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bank account and phones in oz

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1. Posted by kts24 (Budding Member 104 posts) 5y

Hii was just wondering for anyone thats travelled oz or is in oz atm and is working do you have to open a whole seperate bank account out there for getting paid into? also do u have to buy a new sim card for your phone or a new phone and oz sim???

2. Posted by Mike.Flynn (Respected Member 9 posts) 5y

When I lived in Australia, my girlfriend was able to just get a sim for her blackberry (I didn't have a cell phone). You'll have to open a bank account in Australia to deposit your paychecks. Even if your work offers direct deposit, I don't think you want to pay international transfer fees every time a paycheck is deposited. You'll also have to have a local bank account for the government to return your rental deposit (assuming you are going to rent a place).

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jul-2011, at 08:30 by Mike.Flynn ]

3. Posted by kts24 (Budding Member 104 posts) 5y

oh cool , thanks mike

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 5y

As long as your phone is unlocked you should just be able to put an Australian sim card into it and it should be fine. Mine worked ok but quite a few people found another sim didn't work because their phones were locked for a particular network. I got a Vodafone sim when I was there and they seemed to have good deals on free texts etc.

5. Posted by sbearb (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Open a new bank account and you can ask them to let you off the fees for 6 months. if they don't ask another bank!

6. Posted by kts24 (Budding Member 104 posts) 5y

thanks guys x

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8. Posted by Jessica_12 (Inactive 9 posts) 5y

How much is the average phone plan in Australia?

9. Posted by kts24 (Budding Member 104 posts) 5y

i have no idea , i think im just going to get a sim card and then top it up

10. Posted by robin2011 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Does anyone know anything about iphones working in Oz? I'm thinking of getting one before I come as it will be easier for internet access etc but I'm not sure if I will need to get one that is unblocked