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What to look for in a new phone plan

29 Mar 2016
Hayden - amaysim blogger

Hayden

amaysim's marketing director

Emerging from a 12 or 24-month phone contract and looking for a new phone plan can feel a bit like stepping out of a time machine.

There might not be flying cars or robot dogs, but there are likely to be new plan inclusions, data allowances and extra features out there that you’ve never come across before. It can be daunting. So take my hand time-traveller and I’ll walk you through some of the key considerations when looking for a new phone plan in 2016...and beyond!

Calls and texts

Who do you call and text regularly? Don’t worry, I’m not trying to be nosy. I’m asking because you want to be able to contact your favourite folks near and far away as often as you like without going over your monthly spend. If you’re a social butterfly or simply don’t want the hassle of counting your calls (who does?!), I recommend a plan with unlimited standard national calls and SMS, like any one of amaysim’s unlimited plans.

If you like calling and texting mates overseas then a plan with unlimited international talk and text inclusions will help you stay within your monthly budget. Right now, amaysim’s unlimited range starts with unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries and unlimited standard international texts to 32 countries. Our UNLIMITED 60GB plan also comes with 300 standard international minutes to 22 countries which is a great inclusion for those with friends faraway.

Data allowance

They say data is the new oil, but a big allowance can come with a matching price tag. First things first, try our data calculator to help determine how much data you’ll need each month – no point paying for more than you need, right? Keep in mind that as your circumstances change, you might want to adjust your data allowance. If you want my advice, I’d be looking at phone plans with no lock-in contracts so you can switch plans or bail out whenever you want.

Coverage

There’s a few big networks in Australia and all phone plans will be powered by one or the other. When deciding on your new phone plan, make sure there’s good coverage in the places you regularly visit, especially your home and workplace. Coverage maps are a great tool to find out whether your phone plan will have you covered.

Money

Your phone plan shouldn’t break your budget. Don’t be wooed by plans beyond your price range, even if they come with fancy handsets or flashy features. Work out your ideal monthly spend - $5, $20, $40, etc. – and stay within it, otherwise you could soon find yourself eating cereal for dinner 3 nights a week. The ability to upgrade, downgrade or exit your plan when you want and without additional fees is something you might want to consider. After all, our circumstances always change; we change jobs, we travel and we like to save or splurge from time to time. Finding a plan that let’s you stay financially flexible is a huge bonus.

Extras

Is there anything extra you need from your plan? For example, if you require international roaming then check out what roaming services your plan offers and which countries it caters for. Keep in mind that Ii you want a handset to be included in your plan, you’ll likely be locked into another 24 month contract to pay off your new phone. And who knows, by then there might actually be robot dogs scurrying about.

Your final decision

The future can sometimes seem scary, but finding a simple phone plan shouldn’t be. For the ultimate hassle-free plan, you can’t look past amaysim’s unlimited range. All our unlimited plans come with unlimited talk & text, plus unlimited standard international text to 32 countries, so all you need to choose is your data. Simple.

For more reasons to choose an amaysim mobile plan, you can head to 10 reasons to switch. Until next time, safe travels.

And good luck out there!

Cheers,
Hayden – amaysim’s customer guy

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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.

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