amaysim broadband plans compared

amaysim was founded in November 2010 and today provides mobile services and NBN broadband to Australian households.

In the eight years that amaysim has been operating in Australia, the company has gone from offering mobile plans on Optus’s network to delivering mobile and NBN services to a combined 1.12 million subscribers, as well as branching out into home energy services.

amaysim’s pitch is a simple customer experience, and this holds true across the brand’s mobile and NBN services.

amaysim NBN plans

amaysim offers just three NBN plans which it describes as "amazingly simple", and that’s certainly an appropriate way to describe them.

Whereas other providers offer monthly, 12-month and even longer-term plans with a variety of speed, data, peak and off-peak options, amaysim sweeps all of that to one side, offering just the following three simple plans.

  • Basic Speed plan with unlimited data for $60 per month
  • Standard Plus Speed plan with unlimited data for $70 per month
  • Premium Speed plan with unlimited data for $90 per month

It’s also worth noting that amaysim will provision NBN across any available access technology, including fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN), fibre to the building (FTTB), fixed wireless or hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC).

Across the range, amaysim’s plans offer unlimited data, free standard activation and no-lock-in contracts. There are no excess usage fees to worry about, and customers can change their plan to a faster or slower speed at any time.

Unlike some other NBN providers today, amaysim does not provide a home phone service. Services offered by amaysim are provided as data only, so if you’re after a home phone service, you can either look at a voice over IP (VoIP) provider or (depending on your NBN access method) you might be able to get a home line service from a different provider on another NBN port.

If you need one, amaysim offers a pre-configured NetComm modem (at a $109 fee), or for customers who already have NBN capable equipment, you can BYO at no charge.

Like the advertising material says, amaysim’s NBN service offerings are pretty simple, right?

amaysim mobile broadband plans

If mobile broadband is what you need, amaysim offers plans using Optus’s 4G Plus network (which includes access to enhanced speed 4G areas, standard 4G and 3G in areas where no 4G service is available). You’ve got a choice between five simple plans, but be careful when comparing these because amaysim’s plans renew every 28 days, whereas many competitors offer plans aligned to calendar months.

It might not sound like a lot, but on 28-day plans, you effectively pay for an "extra month" each year.

That aside, amaysim’s data offerings are pretty generous on higher level plans, though the entry-level plans are nothing to write home about:

  • 2GB Mobile Broadband for $15 every 28 days
  • 5GB Mobile Broadband for $25 every 28 days
  • 20GB Mobile Broadband for $45 every 28 days
  • 50GB Mobile Broadband for $60 every 28 days
  • 100GB Mobile Broadband for $70 every 28 days

Across all these plans, extra data is available at the industry standard $10/GB, and that’s about all there is to say. The plans are offered as SIM-only; if you want to buy a device, amaysim will gladly sell you one from the company’s online store, but there are no package deals.

Like the NBN plans, there are no lock-in contracts meaning customers can leave or port-out at any time. However, there are no pro-rata refunds, so if you cancel your service just after renewing, you’ll forfeit the fees you just paid.

How does amaysim compare?

amaysim is one of the easier NBN providers to compare because it has just three plans. There’s no need to consider the impact of set-up fees, minimum term contracts or the like, because amaysim doesn’t have any of those.

At a casual glance, amaysim’s mobile broadband plans stack up well against the competition, especially towards the higher end of the speed spectrum. Its lower-price plans are pretty standard across mobile providers, making it hard to stand out.

Let’s take a closer look.

How do amaysim’s NBN plans compare?

To begin with, all amaysim's NBN plans are unlimited, so let’s take a look at what other providers have in the unlimited data space and see how amaysim compares.

First up, there's the entry-level Basic speed product. At $60 per month, it rivals the cheapest options from any NBN provider across the country.

At the higher Standard Plus speed tier, amaysim's price advantage disappears. Instead, plans from providers like Barefoot, TPG and Mate Communicate take the lead thanks to their promotional pricing and extra inclusions like a VoIP phone service.

Stepping up to Premium NBN speeds, amaysim's top-tier plan proves a bit dearer than some competitors. Most other providers start at around $80 per month at this speed tier. MyRepublic, for instance, offers a cheaper bundle option which also includes a PAYG (pay as you go) home phone too, handy for those "just in case" situations.

Overall, amaysim offers value around the middle of the market. Its plans are not the cheapest (though, with discounting, the Basic plan is very cheap for the first six months), but they’re certainly not the most expensive.

How do amaysim’s mobile broadband plans compare?

amaysim’s mobile broadband plans all feature no-lock-in contracts, but it's worth noting that, generally speaking, plans with a 12-month minimum term usually include a bit more data than the equivalent monthly plans. So, if you’re looking for a bit of a saving, the first thing to consider is whether an alternative provider has a 12-month plan with more data included for the same price.

At the entry level of the mobile broadband space, amaysim’s 2GB plan is priced pretty much in line with the average, though some other providers do offer 3GB for the same price:

There's a little more competition at the $25 to $30 mark, which leaves amaysim’s 5GB plan looking a bit poor. Much of the competition is offering more data at the same price, or even charging slightly more for quite a lot more data:

amaysim starts to turn around at the $45 price point. Here, the telco offers 20GB where most competitors are including a bit less.

At $60 per month, amaysim's offer of 50GB is pretty decent value. It also seems to be a bit of a happy price point, with a number of providers offering 50GB for around that $60 monthly ask. Jeenee Mobile is a bit cheaper, but it’s only a matter of a few dollars:

At the top end, amaysim’s 100GB plan is quite a good offer; in fact, there aren't too many alternatives if you’re looking for huge data plans, although there are some odd specials to be found.

OVO’s offer, for instance, is on a 30-day rolling plan rather than 28 days, so it can provide a significant saving over a 12-month period.

As with its NBN plans, amaysim’s plans are squarely middle-of-the-road. In many instances, there are slightly cheaper options available, but it is possible to spend quite a bit more and (in some cases) get less.

Why should you consider amaysim?

amaysim has built its brand on the simplicity of its plans, with no-lock-in contracts and affordable pricing. NBN plans can be extremely complicated, with speed tiers, download inclusions, home phone services, peak and off-peak inclusions, introductory discounts, cheaper monthly plans with larger up-front costs and much, much more.

Fortunately, although amaysim may not always be the cheapest offering, the combination of month-to-month billing and unlimited data as well as the brand's reputation for solid performance promises a level of simplicity in a service that can get very confusing.

amaysim’s mobile broadband offerings are the same. Using Optus’s carrier network, amaysim’s offers mirror what Optus (and many Optus-based providers) are offering. There’s nothing unique in amaysim’s plans, but like many Optus-based providers, it provides some of the best value in the mobile broadband market.

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    lindaAugust 16, 2017

    How long do we have to wait for unlimited on Satellite nbn?

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      HaroldAugust 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Generally, Once you’ve applied for your new NBN plan, your ISP will usually arrange for a technician to visit your home to complete the installation. You will also receive a new modem if you have opted for one and instructions on how to connect your devices to the network.
      The activation process after applying for a plan will depend on whether you’ve already had the NBN equipment installed at your premises and your internet provider. If your premises has the NBN equipment installed already you could be connected within 48-72 hours. If your property has yet to have the NBN equipment installed you can expect to wait up to 3-4 weeks for a technician to complete the installation. It would be nice also i you can clarify this directly with your provider.

      I hope this information has helped.


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    natashaJuly 16, 2016

    I want to know if you can offer me internet at my address. Please email me and I will reply

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      BrodieJuly 20, 2016Staff

      Hi Natasha,

      You’ve come through to, not amaysim. Amaysim is a mobile broadband provider that operates on the Optus 4G network. So long as you have access to Optus 4G, you will be eligible for amaysim’s plans.


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