- No excess data charges on postpaid plans
- 5G network is increasingly available across Australia
- Free access to Optus Sport for football enthusiasts on postpaid
- Plan prices are slightly higher than average
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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:
However, it's worth keeping a couple of things in mind:
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.
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.
Optus has the second-largest network in Australia, narrowly behind Telstra and covering a decent amount more than Vodafone.
You can reach Optus's support team all week through various points of contact.
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.
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.
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.
With Optus, you can roll over up to 200GB on most prepaid plans.
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.
Optus has some serious rivals, especially considering it shares its network with so many smaller providers.
For more coverage
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
You can get HOYTS movie tickets with Optus from just $12.50.
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Pre-order the latest Samsung handset from Optus and get double the data for the first year, plus a free pair of Galaxy Buds+.
Choose from all three models of the latest iPhone on a range of 24-month and 36-month contracts.
Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ 5G will be Optus' first 5G handset, but only with very limited coverage areas.
Optus fans have plenty of choice for picking up Samsung's latest smartphones.
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