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1. Posted by Olihunter1 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

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Hi all,
I'm going to Australia soon and don't know whether to use an international sim card or to buy an Australian one. Any advise anyone?


2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 9y

i would buy an australian one - it will be much cheaper. mine cost around $35 and if you top up regularly you get free texts so it's quite a good deal (at least that was the deal with Vodafone Au when i was there).

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

I just used my normal (Virgin/O2) one and it was fine. I trust you're not going ot be making international calls from a mobile? That would be expensive!
Best thing we found was phonecards bought from shops. I seem to remember $10 giving us about an hour phoning back to the UK. From the UK to Oz it would probably have cost ten times that!

4. Posted by Olihunter1 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Thanks for your replys, they have helped. I was planning on calling from land lines but do the odd text from a mobile. Anyone know if its expensive to text from an Oz sim to the UK?


5. Posted by gnangarra (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

Each of the phone companies have web page which include pricing, coverage(important if going outside major metro areas)

Telstra, Optus, and Three are main providers with companies like virgin, boost piggy backing on one of these.

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Optus is the best among all. I registered it with some Turbo Thingy.
Well, with AUD20 (with some Turbo Power in it), i calld back to Malaysia and Thailand few times in a month.
And never reload it since i bought that sim. Until i return home.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting stevieh

I seem to remember $10 giving us about an hour phoning back to the UK. From the UK to Oz it would probably have cost ten times that!

You must've got a pretty ordinary phone card and also used the freecall number for that little amount of time. If you put the 50 cents in the pay phone and dial the local number on the back of the card instead of the freecall number you'll get hundreds more minutes for the 50 cent local call. One $10 card I had about 12 months back allowed around 2000 minutes of talk time back to the UK if it was all used in one hit (that isn't a typo either)! It did reduce dramatically in allowed minutes if using the freecall number or making more than one call.

For mobiles definitely get an Australian SIM. Not only does it cost a fortune to call on an international mobile, but in all probability it will probably also cost you a lot to even receive sms or phone calls from overseas. If you have an Australian SIM, you wont pay for anything you receive but only the calls you make and sms you send. For good coverage Telstra is the best option, but for cheaper rates and good deals any of the others are better but coverage is not anywhere near as good as Telstra (despite the rubbish that Vodafone and Optus coverage maps say).

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 29, 2007, at 3:29 AM by aharrold45 ]