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Carroll83
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Question in regards to an old phone bought on an Optus Post Paid plan

I'm still on a Post Paid plan and currently on my 3rd handset.
Is my previous phone which is obviously all paid off locked to the Optus network? Instead of it sitting in a draw am I able to give it to my fathe to use with a cheap plan from another company?
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Casey_YC
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Re: Question in regards to an old phone bought on an Optus Post Paid plan

Hi there, @Carroll83


Thanks for your question! 


Generally speaking, the phones locked to the network are our prepaid handsets. As you mentioned this device was previously on a post paid plan, it should be an unlocked handset. 


That said, some earlier model iPhones sometimes need an unlock process followed in order to be used with a different network SIM. 


Our How to Unlock Your Prepaid Mobile Phone or Device page will give you some extra details, should you need it. 


I know this was a postpaid phone, but the page will assist should you need to double check any details. 

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petergdownload
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Re: Question in regards to an old phone bought on an Optus Post Paid plan

Should be completely unlocked. Just stick anyone else's SIM in it and you should be able to confirm you can make calls etc.

FWIW Post paid plans with paying off the phone are generally the most expensive way to do mobiles long term. If you have a phone paid off and possibly don't need more than 10-20Gb of data a month then you can get a prepaid SIM that only costs under $20 a month. Use the money you are saving to put aside and buy a new phone outright down the track (these days you save nothing on the phone cost and only pay top dollar for the required data plans)
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