OVO mobile slices international call rates

Alex Kidman 17 May 2017 NEWS

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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:

Country Country code Current price New price (as at 24 May) Price change
Afghanistan 93 $0.99 $0.46 -$0.53
Albania 355 $1.26 $0.87 -$0.39
Algeria 213 $1.26 $1.00 -$0.26
Andorra 376 $0.80 $0.26 -$0.54
Angola 244 $0.40 $0.39 -$0.01
Anguilla 1264 $1.40 $0.53 -$0.87
Antarctica 672 $7.40 $4.72 -$2.68
Antigua And Barbuda 1268 $1.06 $0.50 -$0.56
Argentina 54 $0.50 $0.38 -$0.12
Armenia 374 $0.96 $0.47 -$0.49
Aruba 297 $1.06 $0.52 -$0.54
Ascension Isl 247 $3.37 $3.96 $0.59
Austria 43 $0.30 $0.51 $0.21
Azerbaijan 994 $1.46 $0.65 -$0.81
Bahamas 1242 $0.63 $0.34 -$0.29
Bahrain 973 $0.33 $0.30 -$0.03
Bangladesh 880 $0.30 $0.12 -$0.18
Barbados 1246 $1.13 $0.51 -$0.62
Belarus 375 $1.69 $0.69 -$1.00
Belgium 32 $0.40 $0.16 -$0.24
Belize 501 $1.06 $0.47 -$0.59
Benin 229 $1.09 $0.75 -$0.34
Bermuda 1441 $0.30 $0.08 -$0.22
Bhutan 975 $0.37 $0.15 -$0.22
Bolivia 591 $0.96 $0.42 -$0.54
Bosnia & Herzegovina 387 $1.16 $0.69 -$0.47
Botswana 267 $1.06 $0.51 -$0.55
Brazil 55 $0.40 $0.17 -$0.23
British Virgin Islands 1284 $1.13 $0.99 -$0.14
Brunei Darussalam 673 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Bulgaria 359 $2.00 $0.59 -$1.41
Burkina Faso 226 $1.52 $0.72 -$0.80
Burundi 257 $2.38 $1.14 -$1.24
Cambodia 855 $0.33 $0.15 -$0.18
Cameroon 237 $1.56 $0.69 -$0.87
Canada 1 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Cape Verde 238 $1.62 $0.53 -$1.09
Cayman Islands 1345 $0.86 $0.41 -$0.45
Central African Republic 236 $3.30 $1.24 -$2.06
Chad 235 $3.40 $1.14 -$2.26
Chile 56 $0.20 $0.29 $0.09
China 86 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Colombia 57 $0.40 $0.09 -$0.31
Comoros 269 $2.00 $0.82 -$1.18
Congo (Dem. Rep. Of The) 242 $2.12 $2.12 $0.00
Cook Islands 682 $3.47 $1.50 -$1.97
Costa Rica 506 $0.33 $0.15 -$0.18
Croatia 385 $0.80 $0.86 $0.06
Cuba 53 $3.44 $1.61 -$1.83
Cyprus 357 $0.30 $0.08 -$0.22
Cyprus (Turk Occ. Area) 90392 $0.30 $0.30 $0.00
Czech Republic 420 $0.37 $0.16 -$0.21
Denmark 45 $0.60 $0.05 -$0.55
Diego Garcia 246 $5.70 $2.87 -$2.83
Djibouti 253 $1.56 $0.66 -$0.90
Dominica Is 1767 $1.40 $0.47 -$0.93
Dominican Republic 1809 $1.90 $0.14 -$1.76
Dominican Republic 1829 $1.90 $1.90 $0.00
Dominican Republic 1849 $1.90 $1.90 $0.00
East Timor (Timor-Leste) 670 $2.64 $0.71 -$1.93
Ecuador 593 $0.83 $0.46 -$0.37
Egypt 20 $0.40 $0.26 -$0.14
El Salvador 503 $0.90 $0.36 -$0.54
Equatorial Guinea 240 $1.90 $0.92 -$0.98
Eritrea 291 $1.06 $0.47 -$0.59
Estonia 372 $1.56 $0.76 -$0.80
Ethiopia 251 $1.09 $0.47 -$0.62
Faroe Islands 298 $3.00 $0.36 -$2.64
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 500 $3.40 $3.04 -$0.36
Fiji 679 $1.50 $0.56 -$0.94
Finland 358 $0.40 $0.11 -$0.29
France 33 $0.40 $0.14 -$0.26
French Guiana Guinea 594 $0.50 $0.16 -$0.34
French Polynesia 689 $1.16 $0.53 -$0.63
Gabon 241 $1.98 $0.95 -$1.03
Gambia 220 $2.05 $1.90 -$0.15
Georgia 995 $0.43 $0.58 $0.15
Germany 49 $0.40 $0.06 -$0.34
Ghana 233 $0.80 $0.58 -$0.22
Gibraltar 350 $0.90 $0.30 -$0.60
Greece 30 $0.50 $0.15 -$0.35
Greenland 299 $2.41 $1.06 -$1.35
Grenada 1473 $1.09 $0.48 -$0.61
Guadeloupe 590 $0.40 $0.09 -$0.31
Guam 1671 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Guatemala 502 $0.63 $0.29 -$0.34
Guinea (Republic) 224 $2.08 $0.96 -$1.12
Guinea-Bissau 245 $2.25 $1.52 -$0.73
Guyana 592 $1.13 $0.53 -$0.60
Haiti 509 $1.52 $0.78 -$0.74
Honduras 504 $0.73 $0.35 -$0.38
Hong Kong 852 $0.20 $0.05 -$0.15
Hungary 36 $0.30 $0.49 $0.19
Iceland 354 $0.40 $0.05 -$0.35
India 91 $0.20 $0.04 -$0.16
Indonesia 62 $0.30 $0.15 -$0.15
Iran (Islamic Republic Of) 98 $0.40 $0.44 $0.04
Iraq 964 $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
Italy 39 $0.50 $0.23 -$0.27
Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) 225 $1.85 $0.77 -$1.08
Jamaica 1876 $1.09 $0.41 -$0.68
Japan 81 $0.60 $0.19 -$0.41
Jordan 962 $0.47 $0.36 -$0.11
Kazakhstan 7 $1.10 $0.30 -$0.80
Kenya 254 $0.60 $0.39 -$0.21
Kiribati 686 $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
Kosovo 381 $7.50 $7.50 $0.00
Kuwait 965 $0.30 $0.16 -$0.14
Kyrgyzstan 996 $0.86 $0.39 -$0.47
Laos (Lao P.D.R.) 856 $0.40 $0.15 -$0.25
Latvia 371 $2.48 $4.34 $1.86
Lebanon 961 $0.60 $0.35 -$0.25
Lesotho 266 $0.90 $0.69 -$0.21
Liberia 231 $2.45 $0.89 -$1.56
Libya (Arab Jamahiriya) 218 $1.42 $0.52 -$0.90
Liechtenstein 423 $1.50 $1.40 -$0.10
Lithuania 370 $0.40 $1.06 $0.66
Luxembourg 352 $0.80 $0.14 -$0.66
Macau 853 $0.27 $0.16 -$0.11
Macedonia 389 $1.52 $0.72 -$0.80
Madagascar 261 $3.73 $3.03 -$0.70
Malawi 265 $1.72 $0.78 -$0.94
Malaysia 60 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Maldives (Republic) 960 $3.83 $1.66 -$2.17
Mali 223 $1.75 $0.78 -$0.97
Malta 356 $0.40 $0.05 -$0.35
Mariana Islands (Norhtern) / Saipan 1670 $0.30 $0.08 -$0.22
Marshall Islands 692 $1.42 $0.64 -$0.78
Martinique 596 $0.40 $0.18 -$0.22
Mauritania 222 $2.08 $1.06 -$1.02
Mauritius 230 $0.63 $0.30 -$0.33
Mayotte 269 $0.70 $0.26 -$0.44
Mexico 52 $0.30 $0.05 -$0.25
Micronesia 691 $0.93 $1.11 $0.18
Moldova 373 $1.29 $1.01 -$0.28
Monaco 377 $1.95 $0.87 -$1.08
Mongolia 976 $0.30 $0.04 -$0.26
Montenegro 382 $1.26 $0.71 -$0.55
Montserrat 1664 $2.00 $0.56 -$1.44
Morocco 212 $1.49 $0.76 -$0.73
Mozambique 258 $0.99 $0.34 -$0.65
Myanmar 95 $1.50 $0.46 -$1.04
Namibia 264 $0.57 $0.16 -$0.41
Nauru 674 $4.20 $2.55 -$1.65
Nepal 977 $0.53 $0.35 -$0.18
Netherlands 31 $0.70 $0.33 -$0.37
Netherlands Antilles 599 $0.50 $0.29 -$0.21
New Caledonia 687 $0.76 $0.53 -$0.23
New Zealand 64 $0.05 $0.08 $0.03
Nicaragua 505 $1.19 $0.47 -$0.72
Niger 227 $1.46 $0.76 -$0.70
Nigeria 234 $0.40 $0.14 -$0.26
Niue (Island) 683 $5.75 $3.62 -$2.13
Norfolk Island 6723 $5.75 $2.76 -$2.99
Norway 47 $0.50 $0.04 -$0.46
Oman 968 $1.26 $0.64 -$0.62
Pakistan 92 $0.50 $0.09 -$0.41
Palau 680 $1.52 $1.26 -$0.26
Palestinian (Autonomous Areas) 970 $2.00 $0.40 -$1.60
Panama 507 $0.60 $0.26 -$0.34
Papua New Guinea 675 $2.64 $1.43 -$1.21
Paraguay 595 $0.50 $0.22 -$0.28
Peru 51 $0.50 $0.14 -$0.36
Philippines 63 $0.40 $0.28 -$0.12
Pitcairn Is 870 $0.10 $0.10 $0.00
Poland 48 $0.50 $0.30 -$0.20
Portugal 351 $0.30 $1.01 $0.71
Puerto Rico 1787 $0.20 $0.04 -$0.16
Puerto Rico 1939 $0.20 $0.20 $0.00
Qatar 974 $0.90 $0.36 -$0.54
Reunion 262 $1.50 $0.92 -$0.58
Romania 40 $0.40 $0.04 -$0.36
Russia (Federation) 7 $0.27 $0.46 $0.19
Rwanda 250 $1.36 $0.63 -$0.73
Sakhalin Island 7504 $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 Marino 378 $0.30 $1.90 $1.60
Sao Tome And Principe 239 $2.08 $3.00 $0.92
Saudi Arabia 966 $0.57 $0.24 -$0.33
Senegal 221 $1.72 $0.82 -$0.90
Serbia 381 $1.16 $0.70 -$0.46
Seychelles 248 $2.38 $1.41 -$0.97
Sierra Leone 232 $2.08 $0.87 -$1.21
Singapore 65 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Slovak (Republic) Slovakia 421 $0.60 $0.18 -$0.42
Slovenia 386 $1.42 $0.78 -$0.64
Solomon Islands 677 $3.00 $1.77 -$1.23
Somalia 252 $2.25 $1.14 -$1.11
South Africa 27 $0.50 $0.08 -$0.42
South Sudan 211 $2.00 $0.58 -$1.42
Spain 34 $0.40 $0.04 -$0.36
Sri Lanka 94 $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 Lucia 1758 $1.13 $0.56 -$0.57
St Pierre And Miquelon 508 $3.51 $0.95 -$2.56
St Vincent And Bequia (Grenadines) 1784 $1.32 $0.68 -$0.64
Sudan 249 $0.86 $0.35 -$0.51
Surinam 597 $1.36 $0.76 -$0.60
Swaziland 268 $0.80 $0.30 -$0.50
Sweden 46 $0.30 $0.04 -$0.26
Switzerland 41 $1.00 $0.63 -$0.37
Syria (Arab Republic Of) 963 $0.63 $0.32 -$0.31
Taiwan 886 $0.40 $0.18 -$0.22
Tajikistan 992 $0.76 $0.34 -$0.42
Tanzania 255 $1.39 $0.64 -$0.75
Thailand 66 $0.20 $0.10 -$0.10
Togo 228 $2.15 $0.75 -$1.40
Tokelau 690 $6.24 $3.28 -$2.96
Tonga 676 $2.31 $1.37 -$0.94
Trinidad And Tobago 1868 $0.66 $0.45 -$0.21
Tunisia 216 $2.05 $1.40 -$0.65
Turkey 90 $0.50 $0.27 -$0.23
Turkmenistan 993 $0.57 $0.32 -$0.25
Turks And Caicos Islands 1649 $1.52 $0.50 -$1.02
Tuvalu 688 $4.56 $2.75 -$1.81
Uganda 256 $1.42 $0.68 -$0.74
Ukraine 380 $1.09 $0.84 -$0.25
United Arab Emirates 971 $0.57 $0.32 -$0.25
United Kingdom 44 $0.30 $0.09 -$0.21
Uruguay 598 $0.60 $0.44 -$0.16
US Virgin Islands 1340 $0.20 $0.05 -$0.15
USA 1 $0.20 $0.06 -$0.14
Uzbekistan 998 $0.37 $0.15 -$0.22
Vanuatu 678 $2.88 $1.66 -$1.22
Vatican City 379 $0.50 $0.50 $0.00
Venezuela 58 $0.30 $0.21 -$0.09
Vietnam 84 $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
Zaire 243 $1.46 $0.78 -$0.68
Zambia 260 $0.60 $0.96 $0.36
Zimbabwe 263 $1.92 $0.88 -$1.04

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