Compare Optus mobile plans

Optus has a wide variety of mobile plans for you to say Yes to, from postpaid phone plans to simple SIM-only prepaid deals.

Whether your needs are for a new handset and plan, a postpaid SIM-only plan or just a simple prepaid plan, Optus will probably have you covered. Its positioning combines a quality network service with razor-sharp pricing and it's also the network of choice for the majority of Australia's MVNO providers.

Optus mobile contract plans

Optus provides a wide range of mobile phone handsets on 24-month contract terms, including all the heavy hitters such as Apple's iPhone range and Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones. For those on a more constrained budget, there are simpler handsets available at lower contract prices, including some handsets bundled free with certain plan combinations.

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Optus SIM-only mobile plans

If you're happy with your existing handset (or just prefer to buy your phones outright), it's perfectly possible to get a SIM-only postpaid contract with Optus.

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If you're not sure that Optus will be the network for you, you can always opt for a month-to-month SIM-only plan, with pricing that typically looks like this:

  • My Plan Plus SIM-only $45: Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB of data, $45
  • My Plan Plus SIM-only $55: Unlimited calls and texts, 15GB of data, $55
  • My Plan Plus SIM-only $65: Unlimited calls and texts, 25GB of data, $65
  • My Plan Plus SIM-only $75: Unlimited calls and texts, 40GB of data, $75

There's quite the difference there between the 12-month and month-to-month plans to entice you to a longer term. Optus runs some specials on its month-to-month plans but it's nowhere near as common. Here's the full details on its current plan pricing for month-to-month SIM-only plans:

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Optus prepaid plans

Optus offers a variety of prepaid SIM-only plans for you to use. With a prepaid plan, you pay upfront for usage over an expiry period. If you go over your usage, your access ceases but you cannot accrue any larger bills than the sum already paid without your own intervention, so they're a great choice for the budget conscious. The flipside of that is realising that many postpaid plans offer larger data quotas than their prepaid counterparts, although not always.

Here's the full rundown of Optus' prepaid plans:

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How does Optus compare?

Optus has been notably aggressive in the Australian telco space, and that translates to deals at most levels that are highly competitive, although as always it depends on what you're after.

In the mobile handset space Optus typically ranges all the big brand name handsets, as well as a few exclusive models. By way of comparison, here's what you'd pay for an iPhone XS from Optus and other major carriers offering Apple's high-powered handset:

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In the SIM-only space, its 12-month contract terms offer some of the largest data quotas around. Here's how Optus compares against its competition if you're happy to sign up for a year on a postpaid SIM-only contract:

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Optus is the largest provider of MVNO services in Australia by a very wide margin, with only a handful of virtual operators not on the Optus 4G network. That gives it plenty of competition in the prepaid space. Here's how Optus stacks up against prominent providers on its own network:

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Why should you consider Optus?

Optus' 4G network spans the vast majority of the Australian population, although (as is common with every other Australian mobile network) not quite the entire landmass. It's notably a heavy lifter in terms of pushing forwards data limits on plans, with many other carriers following Optus' lead when it comes time to up quotas.

Optus prepaid recharge options

Different Optus prepaid plans have different expiry periods, and it’s worth noting if there are bonuses such as data or credit rollover if you recharge within your expiry period. Here’s how you can recharge your Optus prepaid services:

  • Online through Optus: Optus provides the ability to purchase recharges through its web portal for customers. You can recharge your own mobile phone, or any number associated with an Optus prepaid mobile account. Optus accepts payments via Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB Card, PayPal, via Internet banking or from a pre-purchased voucher.
  • Via the MyOptus App: Optus provides a dedicated free to download app for iOS (download it here) or Android (download it here) mobile customers to recharge their mobile services on the go.
  • Via PayPal: You can use Optus’ prepaid payment portal to pay directly via PayPal if that’s your payment method of choice.
  • By phone: You can recharge your phone by dialling 555 from your prepaid handset. This is a free call.
  • Via a voucher: Recharge vouchers can be purchased for Optus prepaid services at many large retail outlets, as well as at any Optus store itself.
  • Via Autorecharge: Optus has a facility for you to store credit card details pertaining to your prepaid service so that it automatically recharges your prepaid balance at a set expiry period. As with any automatic recharge, it’s up to you to keep an eye on what it’s doing if you’re not using an Optus service any more, as it will continually bill unless you adjust it.
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