Optus prepaid mobile plans compared

Optus offers prepaid plans for customers who need service over periods as short as five days all the way up to a year.

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Why we like it

With a $30 recharge of Optus' Prepaid Epic Data plan, you get the standard unlimited national talk and text plus a solid 10GB of monthly data. Unused data automatically rolls over up to a maximum of 200GB when you recharge before the expiry date, saving it from going to waste during months of lighter use. To top it off, you get an extra 10GB of streaming data for watching services like Netflix, Stan and ABC iView on the go, saving your regular monthly cap for browsing the web and checking social media.

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What you need to know about Optus prepaid plans

Pros

  • Flexibility. Optus’ range of prepaid plans are tailored to suit all types of users. Fixed services such as Epic Data or Epic Value offer lots of data for heavy users, or more ad-hoc customers can check out My Prepaid Daily Plus or Optus Prepaid Long Expiry.
  • Extra data for video streaming. Customers on Epic Data plans can enjoy extra data specifically for streaming Netflix, Stan and ABC iview content (subscriptions required).
  • Rollover features. If you’ve got extra data on your Epic Data or Epic Value plan, or extra credit on your Optus Prepaid Long Expiry, you can roll it over into your next recharge as long as you do so before expiry.

Cons

  • 28 day expiry on Epic Data 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.

What services does Optus Prepaid offer?

Optus offers a variety of prepaid SIM-only plans for you to use. With a prepaid plan, you pay upfront for usage over an expiry period. If you go over your usage, your access ceases but you cannot accrue any larger bills than the sum already paid without your own intervention, so they're a great choice for the budget conscious. The flipside of that is realising that many postpaid plans offer larger data quotas than their prepaid counterparts, although not always.

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 Epic Data plans. They currently include extra data exclusively for streaming popular streaming TV services Netflix, Stan and ABC iview. Recharging an Epic plan within the expiry period also allows you to roll over any unused data from 50GB up to a maximum of 200GB.

The Optus 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.

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:

How to contact Optus

PhoneBuying and Upgrading: 1800 780 219
Troubleshooting & Device Help: 13 13 44
Contact hoursMon - Fri: 8:00AM to 9:00PM
Sat: 9:00AM to 7:00PM
Sun: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
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    notaussieJune 13, 2016

    I bought OptusYes $2 recharge Sim. I prepaid $10 via voucher and didn’t use it up as never could get data service. I have since left Australia and removed the SIM card. Must I cancel the account, & if so, how? Optus website has no info for cancelling prepaid SIMs.
    Thanks for your advice.

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      AlexJune 20, 2016Staff

      Hi NotAussie,

      As you’ve used a prepaid service there’s no specific requirement to cancel the SIM per se; Optus will simply allow the credit to expire (your only cost, and you’ve already paid it) but shouldn’t charge anything extra beyond that, as is the nature with prepaid services.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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