New Optus 5G for $2 a day: Is it worth it?

Posted: 1 November 2021 4:05 pm
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Optus's new range of prepaid plans will give you access to the fastest 5G network in Australia.

Optus has just announced it will be offering 5G to customers on a new range of prepaid mobile plans – Optus Flex 5G.

Previously, you could only get 5G on its postpaid plans.

This news will be welcomed by both new and old prepaid customers who might be wanting to access Optus's 5G network. It's been dubbed the fastest 5G network in Australia by Ookla.

How much does Optus Flex 5G cost?

You can access Optus Flex 5G plans for as little as $2 a day. You have the option to take up a daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly plan. These will cost you:

  • Daily: $2 for 2GB (first day free when you sign up – new customers only)
  • Weekly: $14 for 14GB
  • Fortnightly: $28 for 28GB
  • Monthly: $60 for 60GB
  • Keep in mind that the prices listed above do not include the $1 cost for an Optus sim. Alternatively, you can check if your phone is eSIM capable to avoid waiting around for the SIM to arrive.

You'll need to live within Optus's 5G network coverage and have a 5G-compatible phone to get one of these plans.

  • Good to know. 5G is available in selected areas across the country, excluding Tasmania and the Northern Territory. You can enter your address on Optus's website to see if 5G is available in your area.

What else do you get with Optus Flex 5G?

Besides mobile Internet speeds of close to 300Mbps, signing up to Optus Flex 5G will also get you:

  • Data rollover of up to 200GB when you recharge your plan before expiry
  • Access to the My Optus app to track your data and spending
  • Unlimited domestic calls and texts across all plans
  • Up to 300 international call minutes to 50 destinations if you sign up to the weekly plan or longer
  • Optional add-ons available from the app, including Optus Sport

How do Optus's prepaid plans stack up against Telstra and Vodafone?

All 3 network providers now offer 5G on their prepaid plans, although Telstra and Optus have them on selected products only.

At the end of the day, it'll matter how much data you're after and the price you're willing to pay to get 5G.

Given the benchmark pricing is $1 per 1GB, Optus hits the nail on the head with its full range of 5G prepaid plans costing exactly $1 per 1GB.

Telstra's only prepaid plan with 5G costs $60 for 62GB – that's $0.97 per 1GB per 28 days. While this is cheaper than the benchmark, it still means you need to spend at least $60 a month to get Telstra 5G, which may not be for everyone.

Vodafone has a lot more to offer in terms of variety.

Its plans start from $14 for 50GB (per 28 days), and go up to $150 for 150GB (per 365 days). That's between $0.28 and $1 per 1GB, which is great value.

The only concern would be that the Vodafone network isn't as extensive as Optus and Telstra. You may not get the best signals at your property, especially if you live in a rural or regional area.

If you're really after faster network speeds and want to stick to a prepaid plan, Optus's new Flex 5G plans aren't a bad idea.

Don't have access to 5G just yet? You can compare more prepaid plans on Finder to find the best deal for you.

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