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1. Posted by RobMc (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Hi, before i go to oz for a year in Sept, im just sorting out a sim card for my mobile for when i get over there - does anyone have any advice on what the best sim card is to get, best coverage / call rates etc and how do you go about getting one? Is it better to get one here in the UK first or wait till in OZ?

Also, as i will be working whilst over there, does anyone know the best way about setting up an Australian bank account for wages etc to be paid into??

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Bank account is easy - when you arrive in Australia take your passport, along with an Australian address, to a bank and you can open an account, as long as it's within 6 weeks of you arriving (the passport is enough evidence of identity if its within 6 weeks of entry).

Getting a holding/forwarding address through somewhere like Travellers Contact Point might be an idea for an Australian address, as it will be accepted by the bank.

I'd advise waiting to get to Australia before looking into mobile phone sims, so you can decide which is best for you (depending if you text or call a lot, and any other factors). Some of the big mobile companies in Australia are Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Optus, 3.

3. Posted by DanniB (Full Member 56 posts) 10y

sim cards are really easy to get here. you can even buy them at some petrol stations. or if you want to get on to a plan or contract (like so it direct debits from your account every month) you can just go into a phone shop which are really easy to find.
optus has some good deals with good coverage. but you can get capped pre paid sims from vodafone. they are the ones where you pay like $30 and get $200 worth of calls and text, then when thats used up just recharge (reaklly easy to do can do it at a petrol station. mobile coverage is good here it doesnt really matter who ur with in the major cities. id say wait till you get here and then just spend an hour or so in a shop looking at different options. but bring your mobile with you so you dont have to buy a new one when you get here.
and bank accounts... easy to set up if you have a permanant address. im with the commonwealth bank and they are prity good but im a full time student... so i dunno what accounts they have if your not studying. but ur boss might just pay you into your english account without hassel. but ive never done it so i dont no.
hope this helps....

4. Posted by RobMc (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

Cheers guys, really helpful, reckon i'll sort out the bank etc when over in Melbourne.


5. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

vodafone caps are a good way to go - especially if you top up at a woolworth outlet - coz you get 10% off all top ups...thing is - it is NOTHING like O2 in the UK - i was there and using O2 - but got home, and feel so ripped off!!!
in the UK - i got free texts, free voicemail and free calls every month cos i spent so much on my phone! i came home, and pay for EVERYTHING and it isnt even as cheap as O2!!! AND - im on the $49 cap - which is the smallest cap you can get in Oz on prepaid - and i only got 10 mins of international calls - not so good for overseas visitors! i was on the phone to my friend, and barely said hello before i got cut off, and told that i couldnt make any more international calls till i topped up next time! i was SO annoyed!
call rates here are so much more than in the Uk as well - they even sound more expensive coz they are in AUD instead of GBP!

so yeah, if you wanna make international calls, you might be better off finding a cheap phone card - does anyeone know where i could get one!? coz it is driving me crazy not being able to make calls on my moby!!!

hope this helpd!

6. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Quoting elliot_aus

so yeah, if you wanna make international calls, you might be better off finding a cheap phone card - does anyeone know where i could get one!? coz it is driving me crazy not being able to make calls on my moby!!!

Pop into any 7-Eleven or Convenience store. They have many different types of phone cards for you to choose from.

7. Posted by ahleeseeah (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

I personally went with Vodaphone for my mobile - the $49 MaxiCap pre-paid plan. For the $49, you get $230 worth of credit - unfortunately, you're only allowed 20 minutes of international calling (I get around that by buying pre-paid long distance cards) and the credit expires after one month. When you go with this option, Vodaphone will waive the $10 charge for the sim card itself. Vodaphone are also quite nice to deal with -- the guys in Liverpool let me go through all the sim cards they had there to pick an easy telephone number

8. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

Vodafone is FANTASTIC!!!
AND - at BigW, Woolworths, DickSmiths and any other Woolworths branded store - you get 10% off recharge making the $49 maxi cap - as it is called - only $44.10!!! (about 17.70GBP)

AND to buy a simcard - you just have to get it from one of the places above - and you get the sim card for only $2 (80p)!!! BARGAIN!

yep - def agree that only prob is international calls!

9. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member 167 posts) 10y

I've bought an aussie sim card from 0044 web get $30 free calls with it and you can give your number to all your mates before you go and it has free incoming calls so you don't have to pay to answer you calls from back home...not tried it yet though coz i don't go till september but for £30 with £30 free calls i thought...what the hell!!
have good trip