Compare Optus mobile broadband plans

Matt Sayer 27 April 2017

Carry the Internet in your pocket with these mobile broadband plans from Optus.

What you need to know about mobile broadband plans from Optus

With its mobile network covering 98.5% of the Aussie population, Optus is in a good position to bring mobile broadband to the masses. Its latest network, 4G Plus, is already available in all Australian capital cities and over 700 regional towns, delivering high-speed wireless Internet to phones, tablets, and many other mobile devices across the country. Combined with a wide variety of customisable data plans and unmetered streaming of entertainment services like Netflix and Stan, Optus's mobile broadband network keeps you up-to-speed with today's always-online world.

It's important to have options when you're on the go, and Optus's mobile broadband plans give you plenty. Its prepaid plans give you the freedom to purchase data as you need it and there are no lock-in contracts or monthly bills involved. Its postpaid plans save you from having to recharge manually every month, ensuring you always have data available when you need it.

What are the different Optus mobile broadband plans?

For those who prefer the a la carte nature of a prepaid plan, Optus offers SIM Starter Kits pre-loaded with varying amounts of data for use with compatible mobile devices. If you don’t have a suitable device, Optus also sells a number of portable Wi-Fi modems for connecting your laptop, tablet, or other Wi-Fi compatible device to the Internet when you're on the go.

You can recharge your SIM card and Wi-Fi modem with more data as you need it. Options start at 3GB with a 7-day expiry period and go all the way up to 25GB with a 12-month expiry period. Unused data will roll over from one recharge to the next if you top up before the expiry date, otherwise it'll be gone for good.

If you're not a fan of recharging, Optus's postpaid plans offer plenty of alternatives for staying online when you're on the go. Standalone data plans for use with phones, tablets, and Wi-Fi modems range from 2GB a month to 50GB a month, with plans available on both 24-month and month-to-month contracts.

To get the most out of your data, you can bundle in a Wi-Fi modem with your mobile broadband plan. A basic 4G modem with support for 10 Wi-Fi devices is free on any 24-month plan, while faster models with support for more devices are free only on 24-month plans with 5GB of data or more.

How much do Optus's mobile broadband plans cost?

Getting started with Optus prepaid plans requires a SIM card. You can pick up a basic SIM Starter Kit for $2, or you can grab one pre-loaded with 4GB of data to use in 30 days for $30. Alternatively, you can buy a basic Wi-Fi modem with 4GB of data on a 14-day expiry period for $39. When you need to recharge your data, your options range from $20 for 3GB on a 7-day expiry period to $130 for 25GB on a 12-month expiry period.

Post-paid plans start at $15 a month for 2GB and go all the way up to $70 a month for 50GB. If you're on a standalone data plan, you can cancel at any time without incurring any termination fees, but if you've bundled in a Wi-Fi modem, you'll have to cover the remaining device payments left on your contract.

If you go over your monthly data limit on any of Optus's postpaid plans, you'll be automatically charged $10 per GB up to a maximum of 150GB.

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