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When it comes to getting the biggest bang for your buck from a mobile plan, you want the most flexibility you can possibly get. And that’s going to mean avoiding contract plans if possible. There’s great value to be had on contract plans, to be sure, but the extended lock-in period that they tie you to comes at a cost. The last thing you want to do when trying to get the best possible value is shut yourself off from the market for 12 months or longer. So comparing the no-contract amaysim with Telstra is an odd match-up, right? Let’s take a look.

Well, the comparison isn’t as odd as you might think. While Telstra’s most prominent plans are offered on a contract (12 months for BYO or 24 months when buying a phone) they do offer both month-to-month and prepaid plans. But can those plans lay down a challenge to amaysim’s simple, straightforward no-contract options? Read on to find out!

Telstra

The one thing Telstra mobile plans bring to the party that is genuinely hard to beat is the Telstra mobile network itself. Built up over decades and covering more of the country than any other network, it’s constantly being enhanced by the latest tech. It gives owners of recent smartphones and tablets blisteringly fast download speeds, and part of the way it does that is by using a wide range of mobile frequencies – some of which are only available to native Telstra users. In other words, you’re getting what’s arguably the best mobile network in Australia from the moment you sign up. But rival networks are not far behind, and for many people things like download speeds might not be top of the list when shopping for a mobile plan. So how do Telstra mobile deals stack up for raw value?

You’ll be looking at one of two options here – either prepaid or month-to-month postpaid. In the prepaid department Telstra’s been making some competitive moves in recent times, and their Prepaid Plus plans are where the value’s at. You get unlimited calls, text and MMS on the $40 and $50 plans, along with unlimited international calls to a range of ten international countries. $40 gets you 3GB of data while $50 gets you 4GB – plenty for the average user. Plus, Telstra regularly runs bonus offers to give prepaid users even more data. Prepaid Plus plans also have data rollover, so any unused data for the month is automatically added to your next month’s allowance.

Going with month-to-month it’s a case of more data, less calls – you get 5GB of data at the $50 price point, but calls are limited to “$1000 worth” (about 16 hours). To get unlimited calls you’ll need to spend $70, which also adds 10-country international calls to the deal.

All Telstra plans, prepaid or postpaid, come with a range of extras including free access to the AFL and NRL streaming apps, free Apple Music subscription, 200GB OneDrive storage and more.

amaysim

There’s no doubt about it – if it’s raw data limit you want then amaysim’s the place to go. While Telstra’s prepaid plans will give you 3GB for $40, for the same price on amaysim you can have 7GB of fast 4G data on the Optus 4G Plus network to play with. Meanwhile, at the $50 price point you get 9GB. If 3GB is plenty of data for you, then you can save money here – amaysim will give you 3GB for $30.

Of course, that’s not taking into account any Telstra deals that may be active at the time. amaysim tends to avoid bonus data offers, so what you see at each price point is what you get. Be sure to pick the right data limit for your needs, though. If you go over your limit it’ll cost you to the tune of $10 per GB. That’s a thing because amaysim plans, while free from contracts, are all postpaid. So, any extra charges you incur during the month get automatically added to your bill. The same caveat applies to Telstra’s month-to-month plans, by the way, at the same price – only prepaid plans are free from that potential pitfall.

amaysim’s plans all come with unlimited talk, text and MMS within Australia, as well as unlimited international calls to ten major countries. These call inclusions are available even on the cheapest amaysim plan, which costs $24.90 but only comes with 1.5GB of data.

The verdict

Whether you feel it’s worth choosing amaysim or Telstra is going to come down to the basics – the data allowance and the networks themselves. With Telstra you’re getting access to the best mobile network in the country direct from the source. However, you’ll pay for it with lower data limits and, if you go month-to-month, lack of unlimited calls as well.

Amaysim, on the other hand, gives you a no-worries unlimited-everything call and text allowance. Plus some very generous data limits at the various price points. Moreover, the Optus 4G Plus network is no slouch when it comes to data speeds, either.

Ultimately, if network performance is your main priority, go with Telstra. But if you want great value across the board, amaysim’s the one to be looking at.

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