If you don't use a hell of a lot of data on your phone -- maybe you're on Wi-Fi all the time, or maybe you're just careful -- it can be hard to find a cheap mobile plan. Amaysim has always been a reliable go-to, but its lowest-priced plans have become even cheaper -- as little as $10 a month.
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In a bid to attract and retain customers, Vaya has introduced a 'Price Beat Guarantee' to all of its mobile phone plans. From today, if a customer sees a comparable 4G plan for less money, Vaya will immediately match it. In addition, it will also provide the next month for free. Here are the details.
In today's connected world, phone plan competitiveness is largely sold on data allowances, so it comes as no surprise that Amaysim is bumping up data and international inclusions on all of its Unlimited plans. It will also be switching to a 28 day cycle rather than a 30 day one, in the interest of allowing a 'like for like' comparison with other prepaid plans on the market.
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When Amaysim rolled out its 4G plans last month, one of the annoying features was that the amount of data on its $44.90 Unlimited plan dropped from 5GB to 4GB. That's no longer the case -- you now get 5GB with that plan, just like the old days.
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In a year which has seen mobile providers Kogan Mobile, PennyTel and Red Bull Mobile disappear (and ALDI Mobile teetering on the brink), you could understand if Amaysim was a little nervous. But CEO Rolf Hansen tells Lifehacker that he's not worried about the rationalisation in the MVNO industry -- and why there are no imminent plans to add 4G to the Amaysim mix.