If one thing’s certain, it’s that nobody likes limits on anything they consume. And yet, for the most part, that’s exactly what we have to live with. Our power, water, gas and petrol all cost us depending on how much we use. Plus, there’s always that niggling feeling that we should be using less to save money. That’s how it used to be with mobile phone plans as well. Thankfully, it’s no longer the case. Both Boost and amaysim have some amazing offers at the moment.
Up until a short few years ago, using your mobile to make calls was something you only did when a landline wasn’t handy. The mobile calls were timed, expensive and bound by a limit. If you went over it, you had to pay serious cash. Gradually, mobile providers introduced “cap” plans to ease the worry a bit. However, it’s only recently that we’ve seen a real move towards unlimited mobile plans.
Now, you can do away with the home phone completely. It’s convenient to just use your mobile, with a monthly plan fee covering all of your calls. Whether to landlines, mobiles or even international numbers if that’s what your heart desires. And the best part? You can get this for little more than it used to cost for the rental on a landline phone. Plus if you pick the right provider and plan, you can get some tasty bonuses thrown in as well.
Two providers that helped pioneer the unlimited plan are amaysim and Boost. Both are no-contract, prepaid providers. They each utilise different networks and offer different features, true. But they have one thing in common – every plan they offer will give you unlimited calls, texts, and MMS within Australia.
That leaves the real difference between these providers down to three things. We’re talking about the network they run on, the extra features they offer, and the amount of data you get. It’s worth noting that if mobile data is something you use only sparingly – just checking websites and Facebook, for example – you can opt for the cheapest plans with either of these providers. You’ll still get a no-holds-barred unlimited phone line for very little money per month. Most of the stuff we pay for has gotten more expensive, but unlimited phone services have never been more affordable.
With unlimited as their strongest suit, Boost Mobile has been around for many years, but it’s only relatively recently that they’ve hopped over to the Telstra mobile network. That means their customers enjoy all the coverage benefits the move brings. With Boost, anyone looking for unlimited calls and text can get both for as little as $30 for 28 days. That plan comes with 6GB of data as standard and unlimited international calls to 10 countries.
For an extra 10 bucks, the $40 plan brings the base data limit to 15GB. It also throws in unlimited international calls to 15 major countries (including the UK, USA, China and more). If you need to call friends or family overseas, that’s the plan for you. Otherwise, the $30 plan is perfect for easy, hassle-free unlimited calling and texting with plenty of data to keep you going.
Recently, though, Boost has stepped up in terms of their plans’ international calling features, offering unlimited calls to 10-15 countries included in their $30, $40, and $50 recharges. Right now, Boost also has an added bonus if you purchase any of their higher Anytime Plus recharges — 100 additional international minutes to 35 or 40 countries, depending on your recharge, and 100 texts to 50 international destinations.
Thus, if texting and calling both in Australia and overseas is what you’re after, Boost conveniently delivers. To top it off, Boost also provides music streaming via Apple Music data-free! You only need active recharges to take advantage of this offering.
Another veteran company that’s still rated highly by customers and industry alike, amaysim runs their service on the Optus 4G Plus network. The telco focuses heavily on the international calls angle. All of their prepaid plans except for the cheapest $20 plan offer unlimited calls to ten major countries.
At the $30 level, amaysim will give you 10GB of data, higher than what Boost offers at that price point. But while Boost sweetens the deal with data rollover to use on your next recharge, almost all of amaysim phone plans have free international calls bundled in. Plus calls to 13 and 18 numbers, and even voicemail are included.
amaysim’s higher plans also beat out Boost in data allowance inclusions. While both of the telcos have the $30, $40, and $50 plans packed with unlimited calls in Australia and to selected international destinations, the former delivers higher data allocations with 10, 20, and 40GB, respectively, compared to Boost’s 6, 15, and 30GB.
Both Boost and amaysim are companies with years of experience in customer service and the industry as a whole. Moreover, both offer a choice of the two biggest mobile networks in the country as the backbone for your mobile service. The pricing is similar, but it’s the data extras that will probably sway you one way or the other.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll be paying less for unlimited calls than people with landlines did two decades ago. We’d call that a win for progress!