At this stage, we know that Telstra, Vodafone and Optus are going to be selling the iPhone from July 11. Optus sent an email to those of us who registered interest on their site, and provided links to the suggested pricing structure. It looks pretty good initially until you start considering what you are really getting. Call costs don’t seem to differ vastly from standard optus plans, but there are much larger data allowances. Then, you look at the T&C, and you find the following clause:
The ‘yes’ iPhone Cap Plans also includes a specified amount of included data value per month to access services on Optus iZoo, as well as browsing the Internet from your mobile, depending upon which rate plan you choose. If you exceed your plan’s included monthly data allowance, excess usage charges will be charged at $0.35 per MB or part thereof. Any unused data allowance cannot be rolled over. Your data allowance does not include services such as Voice calls, Voice Mail, International SMS, premium and Third Party SMS, Optus iZoo and Third Party content and applications, 1300, 1900 and VPN data usage. If you are able to access such services, your use of such services will be charged at prevailing rates.
The first bolded section seems to suggest you can do whatever you want with it. The second bolded section is basically saying “dont bother trying to do Skype or other VoIP” and in fact dont bother doing anything outside Optus Zoo. IF you do, you are going to be hit with a massive charge.. 35c per Mb or part thereof. The potential here for Optus to make a killing and send people broke in very short order, is huge.
Since Optus Zoo is probably one of the most useless sites I have ever had the misfortune to access (alongside Vodafone Live and Virgin’s in-house effort) this is not really a massive inducement for me to switch from my current Telstra prepaid and Browseplus pack, with which, at least, I can do whatever I want.
So, basically, until or unless the apparent conflict is resolved, I will not be getting a 3G iPhone from Optus. I’ll make do with what I have already. I’ll also be recommending to friends not to get it either at this stage.