I fly to Australia in about a week's time and I've got my mobile phone with me so I was wondering if you can buy pay-as-you-go mobile sims in the 7-11s in Australia and if so how much do they cost? I'm there for two months so is there any particular network which it's best to go with? Any advice about the best sim to get and where to get them would be appreciated.
Yes you can and the major networks provide them (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3, etc). Just be careful of the pricing, particularly with overseas calls).
someone had given me a vodafone sim which was really good - if you buy $29 credit they give you $150. i think most of the companies offer a similar deal but telstra network coverage was better. i had no service in a lot of the smaller towns along the east coast so i would recommend telstra instead of vodafone
Cheers for the tips.
That sounds like a good deal but I probably won't get through that much credit so do you know what the minimum amount of credit you can top up with is? Also, how much do calls cost to make and also texts? I'll probably only be making calls/sending texts within Australia.
Minimum recharge amounts and call/text costs will depend on the provider. You can check out their web sites and pre-paid plans online:
Basically just search the provider name in google.
You can buy Australian SIM cards in the UK from eBay. They are about £10 from memory.
You can register them online before you fly and they'll be ready to operate as soon as you're topped up.
anyone know if an I phone 4 would work out there??
I couldn't say for definite but I've just got to the East Coast and I've got a really cheap £20 Nokia phone and that works. So if a cheap budget phone works then I would imagine something like an iPhone 4 should definitely have the necessary tri-band or whatever you need to use it.
But having said that I think you might have to stick to your English sim and pay whatever rates they charge as I think iPhones are network locked.
cool thanks emmett70! i may see if i can get it unblocked!!
Just make sure you pay attention to the CAP plans. Vodafone do a $29 cap, when you buy it you get $150 woth of credit.
If you buy a $30 or $20 you'll only get $30 & $20 credit respectably. Also, your criedt will most likely expire after 30 days.