What Network Does Dodo Use


Dodo as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)

There are three major mobile networks in Australia – Telstra, Optus, and TPG Telecom (Vodafone). These telcos are Mobile Network Operators (MNO). If you purchase a mobile SIM plan from any other provider, they are simply reselling one (or more, in some cases) of the telcos’ network. Those other providers are referred to as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO).

In many cases, buying a phone plan from an MVNO is a great idea. These smaller telcos usually offer straightforward, cheap SIM plans that use one of the major networks. This means you’ll get a lot of value along with great coverage.

Dodo is one of the many MVNOs in Australia, and they offer postpaid SIM only plans at attractive price points. In this post, we’ll tell you all about Dodo’s network coverage and plans to help you decide if they are the right fit for your needs.

Dodo network coverage (Optus)

Before you commit to an MVNO, you should know about their network coverage. Dodo resells the Optus network, which is always a solid indicator of great coverage. 

The best part about a SIM plan from an MVNO which uses the Optus network, is that Optus allows MVNOs to resell their entire 4G/3G network – not just part of it. Compare this to MVNOs that use the Telstra wholesale network, which is only a part of Telstra’s 4G network and not all of it. 

If you’re not in an area with Optus 4G coverage, your Dodo plan will move to 3G to ensure you have a connection. When you return to a 4G area, your device will automatically switch to the 4G network.

If you’re still concerned about Dodo’s coverage in your are, check out their interactive mobile coverage map.

Optus coverage and speed

Because Dodo resells the entire Optus 4G/3G network, you’ll get the same coverage and speed as an Optus SIM plan. Optus 4G network covers 98.5 per cent of the Australian population, making it the second largest in the country behind Telstra. This means you’ll enjoy great coverage throughout the country on a Dodo plan.

Determining network speed is a different topic – it’s more complicated because speed can be affect by a number of factors, including the type of phone you use, as well as how strong your signal is wherever you are. However, on a great day, Optus 4G Plus customers have reported download speeds of up to 100Mbps. But remember a lot of factors can affect speed, so don’t go into a Dodo plan expecting a speed guarantee. 

Dodo SIM Only plans (offers and services)

Like many MVNOs, Dodo offer a small lineup of mobile SIM only plans. They offer Internett and energy services as well, but we’ll focus on their SIM only plans.

Here’s a look at what Dodo offers in mobile plan range:

  • 3 postpaid month-to-month SIM only plans with no lock-in contract. 
  • Using the Optus 4G network with, covering 98.5 per cent of the population.
  • Plan’s range from $10 to $30 ($5 to $15 with current promo ending 31 March, which slashes prices in half for the first 2 months).
  • Plan’s include 2GB to 40GB of data.
  • All plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS.
  • The 2 larger plans include 100 to 200 minutes for International calls to selected countries.
  • Additional data add-on costs $5 for 1GB.

Dodo offers a lot of promo deals frequently, making their already cheap plans even cheaper. They’ve been around since 2001, but were acquired by M2 in 2013. After Vocus Group merged with M2 in 2016, Dodo became a Vocus subsidiary. These decades of existence in the telco space makes Dodo a tested and trusted MVNO. Add to that their value-driven plans and great coverage on the Optus network, and Dodo might be worth a look.


Dodo are a tried and tested phone company – one which has been around for some time now. There are so, so many phone companies and brands out there competing for your attention, lots just on the Optus network alone – that it’s really familiar brands to which consumers gravitate. Dodo is one of those brands. Their defunct bird cartoon charachter squalking prices at you through your TV has been part of Australian culture for 20 years now. You’ll see Dodo’s plans listed on our site. Compare and buy today.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.