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1. Posted by calalily9 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi, my friends and I are travelling for the first time to Australia and New Zealand in a month. I have a Nokia 6230, which is technically a "world phone" ... wanted to know if it will work in Australia/New Zealand. I've used it before in the UK and have a pay as you go SIM card for it to use in London. Should I also buy a pay as you go SIM card when I get to New Zealand and Australia? We're flying into Auckland first, then travelling to Melbourne thereafter. Is buying a pay as you go the most economical way? We'll be travelling for a month.
Thanks in advance for the help!

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y

Yes the phone you have is a tri-band phone and will work in Australia and NZ. The cheapest and easiest way to go is usually to just buy pre-paid sim cards when you arrive. the only thing to check out before you arrive is that you phone isn't "locked" to a network which is specific to your home country.

I'd suggest you go for a network with wide coverage and think about how much country travelling you are going to be doing before you settle on a network. Most of the networks show thier coverage on their website. For Australia try: Telstra, Vodaphone, 3 or Optus.

Happy travels!

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

Vodafone pre-paid SIM $29.95 including $30.00 worth of free calls is about the best deal. You can recharge online or buy recharge cards just about anywhere. As previously mentioned: just make sure the phone isn't locked.