Telstra announced it was increasing the price of its plans across the board earlier this year, and Optus was quick to criticise the telco, calling the move “tone deaf” in the current climate.
Speaking to News Corp, Optus’ managing director Matt Williams said the telco would not be following suit.
“Accordingly, we have no plans or intentions to increase our mobile prices and we’ll be freezing that until the end of 2020, which is a pretty strong statement,” says Williams.
He also welcomed any of Telstra’s dissatisfied customers to give Optus a try, and its offers are seriously compelling. Optus’ month-to-month plans start at AU$39 for 10GB, and if you’re after big data at an affordable price, this provider has little in the way of competition.
Optus has also introduced a new offer of one-day unlimited data for just AU$5, which is a great option for those on budget plans who are likely to need just a day or two of heavy data usage. Other perks such as an Optus Sport subscription sweeten the deal, and Optus now has a 5G network to compete with Telstra.
We’ve dug through all that Optus has to offer, and we’ll be laying out the best plans to suit different needs right here. Whether you’re after the most affordable budget option, a well-balanced plan or simply one with massive amounts of data, we’ve got you covered.
Best SIM-only option
If you already have a phone, and you’re not keen on starting up a new mobile contract, then a SIM-only plan is a great alternative. It still comes with most the perks of a contract, including unlimited standard talk and text within Australia and unlimited standard talk and text to selected countries. You’ll also get access to Optus Sport, and you can cancel anytime without facing a fee.
Minimum total cost is AU$49View Deal
Best-value phone + plan combo
For those wanting to keep up with the latest iPhone, you can pair Optus’ AU$59 a month 'Large 100GB' plan with a 64GB iPhone 11 in red, yellow, green, purple, black or white. You’ll get a spectacular 100GB of data, unlimited national talk and text, 2GB of roaming data and Optus Sport access.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,614.80View Deal
Best budget phone + plan combo
Apple’s most affordable handset, the 2020 reimagining of the iPhone SE, is also one of the best deals going at Optus right now when paired with the AU$49 a month 'Medium 60GB' plan on a 24-month contract. You can get the monthly cost even further down by opting for a 36-month plan, though be aware that it’ll cost you an extra AU$588 in the long run. You’ll enjoy a healthy 60GB of data, unlimited national talk and text, unlimited international talk and text to selected countries and Optus Sport.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$1,924.80View Deal
Best premium phone + plan combo
If you’d like to make use of Optus’ growing 5G network, and score yourself a super premium flagship in the process, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the go right now. Matching the phone with the provider’s AU$59 per month 'Large 100GB' plan will see you with unlimited talk and text in Australia and Optus Sport. Plus, the regular 100GB of data will be doubled to an enormous 200GB limit for your first 12 months.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$3,414.72View Deal
- Looking for something cheaper, or have your own phone? Check out the best value Australian SIM-only plans