Amaysim is one of the most popular prepaid carriers for Lifehacker readers, but there has always been one big complaint: it uses Optus’ older 3G network. That’s all set to change around April next year, when Amaysim finally introduces 4G plans.
Optus today announced that it has renewed its wholesale agreement with Amaysim, and that it will begin offering 4G services at that time. The crucial question is whether Amaysim will raise prices, offer both 3G and 4G plans, or simply roll customers onto the broader network.
Amaysim’s stance has generally been that 4G will be priced differently. “We want to make sure when we go to 4G that the timing’s right, the product’s right and 4G is mainstream, and the majority of customers will have compatible handsets,” managing director Julian Ogrin told us earlier this year.
Amaysim raised its prices on its Unlimited plan in August, upping to the data allowance from 4GB to 5GB but increasing its monthly charge by $5.
I’m an Amaysim customer myself, and this is a useful development. Apart from anything else, I’ve been finding the 3G network less reliable in recent months, especially for voice calls.