but pre-order offers and other sales throughout the year might get you a good deal so watch out for those.

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Coverage

Optus has the second-largest network in Australia, narrowly behind Telstra and covering a decent amount more than Vodafone.

  • Its 3G and 4G network covers 98.5% of the Australian population (compared to Telstra's 99.5% and Vodafone's 96%)
  • Optus's outdoor 5G mobile coverage is available in selected metro areas, mostly on the east coast, with more areas coming soon
  • 4G coverage is available in metropolitan, regional and most rural areas. Those in more remote areas should check Optus's coverage maps to ensure they're within its scope.

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Customer service

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Comprehensive app
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4.2 Finder rating
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In-store locations available

You can reach Optus's support team all week through various points of contact.

  • Phone support is available 8am-8pm 7 days a week
  • Live messaging in the app is available 24/7
  • You can also go into an Optus store any day of the week to ask questions and get assistance

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Bonus features

With Optus being one of the big 3 telcos in Australia, its customers get access to a whole slew of perks:

⚽️ Optus Sport

Optus Sport is the exclusive broadcaster for the English Premier League in Australia. Access is free for Optus customers on all postpaid plans.

Non-Optus customers can watch for $15 a month.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Data sharing

You can share data between Optus plans under the same account. This can be handy for families looking to bundle all their plans under one account.

🏋️ OS Fitness

Optus Sport Fitness is also included with all Optus postpaid plans and includes a variety of video workouts you can follow along with from home.

🔄 Data rollover

With Optus, you can roll over up to 200GB on most prepaid plans.

🌏 International roaming

For $10 a day, in "Zone 1 countries", you get unlimited calls as well as 1GB to use per day, with any remaining data rolled over to the following day.

However, if you go over the 1GB, or the 24 hours, another $10 roaming pass will be added to your account.

Which rivals are giving Optus a run for its money?

Optus has some serious rivals, especially considering it shares its network with so many smaller providers.

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Telstra is Australia's largest network with the best coverage. Just remember that you'll pay more for that improved service (Telstra's $55 plan has half the data inclusion of Optus).

For cheaper on the Optus network:

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Aussie Broadband has long been a beloved NBN provider, but now it also offers mobile plans that work on the full Optus network, including 5G, for less.

For cheap and big data:


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Circles.Life has mobile plans at ridiculously low prices on the Optus 4G network. Plans start at $10 and its $55 plan includes a whopping 160GB of data, which is double Optus's offering.

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If you're after a prepaid or postpaid plan, just click the "Go to site" button in our comparison tables, which will take you straight to Optus where you can purchase the plan directly.

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Can I keep my current phone number?
Absolutely. If your number is in your name, just notify Optus you want to transfer it when you sign up. All you have to do is fill out a form.

If your number isn't currently in your name (perhaps under that of a parent or partner), then let Optus know and they'll give you an extra form for you and the owner to fill out.

You can also check out our guide on how to transfer ownership of your mobile number for more information.

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