Boost Mobile vs Amaysim


WhistleOut
24 May 2016

If you’re looking for an alternative to the big four telcos in Australia, you’ve probably considered two of the most popular MVNO choices: Boost Mobile and Amaysim. But what is the difference between these two solid service provider options?

Unlimited plans

One of the key selling points for both Boost and Amaysim is that both offer offer unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in all plans. Amaysim has several more plans to choose from, while Boost keeps it simple with just $20 and $40 recharge options.

Mobile Phone Plans

With at least 200MB data | Filters
Carrier Inclusions  
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 1GB Prepaid
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $10
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $10 Prepaid SIM
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (7 Days)
  • $10
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $10 Prepaid Recharge
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (7 Days)
  • $10 + $2 Upfront
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 2.5GB Prepaid
  • 2.5GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $20
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $20 Prepaid Recharge
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $20 + $2 Upfront
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 5GB Prepaid
  • 5GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $25
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $30 Prepaid Recharge
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $30 + $2 Upfront
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 10GB Prepaid
  • 10GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $35
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $40 Prepaid Recharge
  • 16GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $40 Prepaid SIM
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40 + $2 Upfront

*Note: All plans in the table above are prepaid, but Amaysim does offer the same plans with a postpaid option.

Network vs network

The first and most important difference is that Boost and Amaysim operate on different networks. Boost operates in partnership with Telstra and runs on the Telstra 4G network. This isn't Telstra fastest 4GX network but it is still blisteringly quick, with download speeds up to 100Mbps.

Amaysim, on the other hand, is an Optus 4G network reseller, meaning that you get all of the coverage benefits of being with Optus. Like Boost, the download speeds you should expect to see as an Amaysim customer are up to a maximum of 100Mbps

In real world use, both Boost Mobile and Amaysim customers should expect downloads speeds of between 2Mbps - 50Mbps.

While download speeds should be pretty similar on both networks, coverage will be a more important factor to consider, and one which requires a bit of research. Before signing up to either service, make sure to look at coverage maps provided by both companies and be sure coverage reaches the places where you live and work.

Beyond calls and data

International calls: If you have friends and family overseas, then Amaysim is a great option. All Amaysim Unlimited plans, including the cheapest $24.90 option, come with unlimited calls to the 10 most popular calling destinations and unlimited SMS to 32 eligible countries. More expensive plan choices also come with 300-minutes to call the remainder of the 32 SMS countries not included in the unlimited 10.

You can find the full list of eligible countries in our guide to plans with international calls.

Bonus data: Boost Mobile customers can expect a lot of extra data in their plans, especially with Boost's ongoing weekend data plan feature. Each weekend between 9pm on Friday and midnight on Sunday, Boost customers on the $40 ULTD recharge get a bonus 2GB of data to use on top of the standard 3GB per month. This means that the plan comes with a total of 11GB per month, with 8GB to use only on the weekends.

Noteworthy alternatives...

Of course, there are a number of other cheap telco alternatives outside of Boost and Amaysim. Here are a few other to keep in mind.

Mobile Phone Plans

With at least 2GB data | Filters
Carrier Inclusions  
Bendigo Bank Telco
Bendigo Bank Telco
  • Smart 2GB Handset Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $14.50/mth
  • Min. cost $348
Jeenee Mobile
Jeenee Mobile
  • $14.90 Pennywise SIM
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $14.90/mth + $10 Upfront
  • Min. cost $188.80
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • $14.90 Extra Small Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $14.90
TeleChoice
TeleChoice
  • LIVE $19 Plan (12M)
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $19/mth
  • Min. cost $228
SpinTel
SpinTel
  • Large Mobile Plan 4G
  • 6GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $23.95/mth + $10 Upfront
  • Min. cost $33.95
CMOBILE
CMOBILE
  • C Red $24.90 Plan
  • 3GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $24.90/mth
  • Min. cost $24.90
Think Mobile
Think Mobile
  • Ultimate $25 Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $25/mth
  • Min. cost $25
ALDI mobile
ALDI mobile
  • L Value Pack $25
  • 3GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $25 + $5 Upfront
Kogan Mobile
Kogan Mobile
  • MEDIUM 30 Days Plan
  • 6GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $29.90
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $30 12-month SIM Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $300

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