Whether you’re about to finish a 24 month contract, or just looking for a bit of extra value, looking into a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) could yield some exciting results. One such service provider is Amaysim – in fact it’s one of the biggest and most 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 the biggest little provider that uses its network, Amaysim.
Amaysim or Optus – What’s on Offer?
Amaysim is one of the leading MVNOs in Australia, and one of Canstar Blue’s multiple award winners, having topped both our prepaid and postpaid mobile reviews over many years. So it produces some pretty satisfied customers, but what do customers love?
- Flexibility: All plans come on a no-contract basis over a 28-day billing period.
- You can choose between either postpaid or prepaid billing and not be any worse off for your choice
- You can choose your own mobile phone number for $0 in some cases
Most of us know about Optus and its large range of plans. Optus is a full service provider, meaning it offers anything from prepaid plans to the hottest iPhone 8 handset bundles. For the purpose of comparison, Optus plans compared to Amaysim will comprise of prepaid and postpaid plans, with handset bundles excluded. Benefits of Optus are:
- Huge range of plans to choose from – there’s bound to be one out there for you
- Data-free music streaming on a lot of plans
- Optus has rights to English Premier League soccer through its Optus Sport channel, which is included in a lot of plans, or available from around $15 a month extra
However, to keep it on an even playing field with Amaysim, let’s just stick to Optus’ SIM-only postpaid plans. So let’s see what the two telcos have to offer, and which one reigns supreme.
Amaysim vs Optus: Postpaid Plans Compared
The first difference between Optus and Amaysim to point out is that, while Optus gives you the option of purchasing a new handset on its postpaid plans, Amaysim is purely a SIM-only service provider which doesn’t offer the latest and greatest smartphones as part of the deal. So if getting your hands on a new phone with a bundled mobile plan is a deal breaker for you, this was a very short and sweet comparison. However, to keep it on a more level playing field, let’s compare postpaid plans, keeping in mind that all of Amaysim’s plans can also be had on prepaid, too.
- As far as barebones inclusions go, Amaysim tends to offer the superior value.
- However, Optus regularly offers data bonuses when you sign up to a lot of plans
- Optus also boasts some entertainment perks that could entice you over, such as music streaming and EPL soccer coverage.
Plans $30 and Under Compared
Optus’ base plan comes in at $30, while Amaysim’s is $25. Keep in mind that Amaysim has billing periods over 28 days, which could work out to be more expensive over a year or so. Optus’ plan here is over 12 months, and is simply billed monthly. For this you get 2GB data as standard, plus bonus data until Optus decides to withdraw the offer. So while Amaysim’s plan is $5 cheaper, Optus offers 1GB extra, plus data-free music streaming. Is that worth signing up for a year? It might be, until you realise that Amaysim offers a massive 5GB for the same price. If you’re not fazed by 28-day billing periods or not getting your music data-free, Amaysim may be the way to go here.
$40 Plans Compared
In this price bracket, Optus seriously ramps up value if you’re willing to be put on a 12 month plan. For $40 you’ll get 10GB as standard, plus some extra data from time to time. So while there’s mystery shrouded around just how long you could get up to 15GB for, 10GB is still pretty solid and competitive with Amaysim. Once again, Amaysim is let down by its 28-day deal. This may be good for budgeting, but works out to be more expensive over the month. Optus’ data-free music streaming is also worth considering here, and Optus Sport is available for $15/month, as are Fetch entertainment packages for an extra fee.
$50 Plans Compared
At this price the only plan available from Optus is a no-contract one, and this is demonstrative of how much data you have to be willing to sacrifice if you want to shed away lengthy contracts. For $50 a month you’ll get 6GB of data, compared to Amaysim’s massive 14GB. Is data-free music streaming enough to make up for that data deficit?
Plans Over $50 Compared
If you’re willing to spend big bucks, then between these two only Optus offers anything costing over $50. Once again if you’re willing to sign up for 12 months you stand to get hefty extra data inclusions. For $70 a month, for example, you stand to get a massive 25GB data. However, the caveat to this is that you must sign up online.
Amaysim & Optus Prepaid Plans Compared
If prepaid is more your flavour then you’ll be excited to know that you don’t have to sacrifice anything by opting to go with Amaysim. Optus’ plans are a bit different, however, so let’s get a rundown.
Plans $30 and Under Compared
Optus seems to have pretty competitive plans on the prepaid payment system, albeit over 28 days just like Amaysim. It even has a 7-day plan at this price point. Over a week you’ll pay $10 and get unlimited calls & texts plus a modest 1GB of data to use; for $30 you’ll get 3GB of data. Though, it’s hard to go past Amaysim’s $30 plan with 5GB. Data-free music streaming through Optus might be an enticing prospect, though.
$40 Plans Compared
For $40 both providers seriously ramp up value, with Optus going the extra step and providing some big data bonuses. However, the data bonus is for your first recharge only, meaning after that you only get 7GB as standard, which takes the shine off a little bit. Is this bonus enough to sway you away from Amaysim’s 10GB as standard?
$50 Plans Compared
For 50 bones Optus ramps up the bonuses yet again, but the double data bonus is only available for your first recharge. While you are free to not recharge and shop around after this, if you want to stick with Optus then expect your data allowance to recede after the first 28-days. However, unlimited calls to 20 countries may sweeten the deal a little bit, as could the data-free music streaming. For straightforward value it’s hard to go past Amaysim.
Optus or Amaysim: Who delivers the knockout punch?
The two heavyweights of the Optus network have been in a slugfest and they’re growing weary. With postpaid, it’s a knockout between data and price, with Amaysim coming out on top – but not so easily. The 28-day billing period means that you’re effectively getting a 13th billing period each year. However, across the prepaid plans, Optus offers much the same deal. With Optus be wary of data bonuses that may inflate a plans’ value beyond what it actually represents. While Amaysim may look a bit light on fringe benefits, what you do stand to receive is solid, gimmick-free data, calls and texts.
Whichever provider you decide to go with, you can rest assured you’re getting market-leading mobile phone value. Amaysim may sneak ahead of Optus in the straight up value stakes, but the green telco that likes to say “yes” is still very competitive in its pricing, bonuses and inclusions.