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1. Posted by Custard (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Anybody got any advice?

Me and my partner are heading out there for 1 year in a matter of weeks . We are planning on living and working in Sydney for the first 6 month and we're just wondering what the deal is with getting a phone, we figured it maybe pretty handy to call agents (esate and job) when we first get there. Also for when we go on our travels we quite fancy having one...

So does anybody know where we a get a a pay as you go plan that covers all states? (We don't plan to go to WA - No offence ment )!

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi custard,

when I was in Australia I simply got an Australia prepaid SIM card for my mobile and could use it all over Australia. There are various companies which offer these SIM cards in all major cities, you just need to make sure your phone isnĀ“t SIM locked, that you can only use it with your home SIM card.


3. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

I arrived in oz 2 weeks ago, i bought a phone for 99 bucks on vodafone that comes with $30 credit on it. Personally i think this is the best deal. You also get loads of free texts and cheap international calls aswell.
hope this helps.

4. Posted by allie79 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I'm an aussie. We have 3 or 4 major mobile (cell) phone companies over here, and they all offer prepaid options. Check out their homepages, Optus - Telstra - and Vodafone - . I'm on optus prepaid - if you already have a phone then you just buy a startup kit that has your sim card and usually about $30 of call credits on it. Depending on where you go some companies are better than others for coverage. You should be able to find coverage details on their websites. If you don't have your own phone you can buy really cheap secondhand ones here, or even the new ones are about $100 -$200 for a basic one.

Message me if you want to know any other info :)


5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

Vodafone Pre-paid SIM is what you need. Bring your own phones, just make sure they aren't sim locked by your carrier, then slip the red sim straight in. The calls cost 60cents a minute and text is 25cents per-message. Connecting takes about 10 minutes.

6. Posted by Custard (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Thanks for all your advice guy's its been really helpful. I'm so excited. Just done a trial pack

4weeks today I'll be in the air! Got so much stuff to sort out before hand so onto the next post... Insurance....

7. Posted by chowdown (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

do you have to have to get seperate sim cards for both new zealand and australia, or just one?

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

Quoting chowdown

do you have to have to get seperate sim cards for both new zealand and australia, or just one?

You have to get separate sim cards for Australia and NZ, but it's simple and easy to buy them.

9. Posted by antthemanc (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

check out ebay theres loads on there got mine for 7.45 from smeone called experimentalist they sell loadsa different countries sim cards