Optus, Telstra and Vodafone release portability offers

The three main mobile carriers have released offers to tempt subscribers across from their rivals on the eve of number portability in Australia.

Optus is offering ‘No Risk Switch', the chance to switch to Optus for a minimum of 10 days and disconnection without penalty after that time. Should you decide that Optus is not the one for you, you will have to pay for calls made and the access fee for the duration of the connection. Any new handset and SIM card purchased under the deal will also have to be returned.

The offer is available to new business and residential GSM customers taking up the following: Rollover Plans, Tailored Plans, Business Plans, or BYO plans. The offer is not available for users who want to switch to the pre-paid system, CDMA network or satellite network. This offer is valid until December 31, 2001.

Telstra is offering four months free access to customers who bring their own handset to the network and sign up for 18 months. In the first two months, the 7th month free and the 13th month the access fee will be credited back. Those who want to disconnect within in the first 12 months may be charged a $110 disconnection fee. If you cancel the service between the 12th and the 18th months, you will be required to pay the fee for up to three of those months where the access was free.

Vodafone subscribers connecting to a BYO Value plan $25 or more with an existing handset will receive one month's free access.

‘Mates Rates' network specials will also apply – call a nominated number on the Vodafone network within Australia and talk for free for the first five minutes during peak times.

Click here to browse each service providers current plans and offers.

See InfoChoice's Guide to number portability