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Optus doubles data on a range of phone plans


Grab twice as much data on Galaxy S9 or iPhone X plans, or up to 200GB of mobile broadband data for just $70 per month.

Optus has announced a limited time promotion for a range of its mobile plans with double the usual amount of data allowance.

If you're keen on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S9, Optus will offer it on its My Plan Flex lease terms for $85 per month with unlimited standard national calls and texts, as well as 32GB of mobile data (including 16GB bonus data) per month if you sign up before 15 April 2018. The minimum 24-month cost on that plan would be $2,040.

If Apple is more your style, you can grab an Apple iPhone X on a $100 My Plan Flex lease plan, again with unlimited standard national calls and texts and 80GB of data, twice the usual inclusion. You'd pay a minimum of $2,400 over 24 months on that plan for the handset and service, and again you'd have to sign up before 15 April 2018.

It is worth keeping in mind that both plans are lease plans, so at the end of your contract term you would have to hand back the handset or arrange to purchase it at an additional cost through Optus.

On the pure mobile broadband front, Optus is doubling up the data on its $50 and $70 My Mobile Broadband Plus 24-month plans. For $50 per month you can get 50GB of data (including 25GB bonus data), while a $70 per month spend will score you 200GB of data per month to use as you see fit. Over 24 months, you'd be up for a minimum of $1,200 or $1680 respectively. To grab those plans you'd need to sign up with Optus before 2 April 2018.

Those plans are data-only, but if you want a SIM-only service for your phone, Optus' promotional deal covers its 12-month $40 SIM-only plan, with unlimited standard national calls and texts and 30GB (including 15GB of bonus data) to use per month. Optus is also doubling the data inclusion on its $60 12-month SIM-only plan, with 100GB per month to use.

Over 12 months, the $40 plan would set you back a minimum of $480, while you'd have to spend at least $720 on the $60 plan. Both SIM-only plans with double data will be available through Optus until 25 March, so you've got less time to grab those deals.

Optus has been on an aggressive tear in data terms recently, having trialled (and rapidly withdrawn) an "unlimited" data plan that included some curious limits for selected customers late last week. These plans aren't unlimited, but they do signal how heavily high-data plans are being marketed by Australian telcos as a point of difference.

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