Optus adds a My Plan option for the low-cost user

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Optus has actually included a $35 strategy to its new My Strategy variety, giving the budget-conscious an additional option.

While Optus currently provides $50, $60, $80 and $100 My Plan choices, the new $35 plan will give you 200 minutes of voice calls, free of cost SMS and MMS, and 300MB of data per month ($840 minimum total cost).

Optus CEO Kevin Russell stated that one of the drives to generate a new spending plan choice was since the telco’s study had shown that even more clients on entry level plans than on higher strategies were canceling their agreements due to excess charges.

“We estimate that an ordinary light individual is hit with near to $100 in excess usages fees over 12 months, ” he said.

Budget choice a good choice?

While choices are excellent, we can’t help however think that Optus could be trying to capitalize on the unpredictability surrounding MVNOs after the debacle with ISPOne, Telstra and Kogan.

However, Optus still doesn’t offer the exact same value for money as other MVNOs. Amaysim, for example, makes use of the Optus network and provides unrestricted calls and SMS, and 4GB for $39.95 a month over 30 days, though it does not offer 4G.

Woolworths Mobile, also on the Optus network, offers a $29 prepaid deal over 45 days, including 5GB of information and $500 worth of talk and text.

Interestingly, the $35 My Strategy has the same additions as its $25 SIM-only, month-to-month plan, meanings with a $35 a month My Plan contract, you are essentially paying $10 more a month for a mobile phone and will be locked into a 24-month agreement.

It does indicate you’ll have access to decent mobile phones without having to pair your My SIM strategy with a My Mobile strategy or bringing your very own phone, along with the capability to tier-jump for a month, beginning from $10 for an extra 250 minutes and $5 for an additional 300MB information – which still is not much information at all.

However, the automatic tier-jumping nature of Optus’ My Plan will decrease high unwanted charges and will most likely be the most significant bait for the budget-conscious, especially for those thinking about moving from Vodafone and Telstra.