Calls to 13, 18 and other special numbers remain at 29c per minute. ACMA has proposed a change that would make mobile calls to 1800 numbers free and those to 13 numbers charged as if they were to normal fixed lines, but that won't come in until January 1, 2015. amaysim already includes 18 and 13 calls in its $39.90 per month 'unlimited' plan.
The change to amaysim 'As You Go' rates takes effect today, and apply automatically to existing customers. "Unlike many telco price cuts that leave current customers stuck on old rates, our new prices apply to people already using amaysim as well as newcomers yet to jump on board," said founder and CEO Rolf Hansen. "It's a level playing field - the way mobile should be."
The company also announced cuts of up to 60% in international rates. International calls via amaysim now cost from 6c per minute with no flagfall for 'unlimited' or 'as you go' customers.
The 6c rate applies to Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and the USA. In some cases, calls to mobiles are charged at a higher rate.