Amaysim is expanding its range of no-contract phone plan options, adding a "middle ground" $19.90 per month option to its existing pay as you go and $39.90 a month unlimited plans Here's how it works and what you need to know.
Like Amaysim's other plans, the $19.90 plan runs on Optus' network. You don't have to sign up for a contract, so you aren't tied in for more than 30 days.
The plan includes 500MB of data (and unlimited browsing on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Foursquare, like Amaysim's other plans). Call rates for the plan are 9 cents per minute and 9 cents for a text, which is lower than the rate on Amaysim's as-you-go plan (which has charged 12 cents a minute since May). Data above the 500MB allocation is charged at 5 cents per megabyte (or you can buy a 1GB data pack for $9.90.) If you use your $19.90, you can top up with additional prepaid credit (or postpaid charges if you sign up with a credit card) -- but you still get the 9 cents per minute rate rather than the higher as-you-go rate.
In practical terms, $19.90 works out to 220 minutes of calls, which will be more than ample for many people. Overall, this sounds like a good deal. Indeed, if I was on the Unlimited plan, I'd be tempted to drop back to the $19.90 version and see if I was actually making the right volume of calls (since you can always switch back if it doesn't work). Equally, if you're spending $15 to $20 on prepaid each month, the lower call rate and extra data would be appealing. What do you think?