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11. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

As Aussieguy mentions, you don't want to use your own phone and plan from home while you are in Australia... I did that for a while when I first moved to Norway (on a dutch plan) and you do get slapped on some extra fees for that... I am sure telstra does it even worse

Bringing your own phone and then removing the sim card should be a different matter though as you then basically switch to a new company while you are in Australia (and have a new number). Might be that it is trickier to get a prepaid card than in the 'old' days but this still seems the best way to go I would think in your case.



12. Posted by agss241 (Budding Member 31 posts) 12y

So, I'm understanding, I think, that I can bring me cell phone
and buy a pre-paid SIM card in New Zealand, is this correct?
Where in Auckland can I buy a card and how much (approx. NZ$)???

13. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Hi . . . .is the advice in this thread still current? I guess it is but thought I would still check . . .

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

Hi Becky,

Yes, as far as I know, you can still quite easily (and cheaply - about 30 Australian dollars) buy a SIM card which will work in your phone if it is GSM and not SIM locked (you should be able to have that removed before leaving your home country).

For people from the Americas, it should also work this way only you will need to have a tri band phone in order to make sure you can hook up with the frequency used in Australia (and most of the world actually).

Not sure if you can still buy the cheap prepaid handsets that they used to have....



15. Posted by BeckyR (Full Member 174 posts) 12y

Many thanks for confirming this . . . . I assume that mobile phone shops are all over the place in Oz and NZ so I will be able to pick one up quite easily.

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

I guess it's just like most other places these days....more mobile shops than bakers :)

The main providers are:
Vodafone, Telstra, Optus and Virgin which all have their own stores. Then of course there are the stores that sell different packs of each brand and supermarkets and other stores also sell start up packs I am pretty sure.

Don't know about NZ but I assume it's similar :)


17. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 12y


Just to be safe, it's prob best to get a new phone down here. There are heaps of cheapies going at second hand shops ("cash converters" is the way to go in Aus!) and they'll definately work here.

My mate just came from France with her new Nokia and it doesn't work at all here which is pretty annoying for her as she forked out a heap for it!

Hope this helps! :)

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