expired Optus BYO SIM Plan $40/mth (12 Mths) Unlmt Int'l Calls 35 Countries 80GB/mth + 4GB Roaming Zone 1 Countries (New Services Only)

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$40/ month for 80GB + unlimited overseas calls to 35 countries with 4GB roaming + Unlimited Standard internation talk + SMS (excluding MMS) to Zone 1 Countries. 12month Sim only plan

Discount offer: New & recontracting services. Not available with other offers. Ends 05/05/19, unless withdrawn earlier.

critical information

https://smb.optus.com.au/opfiles/Shop/All/cis/Cis%20Document...

Included countries for international calls

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Mainland China
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • USA
  • Vietnam

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Comments

  • +2 votes

    is this for student only ?

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    I just submitted a recontract order successfully without student hub ID of any sort…

  • +16 votes

    Watch out for this sneaky part;

    The discount will apply for at least 12 months unless you change, recontract or cancel your plan. After 12 months we may remove the discount without notice.

    • +2 votes

      This happened to me with a plan I signed up for 2 years ago and got hit with that only a couple months ago.

      They also take away the Optus sport discount so my $40 plan that I had been paying at a discounted rate of $30 for for two years all of a sudden started charging me $55 a month and after speaking with several agents that was what I got hit with.

      I'll be signing up with this as I need more data and it still comes with optus sport which I use all the time, but will just be wary of getting hit up for $50 in the future - by then I'm sure there will be better/cheaper plans out.

      • +4 votes

        They have so many SIM Only offers throughout the year, I just keep re-signing when a new one pops up.

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          Always thought I would have had to keep my plan for the full year or two before upgrading, is that not the case?

          • +1 vote

            @rhz: Unless things have changed, not at all. I've resigned to three 12-month contracts with Optus. The last two times were well before my 12 months were up with them.

            edit: I'm only ever on the SIM only plans. Not sure what the deal is with handset plans.

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              @galachxy: Is it because you’ve always gone to a higher plan?
              I’m on the $35/30GB currently with 6 months left, I assume I can move to this without fees because I’m stepping up to the $50 tier.

              Plan changes
              You can change your plan during your contract term to another My Plan Plus 12M SIM (Apr 19) plan provided you move to a
              plan with a higher monthly access fee. You cannot change your plan during the contract term to a plan with the same or lower monthly access fee. If you change your plan during your contract term a fee may apply.

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            @rhz: You can upgrade during your 12 months but cannot downgrade. So you can't go from a $50 plan to a $40 plan, but you can go from a $40 plan to a $50 plan inside of the 12 month term. When you do so, your 12 months starts again.

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      Good find. We can port without notice after 12 months.

    • +2 votes

      Re something similar, I complained about Dodo to the TIO a few years ago when they did a sneaky on me after raising the price after my 24 month contract but there was nothing in the contract which actually stated that it reverted to a higher price or a no contract price. I complained initially to them and their reaction was really bad, referring me to certain pages in contracts etc. I would put them on hold and go to the exact page and told them they were not being truthful and I had lost respect for them and wanted to speak to their manager as I could no longer speak to them any further. It was quite amusing as one guy told me I signed up to a higher price when I signed up to the contract, but I asked him how long the contract was and he said 24 months and then I asked him how I could sign up to a higher price when the price stated was only during the contract period, etc. I think I am on their blacklist as after numerous calls to them they put me onto someone senior who (I think trying to intimidate me) told me the call was being recorded and I told them that it was illegal. She told me that it was stated at the beginning of when I called and I told her it did not stipulate that the call would be recorded - she then said it was reviewed by their legal department etc.. So I told her fine, I would call back and listen to the prompt to verify… sure enough it did not say the call could be recorded, it did say that it "maybe monitored" for quality and training purposes (i.e. NOT recorded). So she definitely got a blast when I got through to her again - again I told her I couldn't talk to her anymore as I could no longer respect or speak to someone who was downright lying to me. Finally sent a letter into the TIO - it was amazing how much Dodo tried to get in touch with me - when they couldn't get to be my phone they left a voice message, email, sms and even sent a letter to me saying they had tried to get in touch. Finally got through and the guy was actually pleasantly nice, asked what I wanted (refund of overcharges) and did it immediately.

      • +1 vote

        Well done! I should use your story as "How to deal with bad companies" manual :-)

    • -1 vote

      In another year they will probably be advertising 120gb or 160gb plans for this price.

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      I upvoted your comment but, unfortunately this often happens with most plans (not just mobiles) after they expire.

  • +4 votes

    Amazing plan. Shame Optus’ network is trash where I live. Completely oversubscribed.

    • +5 votes

      Yeah. Doesn't matter how cheap and how many GB when you get zero bars.

    • +3 votes

      It's because Optus attract all the heavy users with plans like these, which saturates the available bandwidth. Not a very good strategy in my opinion.

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      I upvoted this deal, because it's good enough for me, but Optus mobile is notoriously oversubscribed.

      You can actually read the capacity each company has provisioned at each mobile tower.

      Along with the bandwidth they have licenced from the government.

      From memory, Optus has about a third of the capacity of Telstra at the mobile tower nearest to me, Vodafone about a quarter of that of Telstra.

      Now, using my personal example, you can see why the Optus mobile network is so congested - they buy and provision a fraction of the capacity compared to Telstra, and sell that tiny capacity to a huge number of users (by undercutting Telstra prices on every mobile plan).

      This may not be the case where YOU work or live, but I have checked a few towers around me, as well as a couple in the city, and the situation is similar.

      Ps. Optus is notorious for doing the same thing with their internet services, so your mobile data speed is just as likely to suffer similar congestion (and hence low speeds).

      Edit: I'll try to find the source of the data, when I do I'll edit my comment, so you can check for yourselves.

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    I want this plan as it’s the same as I pay now, although I have a $20 additional sim for the wife to share our current pool of data of 18gb. We never go over but would be nice not to worry as we have come close once before. Guess I’ll see instore

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    Zone 1 countries only, can't use the data in just any country

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    The 4gb roaming with unlimited calls seems good. Zone 1 countries only though.

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    Bad reception with Optus.

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    What a good deal. Shame I still have another 3 months to go with my contract.

    • +1 vote

      3 months is usually the time you're allowed to re-contract or port to another carrier without any termination fees. Check with your carrier.

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      I had 4 months left on a 12 month plan and they had no issues. I went from$36 to $40 though. Are you moving in the opposite $ direction?

  • +2 votes

    Great deal, thanks OP! Been waiting a while to pull the trigger

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    Anyone know where it says what zone 1 countries are?

  • +1 vote

    Thanks, OP. This looks good - I'm currently on the $41.25 for 80GB (though it includes all entertainment streaming - on this plan I'll have to pay an additional $5 for video streaming).

    Does anyone know over what period of time for that 4GB roaming data? Is it every 12 months? Every trip? Once for the life of the contract? Couldn't find anything in their PDS.

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    Good deal, wish the 20% discount won't remove after 12 months

    • +1 vote

      Wouldnt worry about that. There's been newer, bigger and better SIM only offers every 3-6 months.

      Just keep re-contracting if you're staying with Optus. Then you don't need to worry about the discounts being removed.

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      @jasssone it won’t remove after 12m, been on same $30 12m sim for 2.5 years, anyway will be better deals in 12m

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    Similar to deals they've run before but this time if you want unmetered Netflix, Stan and iView its $5 more. Still a good deal.

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    My $52/80GB SIM only plan runs out in August, I'm currently on a chat with Optus and they are telling me I have to pay a cancellation fee before allowing me to sign up to the new plan. :(

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      Should try push harder.. Usually free to recontact within 3 months.. It ends in May maybe try next month?

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        3 months applies for Post-Paid contracts with handsets attached, not SIM Only.

        You can re-contract anytime within the 12 month contract period and not pay any fees.

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        I was able to with four months left. But I think Optus may only allow that of you're moving to a higher $ plan

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      Have they ever messed up for bill and charged you for sports or TV streaming when that was all supposed to be included? Because they did that with me and then months later after I got that sorted I used that stuff-up as an argument for recontracting onto a new deal when I had heaps of time left on the existing contract and it worked.

  • +9 votes

    Just be careful not to exceed the 4GB roaming data if you plan on using it, because that's what they hope you hit - $1.00 / MB ($1,024 / GB)!!!!!!!!!

    I'd rather just buy a prepaid travel sim in the host country for the peace of mind.

    • +2 votes

      Geeez they shouldn’t be allowed to charge like that after 4gb

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        I use Android, so I'm able to cap usage. But if you were to go over, you can always dispute as if there is a large difference between bills, you can always ask the phone company to wave the fees.

        Remember it is also a responsibility of the provider not to let you incur a larger than ordinary bill. If you couldn't resolve with optus, you can then contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).

        Don't be too worried as there are mechanisms built into the consumer protections to prevent huge bills. It's usually that people forget these exist and don't exercise them.

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          its a great plan but still very risky if you go over alot of arguing ahead, though they do send out alerts as you reach your limit, still they shouldn't be allowed to charge like that

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            @RogueWolf: The problem is a huge delay between an alert and actual usage.
            By the time you get the alert you've probably already exceeded the usage quota. I'm speaking from experience.

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          optus charged me $360 when i fell asleep and left netflix on all night at 4k just as i was about to run out of data

    • +2 votes

      What you do is with the 4 GB roaming being used while in transit and your first day abroad. No YouTube and such. Swap it to local sim after airport and airbnb/hotel arrival.

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      I was thinking exactly this. I was tempted by this plan and then remembered how little effort they put in to keep me as a customer.
      Further to this there is no clarity on what the calling to a 'standard' internation number means exactly. I interpret it as meaning landlines..yet all over the world, people are migrating to mobile

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    Can this data be shared at home with a modem?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah but the second data sim to share pool data is minimum $15 a month for another 3gb data. Really annoyingly bad value as I'm on a similar Optus phone plan. So to do what you want with this plan it would be $55 for shared 83gb but you'd want to spend another $5 for TV streaming so Netflix and the likes is unmetered.

      • +1 vote

        This is true but I'm one of the lucky ones that grabbed 4 extra data sims as part of my plan a couple of years ago (I should've grabbed the allowable fifth!). Optus stopped this after they realised it is basically a free data sim (after paying a one-off $5 each)

        I'm using one to write this comment!

  • -1 vote

    I hate Optus SO MUCH but this is such a good deal. I’m torn.

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    Would HN 10% discount work with this? 🤔

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    Decent deal but not a fan of Optus speeds in Perth so gonna stick with Boost for now.

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    just renewed my sim plan, was on $40/m anyway…the data is too much, dont really use more than 15-20gb….

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    Thanks OP. Can confirm - I was able to upgrade from my existing Optus BYOD plan.

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      Were there any cancellation charges involved?

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        No cancellation charges. My original plan would have expired end of 2019. It just rolled over to April 2020.

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          That is interesting. Did you upgrade online or got it done via online chat staff/in store?
          I am asking as I checked with Live chat staff and they advised that there will be cancellation charges if my existing BYOD contract is still valid. My contract is valid until Jan 2020!

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          I'm interested to know how you did it. Both online chat and phone rep said I'd need to pay a termination fee. My original $30 plan also expires at end of 2019…

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