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Optus Mobile: Prepaid and BYO Mobile Phone Plans

Optus is one of the largest mobile phone carriers in Australia, and one of three mobile network operators in the country. Optus offers a massive range of mobile phone products and services including all the latest iPhone, Samsung, and Google phones, BYO mobile phone plans, and mobile broadband so you can take the internet everywhere you go. To learn more about Optus mobile services, keep reading below.


About the Optus mobile network

Optus is one of three mobile network operators, and the second largest wireless carrier in Australia with over 10.5 million subscribers as of 2019. Optus got its beginnings in 1981, as the government-owned AUSSAT before switching to the name Optus following privatization in 1991.

Optus network coverage

Optus mobile network coverage map

The Optus mobile network is the second largest in Australia, after Telstra, with their 3G and 4G mobile network covering 98.5% of the population. This coverage extends across all the major Australian cities, particularly along the Australian coast.

Optus 5G coverage

Optus is now rolling out 5G mobile and 5G home broadband across Australia. Currently, Optus 5G is only available in the following capital cities:

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Perth

Even if you live in one of the above cities, it’s important to check your location for 5G access, particularly if you’re interested in Optus 5G home wireless broadband. As 5G becomes more common across Australia, make sure to check frequently to see if Optus 5G has been rolled out in your area.

Optus SIM-only mobile phone plans

Optus phones on a plan While Optus SIM-only plans are month-to-month and BYO phone, you can choose to include any of the latest phones in your plan for an additional monthly cost. Latest phone brands include Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and others, and can be paid off in 12, 24, or 36 months.

Optus SIM-only mobile phone plans are month-to-month, no-contract, bring-your-own phone plans available on the Optus Network. All Optus SIM-only phone plans come with:

  • Endless data with no excess data charges at 1.5Mbps
  • Data sharing with eligible plans on your account
  • 5G network access with a 5G-compatible device
  • Unlimited standard national talk and text to Australian mobiles and landlines, 13/1300 numbers, and voicemail
  • International talk, text, and roaming on select plans
Optus SIM-only mobile phone plans
10GB of data 60GB of data 100GB of data 500GB of data 120GB of data
$39 / month $49 / month $59 / month $65 / month first 12 months
$119 / month after
$79 / month

Optus prepaid mobile phone plans

Optus prepaid phones Customers looking for a prepaid handset can find phones from Samsung, Motorola, Oppo, and more. When you purchase a new prepaid phone through Optus, you’ll get an included SIM card, and free $30 recharge.

Optus offers many different prepaid mobile phone plans, with flexible expiry periods, data, and call & text inclusions. When you first sign up for an Optus prepaid mobile phone plan, you can choose any of their SIM starter kits, and then change and recharge your plan as you want.

Optus prepaid starter kits

When you first purchase an Optus prepaid SIM card and starter kit, you can choose from any of the prepaid plans below. Optus prepaid plans include large data allowances, long or short expiry periods, or international call and text.

Optus Epic Data

Optus prepaid Epic Data plans come with large data inclusions, in addition to other inclusions such as:

  • 200GB of data rollover
  • Unlimited standard national talk and text
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 countries
  • 10GB of additional streaming data for Netflix, Stan, and ABC Kids
  • Expiry extension up to 84 days
  • Additional credit for international calls and text, roaming, and premium SMS
Optus prepaid Epic Data
40GB of data first 3 recharges
10GB of data after
50GB of data first 3 recharges
20GB of data after
60GB of data first 3 recharges
30GB of data after
$10 / first 28 days
$30 / 28 days after
$5 additional credit
$40 / 28 days
$10 additional credit
$50 / 28 days
$15 additional credit

Optus Flex

Optus Flex prepaid gives customers the opportunity to purchase a set daily, weekly, or monthly amount of data for their phone. Pay $1 per day, $7 per week, or $30 per month and get a simple prepaid mobile plan that includes:

  • 200GB data rollover
  • Unlimited standard national talk and text
  • Optional extras for international calls to 50 destinations
Optus prepaid Flex
Optus Flex Daily
1GB of data per day
Optus Flex Weekly
7GB of data per week
Optus Flex Monthly
30GB of data per month
$1 / day $7 / week $30 / month

Optus Epic Value

Optus Epic Value prepaid plans offer flexible expiry periods and data inclusions. All Optus prepaid Epic Value plans come with up to 50GB of data rollover, and unlimited standard national talk and text.

Optus prepaid Epic Value
10GB of data 100GB of data 300GB of data
$40 / 6 weeks $150 for the first year
$180 / year after
$250 for the first year
$300 / year after

Optus Daily Plus

Optus prepaid Daily Plus plans are two prepaid plans that give customers a set amount of 500MB of data per day, and include unlimited national talk and text, as well as additional credit to be used on calls, text, voicemail, or data.

Optus prepaid Daily Plus
500MB / day 500MB / day
$10 / 30 days
$10 credit included
$10 / first 28 days
$30 / 28 days after
6 month expiry

$30 credit included

Prepaid Optus recharge

Once you’ve purchased your Optus prepaid starter kit, you’re free to change and recharge your plan to any of the available plans below.

Optus Epic Data

Optus prepaid Epic Data recharges are available starting at 5GB of data for 5 days. All Optus prepaid Epic Data plans include:

  • 200GB of data rollover
  • Standard national talk and text (unlimited on all 28-day plans)
  • Unlimited standard international calls on 28-day plans
  • Up to 10GB of streaming data for Netflix, Stan, and ABC Kids
  • Expiry extension up to 84 days
Optus prepaid Epic Data recharge
5GB of data 12GB of data 40GB of data first 3 recharges
10GB of data after
50GB of data first 3 recharges
20GB of data after
60GB of data first 3 recharges
30GB of data after
$10 / 5 days $20 / 10 days $30 / 28 days $40 / 28 days $50 / 28 days

Optus Epic Value

Optus prepaid Epic Value plans come with flexible data and expiry periods, starting at 3 weeks up to one year. All Optus Epic Value plans also come with up to 50GB data rollover, and unlimited standard national talk and text to Australian numbers.

Optus prepaid Epic Value
500MB of data 500MB of data 2GB of data 10GB of data 15GB of data 100GB of data 300GB of data
$10 / 3 weeks $15 / 4 weeks $30 / 6 weeks $40 / 6 weeks $50 / 6 weeks $180 / 1 year $300 / 1 year

Optus Daily Plus

Optus prepaid Daily Plus mobile plans come with a daily data inclusion of 500MB, as well as unlimited standard national talk and text. In addition, Daily Plus prepaid plans come with included credit to be used for calls, texts, voicemail, or data.

Optus prepaid Daily Plus recharge
500MB / day
30 day expiry
500MB / day
30 day expiry
500MB / day
6 month expiry
500MB / day
6 month expiry
$10 / 30 days
$10 credit included
$20 / 30 days
$20 credit included
$30 / 6 month
$30 credit included
$60 / 6 months
$60 credit included

Optus Long Expiry

Optus prepaid long expiry plans are available in $10 increments starting at 45-day expiry up to one year expiry. Simply add credit to your prepaid plan, and get talk, text, and data for:

  • 7c per MB of data
  • 25c per min of standard Australian calls to mobiles, landlines, 13/1300 numbers, and voicemail
  • 25c per standard national SMS

You can also rollover up to $500 in unused credit when you recharge before your expiry period.

Optus mobile broadband

Whether you have a tablet, mobile hotspot, or mobile broadband modem, Optus mobile broadband plans are available either prepaid or month-to-month with many different price points, data inclusions, and the option to include a mobile broadband dongle or modem.

Optus prepaid mobile broadband

Optus mobile broadband online special New Optus prepaid mobile broadband customers can pick up a mobile broadband SIM for $1 and choose the recharge amount upon activation or purchase a 25GB prepaid mobile broadband plan for only $15 (recharge $30 / 28 days)

Once you have an Optus prepaid mobile broadband SIM card, you can choose to recharge your Optus plan with any of the plans below. All Optus prepaid mobile broadband plans come with data rollover of up to 200GB of data.

Optus prepaid mobile broadband
25GB of data 30GB of data 50GB of data 80GB of data
$30 / 28 days $60 / 90 days $90 / 186 days $130 / 365 days

Optus SIM-only mobile broadband

Optus tablets and iPads While Optus SIM-only mobile broadband plans are bring-your-own device, you can choose to add-on any of the latest tablets or iPads to your plan, and pay it off over 12, 24, or 36 months.

Optus SIM-only mobile broadband plans are month-to-month mobile broadband plans with no lock-in contract, and big data inclusions. Optus SIM-only mobile broadband plans come with:

  • Endless data with no excess data charges at 1.5Mbps speed
  • Data sharing across eligible plans on one account
  • Included Optus Sport + Fitness
  • Optional international roaming pass
Optus SIM-only mobile broadband plans*
10GB of data
5GB + 5GB bonus data for 36 months
50GB of data
25GB + 25GB bonus data for 36 months
150GB of data
75GB + 75GB bonus data for 36 months
$15 / month $25 / month $50 / month

*Bonus data offer valid until 31/03/21

Optus MVNOs

If you like the Optus network coverage, but want to shop around for other phone plans, you might be interested in an MVNO on the Optus network. MVNOs (also known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators) don’t own the mobile network infrastructure, but rather purchase pieces of the network from a mobile network operator, such as Optus. MVNO phone plans are often cheaper, and simpler, than a plan purchased through a network operator like Optus but if you’re not interested in a new phone, or a plan with all the bells and whistles, choosing an MVNO can help you save money.

MVNOs on the Optus network include:

  • amaysim
  • Aussie Broadband
  • Circles.Life
  • Coles Mobile
  • Dodo Services
  • Exetel
  • iPrimus
  • Moose Mobile
  • Southern Phone
  • SpinTel
  • Yomojo
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