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1. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

shopgirl has indicated that this thread is about Australia

Need advice about mobiles. Can I use the one I have in UK in Oz?
do I have to get a new simm card, or get a new phone when over there?
anyone who can help on this please?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hi shopgirl,

Should be no problem, the system used is the same so UK phones will work in Oz (unlike the US where you would need to have a tri band handset to make it work). You most likely are even able to use your UK sim card depending on your provider but it will cost you a fortune in global roaming so I would recommend getting a prepaid SIM card on arrival.

They cost about 30 AUD and include free calls generally.

Also, if you have an expensive handset, you might consider buying a prepaid set (sim and handset) once you get down there if having it stolen/lost would not be covered by your travel insurance fully. You used to be able to buy a handset plus sim card for around a 100 bucks australian but I am not sure if that still is the case.

Cheers,

Sam

3. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Oh thanx Sam. You are a star

Think I'll do as you suggest and just get handset out there as I've already had mine stolen twice over here and am getting pretty paranoid about it

It wasn't so much the phone book, but I had some really fab photos of some Aussie mates who have since gone back home and I hadn't had time to download them so they were gone.

Thankx poppet

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 12y

Hi,
I used my basic Virgin mobile all over the world, including Oz and NZ.
And it's only expensive if you call home - we rang loads of places locally in Australia for local rates.
If you want to ring home, phonecards are excellent value - for about $10 you can get an hour's time to the UK.
If you're worried about having your handset pinched, just buy or make a cover that hides it well, and don't flash it around.
:)

5. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 12y

have a look at http://www.0044.uk.com/australia.htm . you can buy an austrailian sim card before you leave the UK.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

I am pretty sure that card costs half that in Australia.... but there are some advantages to having your number before you leave of course...

7. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 12y

just saw that as an idea...not to say that you can't buy the same package in OZ and save yourself a tenner !!! lol

8. Posted by shopgirl (Full Member 136 posts) 12y

Thank you all Just can't wait to get out there now!!!