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1. Posted by Morgz (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Since no one answered my 1st post :P ....
Where can I find a mobile with the cheapest rates in OZ? i am more concerned with a pay as you go type system with lots of texting and hopefully free incoming calls!? anyone have any suggestions on how much i should look to spend? thanks!

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

All calls are free for the receiver - it's pretty much only in the US/Canada (there could be other places?) where the mobile phone owner pays for receiving calls. In other countries it usually costs more to call a mobile, so the caller is the one who pays the premium.

The main mobile companies in Australia are:

It's really up to you to work out which will be the best deal depending on how you us the mobile (i.e. mostly calls, mostly texts, both calls & text, if you're going to be calling other networks or calling & texting internationally etc)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 10, 2008, at 6:19 PM by mojorob ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 8y

I used vodafone in oz and they had a good deal at the time whereby when you topped up with $50 or more you got 500 free texts. this was only for texts within australia though. pretty much all the travellers that i met were with vodafone. i think i paid around $35 for my sim.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

With Virgin Mobile in Australia (who I currently use), all texts within Australia to another (Australian) Virgin Mobile is free for all except one for their pre-paid options.

As I use mine mainly for texting another Virgin Mobile user (my wife!) we are both on their Long Expiry option (credit expires after between 180 & 365 days depending on how much topped up by) meaning we don't worry about topping up all that often.

5. Posted by Morgz (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

ya thats ideal if received calls are free, im just basically looking for texting within australia, prob easier and cheaper than calling most of the time

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Virgin Mobile is not exactly the most common phone system so unless you get all the people you will be texting in Australia to swap to Virgin Mobile then that is probably not your best answer. Most providers are a much of a muchness with regards to prices when you don't go on a plan. What is best for you would probably depend on where you plan on spending the most time. If you plan on being in the cities most the time then any phone will do, but if you do plan to get out and about a bit then you may need to look at a Telstra mobile as they have by far the best coverage.

I was with Virgin and it had it's positives like the free voicemails and free sms to other Virgin mobile users, but the reception was lousy once you got more than about 30-40km outside of the CBD. My mother who is with Telstra had full coverage in the same areas I was getting nil coverage. I am now with Dodo (which uses Vodafone's network) and I am in the same sort of situation as before but that suits me as I rarely use the phone so I only pay for the calls I use and don't have to worry about expiring credit like all the pre-paid phones I know of.

If you mainly plan on using sms, then a telstra pre paid mobile with the 1 cent text option may be a great one for you to look at as people are far more likely to have a telstra mobile if they are in to texting.

Like others already said all mobiles in Australia will let you have free incoming calls. The only acception to this would be if you went overseas with that phone and had international roaming on (which if you do go overseas with it get a new sim because the roaming charges are rediculous if someone calls you or you make a call).

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting aharrold45

I was with Virgin and it had it's positives like the free voicemails and free sms to other Virgin mobile users, but the reception was lousy once you got more than about 30-40km outside of the CBD.

Really? I haven't noticed that problem myself. In Australia Virgin Mobile uses the Optus network.

8. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y

I use vodafone in Australia, and i paid $29AUD for a top up, and you get $129AUD of credit, and $2.00AUD for the sim. It last me the month and when i was able to call the UK every sunday/monday, and still have enough for the rest of the month.

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 8y

I'm a big fan of '3' although I'm on a post paid plan and as a traveller I'm thinking you'd just go on a pay-by-the-month plan.

Just a couple of things to remember:

- some prepaid plans look quite cheap but have a 30 day expiry therefore, although the calls, etc look cheap, you're up for a payment every month so your total cost can be expensive. Therefore, look at some plans that have a 60 day expiry or more.
- becareful of plans that have a really low call cost. For instance, Virgin Mobile has a 10 cent per minute prepaid plan however the cost is $25 and you only get $25 in call costs. Other carriers have more expensive call rates but will double your credit (eg. pay $25, get $50 credit) and therefore the per minute costs are really half what they appear.