OVO Mobile Recharge
Review and Comparison

  • Powered by Optus 3G + 4G network
  • Generous data options for the price point
  • Prepaid – no surprises and freedom to change
  • Australian customer service
  • They always offer their best pricing to existing customers

Top OVO Mobile Recharge Options

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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile MiniPlus $14.95

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $14.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Small $19.95

• Receive 4GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

4GB

Data
2GB + 2GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• Receive 4GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $19.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Medium $29.95

• With 50 international minutes.

• Receive 10GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data
6GB + 4GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 50 international minutes.

• Receive 10GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $29.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Large $34.95

• With 300 international minutes.

• Receive a huge 25GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

25GB

Data
15GB + 10GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 300 international minutes.

• Receive a huge 25GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $34.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Extra Large $49.95

• With 500 international minutes.

• Receive a massive 40GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data
20GB + 20GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 500 international minutes.

• Receive a massive 40GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $49.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Mini $9.95

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
$500Standard calls

1GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $9.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $10.00

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $12.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

500MB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $12.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $15.00

• Orange 15 Promo - Now $12 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data

• Orange 15 Promo - Now $12 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$15.00 COST PER MONTH $12.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya Unlimited M2M $16.00

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

COST PER MONTH $16.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $16.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Extra data is $10/1GB. Personal use only. Critical information summaries. Terms & Fair use policy apply. Month-to-month plans auto-renew each month.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20.00

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2.5GB

Data

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Woolworths Mobile 12 Month SIM Only $20

• BONUS 10GB school holiday data every three months

• Plus 10GB once off bonus on activation

• 100GB Data Bank

• Unlimited Standard National Calls and SMS

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data
Data Banking

• BONUS 10GB school holiday data every three months

• Plus 10GB once off bonus on activation

• 100GB Data Bank

• Unlimited Standard National Calls and SMS

Cost per month $20.00
Contract 12 Months
Minimum spend is $240.00
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What else do I need to know?
12 month payment plan. Total minimum cost is $240 (excludes any discount). Additional Data - 1GB for $10. All for use in Australia. Calls and messages to standard Australian numbers. T&Cs Apply.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $30.00

• Orange 30 Promo - Now $20 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data

• Orange 30 Promo - Now $20 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$30.00 COST PER MONTH $20.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $20.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $22.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $22.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $22.00
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $30.00

• 8GB + 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first five $30+ recharges on Telstra Pre-Paid Max _. First recharge by 5 February 2019, with all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data
Data Banking

• 8GB + 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first five $30+ recharges on Telstra Pre-Paid Max _. First recharge by 5 February 2019, with all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30.00

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $35.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $35.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya Unlimited M2M $36.00

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

COST PER MONTH $36.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $36.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Extra data is $10/1GB. Personal use only. Critical information summaries. Terms & Fair use policy apply. Month-to-month plans auto-renew each month.
Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $40.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

18GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $40.00

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

20GB

Data

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $60.00

• Orange 60 Promo - Now $40 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data

• Orange 60 Promo - Now $40 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$60.00 COST PER MONTH $40.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $40.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $50.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

23GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $50.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 months is $600.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $50.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $50.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $50.00
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max Extra $50.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

28GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $50.00

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $60.00

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

60GB

Data

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $60.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $60.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

38GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $60.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid Optus
Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

• Auto charge with an extra 524MB for $2.

• Maximum auto charge is $4/1GB for the day.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS for $2 a day.
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard national calls for $2 a day.

500MB

Data

• Auto charge with an extra 524MB for $2.

• Maximum auto charge is $4/1GB for the day.

STARTER SIM COST $2.00
EXPIRY Days end at 11:59pm local time. Minimum recharge is $10.
Minimum spend is $10.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies. 30 days expiry for $10 recharges, 6 months expiry for $30+ recharges. Days end at 11.59pm local time. Minimum recharge $10.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Value $30.00

• Roll over unused data up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited calls to standard national numbers, 13/1300 numbers and Voicemail.

1GB

Data
Charged per KB

• Roll over unused data up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 42 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Long Expiry $30

• MyCredit roll over up to $500 when you recharge before expiry.

25c Standard SMS
25c per standard national SMS (160 characters) and MMS.
25cStandard calls
25c per minute for standard national calls (charged per min).

7c

Data
7c per MB. Charged per KB

• MyCredit roll over up to $500 when you recharge before expiry.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 186 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia.
Postpaid Telstra 3G + 4G
Belong Mobile $15.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $15.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $25.00

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Data Banking

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $25.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $30.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $30.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $40.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $40.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $50.00

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard international calls to 20 select destinations, 100 mins standard international calls to 30 select destinations and 100 standard text to 50 select destinations.

55GB

Data
32GB+23GB bonus data

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

RECHARGE COST $50.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Special 'kids plan' - pocket money spend level.

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract. Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 minsStandard calls

1GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Special 'kids plan' - pocket money spend level.

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract. Free delivery!

$9.90 STARTER SIM COST $4.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $9.90
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$15.90 STARTER SIM COST $7.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $15.90
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

8GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your monthly total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$29.90 STARTER SIM COST $14.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $29.90
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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $15.95

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $15.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $34.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$34.90 STARTER SIM COST $17.45
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $34.90
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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $19.95

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $19.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $22.95

• Plus $100 international call credit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

9GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Plus $100 international call credit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $22.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Prepaid 3G from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$59.90 STARTER SIM COST $29.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $59.90
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $22.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

7GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

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Common questions about OVO Mobile Recharge

What is the OVO Mobile Recharge Window / Recharge Validity Window ?

OVO Mobile’s recharge window is 30 days. As we cover in the article on this page, that’s an unusual ( and advantageous ) recharge validity period.

Most of the phone companies ( and all of the big companies ) changed their recharge validity window to just 28 days in mid 2016. It might not sound like much but it makes a big difference to the number of times you will have to recharge during the year. Do the maths. It’ll save you a couple of recharges a year.

With what denominations can I recharge my OVO Service ?

You can recharge your service with any Australian dollar amount you want to.

Of course, it usually makes sense, when working out the recharge value you want to add, to have an understanding of the cost of your prepaid plan each month. If you have a prepaid plan which costs, let’s say $29.95 per month, you’ll probably want to recharge with that amount every recharge validity period.

You can see OVO’s current recharge range at the top of this page.

What is a Recharge Auto-renewal and how does it work ?

Auto-renewal is the easy way to make sure your OVO Mobile Prepaid Plan is always ready to work for you. If you do not recharge your prepaid plan each month, you’ll run out of credit and your ability to use the service will stop. The alternative is to recharge your service and you have 2 ways of doing that. You can perform a manual recharge by logging in to My Account and picking a denomination ( e.g. $50 ) which will be added to your account balance once. Or you could login to the same facility and set up an automated recharge. The automated version just means you don’t have to login each month to manually recharge, it’s done automatically for you by their systems.

How can I top my service up and make international calls ?

In their ‘my account’ online Self Service facility, OVO Mobile have options to ‘Top Up’ the service with an international plan inclusion. Rates aren’t as good as those offered by Lebara or Amaysim so if you’re doing this regularly, make sure you shop around for the best international call rates.

Top ups are mostly for use if you are running out of a particular recharge feature mid month and you need to get through to the end so the service and its features auto-renew.

What’s included in my OVO Mobile Recharge ?

OVO’s recharge includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS to Australian numbers and unlimited ‘OVO Time’ – the facility that allows you to watch V8 Supercars, Audi Customer Racing and Official Australian Gymnastic content on your phone. ( Users are provided an app – it’s called ‘OVOPlay’ which lets them stream the content to their phone. )

Your OVO recharge does not, by default, include the facility or value to allow calls to international numbers ( you’ll need a top up for that. ) The same goes for roaming entitlements. If you want to make calls or use data while you are over seas, you’ll need to ‘top up’ with the right bundle in their online self service facility.

OVO Mobile’s plans / recharges do not include calls to premium / 1900 numbers.

Do OVO Mobile have an app which lets me recharge my prepaid service ?

Not yet. This is a disappointing aspect to their service and it sets them apart in a negative light. When you choose OVO, you’re choosing a brand new type of phone company. They’re still working on building the basic infrastructure that the older phone companies might take for granted.

When does my auto-recharge kick in ?

Your auto-recharge will be turned on by default when you get your OVO service.

Your service will auto-renew every 30 days from the point of activation. In non telco talk that means that you don’t have to worry about recharging, it’s done for you buy a system and the system starts when you start to use your new OVO phone service.

Remember, your date of purchase and date of service acquisition are not the same thing. See the article on this page if you need more details about this one.

Do OVO Mobile charge per kB or per MB for their data.

OVO Mobile are one of the good guys when it comes to charging for data. They treat a MB as 1024 kB ( that’s the textbook definition, but, if you can believe it, not everyone follows it, some use 1000 MB in a GB ! ) OVO also charge in per kB chunks ( rather than per MB chunks. ) It might not sound like much but it can make a big difference to how quickly you use your data. Anecdotally, we hear you get through your data as much as twice as fast if charging is per MB rather than per kB.

OVO Mobile Recharge - Everything you need to know

OVO Mobile have updated their plan range as of August 3, 2016. We think they’re the best value in market. Read on to find out why.

What's good

  • Powered by the Optus 3G and 4G Network
  • Generous data options for the price point
  • Keep existing phone number of bring it with you
  • Australian customer service
  • Includes free entertainment with content partners
  • Free SIM and SIM Delivery

What's bad

  • No retail presence
  • Some basics missing : e.g. no self service app

 

Introduction – the key points about OVO Mobile Recharges

  • OVO Mobile are a new type of disruptive phone company.
  • Get a recharge from OVO mobile an they will provide you with free content.
  • We tell you exactly what content below.
  • You’ll get this content alongside the phone service you get from them and it’s all included in the price.
  • Their core voice, SMS and data plans use the Optus 3G + 4G networks.
  • They have data bundles for normal phones and SIM enabled tablet plans computers too.
  • If you love V8 Supercars, Audi Customer Racing and / or Australian gymnastics then look no further than OVO Mobile.
  • And, with their August 2016 price plan update, you’ll be doing well to find a competitor who offers better standard data inclusion. Every price plan has been reduced, or bigger data bundles have been added to what’s there. They’ve launched a price match promise and there’s more on the way.
  • Read on to find out the reasons we think OVO is a good bet for your money.

 

OVO Mobile Recharges

Update ! OVO Mobile Update Their Plan Range 3rd August 2016

OVO Mobile are the most disruptive phone company in Australia. They launched a few months ago and added content to the list of things you could get on top of data bundles and voice minutes when you took a SIM. At the start of August 2016, they’ve made some more, frankly remarkable changes to what they have in market. Here is a summary of the key elements of the OVO mobile recharge proposition. The specifics of the recharge regimen and plan feature differ subtly between each phone company. These are the key things you need to know about OVO’s recharges.

  • There is no OVO Mobile Self Service App :
    OVO Mobile do not yet have a self service app. On one hand, this simply shows how new their plans are. However, on the other, Self Service apps are, in our view the best way to manage your plan and recharges. Most of the phone companies, including smaller / network resellers have them. OVO, we are told are still working on theirs. You will have to login to the MyAccount service when you sign up. You can do everything you want to in there -recharge, buy extras ( like a bit more data mid month if you run out ) but it’s less convenient than an app.
  • OVO Mobile Recharges have a 30 day validity period :
    OVO recharges work in the same way pretty much any recharge from any telco does. OVO are a bit fairer with their recharges than a lot of the competition are. OVO’s recharge window is 30 days. Almost all of the other phone companies changed their recharge window to be 28 days in mid 2016. It might not sound like much but the duration of the recharge validity is almost certainly the key variable which will determine the value you get from your plan. If you have a 30 day recharge window, you’ll need to recharge 13 times a year. With a 28 day recharge, you’ll need to recharge 14 times a year.
  • Auto-recharge is turned on by default :
    Your plan will be topped up automatically for you each recharge period. You can change this for your plan by logging in to MyAccount ( their online Self Service facility, available through the website ) and changing your settings in the OVO Mobile recharge area. Remember, your auto activation occurs every 30 days from the date of activation ( that’s when you start using it ), not purchase. So, if you bought your service on the first of the month but it took a few days to get to you and then it say on your coffee table until the 10th before you activated it, your auto-recharges will happen every 30 days on the 10th.
  • Data does not rollover :
    The good news is that data does not rollover with OVO Mobile. We believe Data rollover is a crock and, as a result, that this is a good thing !
  • Top Ups :
    If you run low on data, want to make international calls or send SMS from your Australian phone, or roam overseas with your Australian prepaid phone, you will need some form of OVO top up. You can get these online too, through the self service portal ‘My Account’.
  • The things your recharge can’t run out of :
    OVO Mobile’s plan range and recharge options are easier to understand than most. Since their plans include unlimited Australian SMS and calls to Australian numbers ( except premium – e.g. 19 numbers ) you will always be able to use those services. You can’t run out so long as your recharge window is valid. The same goes for OVO time, the element of their service you can use to get hold of the Audi Customer Racing, Australian Gymnastics and V8 supercar content which is so important to OVO customers.

The competition – consider these alternatives to OVO Mobile Recharges

 

What’s good about OVO Mobile’s Recharges + Plans

OVO Mobile are Powered by the Optus 3G and 4G Network

This section has been updated to reflect their revised August 2016 price plans.

  • Every plan reduced : 
    As you’ll see in the table on this page ( which now reflects OVO’s latest pricing ) they’ve gone through and increased the data allowances for every plan they have in market. You will not find better data inclusions anywhere. (With the possible exception of Boost Mobile – if you count their weekend bonus data.)
  • Price Match Promise :
    OVO will be passing along these pricing reductions to their existing customer base as well as offering them to new customers. This is a major departure from the usual telco ploys and offers another reason to sign up with the company. OVO will take this part of their proposition forward. In the future, whenever they raise the plan inclusions they offer, existing customers will get the benefit.
  • Strong network :
    The network that each phone company uses is the critical part of their service for most people. This is especially true for OVO, given the nature of their USP ( Unique Selling Point – the content. ) The Optus network is not just for the data you use in your phone plan anyway. It’s also your connection to the streamed content they provide as part of their core proposition.

 

  • Free access to content :
    OVO are famous for their content. At launch, they offered exclusive access to V8 Supercars races. They still hold a large back catalogue of races. They’re constantly adding new partners and have already included two new ones. Sign up now and as well as the V8s, you’ll see Audi Customer Racing and a huge array of Australian Gymnastics content, too. Streamed video makes up more than 90% of all the network data utilization on every network. i.e. Most of what you spend on data you spend watching You Tube clips. OVO’s streamed video content ( SVOD ) does not come out of your data bundle. Unlike most telcos, if you watch the content OVO Mobile provide you as part of your plan – the V8 Supercars, Gymnastics or Audi Racing video, audio and telemetry information – it will not count against your plan’s data inclusions.

Amaysim $30.00
vs OVO Mobile $34.95

Prepaid month to month

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $30.00

  • Voice

    Unlimited Calls & SMS
    in OZ

  • Data

    5.0 GB

  • No free content or streaming

Network

 

Both use exactly the same Optus network.

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $30.00

  • Voice

    Unlimited Calls & SMS
    in OZ

  • Data

    5.0 GB

  • No free content or streaming

Network

 

Both use exactly the same Optus network.

  • Find out more :
    In our use of the service, as part of the trial when OVO first released their plans, content delivery was flawless. If you need to know more about the details of the Optus network you can read our national coverage article.

 

Generous data options for the price point:

Thankfully, given the complexity in the volume of plans which are available in the market, OVO Mobile’s plan range is perfectly digestible and easy to understand.

  • OVO have 3 tiers of mobile plan for mobile. Low, Medium and High.
  • 3 tiers of mobile plan for tablet plans. Low, medium and High.
  • You can see those plans above, on this page or check them out next to the best of their competitors on the Prepaid page.

You can keep your existing phone number if you go to OVO:

  • If you move to OVO, you can keep your existing phone number. If you are buying an OVO SIM for a second handset, or if you just don’t care about keeping your existing phone number, you can just get a new one in the checkout process when you order online.

Australian customer service:

  • One of OVO’s great strengths is that they are fully Australian. That applies to everyone from the CEO to the support team you’ll speak to if you have a problem with your SIM. OVO’s Australian message matches their support for and investment in Australian content for Australian users. This may also simply be a feature of the fact they don’t have a huge scale yet which would justify investments in an off shore call center.

Free SIM and SIM Delivery:

  • Common but still worth mentioning, OVO offer free SIM delivery.

 

OVO’s SIM plans include free entertainment with content partners.

If you live in rural Australia or have been to an event recently, you might have seen OVO Mobile advertised at a V8 Supercars, or Australian Gymnastics event. OVO have taken a unique position in the Australian market for prepaid recharge and offer content as part of their plans. Here’s what you’ll get.

  • V8 Supercars, Audi Customer Racing and access to the Australian gymnastics :
    4m people, a reported 40% of Australia loves V8 Supercar content. Having used the service myself, I can tell you OVO do it right. You get access to a back catalogue of V8 races, in car telemetry, exclusive interviews and a host of other video, through their free OVOPlay app. OVO have really thought through the content part of what they’re offering, as you might expect. They sign you up for access to their content portal the minute they take your order. You don’t have to wait for the SIM to be delivered, you can get in straight away. OVO are always adding new content to their service. Including ….
  • Access to the Australian gymnastics and Audi Customer Racing:
    A slightly smaller although no less passionate group of half a million Australians follow gymnastics. You will get the same access, through the same OVOPlay app to gymnastic content. If you’re in to cars and racing and V8 doesn’t satisfy your lust, OVO added Audi Customer Racing in mid 2016.
  • You get access to all 3 content sets :
    For now, the price of the plan you buy includes access to Audi Customer Racing, Australian Gymnastics and V8 Supercar content. We are told that at some point in the future this may change. At that point, users will be provided a choice of the content they want included in their plan and the ability to pay more for content beyond their core interest.
  • Content streaming is included still free :
    Perhaps the most important point of the content OVO offer in your prepaid recharge is that streaming it is included in your package. That does not mean it comes out of your plan’s data allowance. If your plan comes with 3G of 3G and 4G data, you can use all of that to download Facebook content and watch cat videos. While your SIM is active, however, you will be able to access and stream the V8 Supercar and Gymnastic content.
  • This is just the beginning :
    OVO intend to add more content to their offering throughout the year and are in negotiations to do so. They’re betting big on content and believe the whole market is moving that way. Given Optus’ recent news about including EPL ( English Premier League ) content in their plans with a similar ‘included’ approach, it appears they might be on to something.

 

What’s bad ( or at least, what we don’t like ) about OVO Mobile’s Recharges + Plans

  • Difficult checkout :
    We found the process of working through the checkout on the OVO site too difficult. Compared to competitors on the same network like Amaysim, OVO’s automation makes it too hard to complete the process.
  • Slow SIM delivery :
    SIM delivery was slow when we ordered which is a pain. In fairness, OVO mitigated this by offering access to their content before the SIM arrived.
  • Not right for everyone :
    V8 Supercars, Audi Racing and Gymnastics don’t float my boat. This type of content not right for everyone. Let’s see what else they add.

 

Why is content important to me in a phone company ?

Content ( like the access to streamed V8 Supercars and Australian Gymnastic video ) is an intelligent way to deal with the key issue facing phone companies at the moment. After 5 years of smart network investment, Vodafone’s 4G network is now about the same as Optus’ for coverage and speed. Independent research tells us Vodafone can actually be faster than either Optus or Telstra’s network in major metro ( city ) areas.

The similarity of network providers means the phone companies have to set themselves apart in other areas. The result, especially in early 2016, has been a data price war with the phone companies fighting over themselves to include more GB in their plans. Nowhere has the battle been fought harder than in prepaid with Optus offering more data than some of it’s network resellers – which is almost unheard of. This constant more value for the same price fight is called by some a ‘race to the bottom’ and it’s not good if you’re one of the phone companies. ( It is good for you and me of course, especially those who like data and aren’t afraid to move phone companies. )

An alternative way to differentiate yourself ( instead of offering more and more data for free ) is to include something that the alternative phone companies don’t. That’s the route OVO Mobile have gone. In a world where we are centering our lives around mobile devices, the ability to provide streamed content ( especially content which, as we’ve described above, does not come out of your plan ) offers a unique selling point and a talking point when dealing with customers. The content range is limited for now but OVO have a ‘continued commitment to expand their content offering.’

They just need to get the message out. This is a significant change for the industry and it’s going to take most people some time to get used to it. Press releases such as those issued with the May 2016 announcement of their gymnastic content help. Content gives them cut through and traction with customers. I personally am surprised we have not heard more from them in the press.

The competition around content obviously provides and advantage and investment in to Australian sports bodies, clubs and schemes. The thing about content that’s behind all of this is that people feel so strongly about it they will leave their existing phone company to get it.

The other side of the same argument of course is why bother ? I am not in to V8 Supercars or gymnastics so I choose an SIM from an alternative provider. I must say though, since they revised their offer in August 2016, the price plans they offer are pretty much the best in market. Compare them for yourself. These days, we recommend that, whether you want the content or not, you consider OVO.

 

Summing up OVO Mobile Recharges

The truth is, I think I care about phone companies too much. We run this site to give people the inside track on the best phone plan to buy. It is hard to remember when I’ve seen anything like this. Telcos change plan inclusions all the time. They do not ( so far as I know, anywhere in the world ) offer to price match their own plans. That means that if you sign up with OVO, you don’t have to constantly monitor the market to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

OVO have always understood sports fans. Their moto exclaims it : #ForTheFans. Offering free data for the sports content they have on their site set them apart when they launched. An increasing range of content options separates them further from the other Australian telcos.

Based on price and inclusion alone, everyone should be at least comparing these plans with the plans they were going to buy. They stand out on value even if you are not a sports fan who is interested in the content.

OVO have a fiercely smart business model which is in the process of being well executed. The idea is so good, they’re even funded, behind the scenes by some smart investors. OVO’s management team really get the market and the customer need around content. Their plans, recharges and inclusions are better value than what you’d expect from Optus themselves and they use exactly the same network.

From the outside in ( and having worked for Optus in the past ) it appears that the discussions OVO had with Optus 2 years ago, when they were talking about setting OVO Mobile up a network reseller have been taken as ( let’s call it ) ‘inspiration’ by the company. Optus have now bet in no small way on a very similar strategy with their investments in the EPL – the English Premier League.  Optus’ pricing of that EPL content has been diabolical. Their execution was a PR nightmare and included rumors of redundancies to pay for the cost of the content – $169m leaked. It’s all typical brutal, terrible, Optus. But the concept of having a 24 hour TV channel for the EPL using their Fetch TV seems at least very similar to the OVO idea and merit worthy in that regard. Their content model could be the future of telco. OVO Mobile obviously think they are.

From the point of view of a user who can either have the Optus 3G / 4G network from Optus or OVO ( and it’s the same network. ) The price is the same. OVO already target 4m Australians with Supercars and now service another niche segment – Gymnastics. 75% of those that watch gymnastics are female – a segment which is not often directly addressed by telco brands. If you’re in either category, (a V8 lover or a Gymnastics lover) you may as well choose OVO Mobile for your recharge. It’s a no brainer to choose them if you like that content.

And if not, you should probably be considering OVO on their current pricing and price match promise anyway. Or you can get a SIM from one of their major competitors, we’ve listed them on this page. But check in and see what content OVO have added in a few months. There might be something in there for you.

 

Extra Resources – Articles of use to Prepaid Users

  • Prepaid plans now have streamed audio included in them :
    You may not be aware of one of the biggest improvements to prepaid plans since they were originally devised. 2016 saw the release of prepaid plans which have streamed audio included in them. If you already have a Spotify, iTunes Music, Google Music or IHeartRadio account, then you might like to find out more about streamed audio in phone plans.
  • Entertainment options are becoming common :
    You may also have started hearing about the increasing inclusion of entertainment options in prepaid and SIM Only phone plans. We also examine Optus’ mobile phone plan Entertainment options, Telstra’s mobile phone plan Entertainment options and compare the two.
  • Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month :
    We’ve given a short explanation on this page but if you want more detail on the types of phone plans in Australia, this is it. In Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month, we explain and the best value alternatives you have and when it makes sense to use each type.
  • Prepaid vs Postpaid –the simple trick to getting the best value :
    The tier 1 telcos ( Optus Telstra and Vodafone ) all have both prepaid and postpaid plans. Sometimes they have both types of plan at the same price point.
  • Does it make sense to buy a Phone myself and add a SIM ? :
    It’s often even cheaper to buy your own phone and add a SIM ( including a prepaid SIM ) to it. We explain how to go Buying a phone outright and adding a SIM.
  • Data Rollovers :
    Considering a plan with data rollover in it ? We explain why they’re not the real solution to the real problem with prepaid plans.

And, remember, before you buy, read the CIS (that’s the Critical Information Summary–a clearly written definition of what is and is not included in the plans from these phone companies) before you buy. You need to be confident in the plan you choose yourself. You’ll find the CIS on the Vodafone website.

 

Compare all of our prepaid plans

If you need another network, you might like to check our Best Prepaid Plans Page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. ) A list of best value plans using the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.

COMPARE THE BEST PREPAID PLANS

 

See all SIM Only plans

If you need another network, for example you’re after an unlimited plan with Telstra coverage, or you live in a city and you’re happy with Vodafone, you might like to check our SIM Only Comparison page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. )

COMPARE ALL SIM ONLY PLANS