Review of OVO Mobile phone plans

Never before has there been such huge competition in the SIM-only mobile plan market. The providers today are jostling for a slice of the pie, and are offering increasing data, text and call inclusions to catch your eye. The newest kid on the block is OVO Mobile, offering lots for your pennies.

‘Oh-Vee-Oh’ or ‘Oh-Vo’ – however your pronounce it, is an attractive new carrier offering great bang for buck on the prepaid mobile platform. Prepaid is great for recharging on the go and when you want. OVO Mobile also uses the Optus 4G Network, so you know you’re getting good coverage. However, what can be said for their mobile plans? Get the skinny by reading the OVO Mobile review by Canstar Blue.

What’s included in OVO Mobile plans?

OVO Mobile has three bring your own mobile plans at three distinct points in the market. Let’s get a quick rundown of them below:

Price Per Month What’s included?
$24.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 2GB data
$34.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data
$44.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 12GB

Source: OVO Mobile

$24.95 Plan

For less than $25, OVO Mobile have crammed a lot into this good-value, no-frills plan. You won’t be blindsided by gimmicky bonuses or confusing discounts here – what you see is what you get. This plan is like a good old trusty ute – it will do everything you need to get done. 2GB of data at this price point is a great inclusion, but stay tuned to find out if you could get more for your money when we compare this offer to other plans out there.

$34.95 Plan

For merely a tenner more, OVO Mobile has upped the ante with the data inclusions. At this price, 8GB of data is an outstanding inclusion, and will get you through even the dreariest of rainy days on the way to and from work or school. Put your headphones in on the train, and forget the person next to you stinks and is munching loudly on chips. You’ve got 8GB of data at your disposal for social media and cat videos, so you’re clearly winning.

$44.95 Plan

For another blue note, this plan steps it up yet again with 12GB of included data. As far as we’re concerned, this is great value and the sky is pretty much the limit with how much browsing you can do with 12GB. At under $50, this plan includes a lot.

What else is included in OVO Mobile plans?

As the competition is so great in the Aussie mobile plan market, providers are not just settling on calls, texts and data anymore. OVO Mobile is one of those providers who aren’t settling. With the three plans mentioned earlier, you’ll also get:

  • Unlimited OVOTime: This means that you can stream unlimited amounts of sport from OVO’s partners. Currently this extends to V8 Supercars, Audi Sport Customer Racing and Gymnastics Australia. Motorsport season is upon us, so if you’re a revhead then you might seriously get a kick from OVO.
  • An Australian call centre. This way you can get your queries sorted faster, with better peace of mind.

The inclusion of these unlimited sports streams is seriously an enticing offer – especially if you’re a motorsports enthusiast. OVO Mobile is also expanding, so you may see the range of partners extend over time.

How does OVO Mobile compare to other providers?

Many of us get anxious about jumping ship to another telco. “I’ve been with XYZ Mobile for 10 years – why should I change now?” you might ask. As the competition expands, so too does the need to shop around to save dollars and get more mileage out of your mobile. OVO Mobile has packed a lot into their plans, but how do they compare to other prepaid telcos? Let’s find out.

$24.95 Plan compared

OVO’s most basic plan includes a fair amount, and it compares well against the competition. In this case, OVO competes with Coles Mobile, ALDI Mobile and Lebara Mobile. Here, OVO sits well, but for $5 more per month with Lebara you can more than double your data.

$34.95 Plan compared

As we approach the mid-range market, the competition is blown open and there are a lot more providers vying for your dollars. OVO Mobile in this bracket competes primarily with TPG, ALDI Mobile and Kogan Mobile. OVO works out to be the best value here, with the most data for the cheapest price. However, ALDI offers international call minutes as well as the ability to rollover your data, which may or may not be important to you. TPG slugs you with a $10 setup fee, but the first month is free, so there’s a little bit of ‘this’ and a little bit of ‘that’. Take your pick.

$44.95 Plan compared

At this mid-high end of the market, part with around $45-$50 and you should expect to see 10GB of data in your inclusions. OVO goes one better – well two better – and offers 12GB. Here, OVO competes again with TPG, Kogan and now Yomojo. They are all great value, but OVO has to take the cake here with the best data inclusion for the best price. Moreover, there are no pesky setup fees or confusing bonuses.

Is OVO Mobile good value?

With a concise offering of three prepaid plans, OVO Mobile can certainly be praised for offering easy to understand deals with no strings attached. Prepaid seems to be where the best value and terms can be had (i.e. no lock-in contracts and flexibility) and OVO seems well-placed to succeed. They compete with a suite of low-cost providers, and hold themselves extremely well against some fierce competition. With OVO Mobile, there are no confusing bonuses, pesky setup fees or tricky terms and conditions – just a lot of data for good value.

Further, limitless data for sports streaming is usually only reserved for the big telcos. OVO has put a very nice cherry on top with unlimited OVOPlay with their partners. If you’re into motorsports or gymnastics, then you’ve probably already heard of OVO Mobile, but if not, then they could be the provider for you. Seriously, unlimited streaming of the Supercars?! What more could you want this summer? For many people, OVO Mobile could be their new favourite provider.

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