OVO Mobile offers prepaid plans with an accent on providing free sports streaming to its customers.
What services does OVO Mobile offer?
OVO Mobile offers prepaid mobile phone services on a SIM only basis using Optus’ Australian 4G network. It doesn’t sell prepaid phones, so you’ll have to supply an unlocked handset to utilise its services.
How much does OVO Mobile cost?
OVO Mobile currently offers five plan tiers, all of which operate on a 30 day expiry prepaid basis. The lowest cost plan starts at $9.95 per recharge for 1GB of data and unlimited standard national calls and texts during your expiry period. The small pack costs $14.95 with 1.5GB of data, while the Medium $24.95 bumps that data inclusion up to 2GB. The Large plan costs $34.95 with 8GB of data, and finally the top tier Extra Large plan costs $44.95 with 12GB of data.
All plans include unlimited standard national calls and texts.
What extras does OVO Mobile offer?
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, and this gives it mobile streaming rights to a variety of V8 action, all of which is delivered to customers on a quota-free basis. It also has a deal in place with Gymnastics Australia for content streaming on a similar basis.
Most recently, OVO signed a three year deal for exclusive streaming rights to the 400 Thunder Australian Professional Drag Racing series, offering live coverage as well as behind the scenes footage. It also holds deals in place with Water Polo Australia for water polo matches. If you’re a fan of any of these sports, the allure of not only getting access, but incurring no 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 bundle calls and text with the Family Zone application suite, which is designed to moderate your child's access to the world wide 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 extra and roaming packs can be rolled over for up to 90 days.
- Streaming content OVO’s big value pitch is towards sports fans, with exclusive content and quota-free streaming of available events.
- Automatic recharge: OVO's plans feature automatic recharges, which makes them almost akin to a month-to-month postpaid style plan. The downside here is that if you forget to switch this off and want to change, you could end up paying for an extra month's coverage.
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, although you're still paying in an upfront fashion for your prepaid plan. You can optionally opt to disable automatic rollover and manually recharge your plan:
- 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.