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No Excess Data Charges with Postpaid Plans (Now Capped at 1.5Mbps) @ Optus

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Finally Optus stops ripping people with excessive data charges, following Telstra and Vodafone. Excessive data now capped at 1.5Mbps speed (slow lol, but better than being charged with exorbitant fee)

If you’re a new Optus customer signing up or recontracting from today you’ll get the new endless data by default. If you’re an existing customer you will need to toggle it on via the My Optus app.

Just found a good deal to go with it too if you are eligible with rural postcode (iPhone Xr 64GB + 60GB + Unlimited calls/txt in Au & 35 countries for just $59.99/month on 24-month plan, total cost is $1,439.76)

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    I never go over my 80gb but good to hear incase i get carried away.

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      Is yours on that 20% off promo paying $41? Promo period expires this month. Wonder if it will continue on or auto cancel. I got an offer to upgrade to 100gb, same price bit wasn't sure it was at the $41 or the $55

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        Yeah i pay about 40 dollars, 12 months was up on 6/6/2020 If it goes up I'll just re contract for the 60gb at $36 or something as they're doing 25% off as company i work for has partnerships with optus.

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          I'm coming into my 24th month so yours should roll over

          *Edit - yours has all ready rolled. Ignore. I'll let you know how mine goes after 24

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          Mine stayed on 40 after 12 months, your mileage may vary.

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            @Username456: It was always $40 for 24 months but the plan had a 12 month contract.

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              @henrus: Not mine

              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.

              It only reverts to $50 so I'm not fussed if it does go up tbh

    • +1 vote

      I had a pretty big plan until recently, then I realised I rarely use more than 10GB a month.. lol

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      I have gone over 80gb many a times. I do a lot of streaming and yeah I want uality but it costs. Anyway I'm on the 500gb for $65. I know I'll have withdrawal symptoms after the 12 months as I won't be paying full price for this plan.

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      If you get carried away I think excess data charges are the least of your concern!

  •  

    I saw a pop up on the app an hour ago as well so not exactly quiet.

  • +2 votes

    Finally, thanks op

  •  

    I don't get it, so what actually happens if you go over data cap now?

    • +1 vote

      Speed is capped to 1.5mb

      • +1 vote

        Of course! Cheers

      • +1 vote

        bro, 1.5mb is very good. I'll just go ahead and download the new Cyberpunk 2077

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      Probably just very slow speeds

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    I'm on 3GB so yes I do go over every now and then.
    But I've gotten used to it recently and manage myself

  • +2 votes

    Lets see how this goes with 1gb shared between two phones.

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      Might Chuck dad onto the cheapest postpaid unlimited calls too if they have now

      The data should be good for the minimum Find My Phone for him for when he misplaces

      EDIT- OH YEAH I membaa now, Optus cheapest postpaid is now $39 what total shits! Not worth it

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        Weird, 35 buck plan here..

      •  

        Ouch.

        My parents are on 3gb for $16 at Vaya.

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          Ye what happened to the sub-$30 days from big 3

          The other one I was checking out was Moose Mobile. -
          was waiting for their Seniors deal dont think they do anymore..idk, still sorta cheap/okay.

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            @capslock janitor: I went vaya, because their callcentre is helpful to elderly people, and its been around 10+ years now.

            I wanted to go niche; but, established niche.

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              @MasterScythe: Last I looked, Vaya was owned by Amaysim, and Amaysim is likely about to be purchased by Optus. Not going to be so niche.

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                @NotAFool: Both of those are only recent; and the ownership often (we can hope) doesn't change the call centre or staff.

                I worked for a Telco who got bought out, our name changed, but our call centers, and upper management still remained.

  • +4 votes

    wow even more reason to not get rid of my two optus plans for $40 (10gb, optus sport, spotify no data)

    If you’re a new Optus customer signing up or recontracting from today you’ll get the new endless data by default. If you’re an existing customer you will need to toggle it on via the My Optus app.

    crucial tip from the article

    • +9 votes

      Excellent point. The option in the My Optus app looks like this and when you tap it you get this screen.

      • +2 votes

        Have to swipe right on top of first page guys

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          Thanks. For me it was a swipe right on the first tile where it shows you a pie chart of your data usage for the month.

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          At least you'll still be able to continue to swipe right after your data's all gone now

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      Damm. I'm getting 80gb, no data Netflix and international calls for $41

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        Dude I get 100gb for $30, now endless (got them to price match)

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          👌🏼

        • +1 vote

          Damn I thought my 100GB for $45 was good, how did you manage to get that price?

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            @adr8: I managed to get $10 off a $40 plan by requesting to speak with the retention team on chat. Compared what I had with a better plan from a competitor (I think I compared with Circles) and asked what they could do. I also said that I’d be happy to stay with Optus if they gave me a $10 discount on my plan. I wasn’t actually planning on moving cos of my apple watch cellular (can only use with Vodafone, Telstra and Optus).

  • -1 vote

    Wow now can watch p0rn 24/7

    • -1 vote

      480p-prawn

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      lol, 1.5Mbps gonna be like …

      • +2 votes

        Worked fine on adsl days; should still be usable for web browsing and chatting like it always was :)

    • +1 vote

      Minecraft style? Dude it's gonna buffer and you're gonna suffer

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    Excess data

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    ‘ If you’re an existing customer you will need to toggle it on via the My Optus app.’

    That’s some dirty tactics to prey on the technologically challenged.

    • +1 vote

      I've just gone in to toggle it and it was already turned on for me

      • +1 vote

        same here. had a popup when opening the app

  • +1 vote

    I can't change it atm. The system won't allow me…weird

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      Same

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      Mine wont either. Partner's iPhone worked like a charm thoough.

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    I might have chosen Optus if I knew about this. But oh well.

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    Good deal for visibility, ironically not displayed at all for me in the App - only available via chat.

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    The post suggests telstra is already doing this. It's this true? Do I need to do anything to achieve this like optus by activating?

    • +2 votes

      Yep. They have been doing it for a while now. Not sure if you need to activate if you’re on an old plan. Going from memory, no, but may be worth having a chat to someone via the Telstra app - App is good now, it’s like SMS, you can leave your query and be alerted once they reply.

      Also here’s the official link for Telstra - https://www.telstra.com.au/deals/peace-of-mind-data

    • +1 vote

      Yes Telstra do this and no need to activate it.

      My message from yesterday:

      “ You've used 100% of your included 40.00GB data allowance with 5 days left. Your data speeds are now capped at 1.5Mbps until your next billing period. Find out how to make the most of your data at telstra.com/yourdata”

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      i put my mum on the $5 5gb plan she would always finish the 5gb in the first 2 days, the rest of the month will b capped, she watch online news every day, even share the hotspot w my dad, still work ok, awesome savings… hopefully able to retain the $5 price after 12 months, but may go back up to $15/mth… still worth it unless another better plan comes along, then will sign up 1 for dad.

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    Does this also apply for 4G home broadband? I have three account in my my Optus app and the toggle is universal for all services, but I'm not sure if it will only work for mobile services or mobile home broadband too?

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      That's what I was wondering too

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      I would almost argue I would rather not have internet at home than those speeds. Launtel charges daily and when I forgot to charge up they slow down to that speed and honestly, you may as well not have internet.

  • +1 vote

    good, I do not need to worry about go over.
    1.5Mbps is not slow, enough speed for 'instant' message

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      Agreed, 1.5Mbps would be fine for loading most webpages if I could find a way to stop animated GIFs and auto-playing video content.

      Anyone know of a way to cripple any content larger than maybe 2 megabytes?

      • +1 vote

        Even run your mobile browser in Lite mode

      • +1 vote

        Yes, both firefox and chrome (mobile included) have an extension called uBlockOrigin.

        There is a setting in the extension for "block elements over X size" enable that.

        It wont stop all autoplays, as some are just players of 10kb or so, but it'll knock out a bulk of it.

  •  

    This is awesome, so glad it's for existing customers too.

  •  

    Too late, I just signed Vodafone

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      If you scored the 500gb offer, good for you!

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    Perfect timing to toggle this on, as my Optus NBN has been down all morning…

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    Is this the case for their mobile broadband too? That's a maximum of 500gb/mth which with new ps/Xbox updates isn't that much.

  • -1 vote

    if you’re a new Optus customer signing up or recontracting from today

    •  

      Worked for me and I'm an existing customer.

  •  

    Thanks OP. While I’ve never gone over, the anxiety was killing me. One less thing to stress about.

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    i’ll never go optus until they have visual voicemail

  • +1 vote

    Cool works for MBB services too, not just voice. I went over by a gig last month and got pinged $10.

  • +3 votes

    1.5Mbps slow? Try the good old days of GPRS of around 30-110kbps.

    • +1 vote

      good old days did not have heavy animated and interacted images and videos (ads) on websites, so, it explains why it is slow still :)

  •  

    I was with Optus for 2 years and recently changed to Telstra. So much better speeds. Optus sucks

  •  

    That iPhone XR plan is not a good deal at all. The XR 64GB is $849 RRP, easy to get one using gift card to bring it under $800
    Then you are paying $26/month for the plan and get stuck with them for 2 years while helping Optus to clear the old iPhone model.

  •  

    Thanks OP, I won’t actually notice a difference though cause I barely get 1.5Mbps right now…

    I ported out of Telstra to Optus to take advantage of JB Deal and just waiting the last of my 30 days. In my experience (and Speedtest proof) Telstra 4G was almost 5 times faster than Optus 5G in my area (Toowong, Brisbane).

  •  

    I got 5 old grandfathered data sharing sim with zero monthly fees. I had to pool data with a mobile broadband plan to take share.

    Now I can simply cancel and use them for free like as 4g GPS device tracker

    •  

      I have this too, what's the verdict can we get it shaped too

    • +1 vote

      I got one grandfather Sim and another $5 monthly 250mb data Sim… So technically that data Sim is unlimited now?

  • -1 vote

    Isn't it $10 a GB now over your plan? Used to be like $10 per 10mb or something.

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    Just a heads up, my plan restarts tomorrow and I was approaching the data limit. I triple checked the Optus app to make sure it was set to Endless data and it was by default, however after I went over the limit it was changed to Automatic $10 for 1GB, so far it has "given" me 22GB for $220 and counting, so keep an eye on your settings.

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