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Amaysim ditches PAYG roaming for cheaper, simpler travel packs

Popular SIM-only provider Amaysim is taking the stress out of jet-setting, this week launching a range of flexible international roaming add-ons that start at just $20.

Previously, Amaysim users needed to seek out travel SIMs when heading overseas, or be forced to use expensive pay-as-you-go roaming. But with global travel now back in full force, Amaysim’s new roaming packages allow customers to mix and match their talk, text and data needs, without needing to swap SIMs or change to an international phone number.

Amaysim roaming packs: what’s new

Amaysim’s travel options include four new roaming packs, which are compatible with all of the telco’s prepaid SIM plans. Customers can pick from a $20 talk and text option, a $50 data-only add-on, or two ‘full service’ packs with calls, SMS and data allowances.

Amaysim’s international roaming packs include:

Small Talk  The Works Just Gigs The Epic
  • $20 price
  • 365-day expiry
  • 100 minutes of calls (incoming and outgoing)
  • 100 texts
  • $25 price
  • 365-day expiry
  • 1GB of data
  • 50 minutes of calls (incoming and outgoing)
  • 50 texts
  • $50 price
  • 365-day expiry
  • 5GB of data
  • $70 price
  • 365-day expiry
  • 5GB of data
  • 100 minutes of calls (incoming and outgoing)
  • 100 texts

The new packages will cover Australians in over 90 destinations, including Canada, China, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. A full list of eligible roaming countries is available on the Amaysim website, or through the Amaysim app.

All four roaming packs come with a 365-day expiry, and any unused call minutes, texts and gigabytes can be rolled over for later use at any time during that one-year expiry term. So you can use the same pack on more than one trip, and through multiple countries.

Customers are able to mix, match and stack multiple packs, without losing the inclusions of previously-purchased add-ons. So you can buy a $70 Epic pack, and add the $50 Just Gigs option on top, giving you a combined 10GB of data. Your rolled-over inclusions will also extend through to the expiry period of your most recently-added pack, so you’ll have more time to use previously-purchased talk, text and data.

Amaysim’s Senior Director, Sales & Marketing and CMO, Lisa Vitaris, said that offering customers value even when travelling internationally was a key driver to for the telco when designing the new roaming packs.

“In the same vein as our unlimited data banking, we don’t want our customers to lose what they don’t use, which is why we’ve extended the expiry to 365 days,” said Ms Vitaris.

“This allows customers to use their inclusions over multiple trips. They can also stack their packs and extend their expiry.”

Amaysim customers can add international roaming to their plan at any time from the Amaysim app – all you’ll need is the app itself and a current Amaysim SIM plan. You’ll also be able to track your usage from within the app, so you won’t be left unexpectedly unconnected.

Amaysim SIM plans compared

If you’re considering Amaysim, the telco offers a range of low-cost prepaid plans, with coverage on the Optus 3G, 4G and 5G networks. Standard plans come with a 28-day expiry, although six and 12-month options are also available.

All Amaysim plans include unlimited standard national talk and text in Australia, with plans of $30 or more also featuring unlimited standard talk and text to up to 42 selected countries. Plans also include unlimited data banking for as long as your plan is active, so you can roll over unused gigabytes each recharge with no expiry.

While 28-day and long expiry plans are BYO phone only, Amaysim has recently launched a suite of 90-day plans that can be paired with a brand new iPhone. Devices on sale include the newest iPhone 14 series, along with older models, and all phones are new out of the box and network unlocked – simply pay the full price upfront, and add your choice of Amaysim plan.

The following table shows a selection of published Amaysim prepaid phone plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Other international roaming add-ons

Amaysim’s roaming launch comes hot on the heels of prepaid rival Boost Mobile announcing the return of its own overseas travel options. The telco now offers three roaming add-ons, priced at $20, $30 and $40, and with 3-day, 7-day and 14-day expiries respectively.

If you’d like to compare, Boost Mobile’s inclusions are listed below.

International Roaming Small International Roaming Medium International Roaming Large
  • $20 price
  • 3-day expiry
  • 1GB of data
  • 15 minutes of calls
  • 15 texts
  • $30 price
  • 7-day expiry
  • 3GB of data
  • 30 minutes of calls
  • 30 texts
  • $40 price
  • 14-day expiry
  • 5GB of data
  • 60 minutes of calls
  • 60 texts

Boost Mobile’s add-ons can be used in 40 countries, and can be added to your plan via the Boost Mobile app. As with Amaysim, you’ll need to be a current Boost Mobile customer to access these packs; Boost’s standard 28-day plans begin at $20 for 5GB of data.

In the postpaid space, just last month Optus introduced $5 per-day overseas roaming, which includes 5GB of daily data, plus unlimited standard calls and texts. The move puts the telco giant in direct competition with Vodafone’s own $5 roaming option, which allows customers to use their Australian plan’s data, talk and text inclusions when outside the country.

Compare SIM-only plans

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 20GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Tara Donnelly
Utilities Editor
Tara Donnelly is an internet and mobile expert - sectors she’s spent a decade covering - and also oversees energy and consumer technology content. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Canberra and has shared her expertise on national media including 9 News, 7 News, Sunrise and the ABC.

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