• 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 &n...

    POSTED 19 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Global roaming: Telstra vs Optus vs Vodafone, which is best?

    We compare the global roaming deals of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – which one is best for the frequent flyer? One of the greatest advances for business travellers over recent years wasn't a new type of business class seat, a new airport lounge or travel app, or even an actual 'enhancement...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2016 27 Comments

  • Optus inks Flybuys deal for Virgin Australia, Etihad Guest points

    New customers to Optus can pocket up to 20,000 bonus Flybuys points under a new deal with the Coles-backed loyalty program, which can be converted into frequent flyer points with both Virgin Australia and Etihad Guest. Sign up for a new My Prepaid Ultimate service and recharge with $30 to earn a...

    POSTED 7 Dec, 2016 3 Comments

  • Rio Olympics: should you get a local SIM card or roam in Brazil?

    As Australians flock to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics, keeping in touch with loved ones back home can be both difficult and expensive: but are you better off slipping a local SIM card into your phone or paying global roaming fees to your usual telco? Australian Business Traveller reviews both...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 5 Comments

  • Optus opts out from Qantas Frequent Flyer points partnership

    Optus will pull the plug on its partnership with Qantas as of 30 June 2015, under which the telco's customers could earn up to two Qantas Frequent Flyer Points spent on phones, plans, broadband Internet and additional services. Australia's number two telco explained the decision as  "part o...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2015 15 Comments

  • Using Optus global roaming for international voice, data, SMS

    With the new 'Optus Travel Packs’, you’ll pay just $10 per day in selected countries for unlimited calls and text messages to friends, family and even your boss back at the office when circling the globe. Your $10 also buys 50MB of data per day – which admittedly isn’t mu...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2015 5 Comments

  • Buy an iPhone 6, get Qantas & Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

    UPDATE | The Qantas Mall and Virgin Australia Velocity eStore purchase conditions for shopping with the Apple Store have been amended since this article was first published, and now prohibit customers from earning frequent flyer points on the iPhone 6 Plus. Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer poi...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2014 9 Comments

  • Optus launches $10/day travel packs for roaming calls, data

    Optus has released a new roaming Travel Pack offering unlimited standard and international calls and text plus 50MB of data in Australia's top destinations for a flat $10 per day. The add-on pack lets Australian subscribers use their Optus SIM card and number in Asia, New Zealand,...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2013 3 Comments

  • Telstra cuts international data roaming costs

    Telstra’s cut-price data roaming deals come into effect today as the nation’s leading carrier plays catch-up to recent globetrotter-friendly initiatives from Optus and Vodafone. Telstra’s post-paid subscribers can grab a Casual Traveller Data Pack good for anywhere from 100MB t...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2013 12 Comments

  • Vodafone, Optus get real on global roaming

    Australia’s mobile phone companies are finally moving to make global roaming an affordable proposition, with both Optus and Vodafone unveilling new globetrotter-friendly plans, with Telstra likely to follow suit. Until this month, using your smartphone overseas under any Australia carrier&...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2013 0 Comments

  • Optus slashes global roaming rates, launches flat-price travel packs

    Optus is streamlining its global roaming plans and slashing the cost of overseas voice, text and data as Australia's mobile carriers finally begin to get realistic about roaming. The telco's move comes ahead of next week's launch by Vodafone of its new Roam Like Home plans, which will allow...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2013 7 Comments

  • Optus launches HTC One with free Qantas frequent flyer points

    Optus has cooked up a new way to tempt travellers with HTC's latest smartphone: offer them a fistful of Qantas Frequent Flyer points. Current Optus postpaid customers will rake in 8,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points when they upgrade to the dazzling HTC One, which wraps a lar...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2013 3 Comments

  • Optus launches prepaid 4G from $169

    As Optus continues to roll out its nascent 4G network, the carrier now putting two prepaid deals onto the table in addition to contract-based plans. Cheapest way into the 4G fast lane is a $169 USB Modem, which includes a generous serve of 6GB data valid for 60 days. $199 gets yo...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2012 0 Comments

  • Optus expands 4G to Brisbane, Gold Coast

    Optus is boosting the range of its burgeoning 4G network to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, ahead of a more extensive rollout across the December-January period. The telco says it's already flicked the switch on four base stations at Surfers Paradise, centred around Cavill. Next week wil...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • BridgeAlliance axes unlimited AsiaRoam Data SIM

    IN BRIEF | Australian travellers to Asia will lose one of their options for unlimited data roaming on December 31 when the Bridge Alliance group shutters its AsiaRoam Data SIM programme. However, citing a "change of business focus", the Bridge Alliance says that "Bridge AsiaRoamData SIM and...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • Optus 4G now battling Telstra for superfast mobile broadband

    Optus is gearing up to woo business travellers with its new 4G mobile broadband network in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne coming on board from September 15. Officially launched at the end of July but restricted to business customers, the 4G network is now available to anybody with the need for...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2012 3 Comments

  • Optus launches unlimited data roaming in Asia

    Optus will today launch unlimited data roaming for Aussie travellers to Asia in the guide of pre-paid Bridge DataRoamUnlimited packs. A three-day pack will cost $27, while the five day pack for $40. Both provide unlimited data on the network of Optus' Bridge Alliance partners. This in...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • Optus delivering superfast wifi at Qantas airport lounges

    Telstra is out and Optus is in at Qantas' airport lounges – and some travellers are being surprised, perhaps even stunned, by the speed of the new wireless network. The souped-up wireless is already running in Qantas lounges at Sydney Airport T3 and Brisbane's International and Domestic ai...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2011 6 Comments

  • Qantas drops Telstra for Optus for airport lounge Internet

    IN BRIEF | Qantas is dropping Telstra as its airport lounge ISP, with challenger Optus winning the contract to connect business travellers with the outside world. An Optus spokeswoman confirmed the win this afternoon, although she told Australian Business Traveller that no other details were ava...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2011 3 Comments

  • Optus to launch 4G mobile network, better 3G too

    Optus' mobile broadband speeds are set to ratchet up a notch when it launches its next-generation 4G mobile network in April next year. It is also detailing how it has been upgrading its 3G mobile network in response to customer complaints that its performance is too slow for internet use. Tels...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Optus to SMS warnings to customers about global roaming bills

    Optus, Australia's most expensive network for data roaming, says it will start proactively warning customers when they start clocking up big bills overseas. Monthly-billed customers will get an SMS alert when they first download any data on an overseas mobile network, warning them of the high co...

    POSTED 9 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Money-saving Onavo global roaming app now available for Android

    Onavo, the app that dramatically cuts how much data your smartphone uses to cut down on data roaming costs, is now available for Android phones. However, unlike the iPhone version that can actually cut data usage by up to 85% by compressing data before it gets sent over the mobile network, the A...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • 3G/Wi-Fi pocket hotspots on sale for $39.50

    IN BRIEF | If you're heading off on a trip soon, and you haven't yet sorted out your internet access, consider picking up one of these Pocket Wi-Fi modems, currently on sale at Dick Smith for $39.50. It takes a 3G mobile network signal, connects to the internet, and provides you with a Wi-Fi hot...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

  • 2-for-1 deal on unlimited data roaming SIM

    IN BRIEF | Heading to Asia for a short trip? There's a good deal on a roaming SIM card that could save you even more money than usual.  Bridge Alliance -- a consortium of mobile networks in the region -- is offering a good promotion on its Bridge AsiaRoam DataSIM cards for American Express ...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Optus announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 pricing

    UPDATE | Optus has today confirmed pricing for these two new BlackBerries -- the Bold 9900 (as noted below, the first BlackBerry in a classic fixed keyboard + screen form factor to have a touchscreen) will be available for nothing upfront on a $79 monthly plan. The Torch 9860 will cost nothing u...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

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