The nation's number two telco Optus today said it would reduce its prepaid wireless
broadband quotas as of 24 November, saying the former quotas were
only an initial offer.
The quota for the $30 plan has been reduced to 1GB from 2GB,
that for the $40 plan to 2GB from 3GB, that of the $50 plan to 3GB
from 5GB, that of the $70 plan to 4GB from 6GB and that of the $100
plan to 6GB from 9GB.
The telco notified customers via its website of
the changes as of yesterday, but they will also be receiving texts,
a customer said, adding that the company will also be offering 15
per cent bonus data for those customers who recharge online.
The news came after Optus decided to suspend sales of Optus
Wireless Fusion from 10 September amongst speculation that the
company's mobile network had been overloaded. However, the two
events were not related, according to a company spokesperson.
"It's nothing to do with that," they said. "Literally, we
had some introductory offers."
Optus had said when it cancelled Fusion that it had acted "to
ensure we deliver an optimum experience to our customers using the
product", however rival Telstra subsequently stuck the boot in, claiming that Optus
hadn't invested adequately in its network.
"Consumers are hungry for a 3G experience but some carriers,
including SingTel Optus, operate partial 3G networks with vast
areas where the iPhone for example has been reduced to 2G speeds or
no coverage at all," Telstra's group managing director, public
policy and communications, David Quilty said in a statement at the
The speculation on Fusion came after Optus suffered major mobile outages, followed by reports of network stress,
especially around North Sydney, and the carrier being named as
having the slowest speeds for the iPhone worldwide in a Wired survey.