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Australian sim card - suggestions
Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 5:46 pm by from Castellina in Chianti, Italy (Permalink)
Hi everyone,

I'll come to Australia for a month and I would like to buy a local sim card for my iPhone so that I can have Internet connection as well as calls and text for one month. Do you have any idea if there is any company that have this kind of sim cards and how much it will cost?

Just to give you an example last year I was in the USA and I bought a sim card for 50 dollars with unlimited text, calls and unlimited Internet!

Any suggestion?

Thank you very much!

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 5:24 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
hey Angelo,
both Vodaphone and Telstra provide these options,
but if you're going to travel - Telstra is your best bet. they have signal throughout most of the country (unlike vodaphone, for example).

enjoy :)

Posted December 16th, 2012 - 9:28 pm from Singapore, Singapore
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Posted December 26th, 2012 - 7:50 am by from Newcastle, Australia (Permalink)
For reception in many areas, Telstra would be your best bet, followed by Optus. Some would suggest voiding Vodafone (Vodafail) as their reception is not as good, especially in remote areas.

There are a variety of prepaid plans and options, so I would suggest checking out the Telstra and Optus websites to compare what you would need the most.


Posted December 27th, 2012 - 6:29 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)

All good comments so far. Will throw in my two cents ...

Three networks in order of service quality:

1. Telstra - always works when you need it, but expensive if you use phone often, especially data.
2. Optus - second best, has many reseller brand names, much better value, may not work when you need it, coverage not as good in remote areas.
3. Vodaphone - no experience with it but would avoid it and their reseller brand names from people's comments, a distant third.

All the other brands you hear about use one of the above networks. With that said I would recommend getting a 30 day unlimited Amaysim card for $39. You can get a SIM card at any multi-brand mobile store, 7-11's, etc. It uses the Optus Network but is $10 cheaper than Optus and includes more data, 4GB I believe. Data is the big thing traveling here as there are not many places with free wifi and looking things up on your iPhone helps so much. Amaysim also has good customer ratings.


My disclaimer: I use Telstra - I just want my phone to work when I need it and we have wifi at home so data usage is minimal. My girlfriend has Amaysim as she wants higher data for work. We are both quite happy with our respective services!


Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:37 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
I had lebara and i was pretty happy with it
but I´m not sure about internet flat

I just used one day pre-paid flatrate from lebara because I don´t needed it too often.

The eastcoast got lots of free wifi hot-spots

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 5:12 am by from Darwin, Australia (Permalink)
Yo there,

Try Optus Boost! It will cost you 40 dollar a month with unlimited phone call and text within the country, moreover a 4G Byte data of internet access. I am using it right now, should be perfect for you too, good luck and welcome to Australia