Vaya Plans

vaya flexible mobile plans

Vaya Plans gives you a competitive range of 4G enabled mobile plans using the Optus network. All Vaya Plans comes with your standard call, TXT and data allowance plus an allowance for calls to Vaya Plan members.

Quick Summary – Vaya Plans

Product Call rate1 Flagfall TXT MMS Data Call Cap/Credit Network Calls Voicemail Extras Value Charges More
PowerPlan S 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 1.5GB $650 calls/MMS 99c Excess data $10/GB $2.33/278 calls $18/mth + $20 for sim Buy Vaya
PowerPlan M 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 2GB $650 calls/MMS 99c Excess data $10/GB $2.33/278 calls $20/mth + $20 for sim
PowerPlan L 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 3GB $650 calls/MMS 99c Excess data $10/GB $2.33/278 calls $26/mth + $20 for sim
PowerPlan XL 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 7GB $650 calls/MMS 99c Excess data $10/GB $2.33/278 calls $34/mth + $20 for sim
Unlimited S 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 1.5GB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS Unlimited 99c Excess data $10/GB Unlimited calls $20/mth + $20 for sim
Unlimited M 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 2GB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS Unlimited 99c Excess data $10/GB Unlimited calls $22/mth + $20 for sim
Unlimited L 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 3GB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS Unlimited 99c Excess data $10/GB Unlimited calls $28/mth + $20 for sim
Unlimited XL 99c 35c Unlimited 55c 7GB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS Unlimited 99c Excess data $10/GB Unlimited calls $36/mth + $20 for sim

1: Call rate per minute.  ^Rates charged per 30 secs.  2: Cost of a 2 Min Call + Number of 2 min calls with credit provided.

Review – Vaya Plans (Powerplan $18) – July 2016

Having risked the move to a relatively unknown month to month plan provider in Live Connected a few years ago, I had every confidence in moving to another when Live Connected advised that their old plan were closing and new plans and pricing was going to apply from 1 March 2014.Vaya Mobile PowerPlan 18

I new I didn’t want a contract plan, I also wanted 4G data speeds and the monthly spend had to be less than $20 a month if possible. In my review I compared prepaid and month to month and the one plan that came out on top were the Vaya Plan range. I had in fact recommended Vaya Plans to many customers in the past and even friends/family and in doing so had setup various plans and even encountered the Vaya customer service team on occasion. My only hesitation was moving from per KB data billing to per MB which I thought might result in excess usage charges.

I took advantage of some great pricing by selecting the PowerPlan $18 which offers $650 in calls, unlimited Vaya calls, unlimited TXT and 1.5GB of data on the Optus 4G network. Note as of Feb 2015, this plan has changed with unlimited Vaya calls removed.

Vaya Mobile is in fact owned by the same company that owns Live Connected (the company I was moving away from). Vaya’s offices are based in Brisbane and so is their phone centre.

The transfer went relatively smoothly, in all it took about 5 working days to complete the whole process and get all of my services back again, data taking the longest.

Value
Call rates are on the high side at 90c/min and a 35c flagfall but a generous call allowance makes up for this. $2.15 is the cost of a 2 minute call which equates to 302 calls with the $650 allowance. My usage for March shows I have used about 30% or about $190 worth.

On the data side, I have used 30% of my 1.5GB. Excess usage with data is 4c/MB. As of 1 May 2015 this has changed to $10/GB for excess usage. My fears of over spending so far are unfounded, however this might change over the coming months.

Vaya are currently offering to waive your first month’s standard charges ($18 in my case). Do note that a $20 sim card fee applies. This is an even better way to start a new plan relationship.

All Power Plan customers can now enjoy per KB data increments with excess data $10/GB. There is no additional cost for this and it applies to new as well as existing customers.

Network
Vaya Plans use the Optus network and having tested the 4G speeds in several states around the country, I really can’t complain. I sometimes reach 4 bars and have achieved over 60Mbps in Perth but the experience varies so much from suburb to suburb. There are still plenty of pockets where 4G is not accessible.

One thing I will say about speed though is that the newer your phone the better the experience. Expecting great speeds from a lower end phone or even a phone that is 2 or more years old will lead to disappointment.

The Good

  • Very affordable plans
  • 4G
  • Australian customer service
  • Month to month, no contract!

The Bad

  • The plans change regularly so if you see a bargain grab it

More details

Product Vaya Plans
Network Optus 3G/4G
Summary Low – High level users
Tethering  Yes
Activation $20 Sim Pack
Cost of 2 Min Call $2.33
Data p/MB $10/GB
Data Increments Per 1KB
International TXT/MMS 35c/NA
Video Calls  NA
13/1300/1800 99c/min + 35c flagfall