OVO mobile slices international call rates

Alex Kidman 17 May 2017

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Pay less to call overseas to most locations on OVO Mobile.

It’s increasingly common to find mobile plans with unlimited national call and text provisions, which leaves mobile operators with just a few points of value difference. Data is one clear differentiator, but international calling pricing is another. Some plans do offer international call inclusions, or in some cases unlimited calls to very specific destinations, but it’s not often that a telco will come out and slash its general prices to almost every destination.

That’s precisely what OVO Mobile has just done, however, announcing that from 24 May, the vast majority of its international calling destinations will see a per-minute call price cut, in some cases by significant sums. The biggest winner in price terms is also surprisingly close to Australia, with calls to Norfolk island dropping by $2.99 to $2.76 per minute. Topping out the rest of the top five price cuts are Tokelau, Diego Garcia, Antarctica and the Faroe Islands, all of which see per-minute price cuts above $2.50.

It’s not a case of every country seeing a price cut, with 9 of OVO’s 238 destination countries seeing no price cuts at all, and a further 16 seeing price rises. Of the countries seeing price rises, Latvia incurs the largest rise, with a $1.86 per minute jump up to $4.34 per minute, although the price rise likely to impact more Australians will be the very slight jump in call costs to New Zealand, set to rise by 3c per minute to 8c per minute.

If you’re not fussed by international calls but want plenty of data, OVO has also just launched new data-only SIMs with 70GB of data per recharge.

Here’s the full table of price changes for OVO Mobile’s international call destinations, set to kick in from 24 May 2017:

CountryCountry codeCurrent priceNew price (as at 24 May)Price change
Afghanistan93$0.99$0.46-$0.53
Albania355$1.26$0.87-$0.39
Algeria213$1.26$1.00-$0.26
Andorra376$0.80$0.26-$0.54
Angola244$0.40$0.39-$0.01
Anguilla1264$1.40$0.53-$0.87
Antarctica672$7.40$4.72-$2.68
Antigua And Barbuda1268$1.06$0.50-$0.56
Argentina54$0.50$0.38-$0.12
Armenia374$0.96$0.47-$0.49
Aruba297$1.06$0.52-$0.54
Ascension Isl247$3.37$3.96$0.59
Austria43$0.30$0.51$0.21
Azerbaijan994$1.46$0.65-$0.81
Bahamas1242$0.63$0.34-$0.29
Bahrain973$0.33$0.30-$0.03
Bangladesh880$0.30$0.12-$0.18
Barbados1246$1.13$0.51-$0.62
Belarus375$1.69$0.69-$1.00
Belgium32$0.40$0.16-$0.24
Belize501$1.06$0.47-$0.59
Benin229$1.09$0.75-$0.34
Bermuda1441$0.30$0.08-$0.22
Bhutan975$0.37$0.15-$0.22
Bolivia591$0.96$0.42-$0.54
Bosnia & Herzegovina387$1.16$0.69-$0.47
Botswana267$1.06$0.51-$0.55
Brazil55$0.40$0.17-$0.23
British Virgin Islands1284$1.13$0.99-$0.14
Brunei Darussalam673$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Bulgaria359$2.00$0.59-$1.41
Burkina Faso226$1.52$0.72-$0.80
Burundi257$2.38$1.14-$1.24
Cambodia855$0.33$0.15-$0.18
Cameroon237$1.56$0.69-$0.87
Canada1$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Cape Verde238$1.62$0.53-$1.09
Cayman Islands1345$0.86$0.41-$0.45
Central African Republic236$3.30$1.24-$2.06
Chad235$3.40$1.14-$2.26
Chile56$0.20$0.29$0.09
China86$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Colombia57$0.40$0.09-$0.31
Comoros269$2.00$0.82-$1.18
Congo (Dem. Rep. Of The)242$2.12$2.12$0.00
Cook Islands682$3.47$1.50-$1.97
Costa Rica506$0.33$0.15-$0.18
Croatia385$0.80$0.86$0.06
Cuba53$3.44$1.61-$1.83
Cyprus357$0.30$0.08-$0.22
Cyprus (Turk Occ. Area)90392$0.30$0.30$0.00
Czech Republic420$0.37$0.16-$0.21
Denmark45$0.60$0.05-$0.55
Diego Garcia246$5.70$2.87-$2.83
Djibouti253$1.56$0.66-$0.90
Dominica Is1767$1.40$0.47-$0.93
Dominican Republic1809$1.90$0.14-$1.76
Dominican Republic1829$1.90$1.90$0.00
Dominican Republic1849$1.90$1.90$0.00
East Timor (Timor-Leste)670$2.64$0.71-$1.93
Ecuador593$0.83$0.46-$0.37
Egypt20$0.40$0.26-$0.14
El Salvador503$0.90$0.36-$0.54
Equatorial Guinea240$1.90$0.92-$0.98
Eritrea291$1.06$0.47-$0.59
Estonia372$1.56$0.76-$0.80
Ethiopia251$1.09$0.47-$0.62
Faroe Islands298$3.00$0.36-$2.64
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)500$3.40$3.04-$0.36
Fiji679$1.50$0.56-$0.94
Finland358$0.40$0.11-$0.29
France33$0.40$0.14-$0.26
French Guiana Guinea594$0.50$0.16-$0.34
French Polynesia689$1.16$0.53-$0.63
Gabon241$1.98$0.95-$1.03
Gambia220$2.05$1.90-$0.15
Georgia995$0.43$0.58$0.15
Germany49$0.40$0.06-$0.34
Ghana233$0.80$0.58-$0.22
Gibraltar350$0.90$0.30-$0.60
Greece30$0.50$0.15-$0.35
Greenland299$2.41$1.06-$1.35
Grenada1473$1.09$0.48-$0.61
Guadeloupe590$0.40$0.09-$0.31
Guam1671$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Guatemala502$0.63$0.29-$0.34
Guinea (Republic)224$2.08$0.96-$1.12
Guinea-Bissau245$2.25$1.52-$0.73
Guyana592$1.13$0.53-$0.60
Haiti509$1.52$0.78-$0.74
Honduras504$0.73$0.35-$0.38
Hong Kong852$0.20$0.05-$0.15
Hungary36$0.30$0.49$0.19
Iceland354$0.40$0.05-$0.35
India91$0.20$0.04-$0.16
Indonesia62$0.30$0.15-$0.15
Iran (Islamic Republic Of)98$0.40$0.44$0.04
Iraq964$0.99$0.42-$0.57
Ireland (Republic)353$0.50$0.15-$0.35
Israel (And Occupied Territories)972$0.30$0.05-$0.25
Italy39$0.50$0.23-$0.27
Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)225$1.85$0.77-$1.08
Jamaica1876$1.09$0.41-$0.68
Japan81$0.60$0.19-$0.41
Jordan962$0.47$0.36-$0.11
Kazakhstan7$1.10$0.30-$0.80
Kenya254$0.60$0.39-$0.21
Kiribati686$5.02$2.97-$2.05
Korea North (Dem. People's Rep. Of)850$3.04$1.73-$1.31
Korea South (Republic Of)82$0.30$0.09-$0.21
Kosovo381$7.50$7.50$0.00
Kuwait965$0.30$0.16-$0.14
Kyrgyzstan996$0.86$0.39-$0.47
Laos (Lao P.D.R.)856$0.40$0.15-$0.25
Latvia371$2.48$4.34$1.86
Lebanon961$0.60$0.35-$0.25
Lesotho266$0.90$0.69-$0.21
Liberia231$2.45$0.89-$1.56
Libya (Arab Jamahiriya)218$1.42$0.52-$0.90
Liechtenstein423$1.50$1.40-$0.10
Lithuania370$0.40$1.06$0.66
Luxembourg352$0.80$0.14-$0.66
Macau853$0.27$0.16-$0.11
Macedonia389$1.52$0.72-$0.80
Madagascar261$3.73$3.03-$0.70
Malawi265$1.72$0.78-$0.94
Malaysia60$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Maldives (Republic)960$3.83$1.66-$2.17
Mali223$1.75$0.78-$0.97
Malta356$0.40$0.05-$0.35
Mariana Islands (Norhtern) / Saipan1670$0.30$0.08-$0.22
Marshall Islands692$1.42$0.64-$0.78
Martinique596$0.40$0.18-$0.22
Mauritania222$2.08$1.06-$1.02
Mauritius230$0.63$0.30-$0.33
Mayotte269$0.70$0.26-$0.44
Mexico52$0.30$0.05-$0.25
Micronesia691$0.93$1.11$0.18
Moldova373$1.29$1.01-$0.28
Monaco377$1.95$0.87-$1.08
Mongolia976$0.30$0.04-$0.26
Montenegro382$1.26$0.71-$0.55
Montserrat1664$2.00$0.56-$1.44
Morocco212$1.49$0.76-$0.73
Mozambique258$0.99$0.34-$0.65
Myanmar95$1.50$0.46-$1.04
Namibia264$0.57$0.16-$0.41
Nauru674$4.20$2.55-$1.65
Nepal977$0.53$0.35-$0.18
Netherlands31$0.70$0.33-$0.37
Netherlands Antilles599$0.50$0.29-$0.21
New Caledonia687$0.76$0.53-$0.23
New Zealand64$0.05$0.08$0.03
Nicaragua505$1.19$0.47-$0.72
Niger227$1.46$0.76-$0.70
Nigeria234$0.40$0.14-$0.26
Niue (Island)683$5.75$3.62-$2.13
Norfolk Island6723$5.75$2.76-$2.99
Norway47$0.50$0.04-$0.46
Oman968$1.26$0.64-$0.62
Pakistan92$0.50$0.09-$0.41
Palau680$1.52$1.26-$0.26
Palestinian (Autonomous Areas)970$2.00$0.40-$1.60
Panama507$0.60$0.26-$0.34
Papua New Guinea675$2.64$1.43-$1.21
Paraguay595$0.50$0.22-$0.28
Peru51$0.50$0.14-$0.36
Philippines63$0.40$0.28-$0.12
Pitcairn Is870$0.10$0.10$0.00
Poland48$0.50$0.30-$0.20
Portugal351$0.30$1.01$0.71
Puerto Rico1787$0.20$0.04-$0.16
Puerto Rico1939$0.20$0.20$0.00
Qatar974$0.90$0.36-$0.54
Reunion262$1.50$0.92-$0.58
Romania40$0.40$0.04-$0.36
Russia (Federation)7$0.27$0.46$0.19
Rwanda250$1.36$0.63-$0.73
Sakhalin Island7504$0.30$0.30$0.00
Samoa (American)1684$0.30$0.06-$0.24
Samoa (Western)685$2.78$1.55-$1.23
San Marino378$0.30$1.90$1.60
Sao Thome And Principe239$2.08$3.00$0.92
Saudi Arabia966$0.57$0.24-$0.33
Senegal221$1.72$0.82-$0.90
Serbia381$1.16$0.70-$0.46
Seychelles248$2.38$1.41-$0.97
Sierra Leone232$2.08$0.87-$1.21
Singapore65$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Slovak (Republic) Slovakia421$0.60$0.18-$0.42
Slovenia386$1.42$0.78-$0.64
Solomon Islands677$3.00$1.77-$1.23
Somalia252$2.25$1.14-$1.11
South Africa27$0.50$0.08-$0.42
South Sudan211$2.00$0.58-$1.42
Spain34$0.40$0.04-$0.36
Sri Lanka94$0.43$0.33-$0.10
St Helena (Tristan da Cunha)290$3.73$2.45-$1.28
St Kitts And Nevis (And St Christopher)1869$1.22$0.48-$0.74
St Lucia1758$1.13$0.56-$0.57
St Pierre And Miquelon508$3.51$0.95-$2.56
St Vincent And Bequia (Grenadines)1784$1.32$0.68-$0.64
Sudan249$0.86$0.35-$0.51
Surinam597$1.36$0.76-$0.60
Swaziland268$0.80$0.30-$0.50
Sweden46$0.30$0.04-$0.26
Switzerland41$1.00$0.63-$0.37
Syria (Arab Republic Of)963$0.63$0.32-$0.31
Taiwan886$0.40$0.18-$0.22
Tajikistan992$0.76$0.34-$0.42
Tanzania255$1.39$0.64-$0.75
Thailand66$0.20$0.10-$0.10
Togo228$2.15$0.75-$1.40
Tokelau690$6.24$3.28-$2.96
Tonga676$2.31$1.37-$0.94
Trinidad And Tobago1868$0.66$0.45-$0.21
Tunisia216$2.05$1.40-$0.65
Turkey90$0.50$0.27-$0.23
Turkmenistan993$0.57$0.32-$0.25
Turks And Caicos Islands1649$1.52$0.50-$1.02
Tuvalu688$4.56$2.75-$1.81
Uganda256$1.42$0.68-$0.74
Ukraine380$1.09$0.84-$0.25
United Arab Emirates971$0.57$0.32-$0.25
United Kingdom44$0.30$0.09-$0.21
Uruguay598$0.60$0.44-$0.16
US Virgin Islands1340$0.20$0.05-$0.15
USA1$0.20$0.06-$0.14
Uzbekistan998$0.37$0.15-$0.22
Vanuatu678$2.88$1.66-$1.22
Vatican City379$0.50$0.50$0.00
Venezuela58$0.30$0.21-$0.09
Vietnam84$0.37$0.15-$0.22
Wallis and Futuna (Islands)681$2.70$1.18-$1.52
Yemen (Arab Rep Of)967$0.70$0.30-$0.40
Zaire243$1.46$0.78-$0.68
Zambia260$0.60$0.96$0.36
Zimbabwe263$1.92$0.88-$1.04

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