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?
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.
You should find both networks fairly comparable but this will vary depending on a number of factors, like whether you use your phone in dense metro areas or regional parts of the country.
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.
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 plans to choose from.
Need a new phone?
Both Boost and Amaysim are primarily SIM-only service providers, but both also offer the option to buy a new phone. Amaysim offers the largest range of the two, ranging from budget to premium devices.
Boost Mobile tends to focus on the more-affordable end of the spectrum, but it does have some surprisingly good phones for a very low cost.
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.