Optus offers prepaid BlackBerry deal, unlimited Internet

Optus launches BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone on prepaid mobile plan

Optus is the first telco in Australia to offer a BlackBerry smartphone on pre-paid mobile.

Optus is the first telco in Australia to offer a BlackBerry smartphone on pre-paid mobile.

Optus has become the first telco in Australia to release a BlackBerry smartphone on a prepaid mobile phone plan.

Previously only available on post-paid, BlackBerry-specific contract plans, Optus is now offering the entry-level BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone on a prepaid plan without a contract.

In addition to a $399 outright cost for the smartphone, consumers are required to connect to an Optus prepaid BlackBerry Turbo cap. Optus BlackBerry Turbo caps have recharges ranging from $30 to $100. A $30 recharge provides $150 worth of calls and text and $150 worth of credit for SMS or MMS messages to any other prepaid Optus mobile in Australia. Credit on Optus prepaid plans expires within 30 days.

Users who connect and activate an Optus Turbo prepaid plan will also receive free unlimited access to BlackBerry e-mail, instant messaging, social networking and Internet browsing for 12 months. After 12 months, standard mobile data rates will apply.

Data usage on Optus prepaid plans is charged in 60KB increments and costs a hefty $1.32 per 60KB. However, Optus spokesperson Siobhan Quinn confirmed that Optus will be releasing BlackBerry-specific data plans once the 12-month offer expires. "The 12-month free offer is an introductory offer, but Optus will be introducing specific data plans for BlackBerry prepaid mobile plans at a later date. Customers will then be able to switch to a new BlackBerry data pack at the end of the 12-month introductory offer," confirmed Quinn.

The unlimited Internet and BlackBerry e-mail access offer is only available only to new customers who activate the BlackBerry Curve 8520 with a BlackBerry Turbo cap, so you can't use a different BlackBerry with this offer.

"Research shows that our prepaid mobile customers are technology savvy and want the latest technology at their fingertips, so they are sure to be keen to connect to the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 on prepaid," said Consumer Marketing Director at Optus, Jim Jaques.

"With the increasing popularity of BlackBerry smartphones, we are focused on getting the latest handsets into our customers' hands. We have also tailored our pricing to suit their needs by including substantial data allowances so our customers can make the most of their BlackBerry smartphone and mobile Internet experience,” Jaques said.

The Optus Turbo BlackBerry prepaid plan does not require a contract to be signed, but the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is locked to the Optus network. A fee of $80 applies if you leave Optus for any reason within six months of your activation date, though if you have purchased $80 worth of credit no fee applies.

For more information, visit Optus' prepaid BlackBerry Web page.

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3 Comments

Anonymous

1

black berry 8520 curve review

i love you for posting this review, if i knew who you were i would give you money,you have convinced me to buy the phone :)

Marco Pollo

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I might mention that the service Optus provides is absolutely appalling, dont expect any better customer service (they tend to hang up when you ask to speak to a supervisor)!!

Optus overcharged me (by taking away all of my credit) and refusing to rein verse me for it. They fail to remember that it is easier to keep a customer than to find a new one... Well they have lost me as a customer and ill NEVER buy anything from them again! Companies should be thankful for our service and not screw us over in return, it’s your money!

Also Optus likes to have its call centers contact you trying to sell you more things that you don’t need, and if you get yourself into a contract good luck getting yourself out! Optus will try to sell you stuff but they wont do anything to fix your problems, They have called quite a few of my colleagues trying to sell them stuff and every time I jump on the phone and tell them not to call again.

If you are considering choosing Optus even after hearing this story try remembering the fact that Optus overcharges everybody on everything and then figure out how much that will cost you over the span of a year…

Also there are plenty of other reputable companies out there with deals that are just as good, if not better including: Virgin, Vodafone, and Three... So give Optus the flick and choose a good company.

P.S. Don’t be surprised if you have viewed this comment on another website.
I also personally feel that the only individuals that this comment will affect enough to earn a retaliatory response are Optus workers and share holders.

vanessa

3

I bought a blackberry curve 8520 in july 2010...i have put the mobile in to the provider OPTUS to be fixed as i thought it was the battery not working but i was told it is the LCD screen and i have to pay for the repair...spoke to someone in customer support at optus and they said its covered under warrenty..but im suppose to take the moby back to the store i purchased it from and they have to get it fixed for me not the provider OPTUS...all i want is for the blackberry to be fixed or replaced but either of these providers are willing to do it...to pay so much for a moby and then have to pay $200.00 for it to be fixed is out ragious...SO CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHO IS GOING TO FIX THE BLACKBERRY..OPTUS SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE whan their products are still in waranty!!!!!!!...can someone help me please....vanessa...
PS...the LCD is at no fault of mine...

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