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New year, new you... new mobile plan?

New year, new you... new mobile plan?

02 Jan 2018
Mark Headshot


amaysim's digital stuffologist

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions about getting in shape and travelling more often, but you know what else could impact 2018’s potential? Your mobile plan!

Seriously though, why not celebrate the New Year by kicking your current mobile plan to the curb? The novelty of following a strict health and fitness regime will probably wear off by mid-January, but getting a great deal on data and unlimited talk and text never gets old.

Here’s everything you need to know about switching mobile providers in 2018.

breaking up with your current mobile provider

Is your current telco provider a stage 5 clinger? Don’t be afraid to break free of their clutches.

Changing mobile plans isn’t always an easy process, but you shouldn’t stick with the same arrangement forever out of fear of hurting their feelings (or incurring their wrath).

These are some steps you can take to get out of your current plan without causing all kinds of drama:

  • If you’re stuck in a contract, check the fine print: Before jumping the gun, find out whether you’re contractually obliged to stay with your provider. Depending on the terms of your contract, you may be able to opt out early.
  • Know your rights: If you’re looking to switch mobile plans because you keep coming up against the same problems, this may entitle you to jump ship early without paying any fees. To do this, you’ll need to prove your mobile network doesn’t work properly in your area, and that the problem can’t be easily fixed.
  • Pay your dues: If you want to leave your provider simply because you found a better deal, paying an exit fee may be your only option. This might feel like a loss, but try to remember how much you’ll save in the long run by bailing on an overpriced plan.

Breaking up with your mobile plan provider can be a hassle, but you’ve got to live your best life.

choose the right network

Do you live or work in a mobile coverage black hole? There’s just no excuse for that kind of nonsense in this day and age. While mobile coverage in Australia has come a long way, some networks still can’t offer dependable coverage (especially in rural areas). Instead of learning to live with mediocre reception, switching to a different network could be the quick fix you’ve been looking for.

Not sure whether amaysim has what it takes to cure your network woes? All amaysim mobile plans are powered by the ultra-fast Optus 4G network. Reaching 98.5% of Aussies, the Optus network is one of the fastest and most widely accessible networks in the land.

The quality of your coverage will depend on a range of factors, including your location and the type of phone you use.

You can find out how amaysim's network stacks up in your area using our coverage checker

data dependency

Remember back in the olden days when you actually had to talk to someone when you wanted to get in touch with them? The ‘90s were a wild time.

In the age of social media and text messages, data has become just as important as text and call credit, if not even more important.

Finding a mobile plan that can meet your data demands is essential if you’re trying to avoid exceeding your data allowance every month. Signing up for a super cheap plan might seem like a good idea at the time, but skimping on data could come back to bite you.

Whether you’re addicted to scrolling through your Instagram feed or watching cat videos on Facebook, amaysim’s mobile plans will ensure you can spend as much time as you want on the interwebs without putting your phone bill through the roof.

Have we convinced you to include a new mobile plan on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Start browsing our range of plans to find a deal that meets your needs.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.