It seems like there’s always something new on the market for mobile phone users looking for a solid prepaid or contract-free plan. You’re spoilt for choice with the market as competitive as it is these days. In other words, there’s never been a better time to own your own phone – so you can pick and choose from some of the best deals around. You can even switch from one provider to another without penalty. No better time to experience what OVO and amaysim have to offer.
OVO is a relatively new arrival on the mobile scene, having quietly come into existence with little fanfare last year. However, they’ve quickly been gaining attention thanks to their bold, clutter-free marketing; as well as their unusual approach to perks attached to their mobile plans.
amaysim, meanwhile, are relative veterans of the field, with nearly seven years of experience on the market. During this time, the company grew impressively. They continue to compete fiercely in a high-value market that they used to have pretty much to themselves not so long ago.
What we’re looking for from each of these providers? Contract-free mobile plans (either prepaid or postpaid) that give you unlimited calls, texts and MMS messages within Australia – and then pile the extras on top of that base as the differentiator. It’s amazing to think that, only a few short years ago, a mobile plan with unlimited calls was a rare beast. Nowadays, it’s the de facto standard when it comes to low cost, high-value plans. And there’s no reason to settle for anything less, even if you don’t think you make all that many calls. Simply not having the need to worry about call or text limits is worth it, regardless of your usage.
Both these providers operate on the Optus 4G Plus network, so coverage will be near-identical. The real contest here is in the extras – primarily, the mobile data allowance that your money buys you. You’ll be surprised just how much you can get for not very much money each month! Let’s find out which one is right for you – amaysim or OVO?
The fresh new upstart company in our face-off, OVO hasn’t been around for very long, but they’ve been making their presence felt in a few ways – not least of which is their unique selling point. All OVO mobile plans come with access to an in-house streaming service named OVOPlay. All OVO Mobile clients can use it for free, without impacting their data limit.
So what does OVOPlay actually offer you? Well, it’s a service that’s still expanding, but at the moment it’s primarily sport-based content, with access to motorsports, in particular, being a key feature. Formula Drift, World Superbikes, and 400 Thunder drag racing are all here, so if you’re a petrolhead you’ll be in absolute heaven. Fans of more sedate sport get access to Australian Gymnastics events; while for some music and talk on the go, OVOPlay added a set of radio stations, including Triple M and The Hit Network.
Along with that unique freebie inclusion, all OVO customers get access to a free Family Zone account, which lets parents manage their kids’ devices down to a fine level of control. OVO also offers a plan specifically designed for kids to complement that, modestly priced at $9.95 for 30 days.
For the grown-ups, though, it’s unlimited calls and texts we’re after. And OVO delivers that with four plans, priced at $19.95, $29.95, $34.95, and $49.95 per 30 days, which offer data limits of 2GB, 6GB, 15GB, and 20GB, respectively. It’s the 15GB plan where the real value is and this even includes 300 international minutes to 32 countries. That’s a great score for a new company and shows they’re serious about offering genuine value. With this, it’s not surprising OVO keeps bagging the WhatPhone award for Best Plans with entertainment.
Data plans for tablet users come in four different tiers, ranging from $19.95 to $49.95 per 30 days, and offering between 5GB and 50GB of data. That $49.95 50GB plan and its smaller sibling (15GB for $39.95) are largely designed, we suspect, for those using their data SIM in a mobile modem/router as a primary source of internet – it’s a lot of data just for tablet use! There’s even a data plan that can last up to 365 days with 15GB of data for $99.95. While most are data hungry, it’s still best to be given the option to make it last.
OVO also offers mobile broadband options perfect for customers looking for a reliable alternative to fixed internet. Data inclusions vary from 50GB to a whopping 250GB costing between $49.95 and $119.95 per month. Watch out for offers happening often with OVO to secure these deals at cheaper rates.
The company that broke new ground way back in 2010 with its ultra-cheap call and text rates – and then pioneered unlimited plans the following year – is very much still in the game. It offers four Unlimited mobile plans, starting at $20 per month. Though, in amaysim’s world, a month means 28 rather than 30 days.
That base $20 plan gives you 2.5GB of data versus the OVO equivalent 2GB – which may or may not matter to you. After all, if you’re a light data user and are happy with a modest data limit, chances are you’re not going to miss that 500MB. The next plan, on the other hand, can be a game-changer. For $30/28 days, amaysim offers 10GB while OVO’s equivalent plan at $29.95 only includes 6GB — that 4GB difference is sure a huge one. Nonetheless, both plans include international calls but between OVO’s 50 international minutes and amaysim’s unlimited calls to 10 countries, the latter’s plan is where true value lies if you’re a frequent international caller.
With amaysim’s revamped mobile plans, you can only expect bigger data, which matters a great deal. The next plan up, at $40, gives you 20GB. But step up to the $50 plan and it’s a different story. A whopping 40GB of data comes with this plan, and it’s easily the best value here – going toe to toe with OVO’s $49.95 plan with amaysim delivering data twice as big as OVO’s 20GB. The difference in data inclusions means everything for customers who always prefer to never worry about running out. Plus the additional 300 minutes (five hours) of international calls to 22 more countries, in addition to the ten unlimited ones, further sweetens the deal.
For those after a data SIM, amaysim’s got six options, all of them aimed squarely at portable device users. A very affordable $15 will get your device on the air with 2GB of data. If you want way more than that, the largest data plan gets you 150GB at $90/28 days. It’s pretty good but OVO’s 250GB plan, now discounted at $99.95, gets you 100GB more data. You just need to add less than $10 every month.
One other caveat, by the way: amaysim lets you sign up either as prepaid or postpaid. And if you choose the latter option, you will have to pay for any data you use over your chosen limit, to the tune of $10 per GB. Those on amaysim prepaid plans can top up their data manually, or just wait out the rest of the month if they don’t want to spend any more.
There’s value aplenty here, and for many, the choice is going to come down to one thing – do you need international calls? If you do, there’s no question which one to pick. amaysim’s international call inclusions are amazing value for telephone globetrotters, while OVO’s international calls only go from 50 to 500 minutes.
What OVO does include, though, is a free streaming service that’ll appeal to a great many sports lovers, free cybersecurity and a slight edge in the data department. Or, if we’re talking pure data plans, a really BIG edge!
With no lock-in contracts to bind you to either, you’re perfectly safe trying out both before making up your own mind. But the value on offer here is so good you’re probably going to be delighted with whichever one you decide to go with.