expired Optus Prepaid - $30 SIM Starter Kit for $5 Offer Ends 18th Sep 17. Incl Delivery

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Just came across this on Optus website.

Activate on prepaid plan of your choice.

Available until 18 Sep 17.

Similar to https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/327733 but cheaper.

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    Applies to long life and daily too

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    does this allow you to access the EPL? (ie you could buy 9 for $45 & get the whole season?)

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      I'm not a 100% sure but I dont think you can sign up for Optus Sport using a prepaid sim. I guess the best way to clarify is to call their customer support line and ask.

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    Does it say anywhere you need to activate within a certain time period (like 30 days or something)?

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    For me, not worth a SIM hop for 3gb data. I have noticed that my amaysim service (on optus) gets better reception almost everywhere compared to Vodafone, ymmv. Still got kogan and ovo sim to use!

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    Is this online only or will I be able to get one from an optus shop?

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    Note: Prepaid Daily Maximiser is closing to new customers on 5 October 2017.
    ($2/d used for 1GB/d & unlimited calls & text. So $30 = 15 days of use, over 21 days.)

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    Whens the latest time to expire

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      Hidden in THE NITTY GRITTY at very bottom of offer:

      Different activation dates on different plans.

      Daily Maximiser
      SIM Card Activation: Must be redeemed by 05/10/17 in order to connect to this offer. Offer is ending on that date.

      Others
      SIM Card Activation: Must be redeemed by 28/01/18 in order to receive the offer.

  • +11 votes

    Optus customer service is worst now.

    • +7 votes

      Agreed. I spent 2 hours on chat the other day and solved nothing. It's like you're chatting with someone in a different country…………oh wait, you are…………

    • +19 votes

      Just adding this so others can avoid the grief of having to deal with Optus.

      Got a recent deal, $10 for this sim, included bonus data - 14GB.

      The sim card that arrived was out of date and wouldn't activate.

      Half an hour on line to be told " go to optus shop "

      Went to optus shop ( this was last Saturday) got sim swapped after giving my life story, but told credit wouldn't be applied until Monday.

      On Monday half an hour online told to go back to shop.

      Went to shop - they didn't know anything , they rang someone who put me hold - after 10 minutes I gave up and walked out.

      ( The only satisfaction I got was talking a customer who had earlier told me they were after an iphone deal into going next door to Telstra.)

      So next step lodged a dispute with paypal.

      Tuesday find they have given $5 credit and 3GB data.

      It has been like a weird movie - so far have dealt with 8 people — over a $10 deal ! and it still hasn't been resolved.

    • +8 votes

      I've been promised by Optus to be called back in 2 business days. No one call me until more than 2 weeks.

      Guys, check your bill regularly. Optus allows scam premium SMS to operate in their network by default. I've been charged more than $50 without knowing it for the last 2 bills.

      If you ever get weird SMS from number starting with 19xxxx, straight away call Optus to block any premium SMS. Cost $5 per SMS and Optus knew this scam already but never bother to warn us.

      Dealing with Optus to get credit back is a myth after spent more than an hour chatting with them.

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      is it now ?? 🤔

  • +9 votes

    Ordered from their website a few days ago and they sent me an expired sim.

    If you look at the previous deal ($10 for $30) there are a few people receiving dodgy sim card too.

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    FYI, Vodafone Prepaid $50 SIM Starter Kit is $20 at Coles this week
    • 12GB
    • Infinite standard national calls & Text
    • 35 days expiry

    Limit 1 per customer.

    https://www.coles.com.au/catalogues-and-specials/view-all-av...

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      I recharged with this y'day - I quite like having the extra week before I port in/out again.

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    Hi all, just to confirm…this sim costs $5 and we get 3GB data & all the benefits listed on the page? I am looking for 'tourist' sims for mom & dad, they'll be here around 2 weeks. Thanks in advanced!

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      If their phones are unlocked, your good to go. If not, you'll be unable to use them.

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        their phones are unlocked…it's annoying that you can't buy 2 or more sims in a single transactions, mmm

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        Probably worth you activating the cards before they turn up, last date is 28th, sort them before then.

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          28th of January

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          @dm01: jax a few posts from the top said it had to be activated within 30 days? But I'm happy being wrong. :) and going by the faff other people are having I'd still be tempted to activate before your folks come. If they a e staying less than a month.

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    Thanks mate I stacked up

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    Can we use this to activate the 14gb bonus data???

    Thanks.

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    Back in May, it took me 4 days to port from Amaysim to Optus. Anyone has any recent experience? I am again with Amaysim now, don't want to spend another 4 days to port to Optus.

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      Port to telstra, then back. Suppose to be fastest way. 2 dollar sim…

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        not cheapest though!

        • +6 votes

          IMHO after being a SIM slut for 2 years, if you too wish to become a SIM slut, then the cheapest way to build your SIM stash is to:
          * accumulate $2 SIMs when they are free (don't worry about expiry on freebies). You can get $2 freebies from the 7-11 fuel app (those are usually Optus though), or sometimes directly through the telcos themselves (e.g. Telstra did a $2 freebie including free delivery a few months ago).
          * accumulate $10 SIMs when they are $1 (quick check they won't expire before you'll use them). These are typically at 7-11.
          * accumulate $30 (or equivalent) SIMs when they are <= $5 each. These offers can come from anywhere (telcos directly, servos, 7-11s, supermarkets). With a higher upfront cost, do a full check they won't expire before usage. Since we don't know the real expiry date of these $30 Optus SIMs, I'm only going to risk it with one SIM. Additionally, don't accumulate beyond the point where you'll spend more than 60% of the time on any one network - that way you have some diversity, which means you can frequently port from a $30 SIM on one network to a $30 SIM on another, which is much less hassle than a double-port using a $2 SIM.

          Furthermore, I'd suggest doing the port on the morning of the day your service's credit expires, that way if there's a small delay in the port you can always make outgoing calls.

          Just my $0.02, hope it helps!

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          @nickj:
          In nearly 3 years I've paid no more than $1 each month of calls & data. So $5 is a bit excessive ;-)

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          @nickj:
          IS there a charge for porting your number between carriers?

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          @chimps:
          No & 🎉Welcome to OzBargain🎉

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          @Infidel: Thanks for the welcome. It was good to know that I can keep my number without paying any port out/switching fee.

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          @Infidel: And here I thought me spending $35.70 for the last 12 months was good enough. I got much to learn, Senpai!

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          @chimps:
          It can take hours with some Telcos to port your number. Usually only a few hours at most for me. Names & personal details on old & new account must match for porting.

          That aspect is frequently discussed in deals for SIMs. So search by Telco at the top of OzBargain site. Forums also are good for these discussions.

          You'll learn a lot with OzBargain. Just ask questions. But It is best to check if had already been answered first, otherwise people can get a little annoyed.

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          @Infidel: Wow, $1 per month, that's pretty awesome! How are you getting $1 a month? I mean there were $1 Woolworths SIMs over 12 months ago, and some $1 Telstra SIMs at the supermarkets about 18 months ago, although I thought those had conditions (e.g. one $1 voucher per everyday rewards card, and spend $30 at Coles or Woolies to be eligible to buy a $1 SIM).

          I'm also excluding any cashrewards cashbacks, or rebatr refunds, or tax deductions for premium SMS charity donations using bonus credit in that $5/month figure, and purely giving my out-of-pocket buy price, for buying without any conditions. If those items were added in, I'm pretty confident that I made a profit of around $80/year on my mobile service in the past year, with Telstra every second month [5 * 12 - (16.50 + 5*0.4) *6 - 30 ] , at the cost of my time for doing all the porting. I imagine that'll likely end now that Telstra have closed down Google play purchases, and I'd estimate my overall cost is for the next year is likely to be around $36 (being $5/month, minus small tax deduction for the donations, which brings it to around $3/month).

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          @nickj:
          Mainly the $30 Telstra Starter Packs for $1 - going back nearly 3 years. Required $30 spend, but was shopping at Woolies & Coles anyway.

          Bought more than 20 $1 SIMs in total in the many Woolies/Coles deals. (Was overseas a few months so no SIM needed.) Conditions did not apply in my experience & had a few Woolies cards.

          Got $16.50 back to PayPal via Rebatr on many of those. So effectively free SIMs & profit for years, until last SIM was activated before expiry in May this year. Cashed in the $30 Credit a few days ago just before Telstra stopped carrier billing with Google Play.

          Then a few free $20 Boost SIMs from deal, used early this year. And of course numerous $1 Kogan & OVO SIMs recently.

          Add to that a few $50 Vodafone packs (still unused) as gifts for putting friends onto a good HN Vodafone phone deal on OzBargain.

          I rarely port - only once or twice a year, keeping a SIM with my regular number for incoming calls (6 month plan, often leaving further 6 months without recharging), and using a SIM a month for outgoing calls, text & data.

          Does require dual sim phone or 2 phones. I just use an older phone for incoming calls & 4G phone for data & outgoing calls. Has worked well for me over the years.

          Had outlined most of this process when I wrote the Telstra Starter Pack Wiki ages ago & posted about it on Telstra deals.

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          @Infidel: Cool, all good info, and well done on the $1 SIMs, especially if you just did your normal shop anyway!

          I'm curious about avoiding the porting. I can see with a dual SIM phone or two phones that you could have one for data & outgoing calls to businesses, and a long-life SIM for incoming calls. But I'm not sure how outgoing texts/calls/MMS to friends and family would work? For them, they really want to see your real number (I have some friends and family now who won't answer a call if the number shows as private), which means you're using real credit. Even on Telstra simplicity, and 12 cents a text or per minute call, if you make just a 5 minute call/day, and send 5 texts, that's $1.20, so it will eat up the $30 of credit in 25 days. I'm not sure how to stretch that out to 6 months, but would welcome any pointers/suggestions.

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          @nickj:
          You're not the only one to question how that may work for them ;-)

          Luckily most of my calls are to people (mainly business & government / health services) who aren't so fussy about who they will answer. Number shows - just not my permanent number. They're generally used to my ways. I give them my permanent number to return my calls. Been doing this for many years & always get through or leave message. But won't suit many users.

          I don't even have credit on my main number (used on Play) & Telstra SIM expired last month. But good for 6 months of incoming calls after expiry. I've then got this $5 Optus SIM ready to use on 6 month plan.

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      You're doing it wrong if you're porting between Optus networks.

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    I'm looking for a long expiry sim option to move a current post-paid number from. Is the 6 month long expiry option a good choice or should I jump onto Vodafone's 365-day option?

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    Got one for mum. Thanks OP.

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    I'll give it a shot for 1 SIM, but thanks for the warnings about expired SIMs + port times. It seems like porting into carriers using the Optus network can have the longest delays. I've had porting take 6 hours (during business hours) with Optus, and 30 hours on Ovo. That's unusual though, typical Optus port times are 15 to 25 minutes. But because of the delays, I now port the day before expiry (i.e. if my credit expires at the very end of Tuesday, I'll port on Tuesday morning, and forgo the half on my previous service, just so that I'm not totally stuffed if something goes wrong with a port and it's slow).

    By the way, the 28/01/2018 expiry date I think comes from the plans themselves. If you look at: http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/prepaid/plans , then ALL of those prepaid plans say "Offer ends: 28/01/18." It's virtually certain that Optus will have some some prepaid offers beyond that date. For example, I have some prepaid $2 SIMs that don't expire until middle 2019, and some prepaid $10 SIMs that don't expire until Aug 2018. So Optus have to continue to have prepaid offers until those dates, or else customers who bought those SIMs are entitled to a refund on their purchases. So I would expect the expiry date on these SIMs to be later than 28/01/18 … but we'll see what we get!

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      Optus seem to like confusing us about when SIM must be activated.
      Information on site gives activation date (to qualify for this offer - differing by plan chosen, but likely just cut off date for current plans - that may be changed beyond that date), often quoted 30 days to activate after purchase (again to qualify for current plans), & SIM expiry date marked on pack you purchase. In last deal, expired SIMs were delivered.

  • +2 votes

    Any people received the SIM yet and can confirm expiry date?

  • +7 votes

    It's also on eBay for the same $5 price: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Optus-30-Prepaid-SIM-Starter-Kit-...

    Might as well do that for the extra "item not as described" buyer protections (in the event of an already expired SIM being delivered) + the 7 cents cash back from cashrewards + the chance to use eBay discount codes if you can combine this with other purchases to bring the total over $30.

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    I contacted optus customer service and told them I want to port my current provider to optus. They gave me $30 /month instead of $40 / month. this package is including 15GB data / month and free music streaming. They also throw 12 months EPL sport package for free.

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    Do you know what is the porting out fee of Optus prepaid sims? Glad if you can mention any other fee involving when switching among carriers you know.

    • +2 votes

      Technically there's no port out fee.

      If you're on prepaid, you lose any unused credit when you port out.
      If you're on postpaid contract, you will be liable for any Early Termination Fee.
      If you're on postpaid Month-to-Month, you lose nothing as they can only bill you for the days you are with them on a pro-rata basis.

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    Just got 2 starter kits delivered from this current offer. They both say "Expires on 01 Oct 2019", with nothing stuck on the kit or in the parcel implying it has to be activated before that date. So 2 years to use, which is great, so I reckon any SIM hoppers who haven't yet should stock up with 3 or 4 kits, before it ends later tonight!

    I bought another through their website, but the eBay page says "The seller only allows buyers to purchase 1 item every 10 days", so I could not buy another one through eBay, so just did the 4th directly through their site. Unfortunately looks like you have to order them one at a time.

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    Seems like this has expired already even though it's not midnight yet? Checked on desktop and mobile over the last 10 mins.

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    They are back on sale again just now ordered ☝️

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