Thursday , June 14 2018

Optus allows customers to share data across phones and tablets


Optus has today announced a range of new consumer plans that allow customers to pay a combined fee for mobile network access on multiple devices, allowing them once and for all to say goodbye to a second bill just for having a SIM in their tablet.

Dubbed the ‘My Plan’, Optus’ new offering will come with two SIMs to use in different devices, but the data usage across both services is merged into a single account; there’s no additional charge for a second device on a My Plan except for the $5 SIM fee (once off). It seems that there’s a sting in the tail though; this new offering is precisely that. My Plan is only available to new customers (or new contracts) — if you’re an existing Optus customer on contract, you’ll need to re-contract to access this offer.

The last feature of the new My Plans is an automatic data top-up facility which adds 1GB of mobile data to a user’s account if they reach their included data limit, at $10 per top-up.

Here’s all the details on the new pricing:

Phone and Service plans
My Plan Plus $35 $50 $60 $80 $100
Included Minutes 300 600 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Included SMS/MMS Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Included Data 500MB 1GB 2GB 3GB 5GB
Cost of 1MB inc. Data $0.03 $0.02 $0.01 $0.01 $0.01
Contract (cost) $840.00 $1,200.00 $1,440.00 $1,920.00 $2,440.00
SIM only plans
My Plan Plus $30 $45 $60
Included Minutes 300 Unlimited Unlimited
Included SMS/MMS Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Included Data 500MB 2GB 5GB
Cost of 1MB inc. Data $0.03 $0.01 $0.01
Contract Month to Month Month to Month Month to Month

Are you taken by these new offerings from Optus?

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Valued Guest

Is optus the only telco offering this for free right now?

Ausdroid Reader

Great idea. Unfortunately I’ve yet to see any offer that is even close to comparable to the $30 contract I’m on. I get 3.2Gb of 4G data using the Optus network and about $200 of calls. As I use data way more than voice it is phenomenal value.

Andrew Nguyen
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How did you get it?

Ausdroid Reader

Virgin mobile $30 BYO plan + $10 extra data contract. $30 plan is $200 calls plus 200mb data but with bonus 1gb data when I signed up and take off $10 if you BYO phone which I did. So for $20 a month I was getting 1.2gb and $200 of calls.

I recently put a Bluetooth head unit in my car and stream Google play music while driving so needed to up my data. $10 for 1Gb data plus bonus 1Gb data if you sign up on contract with a minimum term of only 6 months.

Ausdroid Reader

Yeah, I’m on a $19 plan with Virgin that is awesome. $29 plan – $10 for BYOP and I get $450 worth of calls (with rollover) and 2.2GB of data. Was a special plan that they offered about a year ago that my wife and I switched to. I’ve looked around and never found anything since that even compares!

Ausdroid Reader

The rollover is great and the fact that they exclude voicemail and a lot of 13 and 18 numbers from the included value, although for all I know that could be standard practice for the competitors too?

I have had patchy coverage throughout Western Sydney on occasion which doesn’t seem to be the case with my friends coverage on the competitors.

Andrew Nguyen
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Plans come in June 10 I think

Valued Guest

There’s a second sting in this.
It looks to be contract only, not pre-paid.

Valued Guest

or Month to Month which isn’t exactly a “contract”.. unless you think a month is too long.

Valued Guest

They’re STILL post-paid contracts.
None of those Month to Month contracts are the Optus pre-paid plans.

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