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- Planhacker: The Best No-Contract Deal On Each Mobile Network
- Planhacker: Best Prepaid Mobile Data Plans Under $50
- The Cheapest Way To Buy An iPhone 6 Or iPhone 6 Plus In Australia
- Planhacker: How Does Your Mobile Provider Count Data?
- Planhacker: The Best Long Expiry Prepaid Deals
- Planhacker: Family Sharing Mobile Plans
Contract phone plans are a bad deal: not only are you stuck with the same phone and network for two years, you often end up with smaller data and call allowances than with a no-contract prepaid or month-by-month deal. We’ve eliminated the also-rans and come up with one firm recommendation for the best value no-contract prepaid deal on each of Australia’s mobile networks.
In its latest bid to outdo rival telco Telstra, Optus is offering a huge data boost to prepaid customers on $30+ plans. For a limited time, the $40 My Prepaid Ultimate plan includes a whopping 8GB of data; plus the ability to roll over unused data month-to-month. The deal also provides unlimited international calls to 10 different countries with no lock-in contract.
Optus Satellite has announced the availability of the new SatSleeve that slips over your phone to give you mobile coverage anywhere in Australia where there is a direct line of sight to the telco’s satellite. Made by Thuraya, SatSleeve is compatible with a number of iOS and Android devices from Apple, Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and Huawei.
Optus has launched a new app called WiFi Talk that lets customers make and receive calls and text messages over any Wi-Fi connection. The goal is to provide an alternative for when mobile coverage is limited but a Wi-Fi connection may be readily available such as in shopping centres, in the office or at home.
At Lifehacker, we’ve delved into data sharing plans in the past as it is something telcos are increasingly getting involved with. Previously, Optus only allowed customers to share data across its mobile MyPlan service so pure mobile data plan users were deprived of this privilege. But the telco is now allowing users to share data across tablets, dongles and mobile phones on its Data Pool feature.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m currently having internet problems with Optus and the technician is only able to come later next week. As such, I’ll be out of service for around nine days, if not more. (Yeah, yeah: first world problems.) So my question is: am I entitled to get some kind of credit for the time I have “lost” on my contract? Also, if I’m on Optus for my mobile and use it for tethering, should I be able to credit the data usage over this time?
Buying on contract means you won’t have to pay up-front for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — but you could actually end up paying more for the same phone, calls and data than you need to. Here’s how much you can save by buying up-front and choosing the right prepaid plan — up to $450 compared to a 24-month contract.