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SIM Cards in Australia: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Australia – known for the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef & kangaroos that want to punch you when they get the chance.

The country is so large, the 6th largest in the world, that it is often considered a continent on its own.

While New Zealand, its brother, is often omitted from world maps – the unwanted child?

Nah, New Zealand is fabulous. But let's stick to Australia for now.

Australia has become a popular destination for education, especially for students from the Pacific Oceania region.

The country also attracts many European youngsters, who can take advantage of the Working Holiday (or Work and Holiday) schemes, allowing them to stay for a year and up to three years to work and explore the country.

While mentioning all the attractions you should see and experience could be a 2000+ article blog on its own, there is no reason to be bored in Australia.

The country has become more expensive over the years, so any way to save some cash while in Australia to spend on experiences is appreciated.

One thing that has surprisingly stayed affordable is mobile data rates – they are low for regional standards and globally.

In fact, Australia is one of the three countries in Oceania (behind Fiji and Samoa) and 53 globally, where the average cost of 1 GB of data is lower than 1 USD.

Moreover, there is healthy competition in terms of choice, keeping the prices down.

So, are SIM cards expensive in Australia? Not really.

You can get an Australian SIM card for 2 AUD (1.30 USD). But SIM cards with plans range from 10 AUD (6.45 USD) to 300 AUD (192.80 USD) – available in Telstra, Optus & Vodafone stores and from resellers, like grocery stores and electronic shops. SIM cards are also sold at most international airports, including Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Brisbane Airport, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Brisbane Airport Guide (logos of Optus & Vodafone)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)

Before you call me crazy for thinking a 300 AUD SIM card is cheap, such starter packs include plans that are valid for a whole year.

Such options are useful for overseas students and those planning to work in Australia for a year… or three.

But honestly, I do be crazy though 🤪.

So, what else do you need to know about Australian SIM cards? A lot if you want to be informed and save a lot of money.

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

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

Original publication: 13th of October 2019. Last updated: 2nd of March 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Australia?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Australia, I recommend going with Telstra. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Consider Boost Mobile, the only Telstra MVNO with full access to the Telstra network, for cheaper rates than Telstra itself.

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Australia has three mobile operators and 12 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)
  • ALDImobile (Telstra MVNO)
  • Amaysim (Optus MVNO)
  • Australia Post Mobile (Optus MVNO)
  • Belong Mobile (Telstra MVNO)
  • Boost Mobile Australia (Telstra MVNO)
  • Coles Mobile (Optus MVNO)
  • Gomo Australia (Optus MVNO) – not accepting new customers & is shutting down in December 2023
  • JB Hi-Fi Mobile (Telstra MVNO)
  • Lebara Australia (Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom) MVNO)
  • Lycamobile Australia (Telstra MVNO)
  • Telsim Australia (Telstra MVNO)
  • Woolworths Mobile (Telstra MVNO)
Cellular Connectivity Illustration by Phone Travel Wiz

In this guide, I will only stick to the mobile operators and MVNOs bolded above, as they are the most popular options for travelers.

I decided to stop reviewing MVNOs (in most cases) and spend that testing time on travel eSIMs (like the ones for Australia, for example) instead because most Phone Travel Wiz readers avoid MVNOs. But if you really want a SIM card from an unbolded option, you have to do the research yourself, I am afraid.

Anyone, including tourists and visitors, can buy an Australian SIM card from Telstra, Optus & Vodafone and the numerous MVNOs offering prepaid services without restrictions.

Regarding the registration requirements, you must show your passport at the point of purchase (if you buy your SIM card in Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone stores + select airports (resellers)) or go through self-registration on the mobile operators' or MVNOs' websites.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
SIM Card Registration Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Where Can You Buy an Australian SIM Card (+Prices)?

You can get an Australian SIM card in Telstra, Optus & Vodafone stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards. Some airports may sell (tourist) SIM cards (at higher prices).

You can expect to pay the following for Australian SIM cards:

  • Telstra: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Optus: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Vodafone Australia: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Amaysim: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Boost Mobile Australia: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Lebara Australia: 2 AUD + various starter plans
  • Lycamobile Australia: 2 AUD + various starter plans

The following Australian mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Optus: 30 AUD 35 AUD & 45 AUD (Optus Travelers SIM)

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date AUD (Australian Dollar) to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) exchange rates.

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For reference, below are some exchange rates between AUD and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 AUD = 0.65 USD
  • 10 AUD = 6.45 USD
  • 100 AUD = 64.25 USD
  • 1000 AUD = 642.60 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Australia

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local Australian eSIM, you can get one from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim & Lebara.

But remember that you have to comply with Australia's SIM card registration regulations, even when you get an Australian eSIM.

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for Australia and even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my Australia eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

Here is a quick introduction to your Australia travel eSIM options:

Use these discount codes when getting one of these travel eSIMs:

  • Airalo: NEWMAY15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, AIRALOMAY10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my Australia eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

Australian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom), Amaysim, Boost Mobile Australia, Lebara Australia & Lycamobile Australia, 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) 

Let's see what Australian mobile operators can offer us.


Telstra

Telstra Australia Logo Blue
© Telstra

Telstra is the largest mobile operator in Australia.

It is also the oldest mobile operator in the country, as it used to be a state-owned company.

To this day, Telstra is the fastest in Australia.

However, Optus is currently winning the 5G NR race, but for how long?

Telstra uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down on the 1st of December 2016
  • 3G: 850 MHz – shutting down in 2024
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 850 MHz (n5), 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Telstra:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Telstra SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Telstra

Telstra has the best coverage in Australia.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

I recommend going with Telstra if you plan on visiting the Outback (remote Australia), especially when doing farm work for your Working Holiday visa extension.

Below is Telstra's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Telstra's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Telstra

You can get a Telstra SIM card for 2 AUD or between 10 AUD and 300 AUD with starter plans in Telstra stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Data-only SIM cards (Mobile Broadband) are sold for 30 AUD, 150 AUD & 300 AUD. Telstra SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Canberra Airport Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Boost Mobile & Lebara)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Telstra Australia SIM Card
© Telstra
Telstra Australia Mobile Broadband SIM Card
© Telstra

The following seven Telstra Pre-Paid starter packs are available:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Zone 1 Zone 1International Zone 2 Minutes 2International Zone 3 Minutes 3Local SMSInternational SMS 4Validity
10 AUD2 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AN/AUnlimited100 SMS7 days
30 AUD300 MB80 minutes10 minutes10 minutesN/A100 SMS10 SMS6 months
30 AUD30 GBUnlimited300 minutes60 minutes5 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
40 AUD40 GBUnlimited500 minutes100 minutes10 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
60 AUD65 GB 5Unlimited1500 minutes250 minutes20 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
150 AUD90 GBUnlimited3000 minutes350 minutes50 minutesUnlimited100 SMS6 months
300 AUD200 GBUnlimited6000 minutes800 minutes100 minutesUnlimited100 SMS12 months

1 zone 1: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands & Vietnam
2 zone 2: Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, the Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Laos, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, France, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Palestine, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates & Venezuela
3 zone 3: Austria, Comoros, Croatia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, the Solomon Islands, Suriname, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, Vanuatu & Zimbabwe
4 to any country – not restricted to zone 1-3 countries
5 with 5G NR access (although all Telstra prepaid plans have 5G NR access now (until late November 2022), plans with 5 should still have 5G NR access when the trial ends

TIP: get your Telstra starter pack at Coles or Woolworths. They often sell the 30 AUD-60 AUD starter packs with 50% off. If you stay in Australia for a longer time, order it online from Telstra, Office Works & various electronic stores for the same offers when not available in Coles or Woolworths.

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank (except for the 30 AUD – 300 MB starter plan).

The Telstra Pre-Paid starter packs auto-renew.

Telstra Australia SIM Cards

The following three Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD20 GB28 days
150 AUD80 GB12 months
300 AUD250 GB12 months

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

The Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband starter packs auto-renew.

Telstra Australia Mobile Broadband SIM Cards

You can register and activate your Telstra SIM card in Telstra stores, online, or on the My Telstra app (Android/iOS).

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SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is also possible to get a Telstra eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from possible.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific)-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Australia in my Australia eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with possible for now.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Telstra offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Telstra

Telstra top-up vouchers are sold in Telstra stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

To top up your Telstra SIM card, dial #100# and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #100# to check your Telstra balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Telstra app (Android/iOS).

Telstra Australia My Telstra App
© Telstra

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Telstra

Telstra has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Telstra plans can be activated on the Telstra app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
© Wise

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

Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges – Telstra

The Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access until late November 2022 during the trial), minutes & SMS.

Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges can be activated on the My Telstra app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes Zone 1 1International Minutes Zone 2 2International Minutes Zone 3 3Local SMSInternational SMS 4Validity
10 AUD2 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AN/AUnlimited100 SMS7 days
30 AUD10 GBUnlimited300 minutes60 minutes5 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
40 AUD20 GBUnlimited500 minutes100 minutes10 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
50 AUD30 GBUnlimited1000 minutes150 minutes15 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
60 AUD40 GB 5Unlimited1500 minutes250 minutes20 minutesUnlimited100 SMS28 days
150 AUD60 GBUnlimited3000 minutes350 minutes50 minutesUnlimited100 SMS6 months
300 AUD150 GBUnlimited6000 minutes800 minutes100 minutesUnlimited100 SMS12 months

1 zone 1: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands & Vietnam
2 zone 2: Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, the Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Laos, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, France, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Palestine, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates & Venezuela
3 zone 3: Austria, Comoros, Croatia, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, the Solomon Islands, Suriname, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, Vanuatu & Zimbabwe
4 to any country – not restricted to zone 1-3 countries
5 with 5G NR access (although all Telstra prepaid plans have 5G NR access now (until late November 2022), plans with 5 should still have 5G NR access when the trial ends

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Telstra Australia Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges
Pre-Paid Mobile Casual Recharges – Telstra

The Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access until late November 2022 during the trial), minutes & SMS.

Pre-Paid Mobile Recharges can be activated on the My Telstra app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Zone 1 Minutes 1International Zone 2 Minutes 2Local SMSInternational SMS 3Validity
20 AUD150 MB40 minutes5 minutes5 minutes50 SMS5 SMS45 days
30 AUD300 MB80 minutes10 minutes10 minutes100 SMS10 SMS6 months
50 AUD500 MB120 minutes10 minutes10 minutes150 SMS10 SMS6 months
70 AUD700 MB200 minutes20 minutes20 minutes200 SMS20 SMS12 months
100 AUD1 GB300 minutes20 minutes20 minutes300 SMS20 SMS12 months

1 zone 1: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands & Vietnam
2 zone 2: Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, the Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Laos, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, France, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Palestine, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates & Venezuela
3 to any country – not restricted to zone 1 or 2 countries

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Telstra Australia Pre-Paid Mobile Casual Recharges
Mobile Broadband Recharges – Telstra

The Mobile Broadband Recharges are data plans (with 5G NR access until late November 2022 during the trial).

Mobile Broadband Recharges can be activated on the My Telstra app:

PriceDataValidity
20 AUD10 GB14 days
30 AUD20 GB28 days
50 AUD40 GB 128 days
70 AUD300 GB28 days
150 AUD60 GB12 months
300 AUD20 GB12 months

1 with 5G NR access

Unused data will go to your Data Bank for one recharge when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires (applicable for the 20 AUD, 30 AUD & 50 AUD plans).

Telstra Australia Mobile Broadband Recharges
Data Packs – Telstra

The Data Packs are data add-ons.

Data Packs can be activated on the My Telstra app:

PriceDataValidity
5 AUD1 GB7 days 
20 AUD4 GB28 days
Telstra Australia Data Packs

APN/Internet Settings – Telstra

  • Name: Telstra
  • APN: telstra.internet OR telstra.iph OR telstra.broadband

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Optus

Optus Australia Logo
© Optus

Optus is the second-largest mobile operator in Australia.

It is also referred to as Yes Optus, but that is mostly by its marketing team and some staff members.

Optus is wholly owned by Singtel – a mobile operator from Singapore.

Currently, Optus has the fastest 5G NR speeds – it even won a Australia Speedtest Fastest 5G Mobile Network award.

However, Telstra is not far behind.

Optus uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in August 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz – shutting down in 2024
  • 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), 2300 MHz (n40), & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3), 2100 MHz (n1), 2300 MHz (n40), 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Optus:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Optus SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Optus

Optus has extensive coverage in Australia.

While Optus' coverage in the Outback is not as amazing as Telstra's, it is okay and significantly better than Vodafone Australia's (TPG Telecom).

Below is Optus' coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Optus' official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Optus

You can get an Optus SIM card for 2 AUD or between 30 AUD and 300 AUD with starter plans in Optus stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Data-only SIM cards (Prepaid Mobile Broadband) are sold for 30 AUD and 130 AUD. Optus SIM cards are also sold at most international airports, including Brisbane Airport (BNE), Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) & Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Brisbane Airport, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Brisbane Airport Guide (logos of Optus & Vodafone)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Optus Australia SIM Card
© Optus
Optus Australia Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Card
© Optus

The following four Optus Epic starter packs are available:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
30 AUD40 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
40 AUD50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
180 AUD100 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited365 days
300 AUD300 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited365 days

1 for local use and to 15 countries: Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom & the United States
2 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

The Optus Epic starter packs auto-renew.

The following two Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD25 GB30 days
130 AUD80 GB365 days

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

The Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband starter packs auto-renew.

Optus Australia Prepaid Mobile Broadband SIM Cards

You can register and activate your Optus SIM card in Optus stores, online, or on the My Optus app (Android/iOS).

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It is also possible to get an Optus eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Optus.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific) eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Asian and Oceanian countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Australia eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Optus.

Note that Telstra offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Optus

Optus top-up vouchers are sold in Optus stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

To top up your Optus SIM card, text MENU to 9999 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 999 to check your Optus balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Optus app (Android/iOS).

Optus Australia My Optus App
© Optus

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Optus

Optus has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Optus plans can be activated on the Optus app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
© Wise

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

Optus Flex 4G Plans – Optus

The Optus Flex 4G plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Flex 4G can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
1 AUD1 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 day
14 AUD14 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited14 days
30 AUD30 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited30 days
40 AUD40 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited30 days
180 AUD100 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 year
300 AUD200 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 year

1 for local use and to 50 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Flex 4G Plans
Optus Flex 5G Plans – Optus

The Optus Flex 5G plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Flex 5G can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2 AUD2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 day
14 AUD14 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
28 AUD28 GBUnlimitedUnlimited14 days
60 AUD60 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited30 days

1 for local use and to 50 countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Flex 5G Plans
Optus Epic Plans – Optus

The Optus Epic Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Optus Epic Plans can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
10 AUD5 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited5 days
20 AUD12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited10 days
30 AUD40 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
40 AUD50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
50 AUD60 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
60 AUD70 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
70 AUD75 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
80 AUD80 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
100 AUD90 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days

1 for local use and to 15 countries:Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom & the United States
2 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Optus Epic Plans
Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges – Optus

The Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges can be activated on the My Optus app:

PriceDataValidity
20 AUD12 GB10 days
30 AUD25 GB30 days
60 AUD30 GB90 days
80 AUD30 GB186 days
90 AUD50 GB186 days
130 AUD80 GB365 days

1 sold as vouchers in select stores only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Optus app.

Optus Australia Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharges

APN/Internet Settings – Optus

  • Name: Optus Yes Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

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Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

Vodafone Logo
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Vodafone Australia, just Vodafone, is the smallest mobile operator in Australia.

It is often the cheapest of the Big Three, but many Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), even on the Vodafone network, are often more affordable.

In 2020, Vodafone became a subsidiary of TPG Telecom. However, there are no plans to phase by the Vodafone brand (anytime soon).

Vodafone is not loved by Australians. In fact, it was referred to as VodaFail in the early 2010s.

It has the slowest networks and the worst coverage, especially in the Outback.

While its reputation and services havew improved since then, Vodafone is still a relatively small player with about 6 million customers (18.3% market share).

For comparison, Telstra has 19 million customers (58.1% market share), and Optus has 10.5 million (23.6% market share).

With so many SIM card options in Australia, you should consider the other options to avoid headaches if you plan to visit the Outback.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – shut down in March 2018
  • 3G: 900 MHz – unlike its competitors, Vodafone is not planning on shutting down 3G in 2024 will shut down in 2024 too
  • 4G/LTE: 850 MHz (Band 5), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1), & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 700 MHz (n28) & 3500 MHz (n78) & 26 GHz (n258 – not in use yet)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

Vodafone has the worst coverage in Australia.

Not many Australians would praise Vodafone for its service, let alone its coverage.

However, if you plan on staying in urban areas, the reception will not be an issue.

If you plan on going to the Outback, however, you better avoid Vodafone and its MVNOs if you do not wish to deal with constant black spots.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see Vodafone's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

You can get a Vodafone SIM card for 2 AUD or between 30 AUD and 250 AUD with starter plans in Vodafone stores and from resellers, like grocery stores, gas stations & convenience stores. Data-only SIM cards (Mobile Prepaid Internet) are sold for 30 AUD, 150 AUD & 250 AUD. Vodafone SIM cards are also sold at various airports, including Brisbane Airport (BNE), Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) & Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Brisbane Airport, Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Brisbane Airport Guide (logos of Optus & Vodafone)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Vodafone Australia SIM Card
© Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

The following five Vodafone starter packs are available:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Zone 1 Minutes 1International Zone 2 Minutes 2Local SMSInternational SMS 3Validity
30 AUD15 GBUnlimited500 minutesN/AUnlimited50 SMS28 days
40 AUD30 GBUnlimited1000 minutes100 minutesUnlimited50 SMS28 days
50 AUD45 GB 4Unlimited1500 minutes200 minutesUnlimited50 SMS28 days
150 AUD80 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AUnlimited50 SMS185 days
250 AUD150 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AUnlimited50 SMS365 days

1 to Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vatican City
2 to Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Cambodia, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, the Faroe Islands, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam
3 to any country – not restricted to zone 1 and countries
4 with 5G NR access

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Vodafone (Australia) app.

The Vodafone starter packs auto-renew.

Vodafone Australia SIM Cards

The following three Vodafone Mobile Prepaid Internet SIM cards are available:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD30 GB30 days
150 AUD100 GB365 days
250 AUD250 GB365 days

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 50 GB in your data bank for one recharge only.

The Vodafone Mobile Prepaid Internet starter packs auto-renew.

Vodafone Australia Prepaid Mobile Internet SIM Cards

You can register and activate your Vodafone SIM card in Vodafone stores, online, or on the My Vodafone (Vodafone) app (Android/iOS).

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Vodafone eSIM
© Vodafone

Note that Vodafone offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Australia, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular APAC (Asian-Pacific) destinations if you do not stay in just Australia or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Australia eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (these eSIMs have unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

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Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, call 1511 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 1511 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (Australia) app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Australia My Vodafone App
© Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

Vodafone has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Vodafone plans can be activated on the My Vodafone (Australia) app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Prepaid Plans – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

The Prepaid Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access during the trial), minutes & SMS.

Prepaid Plans can be activated on the My Vodafone (Australia) app:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Zone 1 MinutesInternational Zone 2 MinutesLocal SMSInternational SMSValidity
30 AUD20 GBUnlimited500 minutesN/AUnlimited50 SMS28 days
40 AUD30 GBUnlimited1000 minutes100 minutesUnlimited50 SMS28 days
50 AUD45 GB 3Unlimited1500 minutes200 minutesUnlimited50 SMS28 days
150 AUD80 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AUnlimited50 SMS185 days
250 AUD150 GBUnlimitedN/AN/AUnlimited50 SMS365 days

1 to Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vatican City
2 to Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Cambodia, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, the Faroe Islands, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, the Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela & Vietnam
3 to any country – not restricted to zone 1 and countries
4 with 5G NR access (after the trial – now, all Vodafone plans have 5G NR access)

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Vodafone (Australia) app.

Vodafone Australia Prepaid Mobile Plans
Mobile Prepaid Internet Plans – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

The Mobile Prepaid Internet Plans are data bundles (with 5G NR access during the trial) for the data-only SIM card.

Mobile Prepaid Internet Plans can be activated on the My Vodafone (Australia) app:

PriceDataValidity
30 AUD30 GB30 days
150 AUD100 GB365 days
250 AUD250 GB365 days

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 50 GB in your data bank for one recharge only.

Mobile Prepaid Internet Plans auto-renew.

Vodafone Australia Mobile Prepaid Internet Plans
Data Add-Ons – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

The Data Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons.

Data Add-Ons can be activated on the My Vodafone (Australia) app:

PriceDataValidity
3 AUD2 GB1 day
5 AUD500 MB28 days
5 AUD4 GB1 day
7 AUD2 GB7 days
10 AUD1 GB28 days
15 AUD5 GB7 days
15 AUD2 GB28 days
Vodafone Australia Data Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom)

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

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Amaysim

Amaysim Australia Logo
© Amaysim

Amaysim, officially amaysim, but I am stubborn and will use a capital A anyway, is an Optus MVNO.

Amaysim is the largest MVNO in Australia, although it was purchased by Optus in 2017 and was finalized in 2021.

Optus has stated that Amaysim will continue to operate as an independent entity.

To learn about Amaysim's frequencies, jump back to Optus’ frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Amaysim:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Amaysim SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

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.

SIM Card Price – Amaysim

You can get an Amaysim SIM card for 2 AUD or between 10 AUD and 200 AUD with starter plans from resellers, like grocery stores, electronic stores & post offices (but not in Optus stores). They are also sold at airports like Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Amaysim Australia Stores
© Amaysim

You can register and activate your Amaysim SIM card online or on the Amaysim app (Android/iOS) – not in (Optus) stores.

Amaysim Australia SIM Card
© Amaysim
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

It is also possible to get an Amaysim eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Amaysim.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific)-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Australia in my Australia eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Amaysim for now.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Amaysim offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Amaysim

Amaysim top-up vouchers are sold in grocery stores (Coles & Woolworths) throughout Australia.

To top up your Amaysim SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 568.

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

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Text BAL to 568 or call 555 and select option 1 to check your Amaysim balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Amaysim app (Android/iOS).

Amaysim Australia App
© Amaysim

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Amaysim

Amaysim has six data-featured prepaid plans:

All Amaysim plans can be activated on the Amaysim app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Short Term Plan – Amaysim

The Short Term Plan is a combo bundle with 10 GB of data (without 5G NR access), unlimited local/international minutes & unlimited local/international SMS for 7 days, costing 10 AUD.

You can enable the Short Term Plan on the Amaysim app:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local/International Minutes 1Validity
10 AUD10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days

1 for local use and to 42 countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

There is no limit on how much data you can store in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Amaysim app.

Amaysim Australia Short Term Plan
Mobile Plans – Amaysim

The Mobile Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

You can enable the Mobile Plans on the Amaysim app:

PriceDataLocal/International MinutesLocal/International MinutesValidity
15 AUD4 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited 328 days
20 AUD8 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited 328 days
30 AUD32 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited 128 days
40 AUD80 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited 228 days
50 AUD120 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited 228 days

1 for local use and to 28 countries (calls) and 42 countries (SMS – marked with (S)): Austria (S), Bangladesh (S), Brazil, Cambodia (S), Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia (S), France, Germany, Greece (S), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary (S), Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy (S), Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands (S), New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan (S), the Philippines (S), Poland (S), Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa (S), South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey (S), the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
2 for local use and to 42 countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
3 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

There is no limit on how much data you can store in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Amaysim app.

Amaysim Australia Mobile Plans
5G Mobile Plan – Amaysim

The 5G Mobile Plan is a combo bundle with 60 GB of data (with 5G NR access), unlimited local/international minutes & unlimited local/international SMS for 28 days, costing 55 AUD.

You can enable the 5G Mobile Plan on the Amaysim app:

PriceDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local/International Minutes 1Validity
30 AUD32 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
40 AUD50 GBN/AN/A28 days
40 AUD80 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
50 AUD120 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 days
60 AUD90 GBN/AN/A28 days

1 for local use and to 42 countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam

Amaysim Australia 5G Mobile Plan
Long Expiry Plans – Amaysim

The Long Expiry Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

You can enable the Long Expiry Plans on the Amaysim app:

PriceDataLocal/International MinutesLocal/International MinutesValidity
120 AUD60 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited 31 year
150 AUD150 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited 26 months
200 AUD200 GBUnlimited 1Unlimited 11 year

1 for local use and to 28 countries (calls) and 42 countries (SMS – marked with (S)): Austria (S), Bangladesh (S), Brazil, Cambodia (S), Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia (S), France, Germany, Greece (S), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary (S), Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy (S), Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands (S), New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan (S), the Philippines (S), Poland (S), Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa (S), South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey (S), the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
2 for local use and to 42 countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
3 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

There is no limit on how much data you can store in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Amaysim app.

Amaysim Australia Long Expiry Plans
Data Plans – Amaysim

The Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

You can enable the Data Plans on the Amaysim app:

PriceDataValidity
15 AUD7 GB28 days
40 AUD50 GB28 days
60 AUD90 GB28 days

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

There is no limit on how much data you can store in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Amaysim app.

Amaysim Australia Data Plans
Add-On – Amaysim

The Add-On is a 1 GB data add-on, costing 10 AUD, for when your main plan is out of data. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

Text TOP1GB to 586 to activate the Add-On.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 AUD1 GBUntil plan expiresTOP1GB

APN/Internet Settings – Amaysim

  • Name: Optus Yes Internet
  • APN: yesinternet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile Logo
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Boost Mobile Australia, just Boost Mobile, is a Telstra MVNO.

It is the only Telstra MVNO that does not have the 100 Mbps download speed restriction, and it has full access to the Telstra network (even with 5G NR access for now until the 28th of November 2022 as part of a trial).

Boost Mobile is also active in the United States.

To learn about Boost Mobile's frequencies, jump back to Telstra’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Boost Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Boost Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Boost Mobile uses the Telstra network and does not have its own mobile infrastructure.

Unlike any other Telstra MVNO using the less useful Telstra Wholesale network, Boost Mobile is the only Telstra MVNO with access to the Full Telstra network.

However, you cannot use 5G NR (yet – however, Boost Mobile plans on introducing 5G NR soon).

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Boost Mobile, jump to the Telstra Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Boost Mobile Australia

You can get a Boost Mobile SIM card for 2 AUD or between 10 AUD and 300 AUD with starter plans from resellers, like grocery stores, electronic stores & post offices (but not in Telstra stores). They are also sold at Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) and Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Canberra Airport Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Boost Mobile & Lebara)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Boost Mobile Australia SIM Card
© Boost Mobile Australia

You can register and activate your Boost Mobile SIM card online or on the My Boost Mobile app (Android/iOS) – not in (Telstra) stores.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Boost Mobile has no eSIMs. However, it plans on introducing this feature soon.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Boost Mobile.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific) eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Asian and Oceanian countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Australia eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

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Note that Boost Mobile offers VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile top-up vouchers are sold in grocery stores (Coles & Woolworths) throughout Australia.

To top up your Boost Mobile SIM card, dial #111#, select option 2, and enter the VoucherCode.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial #111# and select option 3 to check your Boost Mobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Boost Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Boost Mobile Australia My Boost Mobile App
© Boost Mobile Australia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Boost Mobile Australia

Boost Mobile has three data-featured prepaid plans:

All Boost Mobile plans can be activated on the My Boost Mobile app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Starter Plan – Boost Mobile Australia

The Starter Plans is a combo bundle with 3 GB of data (with 5G NR access until at least the 28th of November 2022), unlimited local minutes & unlimited local SMS for 7 days, costing 10 AUD.

It can be activated on the My Boost Mobile app.

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
10 AUD3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days
Boost Mobile Australia Starter Plan
28 Day Plans – Boost Mobile Australia

The 28 Day Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access until at least the 28th of November 2022), minutes & SMS.

You can enable 28 Day Plans on the My Boost Mobile app:

PriceDataLocal/International Zone 1 Minutes 1International Zone 2 Minutes 2International SMS 3Validity
35 AUD50 GBUnlimited 4300 minutes300 SMS28 days
45 AUD65 GBUnlimited300 minutes300 SMS28 days
55 AUD80 GBUnlimited300 minutes300 SMS28 days
70 AUD115 GBUnlimited300 minutes300 SMS28 days

1 for local use and to 20 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
2 to 30 countries: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden & the United Arab Emirates
3 international SMS to any country – not only zone 1 or 2 destinations
4 for local use only

Unused data will go to your Data Bank for one recharge when your plan auto-renews or when you renew your plan before it expires

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Boost Mobile app.

Boost Mobile Australia 28 Days Plans
12 Month Plans – Boost Mobile Australia

The 12 Month Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access until at least the 28th of November 2022), minutes & SMS.

You can enable 12 Month Plans on the My Boost Mobile app:

PriceDataLocal/International Zone 1 Minutes 1International Zone 2 Minutes 2International SMS 3Validity
230 AUD170 GBUnlimited1200 minutes1200 SMS12 months
300 AUD260 GBUnlimited3600 minutes1200 SMS12 months
365 AUD365 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A12 months

1 for local use and to 20 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States & Vietnam
2 to 30 countries: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden & the United Arab Emirates
3 international SMS to any country – not only zone 1 or 2 destinations

12 Month Plans auto-renew. Auto-renewal can be disabled on the My Boost Mobile app.

Boost Mobile Australia 12 Month Plans

APN/Internet Settings – Boost Mobile Australia

  • Name: Telstra Internet
  • APN: telstra.wap

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Lebara Australia

Lebara Logo
© Lebara

Lebara Australia, just Lebara, is a Vodafone Australia MVNO.

It was purchased by Vodafone in 2016, but Lebara still operates as an independent entity.

Lebara, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various European countries and Saudi Arabia.

To learn about Lebara's frequencies, jump back to Vodafone Australia’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lebara:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lebara SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lebara Australia

Lebara is a Vodafone Australia (TPG Telecom) MVNO, meaning Lebara uses the Vodafone Australia 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 Australia Coverage section.

SIM Card Price – Lebara Australia

You can get a Lebara SIM card for 2 AUD or between 5 AUD and 300 AUD with starter plans from resellers, like grocery stores, electronic stores & post offices (but not in Vodafone stores). They are also sold at airports like Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport (MEL) or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport or Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time. Click here for Canberra Airport (CBR).

Buying a SIM Card at Canberra Airport Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Boost Mobile & Lebara)
Buying a SIM Card at Melbourne-Tullamarine Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone & Boost Mobile)
Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)
Lebara Australia Stores
© Lebara Australia

You can register and activate your Lebara SIM card online or on the Lebara Australia app (Android/iOS) – not in (Vodafone) stores.

Lebara Australia SIM Card
© Lebara Australia
  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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It is also possible to get a Lebara eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Australia, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lebara (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular APAC (Asian-Pacific) destinations if you do not stay in just Australia or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Australia eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (these eSIMs have unlimited data) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with Lebara for now.

Note that Telstra offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings.

Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Lebara.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lebara Australia

Lebara top-up vouchers are sold by Lebara resellers, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

To top up your Lebara SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 126172 or call 126123 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 126172.

Text bal to 126172 or call 126123 to check your Lebara balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Lebara Australia app (Android/iOS).

Lebara Australia App
© Lebara Australia

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lebara Australia

Lebara has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Lebara plans can be activated on the Lebara Australia app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

30 Day Plans can be activated on the Lebara Australia app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesInternational Call WalletLocal SMSInternational SMSInternational CreditValidity
5 AUDExtra Small 5 Day3 GBUnlimited300 minutes 1N/AUnlimitedN/A3 AUD5 days
14.90 AUDExtra Small 30 Day4 GBUnlimited300 minutes 1N/AUnlimitedN/A3 AUD30 days
24.90 AUDSmall 30 Day25 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 2100 minutes 7/30 minutes 7UnlimitedUnlimited 2, 12N/A30 days
29.90 AUDMedium 30 Day35 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 3300 minutes 8/30 minutes 8UnlimitedUnlimited 3, 12N/A30 days
39.90 AUDLarge 30 Day50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 4300 minutes 9/50 minutes 9UnlimitedUnlimited 4, 12N/A30 days
49.90 AUDExtra Large 30 Day80 GB 13UnlimitedUnlimited 5300 minutes 9/50 minutes 9UnlimitedUnlimited 5, 12N/A30 days
69.90 ADXXL 30 Day100 GB 13UnlimitedUnlimited 6500 minutes 11/50 minutes 11UnlimitedUnlimited 6, 12N/A30 days

1-12 the number of countries you can call and text to is extensive and differs significantly per plan. It is so much that the country list would look like the image below, which is ridiculous and would probably confuse you. Unlike the other mobile operators, where I do list all the countries, you will have to check the country list yourself on the Lebara site
13 with 5G NR access until at least the 31st of January 2023 (as part of a trial)

Lebara Australia International Call & SMS Countries

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Lebara Australia app.

Lebara Australia 30 Day Plans
Long Term Plans – Lebara Australia

The Long Term Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Long Term Plans can be activated on the Lebara Australia app:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesInternational Call WalletLocal SMSInternational SMSValidity
120 AUDSmall 180 Day80 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 150 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 130 days
140 AUDMedium 180 Day140 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 350 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 330 days
180 AUDLarge 180 Day200 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 4100 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 430 days
200 AUDSmall 360 Day180 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 150 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 130 days
250 AUDMedium 360 Day260 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 350 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 330 days
300 AUDLarge 360 Day425 GBUnlimitedUnlimited 4100 minutesUnlimitedUnlimited 430 days

1 to 26 countries
2 to Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand & the United States- resets every 30 days
3 to 35 countries
4 to 50 countries

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Lebara Australia app.

Lebara Australia Long Term Plans
Data Only Plans – Lebara Australia

The Data Only Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Data Only Plans can be activated on the Lebara Australia app:

PriceDataValidity
20 AUD15 GB30 days
35 AUD30 GB60 days
45 AUD40 GB90 days

Unused data will go to your Data Bank when your plan auto-renews (enabled by default) or when you renew your plan before it expires.

You can save up to 200 GB in your data bank.

However, your data bank will be depleted when you do not renew your plan or change plans.

Auto-renewal can be disabled on the Lebara Australia app.

Lebara Australia Data Plans
Data Add-Ons – Lebara Australia

The Data Add-Ons, also known as Data Packs, are, as the name implies, data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

Data Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 126172:

PricePlanDataValidityActivation Code
5 AUDSmall Data Pack1 GB 30 daysDATA5
10 AUDMedium Data Pack3 GB30 daysDATA10
25 AUDLarge Data Pack10 GB30 daysDATA25
Lebara Australia Data Packs

APN/Internet Settings – Lebara Australia

  • Name: Lebara AU
  • APN: purtona.net

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Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile Logo New 2021
© Lycamobile

Lycamobile Australia, just Lycamobile, is a Telstra MVNO.

Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various European countries and in South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda & the United States.

To learn about Lycamobile's frequencies, jump back to Telstra’s frequencies.

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile is a Telstra MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the Telstra network.

Normally, I would tell you to jump back to the Telstra coverage section to see what you can expect with the MVNO.

However, Telstra has two networks: the Full Network, sometimes called the Retail Network, and the Wholesale Network.

Lycamobile uses the Wholesale network, which covers 98.8% of the population – the Full Network covers 99.5% of the population.

The percentage difference may sound insignificant, but your coverage in rural areas will be significantly worse with Lycamobile compared to Telstra itself (or Boost Mobile Australia, for that matter).

Moreover, speeds are restricted to 100 Mbps with Lycamobile.

Below is Telstra's Wholesale coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Australia

You can get a Lycamobile SIM card for 2 AUD or between 10 AUD and 260 AUD with starter plans from resellers, like grocery stores, electronic stores & post offices (but not in Telstra stores). They are also sold at airports like Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD).

If you are flying into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Sydney Kingsford Smith Guide (logos of Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim, Belong, Boost Mobile, Circles.Life, Lebara, Lycamobile & Telsim)

You can register and activate your Lycamobile SIM card online or on the Lycamobile app (Android/iOS) – not in (Telstra) stores.

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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Lycamobile has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Australia because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lycamobile.

Especially if you get an APAC (Asia-Pacific)-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Australia in my Australia eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Yes! Go! (Australia only) & Discover+ (125+ countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code NEWMAY15 (15% off – first-time users only) or AIRALOMAY10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Australia – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Australia (unlimited data eSIMs) – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Australia, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Australia eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Lycamobile for now.

Buying an eSIM for Australia Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Discover+, Yes! Go!, Alosim & Airalo)

Be aware that there is no VoLTE or VoWiFi with Lycamobile.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold by Lycamobile resellers, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Australia.

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, dial *131*VoucherCode# or call 131 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*123456#.

Dial *131#, *137#, or call 131 to check your Lycamobile balance.

Lycamobile has recently updated its apps (Android/iOS).

Lycamobile App New 2021
© Lycamobile

For many, it had performance issues. However, the Android app has worked well for me.

Perhaps the update will make the apps work well for you too.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Australia

Lycamobile has four data-featured prepaid plans:

All Lycamobile plans can be activated on the Lycamobile app.

I will list all the prices in AUD (Australian Dollar).

To convert AUD to your currency (let's say NZD – New Zealand Dollar) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

7 Day Plan – Lycamobile Australia

The 7 Day Plan, also called the Small Plan, is a combo bundle with 10 GB of data (without 5G NR access), unlimited local/international minutes 1 & unlimited local SMS for 7 days, costing 10 AUD.

You can activate the 7 Day Plan on the Lycamobile app.

PricePlanDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
10 AUDSmall10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited7 days

1 for local use and to 30 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela

7 Day Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *190#.

28 Day Plans – Lycamobile Australia

The 28 Day Plans, also called Unlimited Plans, are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

You can activate 28 Day Plans on the Lycamobile app:

PricePlanDataLocal/International MinutesLocal SMSValidity
15 AUDUnlimited 1510 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited28 days
20 AUDUnlimited 2020 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited28 days
25 AUDUnlimited XS30 GBUnlimited 2Unlimited28 days
40 AUDUnlimited Plan M50 GBUnlimited 3Unlimited28 days
45 AUDUnlimited Plan L50 GBUnlimited 4Unlimited28 days
50 AUDUnlimited Plan XL160 GBUnlimited 4Unlimited28 days

1 for local use only
2 for local use and to 12 countries: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom & the United States
3 for local use and to 30 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France (fixed), Germany (fixed), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary (fixed), India, Indonesia (fixed), Japan, Malaysia, Malta (fixed), Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden (fixed), Thailand, Taiwan (fixed), the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela (fixed)
4 for local use and to 53 countries: Argentina, Belgium (fixed), Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia (fixed), Finland (fixed), France (fixed), French Guiana, Germany (fixed), Greece (fixed), Guadeloupe (fixed), Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary (fixed), Iceland, India, Indonesia (fixed), Israel (fixed), Italy (fixed), Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta (fixed), Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama (fixed), Peru, Poland (fixed), Portugal (fixed), Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden (fixed), Thailand, Taiwan (fixed), the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela (fixed)

28 Day Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *190#.

Lycamobile Australia Short Term Plans
Long Term Plans – Lycamobile Australia

The Long Term Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

You can activate Long Term Plans on the Lycamobile app:

PricePlanDataLocal/International Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
150 AUDMedium25 GB/28 days (150 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited186 days
288 AUDLarge35 GB/28 days (420 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited336 days

1 for local use and to 30 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela

Long Term Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *190#.

Lycamobile Australia Long Term Plans
Data Add-Ons – Lycamobile Australia

The Data Add-Ons are, unlike the name suggests, data plans (without 5G NR access). They can be purchased as standalone plans.

You can activate Data Add-Ons on the Lycamobile app:

PricePlanDataValidity
5 AUDData S1 GB28 days
10 AUDData M2 GB28 days
25 AUDData L5 GB28 days

Data Add-Ons auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *190#.

Lycamobile Australia Data Add-Ons

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Australia

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

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Australia

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

Going to other places around the world? You should also check out my SIM card buying guides for other destinations worldwide.

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.