14 Best Prepaid & SIM Only SIM Cards in Australia: Buying Guide

Australia. It is often regarded as a continent because of its sheer size (the 6th largest countryOpens in a new tab.). At the same time, New Zealand, its brother, is often omitted from world maps.

Known for creatures wanting to end your life, kangaroos ready to punch you, and drop bears attacking tourists, it is an exciting destination. Backpackers will certainly agree with me.

While in Australia, you certainly want to stay in touch with your friends and family back at home. But the thing is, international roaming can be expensive. You could receive a roaming bill as expensive as your roundtrip ticket to this beautiful country.

Luckily, local prepaid SIM cards are a way to keep mobile costs low. And fortunately, SIM cards are affordable in Australia, packages are generous, and the mobile market is extremely competitive.

But what is affordable, and how much will data cost in Australia?

You can get an Australian SIM card for 2 AUD (1.50 USD) in the Main Operators' stores (Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone) or other stores. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) have their starter packs available in grocery stores, gas stations, 7-Elevens, and post offices.

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I have to say, many countries can learn from the telecom market in Australia. Not only is data cheap (the average cost of 1 GB is not even 0.70 USD), there are 50 operators to choose from (47 MVNOs), almost all operators include unlimited local call and text, the majority of the operators include (un)limited international minutes and SMS, and you can store or rollover unused data in your data bank in case you do not use your complete data allowance.

Now, that is what I call caring about your customers.

But do not get too excited yet. Of those 50 operators to choose from, 14 of them are readily accessible to travelers. That is still a lot, and much more choice than many countries will offer. Some of those 14 operators offer amazing plans. Some of them should be avoided unless you like to burn money. Oh, and coverage can be non-existent if you are in The Outback and are with the wrong operator.

There is so much to learn about SIM cards in Australia, and I am genuinely excited to introduce you to the telecom market here.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Australia. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Australia Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, ALDImobile, Amaysim, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile, Coles Mobile, Gomo, Gotalk, Hello Mobile, Kogan Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile & Woolworths Mobile)

Original publication: 13th of October 2019. Last updated: 11th of April 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Australia?

Australian prepaid SIM cards and some SIM Only SIM cards are available to anyone living in Australia or visiting the country without any particular restrictions.

Do note that SIM cards have to be registered to you before they are activated. You also need a device that supports the frequencies used in Australia and have a SIM-lock free (unlocked) phone.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Australia?

SIM cards of the Australian Main Operators (Telstra, Optus & Vodafone) can be purchased in the telcos' stores or from many other retailers. The SIM cards of the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are sold in third-party stores, such as grocery stores, gas stations, 7-Elevens, electronic shops, and office supply stores.

You can also order SIM cards online and get them, often, delivered for free to an Australian address (like your Airbnb). Delivery times in metro areas are between 2 and 5 workdays. In comparison, it can take up to 15 workdays before they are delivered in regional Australia.

SIM cards are also sold at major international airports. Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone have stores or booths at airports. At the same time, Amaysim, Lebara, and Lycamobile SIM cards can be purchased in convenience stores at the airports.

You can buy a SIM card in the following international airports:

  • Adelaide Airport
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Cairns Airport
  • Darwin International Airport
  • Gold Coast Airport
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Perth Airport
  • Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport
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You can expect to pay the following for Australian SIM cards:

Can You Use Your Phone in Australia?

Australia uses GSM technology for mobile communication services, just like most countries around, especially in Oceania. This means that CDMA phones will not work in Australia. Luckily, almost all phones support GSM nowadays (especially on 4G/LTE).

What you do need to be aware of is what type of frequencies the Australian operators use. I will mention the specific frequencies later, but you need to know about the following.

First, Australia uses primarily European frequencies. However, American frequencies are used sparingly.

Okay, I know Australia is nowhere close to Europe, but let's take a look at this map below with the ITU Regions:

ITU Regions Map
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In Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania (ITU Regions 1 & 3), traditional European frequencies are used. The Americas, North-, Central-, and South America + the Caribbean (ITU Region 2), traditional American frequencies are used.

What does this mean in short?

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Australia with any operator.

However, if you have a phone that does not support 4G/LTE, going with Optus, Vodafone Australia, or their MVNOs will be your best bet because they use 900 MHz for 3G (which almost all phones sold in ITU regions 1 & 3 support).

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then Telstra or its MVNOs are your best bet. They use 3G frequencies (850 MHz) that phones sold in ITU Region 2 support. For 4G/LTE, you will not have that much luck.

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Australia (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

If all of this confuses you – worry not. I have a video explaining the frequency situation in the next video (and it is not a technical video – that would confuse you even more and bore you out).

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Australia

Australia has three Main Operators and 50 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). 11 MVNOs are easily accessible to travelers offering prepaid SIM cards or SIM only plans without lock-in contracts or early termination fees, which are:

For this guide, “easily accessible” means that anyone can buy a starter SIM card from retailers across the country. Some MVNOs, like Dodo, offer SIM only plans with no lock-in contracts. However, their SIM cards can only be ordered online and can not be bought in physical stores.

The following frequencies are used in Australia:

  • 2G: N/A
  • 3G: 850 MHz, 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 850 MHz (Band 5), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (Band 40) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2300 MHz (n40) & 3500 MHz (n78)

Note: 2G networks were shut down by all Australian operators in 2016 and 2017.

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

Will Your Phone Work Abroad? Mobile Frequencies & ITU Regions Explained video

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To check whether your phone will work in the Australia, check out this pageOpens in a new tab. by Will My Phone Work.

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

Best SIM Card in Australia

If you want to buy a SIM card in Australia, I recommend going with Telstra. They have the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Moreover, 5G is available to prepaid customers. If you want to save some money, go with ALDImobile. They use the Telstra network and are much cheaper than Telstra itself.

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SIM Card Registration in Australia

SIM card registration using your passport information is mandatory in Australia. If purchasing your SIM card in the Main Operators stores (Telstra, Optus & Vodafone), the SIM card will be registered on the spot. Otherwise, they can be registered online on the telcos' websites (especially with the MVNOs).

Do note that you need a valid visa when using an international passport for online validation and activation.

If your visa is not valid yet and you managed to get a SIM card before arriving in Australia (let's say, your partner living in the country got you a SIM card on your behalf or you order one from SimCorner), some operators may allow you to activate your SIM card with a debit or credit card transaction. This card has to be in your name, though.

Coverage in the Outback

Mobile coverage in The Outback is close to non-existent. When referring to The Outback, I refer to places in rural Australia where there is no establishment within a 10 km range. Although Telstra has the best coverage in the country, including the populated areas, you will not have any mobile reception in the vast area of The Outback.

This also means that you should expect no coverage, including 3G coverage, when traveling between states.

In short, there is no mobile reception anywhere that looks like a desert on Google Maps, except for in some towns (close to Highways).

Tip: you better avoid Vodafone Australia or any Vodafone Australia MVNO when planning on exploring The Outback. Optus can be a hit or miss.

Prepaid vs. SIM Only SIM Cards

Prepaid SIM cards are the same in all countries around the world – you pay upfront for credit or a plan. They are accessible to travelers in almost all countries, although some countries make it a challenge for travelers to get them (like North Korea, Turkmenistan, or Iran)

Adu's collection of local prepaid SIM cards in 2020
Do not mind me – I am just showing off the SIM cards I collected in 2020

In many countries, the term SIM Only implies a postpaid plan or a subscription on a long-term contract without a phone. You would have to Bring Your Own Phone/Device (BYOP/BYOD) when signing up for a SIM Only plan.

In Australia, however, things are slightly different. A SIM Only plan can be your typical SIM Only BYOP subscription. However, they can also act as a short-term plan that can be canceled whenever you wish (28 days, 30 days, or 31 days – depending on the operator) without paying any termination fees because you are not locked-in.

In almost all my guides, I only discuss and analyze prepaid SIM cards because those are accessible to travelers and they fit the scope of this site. In the case of this guide, I will include some SIM Only plans.

In almost all my guides, I only discuss and analyze prepaid SIM cards because they are accessible to travelers and fit this site's scope. In the case of this guide, I will include some SIM Only plans.

As mentioned earlier, some SIM Only plans can be terminated whenever (of course, you will still have access to your perks until the plan expires). That is almost like a prepaid plan where if you do not recharge, the plan will expire.

Australia is home to 3 Main Operators (Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone Australia) and more than 45 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). A handful of the MVNOs are prepaid MVNOs, whereas the majority of them offer SIM Only plans.

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Most of the SIM Only MVNOs will lock you in, which makes them inaccessible to travelers. However, not all of them do. Those will be covered in this guide.

Surprisingly, some of those SIM Only MVNOs sell starter kits in grocery stores, gas stations, and post offices, while the majority of them require you to order them online.

Although these SIM Only providers do offer amazing value, even compared to some prepaid MVNOs or the Main Operators themselves, you do need to remember to disable AutoRecharge or Auto-Renewal before leaving Australia – this feature is enabled by default because it is part of their business model.

In most cases, AutoRecharge can be disabled on apps or on the site. Some operators require you to email them, but they will get back to you within a working day or two.

For the sake of transparency, I will clearly mention what type of MVNO a particular operator is. For example, for Belong Mobile. The introduction will say that Belong Mobile is a Telstra SIM Only MVNO. Or for Lebara Australia, Lebara is a Vodafone prepaid MVNO.

Australia Speeds, Internet Prices & Insights

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In the introduction, we established that mobile data is (insanely) cheap in Australia. This can come as a surprise to some because Oceania is not known for low mobile data rates (in fact, they are often criminally expensive, and you may have to deal with satellites – aka slow speeds).

The average price for 1 GB of data in Australia is 0.68 USD, significantly less than the Oceanian average of 7.85 USD. The world average is 5.03 USD.

In fact, Australia is the second cheapest country in Oceania for mobile data, just behind Fiji.

What should also be noted is that Australia is one of the 37 countries where the cost of 1 GB of data is less than 1 USD.

Let's talk about internet speeds in Australia.

Unless this is your first time on the internet (welcome!), you have probably heard that Australia has awful internet. Slow speeds, high pings, and terrible reliability. Australian gamers, streamers, and YouTubers can attest to that (and me too using Australian ADSL and fiber).

Although nbn (National Broadband Network – the nation's wholesale fiber network) has significantly improved internet speeds (in areas where nbn is available), it can still be slow and unreliable at times. It can also be considered a joke to other nations with proper fiber networks.

Unfortunately, the Turnbull Coalition Government cheaped out on nbn by moving from the initially proposed fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and multi-technology mix (MTM) (yes, more technologies are being used right now, but that is beyond the scope of this guide).

But what many do not know is that mobile broadband is fast. Like so fast that you would not believe that you are in Australia.

In fact, Australia is in the top five countries with the fastest mobile download speeds.

I mean, look at that. Fantastic.

And I have to be honest here – I had low expectations for Australia because of what I knew about the country's broadband network. I managed to get the fastest 4G download speed in Australia, with Telstra, until I went to Taiwan. FarEasTone/Ibon Mobile broke my Telstra record.

That is not the video with the fastest speed I got with Telstra. You can see the result in my Telstra review.

But before you get too excited – you will only experience fast speeds when you are in the metro areas and when your phone supports one of the high-speed 4G/LTE frequencies (2300 MHz on Band 40 or 2600 MHz on Band 7) or 5G (with Telstra and Vodafone AustraliaOptus does not offer 5G to prepaid customers yet).

Your speeds will significantly be slower when not Brisbane, Sidney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, and even Hobart (Tasmania – the part of Australia many forget it exists). When in The Outback, you will need to be happy to have any sort of reception.

Even when taking The (populated) Outback into account, the quality of mobile services is close to excellent in Australia, especially for the low prices you pay. You should have a smooth experience with Australian SIM cards when in the country.

Currency in Australia

Australia uses the Australian Dollar with the symbol AUD (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed as just $. For example, 25 AUD = $25. For reference, below are some exchange rates between AUD and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 AUD = 0.75 USD
  • 10 AUD = 7.60 USD
  • 100 AUD = 76.25 USD
  • 1000 AUD = 762.40 USD

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Australia Prepaid & SIM Only SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through the Australian operators, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia, ALDImobile, Amaysim, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile Australia, Coles Mobile, Gotalk, Hello Mobile Australia, Kogan Mobile Australia, Lebara Australia, Lycamobile Australia & Woolworths Mobile, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that said, let's see what Australia has to offer to us.

Telstra

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TelstraOpens in a new tab. is the largest operator in Australia. They are also the fastest operator and won the Speedtest Awards for the Fastest Mobile Network in 2018.

Currently, Telstra does allow prepaid customers to use its 5G network where available.

Telstra uses the following frequencies:

  • 3G: 850 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 850 MHz (n5), 2600 MHz (n7) & 3500 MHz (n78)

Note: Telstra wants to reframe 4G/LTE 2600 MHz (Band 7) for 5G purposes on the same frequency (n7).

Another note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Telstra:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Telstra SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Banking
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Telstra

Telstra has extensive coverage in Australia. In fact, they are the operator with the best coverage in the country, even in The Outback.

That is why I, and many others, recommend Telstra to those visiting regional Australia. Especially backpackers wanting to work on farms because Telstra's coverage is superior.

Do note that although Telstra MVNOs use the Telstra network, all of them, except for Boost Mobile Australia, uses the Telstra Wholesale network instead of the Telstra retail network (the full Telstra network). The Wholesale network is worse than the Retail network, and the speeds are capped on it too (max. 100 Mbps). This applies to ALDImobile, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile Australia, Lycamobile Australia, and Woolworths Mobile.

The video below discusses the difference between the Retail and Wholesale networks.

Below is a map of Telstra's retail network (Telstra prepaid customers can use 5G – MVNOs do not have access to 5G (yet)).

Below is Telstra's wholesale coverage map.

Jump back to ALDImobile, Belong Mobile, Boost Mobile Australia, Lycamobile Australia, or Woolworths Mobile.

SIM Card Price – Telstra

You can buy a Telstra SIM card for as low as 2 AUD in Telstra storesOpens in a new tab.. They are also available at many other retailers, including grocery stores, gas stations, and electronic shops.

If you buy your SIM card in a Telstra store, your SIM card will be activated on the spot (after processing your personal information as per the SIM card registration requirements). SIM cards purchased at authorized resellers have to be activated onlineOpens in a new tab..

Besides the basic 2 AUD SIM card, Telstra offers several types of SIM cards with different starter perks, such as:

Tips: go with Telstra Pre-Paid Complete if you want data, minutes, and SMS. Go with Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband if you only plan on using data and want to get more internet for your buck.

Click on the links above to jump to the type of SIM card you are interested in.

Pre-Paid Complete SIM Cards – Telstra

Pre-Paid Complete SIM cards offer data, free data streaming for select sports apps (AFL, Football, AFLW, Netball & NRL) and Apple Music, unlimited local calls & text, and credit allowance for select international destinations.

The following Pre-Paid Complete SIM cards are available:

PriceDataData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes & SMS (Zone 1)International Minutes & SMS (Zone 2)Extra CreditValidity
10 AUD1 GBYesYesUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 days
30 AUD8 GBYesYesUnlimited300 minutes/SMS60 minutes/SMS5 AUD28 days
40 AUD18 GBYesYesUnlimited500 minutes/SMS100 minutes/SMS10 AUD28 days
150 AUD60 GBYesYesUnlimited3000 minutes/SMS350 minutes/SMS50 AUD186 days 
300 AUD150 GBYesYesUnlimited6000 minutes/SMS800 minutes/SMS150 AUD365 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Long Life Plus SIM Cards – Telstra

The Long Life Plus SIM cards allow you to use your credit for 186 days (6 months) or 365 days (1 year). They also include data free streaming for select sports apps (AFL, Football, AFLW, Netball & NRL) and Apple Music.

PriceData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingValidity
30 AUDYesYes186 days
40 AUDYesYes186 days
150 AUDYesYes365 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband SIM Cards – Telstra

The Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband SIM cards offer data, data free streaming for select sports apps (AFL, Football, AFLW, Netball & NRL) and Apple Music, and access Telstra Air Wi-Fi access (more than 1 million Telstra Air hotspots throughout Australia).

PriceDataData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingTelstra Air Wi-FiValidity
30 AUD12 GBYesYesYes28 days 
150 AUD40 GBYesYesYes365 days
300 AUD180 GBYesYesYes365 days

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Topping Up & Recharging – Telstra

You can recharge your Telstra SIM card in Telstra storesOpens in a new tab., online/the Telstra appOpens in a new tab., or vouchers sold at various retailers.

To redeem your Telstra voucher, dial #100# or use the Telstra website or app.

You can check your balance online or on the Telstra app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Telstra

Telstra has many types of plans, often referred to as recharges, to choose from, which are:

All plans can be purchased online or on the Telstra app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Pre-Paid Complete – Telstra

Pre-Paid Complete plans are bundles with data, (international) minutes, and extra credit for out-of-bundle use.

The following Pre-Paid Complete plans are available:

PriceDataData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes & SMS (Zone 1)International Minutes & SMS (Zone 2)Extra CreditValidity
10 AUD1 GBYesYesUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A7 days
30 AUD8 GBYesYesUnlimited300 minutes/SMS60 minutes/SMS5 AUD28 days
40 AUD18 GBYesYesUnlimited500 minutes/SMS100 minutes/SMS10 AUD28 days
50 AUD28 GBYesYesUnlimited1000 minutes/SMS150 minutes/SMS15 AUD28 days
150 AUD60 GBYesYesUnlimited3000 minutes/SMS350 minutes/SMS50 AUD186 days 
300 AUD150 GBYesYesUnlimited6000 minutes/SMS800 minutes/SMS150 AUD365 days 
Pre-Paid Complete Data Top-Ups – Telstra

The Pre-Paid Complete Data Top-Ups are data add-ons for Pre-Paid Complete. They cannot be purchased as standalone data bundles.

The following Pre-Paid Complete Data Top-Ups are available:

PriceData
5 AUD1 GB
20 AUD4 GB
Long Life Plus – Telstra

The Long Life Plus bundles are credit plans with validity valid up to 365 days (1 year). They also include data free streaming for select sports apps (AFL, Football, AFLW, Netball & NRL) and Apple Music.

The following Long Life Plus bundles are available:

PriceData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingValidity
20 AUDYesYes45 days
30 AUDYesYes186 days
50 AUDYesYes186 days
70 AUDYesYes365 days 
100 AUDYesYes365 days 
Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband – Telstra

The Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband plans are data-only bundles with data free streaming for select sports apps (AFL, Football, AFLW, Netball & NRL) and Apple Music, and access Telstra Air Wi-Fi access (more than 1 million Telstra Air hotspots throughout Australia).

The following Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband plans are available:

PriceDataData Free Sports StreamingData Free Apple Music StreamingTelstra Air Wi-FiValidity
20 AUD5 GBYesYesYes14 days 
30 AUD12 GBYesYesYes28 days
50 AUD35 GBYesYesYes28 days
150 AUD40 GBYesYesYes365 days 
300 AUD180 GB YesYesYes365 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Telstra

Pre-Paid Complete starter kits and plans include call and text allowances for international destinations in zone 1 and zone 2. Below is a country overview for the two zones.

Zone 1 International Minutes & SMS Countries – Telstra

Telstra zone 1 countries include 20 countries for international calls and texts from Australia to the following countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
Zone 2 International Minutes & SMS Countries – Telstra

Telstra zone 2 countries include 30 countries for international calls and texts from Australia to the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan

Data Banking – Telstra

Telstra allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 200 GB in your data bank. However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Banking applies to Pre-Paid Complete and Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband.

Telstra Review

I had the chance to try out Telstra for about two months when I was in Australia. Be sure to read my Telstra review if you are considering getting a Telstra SIM card.

APN/Internet Settings – Telstra

  • Name: Telstra
  • APN: telstra.internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Optus

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OptusOpens in a new tab. is the second-largest operator in Australia. They are known for being the operator offering the best value for money.

Currently, Optus does not allow prepaid customers to use its 5G network where available.

Optus uses the following frequencies:

  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2300 MHz (Band 40) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G: Not available for prepaid

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Optus:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Optus SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Optus

Optus has extensive coverage throughout Australia. Their coverage is great in the populated Outback as well.

Although Optus' coverage is not as great and extensive as Telstra's, it is (significantly) better than Vodafone Australia's.

Unlike Telstra, Optus does not cap speeds for Amaysim and Coles Mobile (Optus MVNOs), and the MVNOs have access to the full Optus network (except for 5G).

Backpackers or those visiting (extreme) regional Australia should know that Optus' network coverage in The Outback may be disappointing.

Below is a map of Optus' network.

Jump back to Amaysim or Coles Mobile.

SIM Card Price – Optus

Optus SIM cards are available for as low as 2 AUD in Optus storesOpens in a new tab. and various other retailers like grocery stores, newsstands, and corner shops.

If you buy your SIM card in an Optus store, your SIM card will be activated on the spot (after processing your personal information as per the SIM card registration requirements). SIM cards purchased at authorized resellers have to be activated onlineOpens in a new tab..

Besides the basic 2 AUD SIM card, Optus offers several other types of SIM cards and starter packs, such as:

Tip: go with Epic Data if you want data, unlimited local and minutes, and unlimited international calls to 15 countries. The other plans can be attractive to Australian residents or those planning on staying in the country for a long time.

Click on the links above to jump to the type of SIM card you are interested in.

Epic Data SIM Cards – Optus

Epic Data SIM cards feature data, 10 GB streaming data (for Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids & ABC ME), unlimited local minutes and SMS, unlimited international calls to 15 countries, and extra credit for premium calls, roaming, or out-of-bundle data use.

The following Epic Data SIM cards are available:

PriceDataStreaming DataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesExtra CreditValidity
30 AUD10 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited5 AUD28 days 
40 AUD20 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 AUD28 days 
50 AUD30 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 AUD28 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Optus Flex SIM Cards – Optus

Optus Flex SIM cards feature data and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

The following Optus Flex SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
1 AUD1 GBUnlimited1 day 
7 AUD7 GBUnlimited7 days 
30 AUD30 GBUnlimited30 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Epic Value SIM Cards – Optus

Epic Value SIM cards feature data and unlimited local minutes and SMS with extended validity compared to the other SIM cards.

The following Epic Value SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
40 AUD10 GBUnlimited42 days 
50 AUD15 GBUnlimited42 days 
180 AUD60 GBUnlimited365 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Daily Plus SIM Cards – Optus

Daily Plus SIM cards feature a data allowance of 500 MB per day for 30 days or 186 days (6 months) and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

The following Daily Plus SIM cards are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSMyCreditValidity
10 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited10 AUD30 days 
30 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited30 AUD186 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Card – Optus

Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM cards feature data only.

The following Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD30 GB30 days 

Do note that this starter pack also act as a plan.

Topping Up & Recharging – Optus

You can recharge your Optus SIM card in Optus storesOpens in a new tab., online/the Optus app, or vouchers sold at various retailers.

To redeem a top-up voucher, call 555.

To check your balance, text bal OR 1 to 9999.

You can also check your balance online or on the Optus app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Optus

Optus has various types of data-featured plans, also called recharges, which are:

All plans can be purchased online or on the Optus app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Epic Data – Optus

Epic Data plans, also referred to as recharges, include data, 10 GB streaming data (for Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids & ABC ME), unlimited local minutes and SMS, unlimited international calls to 15 countries, and extra credit for premium calls, roaming, or out-of-bundle data use.

The following Epic Data plans are available:

PriceDataStreaming DataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesExtra CreditValidity
10 AUD5 GB10 GB100 minutesN/AN/A5 days
20 AUD12 GB10 GB200 minutesN/AN/A10 days 
30 AUD10 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited5 AUD28 days 
40 AUD20 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 AUD28 days 
50 AUD30 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited15 AUD28 days 
Epic Value – Optus

Epic Value plans include data and unlimited local minutes and SMS with extended validity (up to 365 days/1 year)

The following Epic Value plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
15 AUD500 MBUnlimited28 days 
30 AUD2 GBUnlimited42 days 
40 AUD10 GBUnlimited42 days 
50 AUD15 GBUnlimited42 days 
180 AUD60 GBUnlimited365 days 
Daily Plus – Optus

Daily Plus plans include 500 MB per day data allowances for 30 days or 186 days (6 months) and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

The following Daily Plus plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSMyCreditValidity
10 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited10 AUD30 days 
20 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited20 AUD30 days 
30 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited30 AUD186 days 
60 AUD500 MB/dayUnlimited60 AUD186 days 

Extra data (524 MB) can be purchased for 2 AUD. A maximum of 1 GB (4 AUD) of extra data can be bought per day.

Prepaid Mobile Broadband – Optus

The Prepaid Mobile Broadband plans are data-only plans.

The following Prepaid Mobile Broadband plans are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD15 GB30 days 
60 AUD30 GB90 days 
90 AUD50 GB186 days 
130 AUD80 GB365 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Optus

The Epic Data plans include a call and text allowance to 15 countries worldwide when the call or text originates from Australia.

Below is an overview of the said countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Data Rollover – Optus

Optus allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 50 GB or 200 GB in your data bank. However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Rollover applies to Epic Data (200 GB), Optus Flex (200 GB), Epic Value (50 GB) & Prepaid Mobile Broadband (200 GB).

Optus Review

Initially, this guide recommended Optus as the best Australian SIM card because they provide so much value for the money spent. However, my recommendation criteria have changed over time. Still, I am a fan of Optus and may even recommend Optus over Telstra, depending on your situation. Be sure to read my Optus review.

APN/Internet Settings – Optus

  • Name: Optus Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Vodafone Australia

Vodafone Logo

Vodafone AustraliaOpens in a new tab., simply referred to as just Vodafone but formerly known as Vodafone Hutchison Australia (because of the 3 Australia merger), but now known as TPG Telecom because TPG bought Vodafone Australia in 2020, is the smallest Main Operator in Australia.

They are known for being the budget option in Australia. However, they are, or were, known as VodafailOpens in a new tab. because its network crashed in 2009 or 2010, and the Aussies have never really forgiven Vodafone for it (mostly because they still have the worst network, but that is for a bit later).

Currently, Vodafone does allow prepaid customers to use its 5G network where available.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2100 MHz (Band 1)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78)

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* My Review
* Roaming
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone has extensive coverage in Australia. However, they do have the worst coverage of the big three operators. Coverage in the populated Outback can be mediocre at times.

I may have sounded a bit harsh in the introduction when I introduced Vodafone. However, to this day, there is not much love for Vodafone in terms of coverage and network reception (they are godo in other things, but that is for later).

Vodafone has the worst coverage in Australia, covering 96% of the Australian population. That is worse than Telstra (99%) and Optus (98.5%). These differences may seem small, but the actual coverage experience is noticeable.

Unlike Telstra, Vodafone does not cap steeds for its MVNOs (Gotalk, Hello Mobile Australia, Kogan Mobile Australia, and Lebara Australia). Moreover, those MVNOs have full access to the Vodafone network (except for 5G – that is still limited to Vodafone customers only).

Backpackers or those visiting (extreme) regional Australia should not go with Vodafone unless you enjoy being disappointed.

Below is a map of Vodafone's network.

Jump back to Gotalk, Hello Mobile Australia, Kogan Mobile Australia, or Lebara Australia.

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone SIM cards can be purchased for as little as 2 AUD in Vodafone storesOpens in a new tab.. You can also buy them in grocery stores like Coles and Woolworths and but also in electronic and office stores JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks.

If you buy your SIM card in a Vodafone store, your SIM card will be activated on the spot (after processing your personal information as per the SIM card registration requirements). SIM cards purchased at authorized resellers have to be activated onlineOpens in a new tab..

There are two types of Vodafone SIM cards: Prepaid Plus (combo) and Prepaid Mobile Internet (data-only).

Prepaid Plus SIM Cards – Vodafone Australia

Prepaid Plus SIM cards feature data, infinite data (capped at 1.5 Mbps) after depleting your high-speed data allowance, unlimited local minutes and SMS, international minutes to 69 countries (split into two zones), and international minutes to anywhere in the world.

The following Prepaid Plus SIM cards are available:

PriceDataInfinite Data (1.5 Mbps)Local Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes (Zone 1)International Minutes (Zone 2)International SMSValidity
30 AUD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited500 minutes N/A50 SMS28 days 
40 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1000 minutes100 minutes50 SMS28 days 
50 AUD45 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1500 minutes200 minutes50 SMS28 days 
150 AUD80 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS185 days 
250 AUD150 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS365 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Prepaid Mobile Internet – Vodafone Australia

Prepaid Mobile Internet SIM cards feature data only.

The following Prepaid Mobile Internet SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD10 GB30 days 
40 AUD25 GB30 days 
50 AUD35 GB30 days 

Do note that these starter packs also act as plans.

Topping Up & Recharging – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone SIM cards can be topped up in Vodafone storesOpens in a new tab., online/on the Vodafone appOpens in a new tab., or with vouchers sold at many retailers.

To activate your top-up voucher, text the Voucher Code to 1511.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 1511.

You can check your balance online or on the Vodafone app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone offers a few types of data-featured plans, also called recharges, which are:

All plans can be purchased online or on the Vodafone app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Plus Recharge – Vodafone Australia

The Prepaid Plus Recharges include data, infinite data (capped at 1.5 Mbps) after depleting your high-speed data allowance, unlimited local minutes and SMS, international minutes to 69 countries (split into two zones), and international minutes to anywhere in the world.

The following Prepaid Plus Recharges are available:

PriceDataInfinite Data (1.5 Mbps)Local Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes (Zone 1)International Minutes (Zone 2)International SMSValidity
10 AUD4 GBN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS7 days 
20 AUD8 GBN/AUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS14 days 
30 AUD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited500 minutes N/A50 SMS28 days 
40 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1000 minutes100 minutes50 SMS28 days 
50 AUD45 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1500 minutes200 minutes50 SMS28 days 
60 AUD60 GBUnlimitedUnlimited2000 minutes250 minutes50 SMS28 days 
150 AUD80 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS185 days 
250 AUD150 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedN/AN/A50 SMS365 days 
Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharge – Vodafone Australia

The Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges include data for up to 365 days (1 year).

The following Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges are available:

PriceDataValidity
10 AUD4 GB7 days 
20 AUD8 GB14 days 
30 AUD10 GB30 days 
40 AUD25 GB30 days 
50 AUD35 GB30 days 
60 AUD25 GB90 days 
70 AUD25 GB180 days
125 AUD40 GB365 days 
Data Add-Ons – Vodafone Australia

The Data Add-Ons are data-only add-ons for when you are (almost) out of data. They cannot be purchased as standalone data-only bundles.

The following Data Add-Ons are available:

PriceDataValidity
3 AUD2 GB1 day 
5 AUD500 MB28 days 
5 AUD4 GB1 day 
7 AUD2 GB7 days
10 AUD1 GB28 days 
15 AUD2 GB28 days 
15 AUD5 GB7 days
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Vodafone Australia

The Prepaid Plus starter kits and recharges include call allowances to up to 69 countries worldwide when the call originates from Australia. Below is a country overview of the two zones.

Zone 1 International Minutes & SMS Countries – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone zone 1 countries include 36 countries for international calls and texts from Australia to the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Canary Islands (Spain)
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vatical City (Holy See)
Zone 2 International Minutes & SMS Countries – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone zone 2 countries include 53 countries for international calls from Australia to the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Reunion
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Data Rollover – Vodafone Australia

Vodafone allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 200 GB in your data bank. However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Banking applies to Prepaid Plus (200 GB) and Prepaid Mobile Broadband Internet (50 GB).

Vodafone Australia Review

I tried out Vodafone for a while when I was in Australia. Although I have been somewhat negative towards them in this section, I actually liked them. In fact, I would recommend them over Telstra or Optus in some situations. Why? You can find out after reading my Vodafone review.

Roaming with Vodafone Australia

Vodafone does not include international roaming with any of their plans. However, you do have the opportunity to roam in more than 50 countries. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with Vodafone (roaming with prepaid is not as attractive as roaming with a (postpaid) plan).

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Australia

  • Name: VF WEB
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

ALDImobile

ALDImobile Logo

ALDImobileOpens in a new tab. is Telstra prepaid MVNO by the discount supermarket chain ALDIOpens in a new tab..

ALDImobile - What You Need to Know video

Cannot see the video above? Watch it hereOpens in a new tab. or on YouTubeOpens in a new tab..

This is what you will learn about ALDImobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get an ALDImobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Banking
* ALDImobile Review
* Roaming
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – ALDImobile

ALDImobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning ALDImobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Additionally, ALDImobile uses Telstra's wholesale network with limited coverage and capped speeds (max. 100 Mbps) compared to the retail network. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with ALDImobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Telstra's coverage.

SIM Card Price – ALDImobile

You can purchase an ALDImobile SIM card for 5 AUD with 5 AUD credit in ALDIstoresOpens in a new tab. or onlineOpens in a new tab..

You can activate your ALDImobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – ALDImobile

ALDImobile top-up vouchers are sold in ALDI storesOpens in a new tab. in values of 15 AUD, 25 AUD, and 35 AUD. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab. or on the ALDImobile app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

You can check your balance by texting balance to 590. You can also the ALDImobile app or My ALDImobile.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – ALDImobile

ALDImobile offers three types of data-featured plans, which are:

All plans can be activated online or on the ALDImobile app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Mobile Plans – ALDImobile

The Mobile Plans are combo plans with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, unlimited international minutes to 15 countries from Australia, and select international minutes and SMS to 35 countries from Australia.

The following Mobile Plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSUnlimited International Minutes (15 countries)International Minutes (35 countries)International SMS (35 countries)Validity
15 AUD3 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AN/A30 days 
25 AUD20 GBUnlimitedYes100 minutes50 SMS30 days 
35 AUD40 GBUnlimitedYes200 minutes50 SMS30 days 
45 AUD 55 GBUnlimitedYes300 minutes50 SMS30 days 
Data Plans – ALDImobile

The Data Plans are data plans with a validity of 365 days (1 year).

The following Data Plans are available:

PriceDataValidity
95 AUD30 GB365 days 
240 AUD185 GB365 days 
365 AUD365 GB365 days 
Add-Ons – ALDImobile

The Add-Ons are data add-ons for the Mobile Plans and Data Plans when you are low on data.

The following Add-Ons are available:

PriceData
10 AUD1 GB
15 AUD3 GB

Do note that although multiple Add-Ons can be purchased simultaneously, there is a cap of 40 GB of Add-On data.

International Minutes & SMS Overview – ALDImobile

The Mobile Plans include an unlimited call allowance for calls to 15 countries from Australia. They also have minute and SMS allowances to 35 countries from Australia.

Unlimited Minutes Countries – ALDImobile

The following 15 countries are part of your unlimited international call allowance for the Mobile Plans:

  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Included International Minutes & SMS Countries – ALDImobile

The following 35 countries are part of your international call and text allowance for the Mobile Plans:

  • Andorra (fixed)
  • Argentina (fixed)
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria (fixed)
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • French Guiana (fixed)
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Hungary
  • Iceland (fixed)
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg (fixed)
  • Malta
  • Mexico (fixed)
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Peru (fixed)
  • Poland (fixed)
  • Portugal (fixed)
  • Puerto Rico (fixed)
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia (fixed)
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland (fixed)
  • Taiwan (fixed)
  • Turkey (fixed)

Data Banking – ALDImobile

ALDImobile allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 100 GB in your data bank, depending on the plan you have (30 GB for 25 AUD plan, 50 GB for 35 AUD plan, and 100 GB for 45 AUD). However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Banking applies to the Mobile Plans.

ALDImobile Review

ALDImobile is hands-down my favorite Australian SIM card. In fact, I still use my ALDimobile SIM card, even though I am not in Australia anymore at the time of writing (it has actually become my primary phone number). A random blog, which I, unfortunately, do not remember anymore (they deserve a lot of praise from my end), recommended ALDImobile because they use the Telstra network and are cheap. Well, they are right, and I would recommend ALDImobile to anyone wanting to buy an Australian SIM card. Check out my ALDImobile review.

Roaming with ALDImobile

ALDImobile does not include international roaming with any of their plans. However, you do have the opportunity to roam in 60 countries. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with ALDImobile (spoiler alert – roaming with ALDImobile is criminally expensive).

APN/Internet Settings – ALDImobile

  • Name: ALDImobile
  • APN: telstra.wap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Amaysim

Amaysim logo

AmaysimOpens in a new tab. is an Optus SIM Only MVNO. Amaysim used to the largest (independent) Australian MVNO and the fourth largest operator in Australia before Optus acquired it for 250 million AUD in November 2020Opens in a new tab.. Optus has no plans on phasing out the Amaysim brand.

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

Amaysim - What You Need to Know video

Cannot see the video above? Watch it hereOpens in a new tab. or on YouTubeOpens in a new tab..

This is what you will learn about Amaysim:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Amaysim SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Amaysim

Amaysim is an Optus MVNO, meaning Amaysim uses the Optus network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Amaysim, jump to the Optus Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Optus' coverage.

SIM Card Price – Amaysim

You can get a basic Amaysim SIM card for 2 AUD in various storesOpens in a new tab., including grocery stores, 7-Elevens, and post offices. You can also order one onlineOpens in a new tab. with no additional shipping fees.

Do note that the more expensive starter packs (starting from 10 AUD) act as SIM Only plans, which will auto-renew until you disable it on the Amaysim app or online.

You can activate your Amaysim SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Amaysim

Amaysim top-up vouchers are sold in various retailers (Woolworths, Coles, Australia Post, and Big W) in values of 10 AUD, 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, 50 AUD, and 100 AUD. You can also recharge online or on the Amaysim app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

To redeem your recharge voucher, text the VoucherCode to 568.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 568.

You can check your balance online or on the Amaysim app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Amaysim

Amaysim has several data-featured plans: the Short Term Mobile Plan, SIM-Only Mobile Plans, Data-Only Plans, and Long Expiry Plans. All plans include data. Some plans (all except for the Data-Only Plans) include unlimited local minutes and SMS and unlimited minutes to 28 or 42 countries from Australia, depending on the plan you choose.

Below is an overview of all the Amaysim plans:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesValidity
10 AUD Short Term Mobile Plan 10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (42 countries)7 days 
12 AUDSIM-Only Mobile Plan 2 GBUnlimitedN/A28 days 
15 AUDData-Only Plan7 GBN/AN/A28 days 
20 AUDSIM-Only Mobile Plan 6 GBUnlimitedN/A28 days 
30 AUD SIM-Only Mobile Plan 30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (28 countries)28 days 
40 AUDData-Only Plan50 GBN/AN/A28 days 
40 AUDSIM-Only Mobile Plan 50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (42 countries)28 days 
50 AUDSIM-Only Mobile Plan 80 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (42 countries)28 days 
60 AUDData-Only Plan90 GBN/AN/A28 days 
150 AUDLong-Expiry 125 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (28 countries)180 days 
200 AUDLong-Expiry 120 GBUnlimitedN/A365 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Amaysim

The Short Term Mobile Plan, some SIM-Only Mobile Plans, (from 30 AUD), and one Long-Expiry Plan (150 AUD) allow you to make unlimited international calls to 28 countries (group 1) or 42 countries (group 2) while in Australia.

Below is an overview of which group(s) a country belongs in:

CountryGroup(s)
Austria42 countries
Bangladesh42 countries
Brazil42 countries
Cambodia42 countries
Canada28 countries
Chile28 countries
China28 countries
Colombia28 countries
Croatia42 countries
France28 countries
Germany28 countries
Greece42 countries
Guam28 countries
Hong Kong28 countries
Hungary42 countries
Iceland28 countries
India28 countries
Indonesia28 countries
Ireland28 countries
Italy42 countries
Japan28 countries
Malaysia28 countries
Malta28 countries
Mexico28 countries
Netherlands42 countries
New Zealand28 countries
Norway28 countries
Pakistan42 countries
Philippines42 countries
Poland42 countries
Puerto Rico28 countries
Romania28 countries
Singapore28 countries
South Africa42 countries
South Korea28 countries
Sweden28 countries
Taiwan28 countries
Thailand28 countries
Turkey 42 countries
United Kingdom28 countries
United States 28 countries

Data Rollover – Amaysim

Unlike Optus itself or other Optus MVNOs mentioned in this guide, Amaysim does not allow you to roll over unused data. Unused data will be forfeited when you renew a plan or cancel it.

Amaysim Review

I may like Amaysim more than Optus itself or Coles Mobile (Optus MVNO). In fact, my first international roaming article was about Amaysim. Although not prepaid, they do offer cool perks and are a great provider. However, the fact they do not provide data rollover is kind of embarrassing for Australian standards. Even then, I have a lot of good things to say about Amaysim in my review.

Roaming with Amaysim

Amaysim does not include international roaming with any of their plans. However, you do have the opportunity to roam in 110 countries. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with Amaysim (to be expected, roaming with Amaysim is expensive).

APN/Internet Settings – Amaysim

  • Name: Amaysim Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Belong Mobile

Belong Logo

Belong MobileOpens in a new tab. is the SIM only brand by Belong. Belong (Mobile) itself is a low-cost internet service provider by Telstra, and Telstra wholly owns Belong.

Note: it is often possible to get the 25 AUD and 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Belong Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Belong Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Banking
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Belong Mobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Additionally, Belong Mobile uses Telstra's wholesale network with limited coverage and capped speeds (max. 100 Mbps) compared to the retail network. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Belong Mobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Telstra's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Belong Mobile

You can purchase a Belong Mobile SIM card for 25 AUD in many storesOpens in a new tab. or for free when ordered onlineOpens in a new tab.. This is much more than your basic prepaid SIM card or SIM only SIM card for the usual 2 AUD. However, the 25 AUD SIM card includes 10 GB of data and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

Be aware that the starter packs act as SIM Only plans, which will auto-renew until you disable it on the Belong Mobile app or online.

Do note that it used to be possible to buy a Belong Mobile starter kit for 10 AUD with 1 GB and unlimited local calls and text. This starter plan was phased out in the summer of 2020. Since then, it has been a challenge to find such starter kits, but there are still available out there if you have the time and energy to hunt for them.

When you somehow manage to find this starter kit, you still will not get 1 GB. Instead, Belong Mobile will upgrade you to their 25 AUD plan for free. In short, you will get 15 AUD for free if you manage to get the 10 AUD plan. The video below explains it more in-depth.

Do note that this promotion may be ended at any time.

You can activate your Belong Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Belong Mobile

You can recharge your Belong Mobile SIM card onlineOpens in a new tab. or on the Belong app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

You can check your balance online or on the Boost Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile has only one type of plan, with no distrinctive name, featuring data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, and unlimited international minutes & SMS (30 countries) for free or for an additional 5 AUD per month. Extra data is available with their 2 GB Add-On for 10 AUD.

All plans can be activated online or on the Belong app.

The following plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes & SMSValidity
10 AUD1 GBUnlimited For 5 AUD/month28 days 
25 AUD10 GBUnlimited For 5 AUD/month28 days 
40 AUD40 GB Unlimited Unlimited 28 days 

When you are out of data, you can still browse the web at 64 Kbps (infuriatingly slow). However, you can buy an to get maximum speeds again.

Do note that although the 10 AUD 1 GB plan is not available to new sign-ups, existing Belong Mobile customers can switch to this plan after their current plan has expired or is close to expiring. This can be done online or on the Belong app.

International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile customers get unlimited international minutes and SMS to 30 countries when they have the 40 AUD plan. Those with the 10 AUD or 25 AUD plan can buy this feature as an add-on for 5 AUD per month.

You can call and text the following countries while in Australia:

  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Data Banking – Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile allows you to bank or rollover unused data in your data bank. There is no limit to how much you can have in your data bank (unlike Telstra itself or other Telstra MVNO with a cap of 50 GB or 200 GB). However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted).

Belong Mobile Review

Belong Mobile has something special to me. My partner has a Belong fiber connection (which is good for Australian standards). A great friend of mine living in Brisbane is a Belong Mobile customer. And Belong Mobile keeps things simple – only three plans. Although I am a strong advocate for choice, some operators (especially in Africa and South(east) Asia have too much choice. That may be why I like Belong Mobile. However, it is not all sunshine with Belong Mobile, which you can learn about in my Belong Mobile review.

APN/Internet Settings – Belong Mobile

  • Name: Belong Mobile
  • APN: telstra.wap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile Logo

Boost Mobile AustraliaOpens in a new tab., just Boost Mobile, is a Telstra prepaid MVNO.

Despite popular belief, Telstra does not own Boost Mobile. However, they are the only Telstra MVNO with full access to the Telstra retail network, which is why some believe Telstra owns Boost Mobile.

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, 40 AUD, and 50 AUD starter kits and plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

Boost Mobile Australia - What You Need to Know video

This is what you will learn about Boost Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Boost Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Belong Mobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Additionally, Boost Mobile uses Telstra's retail network with full Telstra network access and uncapped speeds. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Belong Mobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Telstra's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile SIM cards are available from 2 AUD in various resellersOpens in a new tab., such as post offices, grocery stores, post offices, and electronic shops across Australia.

You can activate your Boost Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Boost Mobile Australia

You can buy Boost Mobile top-up vouchers in many storesOpens in a new tab., including gas stations, post offices, and grocery stores. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab. or with the Boost Mobile app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

To redeem a recharge card, dial *111#.

You can check your balance online or on the Boost Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile has two types of data-featured bundles: the Plans, with no distinctive name, and the Add-Ons.

All plans can be activated online or on the Boost Mobile app.

Plans – Boost Mobile Australia

The Plans are combo plans with data, unlimited Apple Music streaming, unlimited local minutes and SMS, and up to unlimited international minutes and SMS to 54 countries from Australia.

The following plans are available:

PriceDataApple Music DataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesInternational SMSData RolloverValidity
10 AUD3 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 1Yes, Group 1No7 days
20 AUD5 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 1Yes, Group 1Yes28 days 
30 AUD20 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 1Yes, Group 1Yes28 days 
40 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 2Yes, Group 2Yes28 days 
50 AUD40 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 2Yes, Group 2Yes28 days 
70 AUD65 GB UnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 3Yes, Group 3Yes28 days 
200 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 4Yes, Group 4No365 days 
300 AUD240 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, Group 5Yes, Group 5No365 days 
Add-Ons – Boost Mobile Australia

The Add-Ons are data-only add-ons for when you are (almost) out of data. They cannot be purchased as standalone data-only bundles.

The Following Add-Ons are available:

PriceAdd-OnDataCreditValidity
5 AUD$5 Add-On1 GB5 AUD28 days 
15 AUD$15 Add-On3 GB15 AUD28 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Boost Mobile Australia

The Plans include a call and text allowance to up to 54 countries worldwide when the call or text originates from Australia. The more expensive the plan, the larger the allowance, and the more countries you can call and SMS to.

Below is an overview of which group(s) a country belongs to. Refer back to the Plans to see which group(s) your preferred plan covers:

CountryGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5
Afghanistan100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
American Samoa100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Bangladesh100 minutes/SMSUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
BrazilUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Brunei100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Cambodia100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMSUnlimited1200 minutes/SMSUnlimited
CanadaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
ChileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
ChinaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
ColombiaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Cyprus 100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Czech Republic100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Denmark100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Finland100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
FranceUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
GermanyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Greece100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMSUnlimited1200 minutes/SMSUnlimited
Guam100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Hong KongUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Hungary100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Iceland100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
India100 minutes/SMSUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
IndonesiaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Iran100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Iraq100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
IrelandUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Israel100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
JapanUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Kuwait100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Laos100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMSUnlimited1200 minutes/SMSUnlimited
Luxembourg100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
MalaysiaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Malta100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Mexico100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMSUnlimited1200 minutes/SMSUnlimited
Mongolia100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Nepal100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
New ZealandUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Pakistan100 minutes/SMSUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Peru100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Philippines100 minutes/SMSUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Puerto Rico100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Romania 100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Singapore UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Slovakia100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
South Africa100 minutes/SMSUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
South KoreaUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Spain100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMSUnlimited1200 minutes/SMSUnlimited
Sri Lanka 100 minutes/SMS200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
Sweden 100 minutes 200 minutes/SMS300 minutes/SMS1200 minutes/SMS3600 minutes/SMS
TaiwanUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
ThailandUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
United KingdomUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
United StatesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Vietnam UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

Data Rollover – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to your next recharge. Unlike Telstra itself or other Telstra MVNOs, you do not get a 50 GB or 200 GB Data Bank allowance. Moreover, not all Plans allow for data rollover. Furthermore, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted).

APN/Internet Settings – Boost Mobile Australia

  • Name: Telstra
  • APN: telstra.wap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile Logo

Coles MobileOpens in a new tab. is an Optus prepaid MVNO by the supermarket chain ColesOpens in a new tab..

Note: it is often possible to get the starter plans at a 50% discount in Coles (Express) storesOpens in a new tab. and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Coles Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Coles Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile is an Optus MVNO, meaning Coles Mobile uses the Optus network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Coles Mobile, jump to the Optus Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Optus' coverage.

SIM Card Price – Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile SIM cards are available for purchase from 20 AUD with 15 GB, unlimited local and (select) international minutes and SMS in Coles (Express) storesOpens in a new tab.. They used to have a basic SIM card costing 2 AUD. However, this SIM card was phased out in 2020.

You can activate your Coles Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in Coles storesOpens in a new tab., on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or on the Coles Coles Mobile app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

You can check your balance online or on the Coles Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile has two data-featured bundles: the Plans (combo), with no particular name, and the Data Extras (data-only add-ons).

All plans can be activated online or on the Coles Mobile app.

Plans – Coles Mobile

The Plans are combo plans with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, and unlimited international minutes and SMS to 15 countries from Australia.

The following plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes & SMSValidity
20 AUD15 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days 
120 AUD60 GBUnlimitedUnlimited365 days
150 AUD120 GB UnlimitedUnlimited365 days
Data Extras – Coles Mobile

The Data Extras are data-only add-ons for the plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans. The Data Extras will expire in 7 or 30 days or when your active Plan expires – whichever expiry comes first.

The following Data Extras are available:

PriceDataValidity
5 AUD500 MB7 days
15 AUD15 MB30 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Coles Mobile

All Plans include a call and text allowance to 15 countries worldwide when the call or text originates from Australia.

Below is an overview of the said countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Data Rollover – Coles Mobile

Coles Mobile allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 50 GB in your data bank (which is less than Optus with 200 GB). However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted).

APN/Internet Settings – Coles Mobile

  • Name: Optus Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Gotalk

Gotalk Logo

GotalkOpens in a new tab., not to be confused with the Open Video Chat application, is a Vodafone Prepaid MVNO. They are owned by the same company that owns Hello Mobile Australia.

This is what you will learn about Gotalk:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Gotalk SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Gotalk

Gotalk is a Vodafone MVNO, meaning Gotalk uses the Vodafone network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Gotalk, jump to the Vodafone Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Vodafone's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Gotalk

You can buy a Gotalk SIM card starting from 10 AUD in Big W, post offices, 7-Elevens, and gas stations. You can also purchase them onlineOpens in a new tab. for 9.95 AUD and get them delivered to an Australian address.

Your best bet is to visit gas stations or order a Gotalk SIM card online because they are hard to come by for some reason, as mentioned in my review.

You can activate your Gotalk SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Gotalk

You can recharge your Gotalk SIM card onlineOpens in a new tab..

To get your balance, call 126466.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Gotalk

Gotalk sells about six different plans or tariff plans. However, only two are worth your time and money: the Aussie Plans (combo) and Seafarers Wireless Broadband Plans.

Unless you like to burn money, stay away from the other plans (Anytime, MAX, Straight Talk Plus, and Seafarers).

All plans can be activated online.

Aussie Plans – Gotalk

The Aussie Plans are combo plans with data and unlimited local minutes and text.

The following Aussie Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
30 AUDAussie 302 GBUnlimited30 days 
40 AUDAussie 40 4 GBUnlimited30 days 
Seafarers Wireless Broadband Plans – Gotalk

The Seafarers Wireless Broadband Plans are data-only plans. They should not be confused with the Seafarers tariff plan, which charges high Pas As You Go rates.

The following Seafarers Wireless Broadband Plans are available:

PriceDataValidity
10 AUD500 MB30 days 
20 AUD1 GB30 days 
30 UAD1.5 GB30 days 

Data Rollover – Gotalk

Unlike Vodafone Australia itself or some Vodafone Australia MVNOs mentioned in this guide, Gotalk does not allow you to roll over unused data. Unused data will be forfeited when you renew a plan or cancel it.

Gotalk Review

I will be frank – I hated Gotalk and am still not a fan of it. Not only does its website look like it was last updated in 2010, but its plans are also hilariously to what almost every other Australian offers. However, their Aussie Plans are decent. But still, I see no reason for going with Gotalk when you have many better options. But bes ure to check out my Gotalk review as well.

APN/Internet Settings – Gotalk

  • Name: VF WEB
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Hello Mobile Australia

Hello Mobile Australia Logo

Hello Mobile Australia, just Hello Mobile, is a Vodafone Prepaid MVNO. They are owned by the same company that owns Gotalk.

This is what you will learn about Hello Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Hello Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* My Review
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Hello Mobile Australia

Hello Mobile is a Vodafone MVNO, meaning Hello Mobile uses the Vodafone network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Hello Mobile, jump to the Vodafone Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Vodafone's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Hello Mobile Australia

You can buy a Hello Mobile SIM card starting from 10 AUD in Big W, post offices, newsstands, 7-Elevens, and gas stations. You can also purchase them onlineOpens in a new tab. for 10 AUD and get them delivered to an Australian address.

Your best bet is to visit gas stations or order a Hello Mobile SIM card online because they are hard to come by for some reason, as mentioned in my review.

You can activate your Hello Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Hello Mobile Australia

Hello Mobile recharge vouchers are sold in newsstands, 7-Elevens, post offices, and gas stations. You can also recharge onlinOpens in a new tab.e or on the Hello Mobile appOpens in a new tab. (iOS only).

To top-up, call 126999.

To check your balance, text bal to 126999. You can also see your balance online or on the Hello Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Hello Mobile Australia

Hello Mobile has two types of data-featured plans, which are the Unlimited Calls & Text Plans and the Pay As You Go Plans.

All plans can be activated online.

Unlimited Calls & Text Plans – Hello Mobile Australia

The Unlimited Calls & Text Plans are combo plans with data and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

The following Unlimited Calls & Text Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
19 AUDUnlimited 2 GB2 GBUnlimited30 days 
29.90 AUDUnlimited 5 GB5 GBUnlimited30 days 
35 AUDUnlimited 10 GB 10 GBUnlimited30 days 
Pay As You Go Plans – Hello Mobile Australia

The Pay As You Go Plans are combo plans with data and minutes.

The following Pay As You Go Plans are available:

PricePlanDataMinutes Validity
10 AUDSUPA Plus200 MBStandard Rates90 days 
10 AUDPAYG 1GB1 GBStandard Rates30 days 
10 AUDCombo 10Standard Rates50 (international) minutes30 days 
International Minutes Country Overview – Hello Mobile Australia

The Combo 10 Pay As You Go Plan allows you to use your 50-minute call allowance to call 16 countries when the call originates from Australia. Below is an overview of the said countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • France (fixed)
  • Germany (fixed)
  • Greece (fixed)
  • Hong Kong (fixed)
  • India
  • Indonesia (fixed)
  • Italy (fixed)
  • Malaysia (fixed)
  • New Zealand (fixed)
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan (fixed)
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Data Rollover – Hello Mobile

Unlike Vodafone Australia itself or some Vodafone Australia MVNOs mentioned in this guide, Hello Mobile does not allow you to roll over unused data. Unused data will be forfeited when you renew a plan or cancel it.

Hello Mobile Review

Hello Mobile was the worst SIM card I have tried in Australia and mentioned in this guide. Their offers were criminal. However, between the time I tested them out and wrote my review, they improved their plans and updated their website (which looked like it was made in 2010). I would still recommend other SIM cards over Hello Mobile, but it is not straight-up robbery anymore with their new plans.

APN/Internet Settings – Hello Mobile Australia

  • Name: VF WEB
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Kogan Mobile Australia

Kogan Mobile Logo

Kogan MobileOpens in a new tab. is a Vodafone prepaid MVNO by the Australian online market place called KoganOpens in a new tab..

Note: it is often possible to get a starter kit or a plan at a 50% discount for the first three recharges on their website.

This is what you will learn about Kogan Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Kogan Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to: Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | ALDImobile | Amaysim | Belong Mobile | Boost Mobile | Coles Mobile | Gotalk | Hello Mobile | Kogan Mobile | Lebara | Lycamobile | Woolworths

Coverage – Kogan Mobile Australia

Kogan Mobile is a Vodafone MVNO, meaning Kogan Mobile uses the Vodafone network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Kogan Mobile, jump to the Vodafone Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Vodafone's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Kogan Mobile Australia

You can purchase a Kogan Mobile SIM card for 2 AUD at United gas stations or 7-ElevensOpens in a new tab.. You can also order a starter packOpens in a new tab. for the same without paying extra shipping fees.

You can activate your Kogan Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Kogan Mobile Australia

Kogan recharge vouchers are sold online on the Kogan websiteOpens in a new tab. (often at a significant discount). You can also use the online recharge pageOpens in a new tab. to top-up or the Kogan Mobile app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

To hear your balance, call 12612. You can also see your balance online or on the Kogan Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Kogan Mobile Australia

Kogan Mobile has several data-featured plans, which are:

All plans can be activated online.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Plans – Kogan Mobile Australia

The Prepaid Plans are combo plans with data and unlimited local minutes and SMS.

The following Prepaid Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
16.90 AUDSmall 30 Days 3 GBUnlimited30 days 
29.90 AUDMedium 30 Days13 GBUnlimited30 days 
36.90 AUDLarge 30 Days 20 GBUnlimited30 days 
46.90 AUDSmall 90 Days 3 GB/30 days (9 GB)Unlimited90 days 
49.90 AUDExtra Large 30 Days 40 GBUnlimited30 days 
79.90 AUDMedium 90 Days 13 GB/30 days (39 GB)Unlimited90 days 
99.90 AUDLarge 90 Days 20 GB/30 days (60 GB)Unlimited90 days 
139.90 AUDExtra Large 90 Days 21 GB/30 days (40 GB)Unlimited90 days 
179.90 AUDSmall 365 Flex80 GBUnlimited365 days 
299.90 AUDMedium 365 Days 15 GB/30 days (180 GB)Unlimited365 days 
299.90 AUDMedium 365 Flex158 GBUnlimited365 days 
399.90 AUDLarge 365 Days 21 GB/30 days (250 GB)Unlimited365 days 
399.90 AUDLarge 365 Flex243 GBUnlimited365 days 
529.90 AUDExtra Large 365 Days 42 GB/30 days (500 GB)Unlimited365 days 
529.90 AUDExtra Large 365 Flex486 GBUnlimited365 days 

Do note that some plans give you a monthly data allowance. If you go through your data before the 30 days expire, you will not be able to use data until the counter resets (unless you buy a Mobile Data Pack).

Moreover, it may also look like I do not know how to count. However, Kogan Mobile uses a rather unique system for allocating data.

For example, the Large 365 Plan comes with 250 GB, whereof 21 GB is allocated every 30 days. However, you will get 20 GB for the first 12 30-day cycles (12 months * 20 GB) and 3413 MB (about 3.33 GB) for the last five days (days 361 – 365).

Flex plan data can be used however you wish to use it. If you can use 486 GB within two months with the Extra Large 365 Flex plan, then you can.

Prepaid Data Plans – Kogan Mobile Australia

The Prepaid Data Plans are data-only plans.

The following Prepaid Data Plans are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
29.90 AUDData S 30 Days 8 GB30 days 
49.90 AUDData M 30 Days 30 GB30 days 
329.90 AUDData S 365 Days 8 GB/30 days365 days 
549.90 AUDData M 365 Days 30 GB/30 days 365 days 
Mobile Data Packs – Kogan Mobile Australia

The Mobile Data Packs are data-only add-ons for when you are (almost) out of data. They cannot be purchased as standalone data bundles.

The following Mobile Data Packs are available:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5 AUD3 GB Data Pack3 GB2 days DATA 5
10 AUD3 GB Data Pack3 GB7 days DATA 10 

You can activate a Mobile Data Pack by texting the Activation Code to 12612.

For example, if you want the 3 GB Data Pack valid for 7 days, you would text DATA 10 to 12612.

They can also be activated online or on the Kogan Mobile app.

Data Rollover – Kogan Mobile Australia

Unlike Vodafone Australia itself or some of Vodafone Australia MVNOs mentioned in this guide, Kogan Mobile does not allow you to roll over unused data. Unused data will be forfeited when you renew a plan or cancel it. This also applies to the plans with a monthly data allowance.

APN/Internet Settings – Kogan Mobile Australia

  • Name: WF Web
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Lebara Australia

Lebara Logo

Lebara AustraliaOpens in a new tab., just Lebara, is a Vodafone prepaid MVNO. Vodafone Australia bought Lebara in September 2016. However, they decided to keep the Lebara brand, and they have no plans on discontinuing the brand.

This is what you will learn about Lebara:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lebara SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

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Coverage – Lebara Australia

Lebara is a Vodafone MVNO, meaning Lebara uses the Vodafone network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lebara, jump to the Vodafone Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Vodafone's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Lebara Australia

You can purchase a basic Lebara SIM card for 2 AUD in various stores, including post offices, grocery stores, gas stations, and Big W.

You can activate your Lebara SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Lebara Australia

Lebara top-up vouchers are sold at many retailers, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and post offices. You can also recharge onlineOpens in a new tab. or on the Lebara appOpens in a new tab..

To redeem your voucher, text the Voucher Code to 126172. You can also recharge by calling 126123.

To check your balance, text bal to 126172. You can also hear your balance by calling 126123. Finally, balance status can be retrieved online or on the Lebara app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Lebara Australia

Lebara has four types of data-featured plans, which are:

All plans can be activated online.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

30 Day Plans – Lebara Australia

The 30 Day Plans are combo plans with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, up to unlimited international minutes to 60 countries originating from Australia, unlimited international SMS to 60 countries, and international call credit to 47 countries (Zone 1 & Zone 2).

The following 30 Day Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesInternational SMS (60 Countries)International Call Wallet (Zone 1)International Call Wallet (Zone 2)International CreditValidity
14.90 AUDExtra Small 30 Days 3 GBUnlimited300 minutes (8 Countries) N/AN/AN/A3 AUD30 days 
24.90 AUDSmall 30 Days12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (21 countries)Unlimited 100 minutes30 minutesN/A30 days 
29.90 AUDMedium 30 Days30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (30 countries)Unlimited 100 minutes30 minutesN/A30 days 
39.90 AUDLarge 30 Days 45 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (46 countries) Unlimited 200 minutes50 minutesN/A30 days 
49.90 AUDExtra Large 30 Day 60 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (56 Countries) Unlimited 200 minutes50 minutesN/A30 days 
69.90 AUDXXL 30 Day 100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (60 Countries) Unlimited 500 minutes50 minutesN/A30 days 
Long Term Plans – Lebara Australia

The Long Term Plans are combo plans with long-term validity (180 days/6 months and 360 days/1 year) with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, unlimited international minutes to up to 46 countries originating from Australia, and international call credit to 38 countries (Zone 1).

The following Long Term Plans are available:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational MinutesInternational Call Wallet (Zone 1)Validity
120 AUDSmall 18 Day60 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (21 Countries)50 minutes180 days 
140 AUDMedium 180 Day120 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (30 Countries)50 minutes180 days 
180 AUDLarge 180 Day 180 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (46 Countries)100 minutes360 days
280 AUDMedium 360 Day 240 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (30 Countries)50 minutes180 days 
360 AUDLarge 360 Day360 GBUnlimitedUnlimited (46 Countries)100 minutes360 days
Mobile Broadband – Lebara Australia

The Mobile Broadband Plans are data-only plans.

The following Mobile Broadband plans are available:

PricePlanDataValidity
20 AUDSmall15 GB30 days 
35 AUDMedium30 GB60 days 
45 AUDLarge45 GB90 days 
Add-Ons – Lebara Australia

The Add-Ons are data-only add-ons for when you are (almost) out of data. It is unknown whether the Add-Ons can be purchased as standalone data bundles.

The following Add-Ons are available:

PriceAdd-OnDataValidityActivation Code
5 AUDSmall1 GB30 days DATA5
10 AUDMedium3 GB30 days DATA10
25 AUDLarge10 GB 30 days DATA25

You can activate an Add-On by texting the Activation Code to 126172.

For example, if you want the Medium Add-On, you would text DATA10 to 126172.

They can also be activated online or on the Lebara app.

International Minutes Country Overview – Lebara Australia

The 30 Day Plans and the Long Term Plans include international call and text allowances to up to 60 countries worldwide if the call originates from Australia. You also get an additional call allowance in your International Call Wallet for 38 countries (Zone 1) or 9 countries (Zone 2).

Each country you can call to falls under six groups: 8 countries (group 1), 21 countries (group 2), 30 countries (group 3), 46 countries (group 4), 56 countries (group 5), and 60 countries (group 6). The international text allowances apply to all 60 countries.

Below is an overview of which group(s) a country belongs in:

CountryGroups
Argentina21 countries – 60 countries 
Austria (fixed)60 countries
Bangladesh46 countries, 56 countries (registered) & 60 countries
Brazil21 countries – 60 countries 
Brunei56 countries – 60 countries 
Cambodia30 countries – 60 countries 
Canada8 countries – 60 countries 
Chile21 countries – 60 countries 
China8 countries – 60 countries 
Colombia21 countries – 60 countries 
Costa Rica56 countries – 60 countries 
Cyprus56 countries – 60 countries 
Czech Republic56 countries – 60 countries 
Denmark46 countries – 60 countries
Finland46 countries – 60 countries
France (fixed)30 countries – 56 countries & 60 countries (all)
French Guiana56 countries – 60 countries 
Germany21 countries – 60 countries 
Greece56 countries (fixed) & 60 countries
Hong Kong 8 countries – 60 countries 
Hungary30 countries – 60 countries 
Iceland46 countries – 60 countries
India30 countries – 60 countries 
Indonesia30 countries – 60 countries 
Ireland21 countries – 60 countries 
Israel46 countries – 60 countries
Italy (fixed)46 countries – 56 countries & 60 countries (all) 
Japan30 countries – 60 countries 
Kuwait60 countries
Laos60 countries
Luxembourg56 countries – 60 countries 
Macau60 countries
Malaysia30 countries – 60 countries 
Malta21 countries – 60 countries 
Mexico21 countries – 60 countries 
Mongolia46 countries – 60 countries
Netherlands46 countries – 60 countries
New Zealand21 countries – 60 countries 
Norway46 countries – 60 countries
Pakistan56 countries (registered) & 60 countries
Peru21 countries – 60 countries 
Poland46 countries – 60 countries
Portugal (fixed)56 countries & 60 countries (all) 
Puerto Rico21 countries – 60 countries 
Réunion56 countries – 60 countries 
Romania21 countries – 60 countries 
Singapore21 countries – 60 countries 
Slovakia46 countries – 60 countries
South Africa46 countries – 60 countries
South Korea46 countries – 60 countries
Spain46 countries – 60 countries
Sweden46 countries – 60 countries
Switzerland46 countries – 60 countries
Taiwan (fixed)30 countries – 56 countries & 60 countries (all)
Thailand8 countries – 60 countries 
United Kingdom21 countries – 60 countries 
United States8 countries – 60 countries 
Venezuela (fixed)30 countries – 46 countries, 56 countries (fixed) & 60 countries
Vietnam30 countries – 60 countries 
International Call Wallet Countries – Lebara Australia

The 30 Day Plans and the Long Term Plans (Zone 1 only) include additional call allowances in your International Call Wallet for 38 countries (Zone 1) or 9 countries (Zone 2) without paying extra international call rates.

Zone 1 International Call Wallet Countries – Lebara Australia

The International Call Wallet for Zone 1 countries allow you to make calls up to 500 minutes to the following 38 countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • American Samoa
  • Austria
  • Cambodia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Luxembourg
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
Zone 2 International Call Wallet Countries – Lebara Australia

The International Call Wallet for Zone 2 countries allow you to make calls up to 50 minutes to the following 9 countries:

  • Croatia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria

Data Rollover – Lebara Australia

Lebara, like Vodafone itself and some other Vodafone MVNOs, allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 200 GB in your data bank. However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Banking applies to the 30 Day Plans, Long Term Plans, and Mobile Broadband Plans.

APN/Internet Settings – Lebara Australia

  • Name: VF WEB
  • APN: live.vodafone.com

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile Logo

Lycamobile AustraliaOpens in a new tab., just Lycamobile, is a Telstra prepaid MVNO. They have access to the Telstra Wholesale network.

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, and 40 AUD plans at a 50% discount in some stores (WoolworthsOpens in a new tab., ColesOpens in a new tab. & Big WOpens in a new tab.) and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

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Coverage – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Additionally, Lycamobile uses Telstra's wholesale network with limited coverage and capped speeds (max. 100 Mbps) compared to the retail network. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lycamobile Mobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Telstra's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile basic SIM cards are available for 2 AUD in various retailers, including grocery stores, gas stations, newsstands, post offices, electronic stores, and office stores. You can also order a SIM card for freeOpens in a new tab. to an Australian address.

You can activate your Lycamobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Dial *132# to retrieve your phone number.

Topping Up & Recharging – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile recharge vouchers are sold in many stores (like Coles and Woolworths), on the app (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.), or onlineOpens in a new tab..

To redeem a top-up voucher, dial *131*VoucherCode#.

You can check your balance online or on the Lycamobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile has three types of data-featured plans, which are:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

National and International Plans – Lycamobile Australia

The National and International Plans are bundles with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS, call allowance for select international destinations (21) from Australia, unlimited international minutes to up to 53 countries from Australia.

The following National and International Plans are available:

PricePlansDataLocal Minutes & SMSSelect Countries International MinutesUnlimited International MinutesValidityActivation Code
10 AUDUnlimited 10 1 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A28 days *139*510#
20 AUDUnlimited 205 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A28 days *139*519#
25 AUDUnlimited Plan XS5 GBUnlimitedN/A12 countries28 days *139*524#
30 AUDUnlimited Plan S30 GBUnlimited30 minutes29 countries28 days *139*529#
40 AUDUnlimited Plan M45 GB Unlimited30 minutes29 countries28 days *139*539#
45 AUDUnlimited Plan L45 GBUnlimited300 minutes53 countries 28 days *139*544#
50 AUDUnlimited Plan XL60 GB Unlimited300 minutes53 countries 28 days *139*549#
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile Australia

The Long Term Plans are bundles with data allowances allowated every 28 days for 168 days (almost 6 months), unlimited local calls and text, and unlimited international minutes to 12 countries from Australia.

The following Long Term Plans are available, which can be activated online or on the Lycamobile app:

PricePlansDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes (12 Countries)Validity
120 AUDSmall5 GB/28 days (30 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited168 days
144 AUDMedium30 GB/28 days (180 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited168 days
192 AUDLarge45 GB/28 days (270 GB) UnlimitedUnlimited168 days

Do note that you will be out of data when you exhausted your monthly data allowance. For example, if you have the Medium Plan and use more than 30 GB within 28 days, you will not be able to browse the web until the 28 day counter resets.

Data Add-Ons – Lycamobile Australia

Data Add-Ons are data bundles. Although the name implies that they are add-ons, they can be purchased as standalone data bundles.

The following Data Add-Ons are available:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
5 AUD1 GB28 days *139*3020#
10 AUD3 GB28 days *139*3013#
25 AUD10 GB28 days *139*3030#
International Minutes Country Overview – Lycamobile Australia

The National and International Plans and the Long Term Plans include call allowances to up to 53 countries worldwide if the call originates from Australia.

You would have to get at least the Unlimited Plan XS National and International plan or the Small Long Term Plan to take advantage of this benefit. The more you spend on a plan, the more countries you can call to.

Each country you can call to falls under three groups: 12 countries (group 1), 29 countries (group 2), and 53 countries (group 3). Below is an overview of which group(s) a country belongs in:

CountryGroups
Argentina 29 countries – 53 countries 
Belgium (fixed)53 countries
Bermuda53 countries
Brazil12 countries – 53 countries
Brunei53 countries
Canada12 countries – 53 countries
Chile29 countries – 53 countries 
China12 countries – 53 countries
Colombia12 countries – 53 countries
Cyprus53 countries
Czech Republic53 countries
Denmark53 countries
Estonia (fixed)53 countries
Finland (fixed)53 countries
France29 countries (fixed) & 53 countries
French Guiana53 countries
Germany29 countries (fixed) & 53 countries
Greece (fixed)53 countries
Guadeloupe (fixed)53 countries
Guam29 countries
Hong Kong12 countries – 53 countries
Hungary (fixed)29 countries
Iceland53 countries
India12 countries – 53 countries
Indonesia53 countries
Ireland53 countries
Israel (fixed)53 countries
Italy (fixed)53 countries
Japan29 countries – 53 countries 
Luxembourg53 countries
Malaysia12 countries – 53 countries
Malta29 countries (fixed) & 53 countries
Mexico12 countries – 53 countries
Mongolia53 countries
Netherlands53 countries
New Zealand12 countries – 53 countries
Norway53 countries
Panama (fixed)53 countries
Peru29 countries – 53 countries 
Poland (fixed)53 countries
Portugal (fixed)53 countries
Puerto Rico29 countries – 53 countries 
Réunion53 countries
Romania29 countries – 53 countries 
Singapore12 countries – 53 countries
Slovakia53 countries
South Korea29 countries – 53 countries 
Spain53 countries
Sweden29 countries (fixed) & 53 countries
Taiwan (fixed)29 countries – 53 countries 
Thailand29 countries – 53 countries 
United Kingdom12 countries – 53 countries
United States12 countries – 53 countries
Venezuela (fixed)29 countries – 53 countries 
Select Countries International Minutes Overview – Lycamobile Australia

Some National and International Plans (Unlimited S/M/L/XL) give you minutes to Select Countries that do not fall under any of the three Unlimited International Minutes groups. You will get 30 minutes or 300 minutes to call any of the Select Countries from Australia.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Finland
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco (fixed)
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

Note: some of the countries mentioned above will fall under one of the Unlimited International Minutes group if you purchase one more expensive. For the sake of simplicity, this has not been reflected in the lists above. However, suppose a country is listed in the Unlimited International table (Taiwan, for example). In that case, the unlimited minute allowance precedes the Select Countries minute allowance.

Data Rollover – Lycamobile Australia

Unlike other Telstra MVNOs mentioned in this guide, Lycamobile does not allow you to roll over unused data. Unused data will be forfeited when you renew a plan or cancel it.

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Australia

  • Name: lycamobile
  • APN: data.lycamobile.com.au
  • Username: lmau
  • Password: password

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile Logo

Woolworths MobileOpens in a new tab. is a Telstra prepaid MVNO by the Australian supermarket chain WoolworthsOpens in a new tab..

Note: it is often possible to get the 20 AUD, 30 AUD, and 40 AUD plans at a 50% discount in Woolworths stores and on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or get extra data for the first three recharges.

This is what you will learn about Woolworths Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Woolworths Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Top-Up Methods & Options
* Packages & Plans
* Data Rollover
* APN Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

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Coverage – Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Woolworths Mobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure. Additionally, Woolworths Mobile uses Telstra's wholesale network with limited coverage and capped speeds (max. 100 Mbps) compared to the retail network. To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Woolworths Mobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

Worry not; there will be a link to jump straight back to where you were after seeing Telstra's coverage.

SIM Card Price – Woolworths Mobile

You can purchase a Woolworths Mobile SIM card starting from 10 AUD. Unlike many other operators, Woolworths Mobile does not sell a 2 AUD starter SIM card. However, the 10 AUD starter pack features 1 GB, unlimited local minutes & texts, and unlimited calls and texts to 22 countries.

You can activate your Woolworths Mobile SIM card on the activation pageOpens in a new tab..

Topping Up & Recharging – Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile recharge vouchers are available in Woolworths storesOpens in a new tab., on their websiteOpens in a new tab., or on the Woolworths Mobile AppOpens in a new tab. (AndroidOpens in a new tab. & iOSOpens in a new tab.).

You can check your balance online or on the Woolworths Mobile app.

Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile offers three types of data-featured plans, which are:

All plans can be activated online or on the Woolworths Mobile app.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Pre-Paid – Woolworths Mobile

The Pre-Paid Plans are combo plans with data, unlimited local minutes and SMS & international minutes and SMS from Australia to 22 countries, including New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSInternational Minutes & SMSValidity
10 AUD1 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
20 AUD6 GBUnlimitedN/A30 days
30 AUD30 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
40 AUD42 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
50 AUD55 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
Long Expiry – Woolworths Mobile

The Long Expiry Plans are combo plans with data and local minutes and text with long validity (186 days – 6 months & 365 days – 1 year).

The following Long Expiry Plans are available:

PriceDataLocal Minutes & SMSValidity
60 AUD12 GBUnlimited180 days 
150 AUD100 GBUnlimited365 days
200 AUD110 GBUnlimited365 days
Add-Ons – Woolworths Mobile

The Add-Ons are data add-ons that can be added when you are low on data on Pre-Paid Plans or Long Expiry Plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone data plans.

The following Add-Ons are available:

PriceAdd-OnDataValidity
10 AUD1 GB Data Add-On1 GB30 days 
25 AUD10 GB Data Add-On10 GB30 days 
International Minutes & SMS Country Overview – Woolworths Mobile

Pre-Paid plans include call and text allowances for international destinations in 22. These countries are:

  • Bangladesh
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam
Data Rollover – Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile allows you to bank or rollover unused data up to 200 GB in your data bank. However, data will only roll over when you let your plan renew (otherwise, your data bank will be depleted). Data Banking applies to Pre-Paid plans.

Roaming with Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths does not include international roaming with any of their plans. However, you do have the opportunity to roam in more than 60 countries. Check out this guide for more information about roaming with Woolworths Mobile (roaming with Woolworths Mobile is not cheap).

APN/Internet Settings – Woolworths Mobile

  • Name: Mobile Data
  • APN: data.net.au

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched and do not alter any other settings or values.

Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Australia

Getting an Australian SIM card is the best way to stay connected in the country. You have learned that SIM cards are cheap, plans are generous, and speeds are blazing fast.

But sometimes, getting a local SIM card is not possible. Perhaps you have a SIM-lock phone. The operator you prefer to go with does not support the frequencies your phone uses, or you cannot be bothered to deal with SIM card registration in every country you are visiting.

Luckily, there are other ways to get online when in Australia.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Australia here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free. The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Australia.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Australia

Getting a SIM card from Telstra or ALDImobile would do you well when considering an Australian SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Oceanian Countries

Visiting other countries in Oceania? Check out my Oceania SIM card buying guide, covering other Oceanian nations, such as:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

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