Optus My Plan Plus contract plans offer you both simple SIM-only plans or two year plans with bundled smartphones on Optus’ 4G Plus network.
What services does Optus Mobile offer?
Optus offers a variety of mobile contract products for terms ranging from month to month or annual for SIM-only products, where you bring your own smartphone to the telco, or bundled with a wide variety of handsets over a 24 month period. Optus operates its own 4G Plus network across Australia, although the precise technology and frequency you connect on will depend on both your location and the capabilities of your specific device.
How much does Optus Mobile cost?
If you’re interested in acquiring a new handset as part of your contract, Optus typically offers 24 month contracts with bundled smartphones. The base monthly cost of these contracts ranges from $40 to $120 plus any applicable handset repayment fees. All of Optus’ 24 month contract plans include unlimited standard national calls and texts. Excluding the $40 tier, they all also include international call inclusions, and the top tier also allows for up to 10 days worth of Optus roaming travel packs.
If you’re happy with the smartphone you already have, you could consider Optus’ month by month or 12 month SIM only contract products. All of these plans include unlimited standard national talk and text inclusions; higher rate level plans also include additional data inclusions and a quantity of international calling minutes to a selection of popular locations. If you opt for a month by month contract pricing ranges from $35 to $60 per month, while 12 month contract pricing ranges from $30 to $50 per month. Your reward for a longer contract term is also delivered with higher data inclusions at similar price points.
What extras does Optus Mobile offer?
Optus Mobile customers can opt to receive access to the English Premier League soccer season for the 2016/2017 season, because Optus holds those rights, as well as the rights to the International Champions Cup. Customers on month to month or 12/24 month contract plans qualify for access to Optus’ EPL coverage via their devices, as well as options for the Fetch TV Mini set top box for TV soccer viewing. Customers who sign up before 22/8/2016 will gain access to the season for free; after that time it will be available for mobile customers at a cost of $15 per month.
Optus also allows families to form a single data pool from a range of Optus contracts to maximise the use of a combined data quota, which could be beneficial if you have multiple SIMs on Optus contract.
Optus also offers a new phone trade up facility that allows you to upgrade your handset after only twelve months if you pay a one-off fee of $99 and re-contract for a further two years.
What excess charges could I face on these plans?
All of Optus' contract plans include unlimited standard national calls and texts, but that doesn't mean that everything you do on your mobile is included. Directory assistance calls are charged at 50c per call, while video calls attract a $1 per minute charge, plus a 40c flagfall. Premium call services will attract additional charges, relative to the rates levied by each premium call service provider.
Each Optus contract plan includes a data quota, but when you go over that quota you will incur an additional $10 fee for every GB of usage, or part thereof. So as soon as you go over, even if it's only by a few KB, you'll be charged a $10 fee, and then again once that full extra GB is used up.
Optus' contract plans do include quotas for international calling minutes that vary by plan cost, but only to selected countries. If you call outside those countries, or exhaust your quota, you will incur call costs relative to the country you're calling. Optus' international calling rates vary, so it's worth checking their rate card before you call.
If you roam internationally using your Optus Mobile, you will incur additional charges. Optus provides simple $10/day travel packs for a variety of countries that give you unlimited talk and text as well as 100MB of data to use per day. Packs can be stacked if you need more data in a given day. Alternatively (or if you're travelling in a country not supported by Optus Travel Packs) you can opt to roam on an ad-hoc basis, but this will almost always be more expensive. Optus' rates for international roaming vary by country, and can be found here.
Optus does not charge a specific plan cancellation fee if you decide to leave your plan early, but you will have to pay any outstanding mobile handset costs, including any handset credit that Optus was going to cover. You'll also have to pay the pro-rated monthly access fee up to your final month, as well as any already-incurred excess usage fees.
- New phone trade up If a new phone comes along that you like more, you can switch handsets and contracts after only 12 months.
- Free international calls For every tier above the base $40 My Plan Plus, you get an allotment of international calling minutes.
- Data Pool If you have multiple My Plan Plus services on the same billing account, you can pool the data together to maximise the usage of data you're already paying for.
- Phone upgrades mean you have to keep your phone in good order .You can't upgrade if your phone isn't up to scratch -- and you are signing up for a further two years as well..
- Month To Month plans aren’t quite as good value .If you opt for Optus’ month to month plans you not only pay more than the 12 month price, but also get less data to use along the way.