Choosing a mobile provider used to be a fairly dull, mundane process. You’d spend your time looking over tables of monthly costs and call inclusions and try to match that with your desired data limit, all while staying within your budget. That was basically it. You’d likely also have to agree to stay with your chosen provider for an extended period, making the choice even more daunting. But times have changed – a lot! Both major companies and third-party providers that leverage their networks offer plans with plenty of value and tasty extras that give you almost unlimited options. Today we look at Boost and OVO, two telcos that know how to keep users happy.
Directing themselves firmly at the younger, more socially active sector of the market, OVO and Boost have one point of difference. While Boost has been around as a brand for many years (and has now clocked up several years as a provider on the Telstra network), OVO is a relative newcomer. Having a fresh competition in the market is always a good thing. Plus, OVO seems determined to make a splash in an environment so crowded it’s hard for any new mobile providers to strive. Both providers are completely contract-free, which is becoming the new normal. After all, we live in a world where we’re used to services like Netflix or Spotify. They don’t require signing on the dotted line.
So if you’re looking for more bang for your buck from a mobile provider, which one’s right for you – OVO or Boost? Let’s have a look at what each has to offer you.
A fresh face on the scene with almost three years under its belt, newcomer OVO Mobile firmly states up front that they’re “all about the data.” Every plan on offer advertises heavily on the data inclusion rather than calls and texts. Which is important we specify are unlimited on all but the kids plans.
Operating on the Optus 4G Plus network, OVO phone plans promise full 4G coverage and provide a hefty chunk of data to make use of it (on the higher plans, at least). There are five to choose from, offering 1GB, 2GB, 6GB, 15GB, and 20GB on the $9.95, $19.95, $29.95, $34.95 and $49.95 plans, respectively. In value terms, we like the middle of those plans, with a very comfortable 6GB per 30 days paired with unlimited everything else plus 50 international minutes to 32 countries.
If you just need a data SIM for your tablet, then OVO – unlike Boost – can help with that, too. They offer data-only plans with 5GB for $19.95, 15GB costing $39.95, 50GB for $49.95 or even a 15GB data plan that can last up to 365 days for $99.95. OVO Mobile also offers larger mobile broadband plans, ideal if you’re looking for a portable alternative to fixed internet. Plans vary from 50GB to 250GB data with prices going between $49.95 and $119.95 per month.
Free with every OVO plan is OVOPlay, a unique streaming service that customers can watch to their heart’s content without affecting their data limit. It’s a sports-oriented service that offers things like Formula Drift, Superbikes, drag racing and even gymnastics, with more to come. As a value-added free service, it’s an extremely nice bonus on top of some plans that are already superb value.
Moving over to the acclaimed Telstra network a few years ago, Boost Mobile has access to arguably the best voice and data coverage in Australia. Moreover, it’s one of only a handful of third-party providers that does. Boost Mobile plans, ranging from $10 to $50, all include unlimited calls and text. If your primary goal is to make calls and text your friends, you’re good to go without limits no matter which plan you pick. However, the bottom-end $10 plan is on a 7-day expiry rather than the 28 days of the other plans. Thus, it’s more useful for tourists or other temporary users.
The remaining $20, $30, $40, and $50, which are all prepaid plans, provide base data of 3GB, 6GB, 15GB, and 30GB, respectively. Every after 28 days you’ll need to choose from any of Boost’s Anytime Plus recharge with $30 and above recharges adding the data rollover feature, as well as unlimited international calls to 10 countries for the $30 recharge and 15 countries for the $40 and $50 recharges.
An added plus for iPhone users is that all Boost plans offer unlimited streaming of Apple Music without impacting your data limit. No more having to pre-download songs before you go out!
So, in the battle of OVO vs Boost, which comes out ahead? Well, if hefty data limits are important to you but you want to be able to use it whenever you like, OVO mobile plans have the edge. They also present a slight price advantage and give you a unique sports streaming service at no extra cost, which will hugely appeal to motorsports fans in particular. OVO also offers compelling, high-value data plans for tablet users.
On the other hand, Boost’s top-end mobile plans provide data rollover while any unused data with OVO expires every 30 days. Plus, Boost gets you unlimited international calls while international calls with OVO is limited to only 50, 300, or 500 minutes, depending on the plan you choose. It’s got the Telstra network powering it behind the scenes, too, which will be a big draw for some people. If you’re a frequent international caller, Boost deals may be the superior choice for you.
Regardless of which one you pick, you’ll be getting incredible value. And without any form of contract. If you don’t like what you get when you try one out, you’re free to leave. The power is in your hands!