+ Monday December 16th, 2019

First it was Vodafone, than a few months ago Telstra. Now Optus has also decided to ditch lock-in mobile phone service contracts and radically simplify it’s plan offerings to just a handful of choices.

Five New Optus postpaid plans including $39/10GB, $79/120GB and $119 Optus One “luxury” will be available on 25th November and offer these features:

  • Month to month
  • Build your own plan
  • 5G ready
  • Can buy your device: outright or over 12, 24, or 36 months

Interestingly Optus is targeting high-end mobile spenders who feel that Telstra’s recent new plans don’t offer them enough value and international data.

The new Optus One option $119/month will include:

  • Network priority
  • Dedicated customer service (like an account manager)
  • Premium perks yet to be detailed but will include Optus Sport

According to the SMH frequent international traveller Optus mobile customers will get to:

“Pick how much data they want including for roaming, and change this on a monthly basis”

What do you think of these new Optus plans? Let us know in the comments if you would be willing to switch to them.

Source: SMH.

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Chris
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Chris

@berto telstras plan handsets are not locked to carrier.

Tibb So
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Tibb So

None of the handsets are locked but they are still gimped by carrier firmware that will delay the handset owner receiving updates. If the carrier decides you can’t have an update, you won’t get it.

Mathew
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Mathew

More interesting is the 5G Broadband offering: $70/month for 50Mbps minimum speed with unlimited data makes it a more compelling option than the NBN.

Jamie
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Jamie

I can’t think of a single reason why anyone should buy a phone from a carrier now. They have obviously lost the plot on what people want but I guess it’s all about profit for the shareholders at the end of the day.

G
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G

The Telcos are obviously banking on people who are too lazy to look around for the best deal phone-wise now. The main reason you would sign onto a plan with a Telco (and therefore a locked phone) was the fact that it was cheaper than buying it direct off the manufacturer or a retailer. They failed with the leasing plans, and I dare say this will be a backwards step as well.

Tibb So
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Tibb So

Any handset you buy from Optus, Vodafone or Telstra will still be carrier gimped despite no longer being subsidised by the carrier. This should be illegal.

John
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John

Not a fan of prioritising network traffic based on your spend. That is one slippery slope. It is definitely a significant move away from net neutrality.

Tim Marshall
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thats some elitist crap too to be honest.. you pay a smaller fee and it doesn’t just get you less data, you might have trouble getting to your information/email/photo/video/file to boot.

second tier internet for folks who can’t afford 100+ per month is dicey

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