Optus offers prepaid plans for customers who need service over periods as short as a single day all the way up to a year.
What services does Optus Prepaid offer?
Optus provides prepaid mobile services on its own Optus 4G Plus network across Australia. The connection you get will vary depending on your location with a mix of 3G and 4G availability and technology connection types depending on your smartphone device.
Optus does sell handsets outright for use in the prepaid market, typically locked to the Optus network but sold at very affordable price points. Its core offerings in prepaid are SIM-only plans, which it offers in three varieties.
For very ad-hoc use, Optus Daily Plus plans offer a low fixed cost price for a single day’s use, charged against a prepaid pool of funds. If you need a plan with low usage but longer expiry, Optus Long Expiry plans may be a better fit. Optus’ primary play in the prepaid space are its My Prepaid Ultimate plans, which offer a 28 day recharge cycle but come bundled with a variety of extras depending on recharge credit level.
How much does Optus Prepaid Mobile cost?
Optus’ My Prepaid Ultimate works on a flat 28 day recharge cycle, with recharges ranging from $10 to $60. If you recharge at the $10 or $20 tier you get a set number of calling minutes, but any recharge above that level comes with unlimited standard national calls. All recharge tiers offer unlimited standard national texts. Your data inclusions will vary depending on your level of recharge. Recharges above $40 include unlimited standard calls to Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, NZ, Singapore, South Korea, UK and USA as well.
Optus’ My Daily Plus plans are pretty unique in the Australian prepaid space. You pay a set recharge limit with a minimum of $10, but then you’re only charged for the days that you actually use the service at $2 per day for unlimited national calls and texts as well as 500MB of data. If you go over your quota in a single day you incur an additional $2 for an additional 524MB. If you recharge at the $10 or $20 level your credit expires after 30 days, but at any higher recharge level you have 186 days to use your credit.
What extras does Optus Prepaid Mobile offer?
Prepaid plans are usually relatively bare bones, with the best extras reserved for Optus contract customers. Optus is relatively generous in this regard, with a variety of extras, predominantly for customers on the My Prepaid Ultimate plans. They currently include free data streaming for popular music streaming services Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora & Spotify. Recharging your My Prepaid Ultimate plan within the expiry period also allows you to roll over any unused data quota up to a maximum of 15GB.
The My Prepaid Long Expiry Plan has a similar rollover feature, but rather than data, you can rollover unused credit up to $500 if you recharge within your expiry period.
- Flexibility. Optus’ range of prepaid plans are tailored to suit all types of users, whether you need a fixed service via My Prepaid Ultimate or a more ad-hoc usage model via My Prepaid Daily Plus or My Prepaid Long Expiry.
- Free music data streaming. Customers on My Prepaid Ultimate can listen as much as they’d like to Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora & Spotify without incurring extra data charges.
- Rollover features. If you’ve got extra data on your My Prepaid Ultimate or extra credit on your My Prepaid Long Expiry, you can roll it over into your next recharge as long as you do so before expiry.
- 28 day expiry on Ultimate plans. 28 day recharge cycles mean that if you keep the same plan for a year, you’ll pay more than you would for a full 30 day cycle.
- Long expiry plans have fixed charges. Depending on your usage, because the Long Expiry plans charge flat fees, you could pay more than using other plans with unlimited call/text features.
- My Daily Plus kicks in whenever you use your phone. Whether you make one call or a thousand, you’ll be hit with the same charge for using My Daily Plus. If you’re only a light user, that could make it comparatively costly.
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.
- Scan and Go Recharge: Optus provides a system for fast, voucherless recharges at any 7-Eleven store nationwide. This involves setting up a dedicated QR code for your particular number, and then asking for a Scan and Go recharge instore. You scan the code, and it automatically applies the recharge to your prepaid account. You can find out more about Optus Scan and Go Recharge here.
- 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.