Updated: Optus also announces 3G iPad data plans

Xavier Verhoeven
11 May, 2010
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After Telstra’s announcement earlier today, Optus has confirmed that it will also be offering pre-paid and ‘BYO/month-to-month’ data plans suitable for use with the iPad 3G.

A spokesperson for the company has told Australian Macworld that although the full details of the plans have not yet been unveiled, Optus can confirm three of the  options that will be available for the device.

Pricing on the BYO plans will be $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and $60 for 8GB.

More information will be added as it comes to hand. The spokesperson indicated further information should be available tomorrow (10 May), to coincide with the pre-order date.

Update: Optus has announced its full range of plans for ‘Micro-Sim devices’. The plans, which offer pre-paid and post-paid options, are available from 26 May. The post-paid plans are as announced over the weekend.

The new pre-paid plans rely on a $30 SIM Starter Kit, which includes 2GB of data (plus 1GB bonus until 30 September). Recharge amounts are available from $15 to $130, for 500MB to 14GB, respectively.

The full details of the plans can be seen in the image below:

Interestingly, the higher recharge amounts last 60 days, with the 8GB option lasting 186 days – making it a great option for those who like to buy chunks of data and have it available for some time. It’s unclear why the 12GB and 14GB options would not offer this longer period of validity.

The 500MB and 1GB packs are limited to 15 days, meaning that light users would still be needing to spend $30 a month for pre-paid or $20 post-paid (though this may not be an option to some younger users) to always have internet access on their iPad.

Note: Image updated at 12:30pm 11 May to correct a typo for the ‘total data’ for the $80 8GB plan (it previously incorrectly read 10GB).

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