You can save big money by carpooling... but what about mobile data pooling?
The idea of pooling the data allowances of two or more mobile devices isn't new - Vodafone offered it on business plans last year, and we have previously noted that it was available on certain Optus plans - but it does make a lot of sense in some situations. If you have a phone and a tablet, you don't really want to worry about which you should use to watch cat videos to be sure you won't run out of data before the end of the month.
And in a business context, you'd rather not pay to top up Peter's account with an extra 1GB of data when Paul has more than a gig unused.
Optus now allows customers on the My Plan Business, My Plan Business Tech Fund, My Plan Business SIM and Mobile Broadband Business plans to pool the data allowances of multiple devices. Data pooling is also available with certain consumer plans from Optus.
There's no limit to the number of plans you can have on one account providing your credit is good enough.
One downside is that there doesn't seem to be a way of monitoring individual usage, only how quickly the pool is being drained.
If you do run out of data, there's an automatic top-up of 1GB for $10.
"We want customers to get the most out of their mobile and tablet plans. Sharing from one data pool means you only have one bill and keeping track of data usage is so much simpler," said Ben White, vice president of mobile marketing at Optus.
To encourage customers to add devices to a data pool, Optus currently offers $150 credit when a new iPhone or iPad is added to an account on a 24 month plan. Up to five devices can be added for a maximum credit of $750. This deal lasts until 5 October.