If you’ve been wondering how to get an Australian mobile phone, it’s easy. Read on to find out how.
The great thing about Australian mobile phones is that you never pay to receive calls. You only pay to make calls.
Let’s look at the different carriers in Australia as well as their prepaid and post-paid offers.
Australian Mobile Phone Carriers
The three Australian mobile phone networks are Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. There are also resellers for each.
Reception and Coverage
In the big cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, it doesn’t really matter whether you choose the Telstra or the Optus network in terms of reception. (Vodafone has issues).
If you’re going out into remote country areas (ie you’re driving from Sydney to Perth or you’re going to the Outback) then Telstra has the best coverage out of all the carriers.
Prices and Customer Service
Telstra can be over-priced ripoffs. I don’t recommend Optus either - I think their customer service is appalling. So I’d pick one of the resellers for Telstra or Optus, such as Amaysim.
Prepaid Phones In Australia
Just like in many countries, prepaid phones are popular in Australia. All the carriers have prepaid offers in Australia.
Prepaid phones are ideal if you don’t want to be locked down to a plan. They’re also great if you don’t want to pay roaming rates in Australia for your U.S. or Canadian or English or French carrier.
You can get a prepaid Australian SIM card for about $30 AUD. As mentioned earlier, you don’t pay to receive calls so these are ideal if you want to be contactable by both people back at home or hostels and airlines confirming your reservations.
You can bring your tri-band, SIM-card cel phone or mobile from home, or alternatively you can buy an Australian Nokia or other similar phone here for about $100 AUD.
Postpaid Plans And Contracts In Australia
If you are going to be in Australia for 1 or 2 years, you can sign up to a contract. You’ll get a free mobile phone if you sign up for 2 years. iPhones and Androids are available ‘free’ with many Telstra, Optus or Vodafone plans, and those of their resellers.