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Optus boosts data, expiry on My Prepaid Mobile Broadband


If you're after a data-only SIM for your tablet or hotspot, Optus' no-contract plan is now more generous.

Optus has tidied up its My Prepaid Mobile Broadband plans, increasing the data allowances across most plans. Handy if you're in need of a SIM for a hotspot or tablet when you're on the road.

Here are the new plans, plus a note of what was included on the previous incarnations.

RechargeIncluded dataExpiryOld allowance
$101GB7 days300MB
$304GB30 days3GB
$507GB365 days5GB
$13022GB730 days15GB

One plan ($80 for 8GB, expiring in 90 days) has disappeared altogether. However, its effective replacement, $50 for 7GB with a one-year expiry, is a much better deal. Indeed, for anyone who largely uses their tablet at home but would like to be able to have SIM access during work trips or holidays, this is the plan we'd recommend. The $130 plan now runs for two years rather than one, but we'd hold off investing in that unless you know you have very high data needs.

Optus' prepaid mobile broadband plans continue to include rollover, though the rules have changed slightly. Previously, you could rollover any unused data if you renewed before expiring, but couldn't accumulate more than 36GB this way. That total is now 50GB. That said, if you've accumulated that much data, chances are you're paying for more data than you need each month.

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