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Vaya mobile broadband plans compared

Vaya's mobile broadband plans are aimed squarely at Australians who are looking to cut the cable.


Instead of offering fixed-line or fixed wireless broadband via the NBN, Vaya instead focuses on delivering mobile voice and data services across the country. It relies on the Optus 3G/4G network, offering month-to-month data-only deals along with voice services.

While Vaya's mobile broadband plans are strictly SIM-only affairs, it does sell devices like Wi-Fi dongles and mobile routers separately. Alternatively, you can bring your own mobile broadband device or slip the SIM card into a handheld device like a tablet.

Also keep in mind that Vaya Mobile Broadband is a "mobile" broadband service not "fixed wireless" like NBN's regional offering. As such, it offers mobile voice services but not PSTN or voice over IP (VoIP) home phone services.

Vaya mobile broadband plans

On the data front, Vaya's data-only deals start at 5GB per month and go all the way up to 70GB per month.

You have a choice between the following four plans:

  • 5GB, which includes 5GB of data per month for $19
  • 15GB, which includes 15GB of data per month for $39
  • 50GB, which includes 50GB of data per month for $59
  • 70GB, which includes 70GB of data per month for $79

These prices are just for the Vaya SIM card which is delivered for free. There are no set-up fees and no early termination fees since you're on a month-to-month plan rather than a contract.

It's important to note that unused data doesn't roll over to the next month. If you exceed your monthly allowance, you're automatically charged $10 per 1GB.

Vaya extras

Vaya offers a barebones data-only service which doesn't include the option of bundling a mobile broadband modem, but you can buy one from the company outright. It sells the Huawei E5573s-606 Mobile Broadband MiFi portable hotspot outright for $189 , or you can pay it off over 24 months.

How does Vaya compare?

When comparing Vaya's mobile broadband plans, it's important to keep in mind that they rely on Optus' 3G/4G network. Some rivals, meanwhile, use Telstra's 4G network or Vodafone's 4G network. Since stable coverage is a vital part of the value comparison, you may want to consider alternatives if Optus reception is poor in your area.

How do Vaya Mobile Broadband's mobile broadband plans compare?

Vaya's entry-level prices are extremely competitive, undercutting almost all its rivals at the 5GB per month mark. As data allowances rise, however, you might find better deals elsewhere. A few rivals like Bendigo Telco and Southern Phone slip in good deals at the 8GB and 15GB mark, but keep in mind that these are only available on 12-month contracts.


If you're determined to stick with a month-to-month deal then Vaya leads the pack until you hit its top 70GB plan. At these prices you'll get 100GB or more elsewhere, with rivals like Spintel and Exetel coming into play.

Why should you consider Vaya Mobile Broadband?

If you're still waiting for the NBN or you're not happy with the connection technology offered in your area, it might make sense to run your entire household off mobile broadband. In this case, Vaya presents quite an attractive option thanks to its large data caps and competitive pricing.

Renters also have a lot to like with Vaya's mobile broadband plans, as the month-to-month contracts and the lack of any physical wires makes it easy to transfer the service from one house to another. Of course, in return you need to account for mobile blackspots and also recognise that mobile networks are typically more vulnerable to congestion than fixed-line services.


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    jeffMay 10, 2017

    hi I am after a Vaya 4G Data 5GB with calls and txt do you have any thing for around $30 a month thank you

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      LouMay 10, 2017Staff

      Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve checked Vaya plans and found Vaya 4G Data Only 5GB. This plan costs $19 per month.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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