Optus expands pre-paid international data roaming from $4/day

By Chris C., May 19 2019
Optus expands pre-paid international data roaming from $4/day

Optus customers travelling to New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom with a pre-paid mobile device can now slash their international roaming costs by activating a new $20 data roaming bundle on their account.

Valid for five days from the time of activation – that's $4/day on a five-day trip – the add-on unlocks a generous 10GB of data for use in those five countries, although doesn’t offer other inclusions like voice calls or SMS.

Still, that works out to just $0.02 per MB using the add-on, versus the regular pay-as-you-go rate of $0.50 per MB for Optus pre-paid customers, where $20 would otherwise buy just 40MB of data, or about 0.04GB.

Staying abroad for another five days, or need even more data? Just activate another $20 roaming add-on once the first has expired or been depleted, by visiting optus.com.au/recharge.

For pre-paid customers travelling to these five select countries, Optus’ $20 roaming add-on could prove compelling over competitor Telstra’s pre-paid International Roaming Browse Packs, priced at $29 for 100MB, $85 for 300MB and $160 for 600MB.

However, Telstra’s packs are each valid for a longer 30-day window – suiting travellers on longer trips and who don’t need as much data – and with that data being usable in a wider variety of countries including throughout much of Europe, Asia, parts of the Middle East, and places closer to home like Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Rival Vodafone also sells Pre-paid Roaming Add-on packs for use in 50 countries, and mixes data with other inclusions.

$25 buys 100MB, 30 minutes of voice calls and 30 SMS to use over three days, with the option of ditching that talk and text in favour of double data (200MB) – or, pay $35 for a longer seven-day validity, and a choice between 250MB of data, 60 minutes of voice and 60 SMS, or a flat 500MB of data.

Telstra’s $10/day International Day Pass, Optus’ $10/day Travel Pack and Vodafone $5/day roaming are not available to pre-paid customers: only those with a post-paid accounts.

Chris C.

A former contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

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09 Feb 2015

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In my opinion, Optus offer by far the best value on there plans. As an example, I am on a BYO device plan for $50 a month and get 80GB of data within Australia, 4GB of data while overseas in zone 1 countries, and unlimited calls from within Australia and while overseas (in zone 1 countries). Telstra don't come close.

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17 May 2015

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I just signed up for the same plan with a 20% (so only $40 a month). I have an OS trip in a couple of weeks so it will be interesting to see how reliable the roaming is. Unfortunately the Optus coverage around Melbourne is patchy and barely works inside my house (while both Telstra and Vodafone work without any major issues).

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