Optus has unveiled a radically different prepaid pricing, which charges users a flat rate of either $1, $2 or $3 a day for mobile use.
Like all prepaid plans, you choose your Dollar Day level from the outset and recharge your account with a voucher ranging from $10 to $100. The recharge structure remains exactly the same as it has been, with the same expiry periods associated with the different recharge levels.
If you choose the $1 deal your account is debited $1 when you make your first call or send a message each day. If you begin using a service outside of your rate plan, ie, calling a non-Optus mobile on an $1 plan, you are automatically debited an extra dollar and sent an SMS confirmation of this transaction.
At midnight each day all plans reset and you revert back to your original plan, either $1, $2 or $3.
Optus tells us that customers will be free to switch between the Dollar Day plans to suit their needs. Customers who choose the $3 per day plan and who use their phone everyday between Monday and Friday will get free unlimited access to calls and data for both Saturday and Sunday.
The three-tier pricing is pretty straight forward. $1 gets you unlimited calls to all Aussie landlines and Optus mobile numbers until midnight the next day, plus unlimited use of Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Foursquare, MySpace and LinkedIn. If you want to call a non-Optus mobile, you add a dollar that day and add unlimited calls to all mobiles to your service for the rest of the day. If you want to browse the web outside of the sites listed above, you add another dollar and get unlimited web browsing until the day is over.
No, unless you use your phone to make a call, send a message or browse the web, you don't pay anything that day. Even if someone calls and leaves you voicemail, you can retrieve that message without a charge debiting your account.
If your first call of the day occurs at 11pm then expect to pay your $1 or $2 for that call (depending on whose number you dial). All Dollar Days occur between 12am and 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (that's Sydney time, not your crazy Western Australian time).