Optus Boosts Mobile Data, Adds ‘Family Sharing’ Plans

Optus is boosting its mobile data allowance for new postpaid customers, including a generous 10GB per month on a $100 plan (up from 3GB). In addition, a new sharing option has been introduced that allows families to combine separate plans into one bill with data allowances shared across all devices. Optus has also added unlimited voice calls and text messages to all post-paid mobile plans. Here’s a look at what’s different.

Optus’ Family Sharing plan does exactly what it says on the tin: customers can combine their individual data allocations with a single bill coming at the end of each month. Any combination of Optus postpaid mobile plans can be mixed with all data pooled together. This means that a heavy user can dip into a light user’s monthly allotment and use the data that would have otherwise been “wasted”, with nobody paying anything extra.

The below infographic provides an example of how Optus’ Family Sharing plans work:

As mentioned, customers can combine as many new My Plan Plus or SIM-only plans as they like. Up to six mobile broadband devices can be connected to each individual plan although there is a one-off $5 fee per device.

To coincide with the new Family Sharing plans, Optus is upping its mobile data allowances for new customers. For example, a $100 plan on a 24-month contract now nets you 10GB; more than three times the amount of data that was previously offered on this plan. (To receive the extra data, existing customers will need to move over to the new plans.)

In terms of data, this compares favourably to similarly priced plans from Optus’ competitors: Vodafone’s $100 Red plan currently offers 6GB of data, while Telstra’s $95 L plan only offers 2.5GB per month. Similar data increases have been implemented across most of Optus’ other plans with the exception of entry-level options.

New customers will also receive unlimited standard national calls/SMS and unlimited standard international text. The deal also includes six months worth of free Netflix for customers who sign up before July 5.

We’ll be comparing how the new plans compare to the rest of the market in a future Planhacker, coming soon. In the meantime, tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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