The Optus mobile network continues to evolve in incredible ways, and now covers 98.5% of the Australian population. Both its 3G and 4G networks have received significant upgrades in the past couple of years, and its fastest speeds keep rolling out to more regions beyond the major cities. All good stuff.
What you might not know is that Optus shares this network with a number of smaller providers: amaysim, Virgin Mobile and iiNet to name a few. And, Optus gives these partners full access to the 4G network, so if you know that you get good Optus coverage, you should have the same experience with any of these tiny telcos.
Obviously, more options is a good thing. But when you take all Optus network providers into account, there are hundreds of plans to consider. So, we’re here to help with our picks for the best value plans backed by Optus 4G network.
|Unlimited S Plan||Unlimited calls & SMS||1GB||$16||Go to Vaya|
Unlimited calls & SMS
Unlimited International Calls
|3GB||$29.90||Go to Amaysim|
|Unlimited Voice & SMS 5GB||Unlimited calls & SMS||5GB||$29.90||Go to Yomojo|
|OVO $34.95 Prepaid||Unlimited calls & SMS||8GB||$34.95||Go to OVO Mobile|
|$45 Mammoth Plan||Unlimited calls & SMS||20GB
|$45||Go to Jeenee|
A closer look
As you can see, we've included options across a wide range of prices, and with varied inclusions. Whether you're looking for something affordable, or a plan with a huge amount of included data, our editor's picks should have what you're looking for.
Vaya: the Unlimited S plan is currently the cheapest plan in Australia offering unlimited calls and SMS. The included 1GB data is a good start, but many average users will probably need more. For parents buying the plan for kids, it is probably wise to turn off the automatic data top ups.
Customer service is another key reason to consider Vaya, which is now owned by Amaysim, which in turn is one of the telcos with the best customer service records in Australia, according to the telecommunications ombudsman.
amaysim: we used to recommend Amaysim because of its great data inclusions, but recently this tiny telco gave us another compelling reason to talk about them. Now, all Amaysim plans include unlimited calls to 10c countries: China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK and USA. If you call overseas, Amaysim should be at the top of your list.
It is also probably Australia's leading telco in regards to customer service, Amaysim is a great option for anyone looking for a SIM plan, especially someone who is new to the concept. While it is better known for its higher value (more expensive) plans, the UNLIMITED 3GB is a great choice for average use phone owners.
Yomojo: a relatively new company, Yomojo is actually the telco that used to be called Yatango before it was sold. As it as with the older version, Yomojo offers some great low cost options.
The plan we've listed here is a great sold option for a data-lover on the Optus 4G network. 5GB is more than double the average data use on phones in Australia right now, and is good for hours of music streaming, some video and lots of regular web browsing.
Jeenee Mobile: has long been a favourite among the WhistleOut team. Not only does Jeenee offer great value plans, but as a not-for-profit the company is dedicated to assisting people living with disabilities.
The $45 Mammoth plan is a bit different to the other plans in this list. It includes a huge 20GB of data to month, but you access it only on 3G networks. This is an interesting trade-off and will be perfect for some people, and not ideal for others.
OVO Mobile:is a recent entrant into the Aussie SIM plan space, and is making a splash with what is probably the best value data deal in a dollars to Gigabyte ratio.
On top of the huge data included, OVO also offers a unique sport video streaming service. OVO subscribers get data-free access to a growing number of dedicated sports streaming channels, including V8 supercars, Australian Gymnastics, and more to come.
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