We live in a world where we spend as much time with our smartphones browsing web sites and using apps as we do calling and texting. Hence, a decent-sized monthly data allowance has become all-important for many of us. Unlimited voice calls and text messages are almost by default with even the most budget-priced mobile plans these days. It’s the data allowance that makes the big difference – how much can you get without spending a fortune? The answer is – if you pick the right provider – a hell of a lot. For instance, OVO and Vaya both offer amazing plans with great value.
Vaya has been a mainstay of the budget mobile world for a long time. They were recently purchased by the fast-growing amaysim, but they’re still giving customers massive value. Though, if you want a truly hefty data limit you’re going to have to spend a little more.
OVO, meanwhile, is relatively new to the mobile world. And alongside a focus on data allowances, they’ve got a unique bonus to offer their customers. So which is these two is the better bet for your call, text and data needs – OVO or Vaya? With both providers using the Optus 4G Plus network as their backbone, it’s going to come down to price and features.
With a low-usage budget plan aimed at kids, OVO starts to get serious only at the $19.95 level. This price buys you 30 days of unlimited calls and text and a modest 2GB of data. That sounds small, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the vast majority of people will never actually chew through 2GB in the space of a month. That’s thanks to the smaller data usage of mobile sites and apps as well as the ever-present Wi-Fi connections that we tend to use a great deal of the time.
If you’re serious about data, though, OVO has you covered with three generously-proportioned plans. At $29.95 you get a reliable 6GB of data to play with – an unusually huge limit for the price. What comes next is the $34.95 plan with a massive 15GB.
Another 15 dollars gets you even more, with the $49.95 20GB plan giving you enough data to do pretty much anything you want. Of course, outside of data-intensive things like video streaming – but even doing that, you’ve got a lot of room to move with one of the largest data allowances for the price.
OVO’s got another trick up its sleeve, too, in the form of OVOPlay. This is a video streaming service exclusive to OVO customers, who can stream as much as they like data free. OVOPlay’s video content features sport heavily – particularly motorsports, with Formula Drift and World Superbikes on the menu alongside gymnastics, with more to be added in the future. They’ve also started adding radio stations to the service so you can catch all the news, talk and music on your commute.
Speaking of Money Magazine award winners, veteran provider Vaya has been winning awards from them for years. It’s easy to see why, too – Vaya’s plan prices are astonishingly cheap, even in today’s massively competitive mobile market.
Vaya’s mobile deals are legendary by now, with the cost of entry a mere $16; that’ll buy you a month of unlimited talk and text with 1.5GB of data. There’s no question – if you’re mainly looking to make calls and send texts, you won’t find a better offer.
If you want more breathing room with data, though, you’ll need to spend a little more. So for $24 you get 3GB, $36 gets you 10GB and at $44 you hit that magic 13GB. You’ll get $2 off the plan fees if you sign up for six months. Also, bear in mind that as a postpaid provider, Vaya will bill you if you go over your data cap to the tune of $10 per GB (even if you only use a fraction of that extra GB).
If a sizeable data limit is important to you, OVO’s data inclusions pack more value. But if you’re looking for a cheap way to talk and text – and can make sure you don’t overdo it with the data – Vaya mobile plans are pretty unbeatable for value. Neither provider requires a contract of any kind, so you’re free to go elsewhere if you’re not happy. But at prices like this, it’ll likely be hard to stop smiling when you think about all the money you’re not spending!