Optus vs Amaysim: Where to get the best deal?


Whether you’re about to finish your current phone contract, or just looking for a bit of extra value, looking into a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) could yield some enticing results. One such service provider is Amaysim – in fact it’s one of the more popular ‘piggybacking’ phone carriers in Australia and operates on the Optus 4G Network. This then begs the question, who offers the best value? Amaysim or its phone network landlord?

So if you’re considering a switch, or just looking for the best value you can find, join us for our review of phone plans from Optus and one of the biggest ‘little’ provider that uses its network, Amaysim.

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Amaysim Vs Optus: A quick glance

Optus is the second largest telco in the country, with its network covering 98.5% of the population (just shy of the 99% that Telstra covers). Much like it’s biggest rival, Optus offers plans across prepaid, SIM-only postpaid, and plans bundled with a new phone, many including some enticing entertainment extras. If you are after a new device or a postpaid SIM-only plan, Optus will be your stand out in this comparison.

Amaysim is one of the leading MVNOs in Australia and has won several of Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction awards for its straightforward plans. Previously, Amaysim had offered postpaid phone plans; however, the telco shifted its focus to offer only prepaid SIM-only phone plans packed with data at reasonable price points. Amaysim is also one of a handful of telcos to offer a selection of energy plans.

Both telcos have vastly different offerings, even when comparing prepaid plans. While Amaysim manages to pack in some generous data for your money, Optus has more options, plus a range of the latest phones from the biggest manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung.

The best phone plans from Amaysim and Optus

When comparing these two telcos, it’s a bit hard to do a direct comparison unless you’re looking at prepaid phone plans. However, if your preference is a postpaid plan, you still shouldn’t totally discount Amaysim’s prepaid plans. Prepaid phone plans aren’t quite what they used to be, and often you’ll find prepaid plans come with just as much included value as postpaid counterparts.

Both telcos are vastly different in what they offer – so to give a better picture of the included value for money, let’s take a look at how both telco’s prepaid phone plans compare. Below is a selection of Optus and Amaysim’s prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database listed in order of cost, with the lowest price first and then by data allowance highest to lowest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Amaysim phone plans

While Amaysim had previously offered a selection of postpaid phone plans, it now only offers SIM-only prepaid plans. These plans run on a 28-day expiry period, which does mean you’ll be recharging a minimum of 13 times per year (provided you don’t use up your included value before your expiry, which would require you to recharge before your 28-day expiry).

All plans are offered as no lock-in contracts with access to automatic recharging, so you won’t need to worry about remembering to top up your plan credit. You can buy a SIM online, or pick one up from a range of retailers including Coles, Woolworths and Australia Post.

Plans start at $10 for 1GB of data, and go up to $50 for a huge 60GB of data. All plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the top three plans include unlimited standard international calls to 10 select countries, and the top two plans include 300 international minutes to 22 select countries. There is also a super-simple, pay-as-you-go plan on offer, with some reasonably cheap call and SMS rates and credit lasting 365 days.

The following table shows all published Amaysim prepaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. 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.

Optus phone plans

Optus is a full-service provider, offering a range of postpaid and prepaid plans, including plans bundled with a new smartphone. While many of these plans tend to be more expensive than what is on offer from smaller providers, Optus does include several entertainment extras, such as Optus Sport, which covers many of the big European Football competitions and championships. If you’re looking for a new phone, you’ll find the latest models from manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Google.

When it comes to SIM-only plans, you can choose between a small selection of month-to-month plans or choose to build your own. These plans are also able to be bundled with a new phone, with the option of 12, 24 or 36-month device payment periods. The following table includes all published Optus postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

As for prepaid, Optus offers four different types of prepaid plans — two are offered as pay-as-you-go plans, and the other two include a set call, SMS and data allowance. The Epic Data plans are perhaps the most generous prepaid plans from Optus, with fairly large data inclusions (plus bonus data), and an additional amount of data specifically for streaming video apps such as Netflix, with most plans running on a 28-day expiry period. The Epic Value plans include less data, but most plans run on a 42-day expiry period, with the exception of the $10 21-day plan and $180 365-day plan. If you’d prefer the pay-as-you-go plans, the Daily Plus plans take $2 from your credit each day to go towards talk, text and data. The Long Expiry plans simply take your usage out of your credit, operating as a more traditional PAYG plan.

While Optus plans might be more expensive than what’s on offer from the smaller telcos, you’ll find plenty of extras included on select plans, such as data-free streaming and a subscription to Optus Sport. Select plans also include international call value and global roaming inclusions. So while the plans can be more expensive, and data inclusions smaller, Optus does pack in some extra value.

The following table shows a selection of published Optus Epic Data and Epic Value prepaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

Optus Vs Amaysim — the final word

When you’re looking into a new phone plan, it’s important to focus on what your needs are first and foremost. Deciding what your priorities are for your phone plan — whether its a new phone, lots of data or a super-cheap plan — will help you with your phone plan comparisons.

As for Optus and Amaysim, the value between these two telcos could come down to whether you’d prefer prepaid or postpaid. If you’re looking for a new phone on a contract or a SIM-only postpaid plan, Optus is your choice between these two; however there are many other telcos also offering postpaid plans and plans bundled with a new device, so it’s worth comparing to see who has the right plan for you.

If you’d prefer a prepaid plan, or you’re not really fussed on choosing prepaid or postpaid, both telcos have their positives and negatives.

Amaysim does offer some good value for money, starting at a cheap $10 with 1GB of data, going up to 60GB of data for $50, with all plans on no lock-in contracts. Also, you’ll have access to some international call value, which is handy if you have friends and family in any of the select countries. However, these prepaid plans run on a 28-day expiry period, meaning that you’ll need to recharge a minimum of 13 times per year. There are other similar prepaid providers with monthly or 30-day expiry periods, so it’s worth comparing these providers to get a picture of what’s on offer from other telcos.

With Optus, you’ll definitely have more choice, and Australia’s second-largest telco does offer some very competitive plans bundled with a new smartphone. While Optus doesn’t have many plans on the cheaper end of the spectrum, you’ll still find some decent value for your money, especially on the higher level plans — $59 per month on a postpaid plan can get you 100GB of data per month and $79 can get you 120GB. You can even get 150GB of data if you build your own plan, or choosing the premium ‘Optus One’ plan will give you a huge 500GB. For prepaid plans, the Epic Data plans seem to have good value for money, however most of these recharges run on a 28-day expiry like Amaysim, with the exception of the $10 SIM which expires after 5 days.

One thing that does help Optus to stand out in this comparison is the entertainment extras included on some plans. If you’re big on your sports, particularly European football, having free access to Optus Sport is going to be a big draw. Optus at times has struck partnerships with other entertainment brands, so keep an eye out to see what else is on offer.

If these included entertainment extras sound like something you would actually use, Optus could have the right options for you. However, these sorts of extras should only come into your consideration if you know you’ll actually use them, and if the plans have the right value at your preferred price point. If you’re after a simple, straightforward plan at a decent price with generous data, you might find Amaysim better suits your needs.

Whichever provider out of these two holds the best plan options for you, there are still many other Aussie telcos out there that also have pros and cons. It’s worth comparing phone plans from all telcos to see what is available to help you decide which phone plan is right for you.

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