Exetel appears to have eliminated its prepaid 3G broadband options, effectively requiring customers to sign up to
long-term month-to-month contracts or pay a penalty fee if they decide to switch providers.
Several Lifehacker readers emailed in to point out that the options available from Exetel (which resells access to the Optus network) had changed. On visiting the company site, it turns out that while there are still conditions for prepaid 3G broadband on the site, the page listing prepaid plans (and which we used to assemble our recent Planhacker guide to prepaid 3G data options) has been removed.
Exetel's postpaid plans remain available, including an ultra-cheap $5 a month option that doesn't have any data inclusions, a potentially appealing choice for very occasional users. However, you get slapped with a $100 fine if you quit before 12 months on the $5 plan. Doesn't sound that much different to a contract to us (and in the case of the $5 a month cost, more expensive than just sitting it out).