Optus Apple iPad plans
Optus iPad plans offer a range of data options from 1.5GB to unlimited (subject to a fair use policy) at a reasonable price. Optus customers don't have to be locked into a contract for any of these plans and this makes Optus a good choice for anyone looking for some flexibility with their data usage.
The plans exclude overseas use, usage for commercial purposes and Peer-to-Peer usage.
Pre-Paid Micro SIM Starter Kit. Costs $30 and includes 3GB data
Recharge value Data Unused credit expires after
(if you recharge before 30 September 2010)
$15 Up to 1.5GB 15 days
$20 Up to 2GB 15 days
$30 Up to 4GB 30 days
$40 Up to 5GB 30 days
$50 Up to 6GB 30 days
$70 Up to 10GB 60 days
$100 Up to 13GB 60 days
$130 Up to 15GB 60 days
Optus also offers a month-to-month plan on the iPad. $20 includes 2GB data, $30 buys 4GB and $60 buys 8GB a month.
The Optus Mobile Dual Band network provides 3G services to over 96% of the Australian population and Optus continues to invest in its mobile broadband coverage. Having said this, coverage is not available in the Northern Territories and Tasmania.
Data can be rolled over in the pre-paid plans provided you top up, except for the $50 unlimited data voucher.
On the Optus network, the iPad will use the standard 3G range. This isn't as fast as Telstra's Next G network, which operates on a slightly different band and provides faster speeds. However, Optus says user experiences are typically between 512 Kbps and 3.0Mbps, which is still a decent speed.
Benefits and disadvantages
Not being tied into a contract on these deals is an advantage for iPad users, who can enjoy the flexibility of switching to a different provider if a better deal comes out, or they find the coverage is not as good as expected. The unlimited data use over 30 days for $50 is also a great deal for heavy iPad users.
Be aware that on a post-paid plan, if you exceed your plan's included monthly data allowance, additional excess usage will be charged at an additional $0.06 per MB. On post-paid plans, you cannot roll over unused data either, so make sure you are getting the right amount of data for your use if you sign a contract.