OVO Mobile offers prepaid plans with an accent on providing free sports streaming to its customers.
Launching back in 2016, OVO Mobile is an MVNO offering prepaid mobile phone services on a SIM-only basis using Optus’ Australian 4G network. It doesn’t sell its own prepaid phones, so you’ll have to supply an unlocked handset to take advantage of its services. In addition to its mobile phone plans, OVO also offers data only SIM plans for mobile broadband customers.
Aside from offering affordable plans with attractive data allowances, one of OVO's major selling points is its exclusive digital streaming partnerships. Its streaming platform, OVOPlay, delivers data-free access to live and catch up sports content like Gymnastics Australia, World Superbikes and Australian water polo.
OVO prepaid mobile plans
One of OVO mobile's real strengths as a mobile service provider is the range of price points on offer for its mobile plans. Like many other providers, OVO offers unlimited talk and text plans with generous data allowances, but OVO also caters to the lower end of the market with a sub-$10 plan designed for kids.
OVO currently has five plans in its range. All of these plans have unlimited text messages, but only the three premium plans include unlimited calls:All of OVO Mobile's prepaid plans include access to OVO's OVOPlay streaming platform, as well as streaming radio live from the HIT network and Triple M around the country. OVO also includes a free Family Zone account, an online cyber-safety platform designed to protect children from the Internet's nastier elements.
How does OVO Mobile compare?
OVO Mini $9.95 compared
OVO is comfortably one of the more affordable prepaid service providers in Australia, with generous data allowances and call and text inclusions. Comparing prepaid plans that cost less than $10 per recharge, OVO manages to offer larger data and inclusions with a longer expiry period than some rivals.
At a call and data value point, amaysim's Unlimited 1GB plan costs 5c more for unlimited calls, but only has a 28-day expiry period. OVO also has the benefit of unmetered streaming of selected sports, which is something rival telcos don't offer at this price, so if you're passionate about one of the sports on offer then OVO's plans are a no-brainer.
OVO markets the Mini plan at parents with kids as an affordable plan with generous inclusions for their offspring to stay connected. However, stepping up slightly to the small plan at an extra $5 a month, things get a little more competitive.
OVO Small $19.95 compared
OVO can't claim to be the cheapest option for a 2GB plan. There are a few different cheaper plans with 2GB of data, which also include unlimited calls and texts, while amaysim manages to squeeze an extra 500MB on its $20 plan with only a 28-day expiry period.
At this price, OVO's offering is not quite as strong as its competitors, unless you're looking for that exclusive sports streaming inclusion.
OVO Medium $29.95 compared
The OVO Medium plan is the cheapest option from the telco with unlimited calls included. It also adds 50 minutes of international calls to selected countries. If you have no need of international calling and aren't fussed on the wholesale network used, then Kogan Mobile's inclusion of 6GB on Vodafone's 4G network is hard to pass for the same price.
OVO Large $34.95 compared
Most rival prepaid providers have priced their "large" mobile plan offerings at the $40 mark, which makes OVO's decision to keep its large plan under $35 a nice little bonus. It's not alone though, with ALDImobile's XL plan sitting at around the same price with similar inclusions.
There are also plenty of plans with special bonus offers making them competitive at this price. However, it's important to remember those deals won't last, so if the idea of frequently switching networks to get the best deal doesn't appeal, OVO's base price is good value.
OVO Extra Large $49.95 compared
At the top end of its plans, OVO manages to keep everything under the $50 mark. Although at this price, those looking for the best value on data will be inclined to look elsewhere, with inclusions of up to 23GB for the same price as OVO's 14GB.
OVO has included 500 minutes of international calls to boost value. While this is definitely appealing to some users, rival amaysim offers 300 minutes and 6GB more than OVO (20GB) for almost the exact same price.
Why should you consider OVO Mobile?
OVO Mobile’s big point of differentiation in the MVNO space is its focus on sports sponsorships. It launched as the official network of V8 Supercars, delivering mobile streaming of a variety of V8 action, all of which was delivered to customers on a quota-free basis.
Since then, the sports sponsorships have continued to grow and expand. OVO has a deal in place with Gymnastics Australia for content streaming, while motorsports enthusiasts aren't neglected thanks to partnerships with Supercheap Auto Racing, Audi Sport Customer Racing, the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series and a new sponsorship of the World Superbikes championship. OVO also streams Water Polo Australia exclusively.
If you’re a fan of any of these sports, the allure of getting access without incurring any ongoing data charges for it is pretty strong.
Parents with young children could also be interested in OVO's dedicated low-cost plans designed for children, which bundles calls and texts with the Family Zone application suite while moderating your child's access to the web.
OVO also sells boost packs for calls to overseas or premium numbers, with prices ranging from $5-$20 per recharge. It also sells $15-$50 roaming packs if you're travelling overseas with your OVO SIM. Both the extras and roaming packs can be rolled over for up to 90 days.
OVO Mobile prepaid recharge options
When you set up a prepaid plan through OVO Mobile, the default is for recharges to roll over every 30 days while still paying in an upfront fashion for your prepaid plan. You can opt to disable automatic rollover and manually recharge your plan though:
- Online via credit card: OVO Mobile handles all of its recharges online, whether you're opting for manual recharges each month or simply need a data top-up to see you through to your next billing cycle. Head to the OVO Dashboard and sign in using your plan credentials to order recharges, paid for with major credit cards.
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