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Amaysim-owned Vaya’s new plans: better value than Amaysim?

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In January, Amaysim purchased low-cost MVNO Vaya, and now it has made changes to its plans which see almost all receive increased value.

In early January, Amaysim announced it had acquired Vaya, as iTWire reported at the time

Since then, Amaysim has shaken up its own pricing, reducing its 30 day plans to 28 day plans, while at the same time increasing various plan inclusions.

Now comes changes for Vaya, which like Amaysim operates on the Optus network, but unlike Amaysim’s change to a 28 day billing cycle, Vaya’s plans appear to be calendar month plans, and while there only appears to be the option of post-paid billing, the plans are on a month-to-month basis.

Vaya itself says it has ‘dropped the price of a majority of its mobile plans while adding two new wallet-friendly options to its product range.’ 

Seeking to ‘deliver even better value to Aussie mobile users in search of a deal that suits their budget,’ Vaya says that ‘almost all of its existing Power Plans and Unlimited Plans will score a value increase either through more data, a price decrease or both.’

The naming convention of both Vaya’s Power Plans and Unlimited Plans has been simplified to reflect the size of the plan rather than the plan’s headline price. The ‘new Power Plan’ customers are promised a ‘benefit from a $2 price reduction on the majority of plans in the current Power Plan range.’

Those wanting to up their included $650 of talk to unlimited can now do so by upgrading to a Vaya Unlimited Plan for just $2 more per month.

They’ve also scored a new Power Plan with 7GB of data for $34 a month to choose from. 

For new Unlimited Plan customers, Vaya says ‘the news is just as good, with the Unlimited M (previously Unlimited 24) delivering added data along with a $2 price cut and Unlimited L receiving an added 500MB of data for the same price as its predecessor, the Unlimited 28.’

The Unlimited XL (previously Unlimited 34) has ‘increased by $2 but now comes with an additional 3GB for customers wanting higher data inclusions. There’s also a new Unlimited Plan to choose from with 1.5GB data for $20 a month.’ 

An unnamed Vaya spokesperson noted the ‘raft of improvements and new additions were designed with the budget-conscious Aussie in mind’ and said: “we’re thrilled to be able to offer Vaya customers even better value by packing more into our BYO mobile plans, and we’re focused on ensuring all of our plans represent the best value for money possible.” 

So, are these deals better than Amaysim's own plans?

Well, it depends. If you need the additional inclusions that Amaysim offers, such as various inclusions of international voice and text, which Vaya does not offer without additional charge, then Amaysim's deals are better value - even at the shorter 28 day billing cycle. 

However, if you need a no-frills services that nevertheless offers unlimited Australian voice and text messaging, as well as varying levels of data inclusions, along with additional data at $10 per gigabyte, then Vaya's plans look very affordable - even if they aren't offered on a 'pre-paid' basis. 

More below, please read on. 

Here are the details Vaya has provided on its updated plans: 

POWER PLANS

Vaya says its 'popular Power Plan S' (previously Power Plan 18) remains the same. 

Available for $18 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard SMS, $650 of talk and 1.5GB of data – all for use in Australia. 

Power Plan M (previously Power Plan 22) has taken a $2 price cut and comes with all of the existing inclusions. Now available for $20 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard SMS, $650 of talk and 2GB of data – all for use in Australia. 

Power Plan L (previously Power Plan 28) has also taken a $2 price cut and comes with all of the existing inclusions. Available for $26 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard SMS, $650 of talk and 3GB of data – all for use in Australia. 

Power Plan XL has been added to the Power Plan range. Available for $34 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard SMS, $650 of talk and 7GB of data – all for use in Australia, making it one of the best value high data plans on the market. 

UNLIMITED PLANS

Vaya says that 'Unlimited S' has been added to the Unlimited Plan suite. Available for $20 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard talk & SMS and 1.5GB of data – all for use in Australia. 

Unlimited M (previously Unlimited 24) has taken a $2 price cut and has an added 500MB of data. Available for $22 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard talk & SMS and 2GB of data (previously 1.5GB) – all for use in Australia. 

Unlimited L has had its data bumped up. Available for the same $28 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard talk & SMS and 3GB of data (previously 2.5GB) – all for use in Australia. 

Unlimited XL (previously Unlimited 34) has scored a whopping 3GB more data for just $2 extra. Available for $36 a month, the plan includes unlimited standard talk and SMS plus 7GB of data (previously only 4GB) – all for use in Australia. 

To sweeten the deal further for new customers, Vaya says it is offering a $2 promotion on all its plans for the first six months, which means its plans will start from as low as $16 per month. Although the promotion is only for new customers, existing customers can also get the new plans by switching upon their next renewal.

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