Choosing a prepaid plan from an MVNO usually involves some kind of sacrifice: either your data is minimal, your network is 3G only or your calls are overpriced. Yatango sells plans using the Optus 4G and 3G networks, but how does it compare to its rivals?
Yatango offers a range of plans, including data-only, unlimited, pay as you go and "build your own" options. Here are the main ones on offer and our thoughts:
- The top data-only plan costs $69 a month for 10GB a month (cheaper options are available). If you want a data-only option for use on a tablet, or because you have no decent broadband at home, this is one of the cheaper options. (Optus offers 15GB of data in a month on its Prepaid Daily Plus plan, but is limited to no more than 500MB of data a day.) Paying $39 a month for 5GB of data seems less appealing — for $6 more a month, you could add unlimited calls and texts on Amaysim, albeit as a 3G-only choice.
- The Unlimited plan offers unlimited Australian calls and texts for $27.90 a month, but doesn't include any data at that price. With 1GB of data, the plan costs $35.90 a month; 3GB costs $43.90 5GB is $58.90. Again, the Amaysim plan is cheaper ($44.90 with 5GB of data and unlimited Australian calls and texts), but 3G only. If you want 4G, there's a large premium here.
- The pay as you go option charges 15 cents a minute for calls (no flagfall), 12 cents per text, and 5 cents per minute for data. Amaysim is slightly cheaper here, since calls are 12 cents a minute on its pay-as-you-go plan.
- You can build your own plan if (for example) you want texts and data but no calls. That's potentially very useful if you have an idiosyncratic usage pattern — but the pre-built options are generally cheaper. Ask the site for a plan with 1000 minutes of voice, 1000 SMS and 10GB of data and you'll be charged $109 a month. At that point, Optus' own plans are better value for calls and texts.
If 4G is essential to you, these plans are certainly cheaper than what Optus itself offers. That said, for a typical user, Amaysim's 3G-based plans remain fairly competitive. Still, having extra MVNO competitors certainly doesn't hurt.
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