Optus's mega SIM-only deal that nets you 500GB for AU$65 ends today

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UPDATE: In conjunction with the iPhone 12 launch in October, Optus dropped a pretty ace mobile plan, providing an epic 500GB for just AU$65 a month. Today (Monday, December 21) is the last day you can sign-up, and it's available as both a SIM-only deal or paired with a new handset. Check out our original article below for all the details.

The release of Apple’s latest flagships has the major telcos locked in a battle for your business. When the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro came out, it was Telstra who got our attention by slashing AU$50 off its Extra Large plan, giving you 180GB for just AU$65.

But now, a different provider has risen to the challenge. With the recent release of the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Optus is offering an incredibly competitive 500GB for AU$65 on its premium Optus One plan.

That discounted price is available for 12 months before it reverts back to the usual cost of AU$119p/m. That will see you save AU$54 each month, or a massive AU$648 over the entire year.

It’s worth mentioning that Vodafone is offering 500GB for AU$55 per month at the moment as well, but the telco doesn’t currently have anywhere near the 5G coverage of its competitors, so it’s arguably not as good a deal.

But it’s not just the newest iPhone range that’s eligible for this excellent deal. It can also be paired with other Apple, Samsung and Google handsets, or just as a SIM-only plan if you own a phone outright.

The Optus One plan comes with unlimited talk and text to standard numbers in Australia, and unlimited talk and text to standard numbers in 35 select overseas destinations. You’ll also get Optus Sport included for the life of your plan, which is particularly good for fans of the Premier League and Champions League.

While originally slated to end on November 16, it appears that Optus has extended the offer until November 23 to directly compete with Telstra, which also has its 180GB deal ending on the same date.

Both telcos have a fairly comparable service, though Telstra was recently crowned Australia’s best mobile provider for speed and coverage. The Big T also claims to have the largest 5G network, which could be a big draw for those picking up a 5G-ready phone.

Jasmine Gearie
Ecommerce editor

Jasmine Gearie is an ecommerce editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers cut through the jargon to find the best mobile and internet plans for their needs. She crunches the numbers to maintain dedicated guides to the latest phones, NBN and broadband plans of all types, and covers the important telco industry news. She also hunts down tech deals on laptops, phones, gaming consoles and more, so readers know where to buy the products they want for the cheapest prices.