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Basics Edit

After the merger of Vodafone and Three in 2009-13, three national networks remain in Australia:

  • Telstra
  • Optus (yes)
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia

This is added by a very competitive MVNO market on all three operators. They are sometimes cheaper, but some of them still don't offer 4G/LTE or only good data SIM cards: ALDI mobile, amaysim, Belong Mobile, Boost mobile, Catch Connect, dodo, exetel, gotalk, Hello Mobile, Kogan Mobile, Lebara mobile, Lycamobile, TPG, Vaya, yomojo amongst others. Some MVNO companies left the market recently: Global Gossip, Savvytel, Virgin mobile and yatango (rebranded as yomojo) amongst others are not listed anymore.

Frequencies and coverage Edit

2G on 900 MHz, 1800 MHz: All operators shut down their 2G networks during 2017. From now on you need a 3G or 4G/LTE enabled device in Australia.

3G on 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2100 MHz. Telstra has the best coverage in Australia on its "Next G" network on 850 MHz with some back up in cities on 2100 MHz. It covers 99% of the population. Optus is in 2nd spot on 900 MHz with back up on 2100 MHz on 98.5% Vodafone uses 900 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies covering about 96% on 3G.

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 in TDD), 2600 MHz (band 7):

  • Telstra: already covers 90% of the population with 4G in 2015. Its main frequencies are 1800 MHz and 700 MHz nationwide, backed up by 2600 MHz in population centres.
  • Optus: network covers 90% of the population using mainly their 700 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies. This is added by 2600 MHz in rural areas, 2300 MHz TDD-LTE in metro areas.
  • Vodafone: was the last to start with 4G/LTE in major population centres. It uses mainly the 850 MHz band mostly with some 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz supplements in regions.

The crowdsourced state of mobile networks report by OpenSignal from Nov. 2017 showed all 3 networks tied for the best 4G/LTE coverage slightly above 85%. Average 4G/LTE download speed was fairly high too and ranged between 30 and 38 Mbps on all three providers.

According to OzTowers at the end of 2017 Optus had 6123, Telstra 5637 and Vodafone 4617 towers working on 4G/LTE .

Regulations Edit

For all Australian prepaid SIM cards, you used to show some photo ID (drivers licence or passport) in an outlet of the operator. Nowadays activation is mostly done online through the website of the operator. There you have to fill in your personal data before the SIM card will activate. Usually a passport and an Australian address is sufficient.

The major brands like Telstra, Optus, Vodafone or resellers like amaysim or Lycamobile are sold in kiosks, newspaper stands, fuel stations, major supermarkets and other stores all over the country. Only smaller brands or brands linked to a distribution chain must be bought in their special outlets.

First the three network operators are shown in order of their market position in the country (what coverage or customers are concerned), followed by some of their MVNOs in alphabetical order.

All prices quoted in $ are in AUD$ (Australian dollars).

Telstra Edit

Telstra

Telstra, officially Telstra Corp. Ltd,. is the former public telco of the country, but for long been privatised now. As such it has the most extensive coverage at the highest prices. It's 3G and 4G networks are the best in the country and has the best coverage, especially in rural areas although there isn't much difference in most major towns. While historically the cost is higher than average, if you are looking to connect from remote areas, this is sometimes the only network available and/or reliable: coverage map.

Frequencies Edit

Telstra closed down its 2G network on 1st December 2016. 3G: 850 MHz (main frequency, countryside), 2100 MHz (back-up in centres). 4G: 700 MHz (Band 28), 1800 MHz = main frequency (B3) , 2600 MHz (B7 in CBDs). In 2017 Telstra announced that it covered 99% of population by 4G. This gives the best 4G coverage in the country, but leaves many areas in the outback still uncovered. Without a fallback to 2G, for a good coverage in the countryside on 3G you'll need to have a 3G 850 MHz device which is not so common in some parts of the world, 2100 MHz covers many urban areas.

Availability Edit

In Telstra T-Life stores and many other places. However, not all T-Life stores are run by Telstra, some are franchises: store locator Their prepaid SIM starter kit comes in three varieties in all SIM sizes open for 4G/LTE:

  • for free: without any credit loaded
  • $10: including unlimited domestic mins and SMS and 1 GB data for 1 week
  • $30: including $30 credit
  • $40: including $40 credit

You can top-up by voucher, available at many stores, service stations or supermarkets, by debit/credit card or PayPal online on your Telstra account. To check your balance type #100#.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

You can choose between 4 different prepaid tariff lines. All prepaid Telstra offers provides free Telstra Air WiFi data. These are the WiFi hotspots located on top of the Telstra public pay phone boxes located nationwide. Their four lines of plans are:

  • Simplicity: data is by default at 10c per MB. A $20 recharge gives 30 days, $30 60 days, $50 90 days and $100 recharge 180 days of service and the equivalent credit. Standard packages for data can be added.
  • Pre-Paid Extra: features all-in combo packs with data and unlimited domestic calls and texts included valid for 28 days. Take care: overuse is charged at $2 per MB! Data up to 50 GB rolls over when you top-up at least $30. Special add-on packages can be added for extra data:
    • $30: 2.5 GB, $5 credit
    • $40: 5 GB, $10 credit, unlimited calls to 10 countries
    • $50: 7.5 GB, $15 credit, unlimited calls to 10 countries
    • $60: 10 GB, $20 credit, unlimited calls 10 countries
  • Day2Day: For $1 per day you get unlimited domestic calls and SMS and 100 MB data regardless of usage. A day is based on the 24h clock in the AEST time zone. Any additional data block of 100 MB is for another $5. Any top-up is valid for the equivalent number of days in $. Note, that there are no other add-on packages available for this line.
  • Long Life: Here default data is charged at $2 per MB. A top-up of $20 is valid for 60 days, $30-50 for 6 months and $70-100 for 12 months with data roll over. Standard packages can be added.

Data feature packages Edit

Data packages differ according to plan:

  • to Pre-Paid Extra (previously called Pre-Paid Plus) you can add by #100#:
    • 1 GB for $10
    • 2.5 GB for $20
  • to Long Life and Simplicity plans you can add by code to 125 7587:
    • $5: 30 MB - activation; BROWSEPLUS5
    • $10: 200 MB - activation: BROWSEPLUS10
    • $20: 700 MB - activation; BROWSEPLUS20
    • $39: 1 GB - activation: BROWSEPLUS39
    • $49: 3 GB - activation: BROWSEPLUS49
    • $59: 4 GB - activation: BROWSEPLUS59

There are no packages for the Day2Day plan.

Data-only SIM Edit

For their data-only SIM aimed at tablets and modems, you need to buy a special prepaid starter kit designated "for tablets": They are sold like the voice SIMs for $2 or $30 (see above) in all SIM sizes. They only contain data and text, no voice.

To get started you’ll need to activate your SIM Card online here. Make sure you have your new service number or SIM serial number. You’ll find this on the packaging.

Take care, that without a package, you stay at the expensive default rate of $2 per MB. You can add these packages:

Data Time Price
3 GB 28 days $ 30
10 GB 28 days $ 50
25 GB 28 days $ 90
25 GB 365 days $ 150

Your unused data will roll over to the next month when you recharge before your credit expiry date.

More info Edit

Optus (yes)Edit

Optus

Optus a.k.a. yes is the 2nd oldest telco in Australia. It is now owned by Singtel. So their official name is Singtel Optus Pty Limited. It's the biggest rival of Telstra in Australia. The coverage is not as good as Telstra's in the countryside, but in most cities and towns, there is little difference between the two of them. Optus has a very detailed coverage map system that gives expected service quality information for voice and data and is available here.

Optus is a wholesaler for a number of smaller MVNOs which often offer less expensive services with the same network as Optus and can be found further down the page.

Frequencies Edit

2G coverage is no longer be available since August 2017. 3G: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz. 4G/LTE: 700 MHz (band 28, national coverage frequency covering 90% of the population), 1800 MHz (other main frequency), 2300 MHz (TDD) (metro capacity frequency), 2600 MHz (regional capacity frequency).

Availability Edit

In all yes Optus stores (locator), many Australian post offices and other places. Their prepaid SIM starter kit comes in 3 varieties in all 3 SIM sizes and is open for 4G/LTE:

  • $2: without any credit
  • $10: including $10 credit
  • $30: including $30 credit
  • $40: including $40 credit

You can top-up by voucher, available at many stores, service stations or supermarkets, by debit/credit card or PayPal online on your Optus account here.

You will also need to log on to Optus website to activate SIM here. You will need an Australian address to activate your SIM card. You can give an hotel address or any other for it.

Credit expiry depends on how much credit you top up with and which prepaid plan you have activated. To check your balance text the number 1 to 9999.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

They have 3 different plans for prepaid based on daily or monthly rates:

  • Daily Plus: For $2 per day you get 500 MB data and unlimited AU voice and text debited only on the days you are using your phone. A day is based on the 24h clock in local time zone. Using more data, you will charged another $2 for 524 MB up to $4 per GB in one day. If you need even more data, you can buy an add-on of 500 MB for $2 by texting 'MENU' to 999. A $10 or $20 top-up is valid for 30 days, any larger amount for 6 months and any unused credit will roll over when you top-up before expiry.
  • Long Expiry: Data is charged at 5c per MB, but packs can be added (using the Optus website or app). Data starts at $5 providing 500 MB for 14 days and $10 providing 1.5 GB data which also lasts for 14 days. A $10 top-up last for 45 days, $20 for 90 days $30-50 for 186 days and a $60 top up providing 365 days validity.
  • Prepaid Ultimate Plus:
Top-up Validity Data AU voice AU text Credit
$ 10 7 days 500 MB 100 mins unlimited

SMS

----
$ 20 2 GB 200 mins ----
$ 30 28 days 3 GB unlimited

mins

$ 5
$ 40 7 GB $ 10
$ 50 10 GB $ 15
$ 60 12 GB $ 20

For more data on Prepaid Ultimate Plus, you can buy add-ons at $10 for 1.5 GB or $20 for 3.5 GB both valid for 7 days. You can roll over up to 10 GB when you recharge before expiry. The extra credit included in the $30 - $50 top ups can be used to make international calls or for international roaming (International roaming data costs $0.50c per MB).

Data-only SIM Edit

Optus finally released data-only plans called Prepaid Mobile Broadband. Starter kits in all three SIM sizes are offered with preloaded data volume:

  • for $2 without data, max. 1 per customer
  • for $10 with 1 GB data valid for 3 days
  • for $30 with 5 GB data valid for 30 days

These reloads for the Prepaid Mobile Broadband are sold:

Data Time Price
3 GB 7 days $ 20
5 GB 30 days $ 30
25 GB 90 days $ 60
30 GB 186 days $ 80
40 GB 365 days $ 130

You need to top-up online by credit card, debit card or PayPal here . You can roll over your unused data up to 50 GB to the next month when you recharge before expiry.

More info Edit

Vodafone Hutchison AustraliaEdit

Vodafone

Vodafone is the 3rd and smallest of the national providers in Australia. 2009-13 it merged with Three (Hutchison), and network integration has been finalized. It now has a fairly good network, but not yet quite on par with the two leading operators. For remote areas, better check coverage first: network checker.

Frequencies Edit

Vodafone closed down its 2G network in 2017. 3G: 900 MHz (countryside), 2100 MHz (cities). 4G: 1800 MHz = main frequency and 850 MHz. LTE coverage is mainly in the population centres so far (see network checker above).

Availability Edit

Their SIM card is sold in Vodafone stores (locator) and other places or online to be sent to an Australian address. Their prepaid SIM starter kit comes in different varieties in all SIM sizes and open for 4G/LTE:

  • $1: without credit

They also offer $30-50 starter packs with an expiry of 350 days and data combo plan starters:

  • $20: with 9 GB, unlimited dom. calls and texts for 35 days
  • $30: with 3 GB, unlimited dom. calls and texts for 28 days
  • $50: with 12 GB, unlimited dom. calls and texts for 35 days

You can top-up by vouchers, available at many stores, service stations or supermarkets, by debit/credit card (even AmEx) or PayPal online on your Vodafone account starting from $10.

You will also need to log on to the Vodafone website to activate SIM here. You will need an Australian address to activate the SIM card. You can give an hotel address or any other for it. A Vodafone SIM will stay active for 359 days after the credit has expired before being terminated.

To check your balance either call 1512 or text 'BAL' to 1512.

Data feature packsEdit

To their prepaid SIM cards, you can add $30, $40 or $50 recharges after 28 days to get more data. Default use is $2 per MB. To their prepaid SIM cards you can further add these data add-ons:

Time Data Price Activation
1 day 2 GB $ 3 DATADAYS
4 GB $ 5 DATADAYL
7 days 2 GB $ 7 DATAS
5 GB $ 15 DATAL
28 days 500 MB $ 5 DATA28S
1 GB $ 10 DATA28M
2 GB $ 15 DATA28L

Activation is by texting the code to 1264.

MyMix Edit

Vodafone introduced a new offer called MyMix for prepaid customers to create their own bundles. Using the MyVodafone application, users can design their own recharge from a menu of different voice, data and international call options, as well as different validity lengths. MyMix offers many possible combinations and can be adjusted each time a customer recharges.

Time Data dom. Calls internatl. Calls Price
7 days 1 GB 120 mins

included

unlimited:

+ $3-5

none included

+ 120 mins: $10

+ 300 mins: $20

$ 8
4 GB $ 15
8 GB $ 25
11.5 GB $ 35
28 days 1 GB 120 mins

included

unlimited:

+$5

none included

+120 mins: $5-10

+300 mins: $5-15

$ 20
4 GB $ 30
8 GB $ 40
11.5 GB $ 50
90 days 1 GB 120 mins

included

unlimited:

+$5-10

none included

+120 mins: +$5

+300 mins: +$5-15

$ 55
4 GB $ 60
8 GB $ 75
11.5 GB $ 90

All plans include unlimited domestic SMS and 50 internatl. SMS

Data-only SIM Edit

Their data-only product for modems and tablets is called "Mobile Broadband" and has text too, but no voice. The starter SIM pack contains data valid for 30 days. They come in all 3 SIM sizes as:

  • $30: SIM with 5 GB for 30 days
  • $40: SIM with 10 GB for 30 days
  • $50: SIM with 10 GB for 180 days

Their Mobile Broadband SIM card can be recharged with these packages:

Data Time Price Bonus
1 GB 30 days $ 10 100 MB
2 GB 30 days $ 20 200 MB
5 GB 30 days $ 30 500 MB
10 GB 30 days $ 40 1 GB
10 GB 180 days $ 50 1 GB
12 GB 365 days $ 60 1.2 GB
30 GB 365 days $ 125 3 GB

You get 10% bonus data when recharging your Mobile Broadband service online by credit card or PayPal. You can rollover up to 50 GB of unused data to the next month, if you recharge your service before your expiry date. Unused data will be forfeited after 18 months.

More infoEdit

  • Tethering is supported

ALDI mobile Edit

Aldi mobile

ALDI mobile is a MVNO of the German-based supermarket chain Aldi using parts of the Telstra network on the 3G and 4G/LTE bands. Aldi mobile claims to have a combined 3G/4G footprint covering 98.5% of the Australian population (92% on 4G).

It operates on the Telstra wholesale network, not the full Telstra retail network, which has better coverage in remote areas and claims to cover over 99% of the population. Aldi Mobile coverage is similar to Optus, or even better in some country areas.

Aldi mobile has typical download speeds of between 550 kbps and 3 Mbps on 3G, ranging up to a possible 20 Mbps. Their 4G/LTE is capped at 100 Mbps. If you can live with a downgraded Telstra network, ALDI gives out low rates.

Availability Edit

The SIM is sold in ALDI stores exclusively (store locator), ask at check out, or online to be sent to an Australian postal address. The starter pack SIM costs $5 and comes with $5 credit pre-loaded. All three sizes are available.

You have to activate the SIM card online here . From activation the SIM card is valid for 365 days, longer than any other SIM card in AU.

You can buy recharge vouchers of $15 or $30 in ALDI stores or top-up online by credit/debit card. To check balance, text 'balance' to 590 or use the app.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

Data is at $0.05 per MB using standard prepaid Pay As You Go credit, valid for 365 days. This is best for low call/no data users, or you can add Data and Value packs. If using a Data/Value pack, excess data is also charged at 5c per MB until all credit is used.

Data feature packs Edit

To any prepaid SIM cards you can add data-only packages or "value packs" with data, texts and voice:

  • Data Packs:
    • 2 GB for 30 days: $15
    • 5 GB for 30 days: $30
    • 20 GB for 365 days: $95

Any unused data on the $30 Data Pack will roll over to the next month if you purchase the same Data Pack again within 24 hours.

  • Value Packs valid for 30 days each, all come with unlimited free calls and texts within Australia:
Pack Data Calls & SMS internatl. Calls Price
S 500 MB unlimited

domestic

calls and

SMS

included

none $ 15
L 3 GB 100 mins $ 25
XL 8 GB 200 mins $ 35
XXL 12 GB 300 mins $ 45
JUMBO 16 GB 400 mins $ 55

Included international calls are available to these countries

Take care, if you add a Value Pack whilst you have a Data Pack running, you will forfeit the Data Pack and any remaining data. Any unused data on the Value Pack rolls over to the next month, if you purchase an equal or higher Value Pack within 24 hours.

More info Edit

AmaysimEdit

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Amaysim is a MVNO using the Optus network in 3G and now their 4G/LTE network too (for details check Optus above).

Availabilty Edit

Their starter pack is available at: 7-Eleven, allphones, BIG W, BP, Caltex, Co-op Bookshop, Coles, Coles Express, Harvey Norman, Kmart, NewsLink, Officeworks, On the Run, Post Offices, Supanews, United, Woolworths (Store locator) and many more sales points. It's for $2 without credit loaded.

Ordered online the SIM costs $5 and comes with $5 credit, valid for 90 days. When you buy an amaysim SIM card online or pick one up in-store, by default you’ll get one of the triple-punch SIM Cards.

Activation works online and they accept all major credit cards. Hotel addresses for registration are accepted

Voice and data SIM Edit

The pay as you go rate is at 7.2c per MB. These "unlimited" plans can be added. They contain unlimited domestic voice and SMS for 28 days and a data quota:

  • 1 GB: $ 10
  • 2.5 GB: $ 20
  • 5 GB: $ 30 + unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • 15 GB: $ 40 + unlimited calls to 10 countries + 300 mins to further 22 countries
  • 20 GB: $ 50 + unlimited calls to 10 countries + 300 mins to further 22 countries

Plan auto-renews every 28 days. Overuse is charged at pay as you go rate.

Data-only SIMEdit

These data-only plans valid for 28 days are offered for tablets and routers without voice or SMS.

  • 2 GB: $ 15
  • 5 GB: $ 25
  • 20 GB: $ 45
  • 50 GB: $ 60
  • 100 GB: $ 70

Additional data is 15.4c per MB or $10 per GB.

More infoEdit

boost Mobile Edit

Boost mobile

Boost Mobile is using the Telstra network in 3G when it migrated from Optus network in 2013. In 2015 they were the first Telstra MVNO to open 4G/LTE to their prepaid customers. Boost is the only Telstra reseller to have access to full, unrestricted coverage on the Telstra network. but doesn't have access to Telstra's full 4GX (Advanced) data speeds.

Avaliability Edit

Buy a SIM starter kit for $2 without credit or for $40 with the same plan included from their outlets (store locator). Or online in all three SIM sizes to be sent to an Australian postal address.

You can recharge by vouchers, sold in their stores or online by credit card or PayPal. You need to activate it online here with an Australian Driver's Licence or Learner's Permit, a Medicare card, an Australian passport or an international passport with valid Australian visa.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

All of their prepaid plans include unlimited calls and texts in AU and data on 4G/LTE:

Price Data Time Extras
$ 10 1.5 GB 7 days
$ 20 3 GB 28 days
$ 30 6 GB 28 days data roll-over,

unlimited international

calls to 10-15 countries

$ 40 30 GB 28 days
$ 50 12 GB 28 days

On $30, $40 and $50 plans unused data rolls over to the next month, if you buy a new plan. For more data you can buy a 500 MB add-on for $5. All plans include free Apple Music streaming.

The $30, $40 or $50 plans include international calls and texts to 10 ($30) or 15 ($40 & $50) countries plus 100 minutes and 100 texts to select other countries.

Apple music streaming is data free on all plans.

More info Edit

Coles Prepaid (Coles Mobile) Edit

Coles

Similar to Woolworths, the other leading retailer Coles started its brand in 2015 as a MVNO on the 3G Optus network, now extended to 4G/LTE (for details check Optus above).

Availability Edit

The starter is sold for $2 exclusively at any Coles supermarket or Coles Express store in the country. The $2 has no credit pre-loaded. You need to activate the SIM online giving passport and visa data. The process takes 15 minutes to 4 hours.

You can recharge by using vouchers sold at Coles or online by credit card or PayPal. To check balance, text 'BAL' to 9999.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

You can choose between three plans, which can be changed by texting "MENU" to 9999:

  • $ 10: 1 GB, unlimited AU talk and text for 10 days
  • $ 20: 3 GB, unlimited AU talk and text for 35 days
  • $ 40: 10 GB, unlimited AU talk and text, 250 internatl. mins to 10 countries for 35 days
  • $ 180: 36 GB (+ 6 GB bonus on recharges until 7/AUG/18), unlimited AU talk and text for 365 days

To all plans 500 MB data to be used within 7 days can be added for $5. Beyond, their default rate of 12c per MB applies. The first recharge of the $20 and $40 plans will be doubled in data.

More info Edit

dodo Edit

Dodo

Dodo is an Australian multi-media organization focusing on triple-play. It sells SIM cards as a MVNO on the Optus network in 3G and 4G/LTE too. But up to now, 4G is only available for contract customers, not for prepaid.

Availability Edit

You can buy their SIM cards in many stores: where-can-i-buy for $2 or free. You need to activate the SIM on their website.

Recharges are possible on the same website by credit card: Visa, Mastercard, AmEx and even Diners are accepted. Recharges are from $10 for 60 days validity to $100 with 1 year's validity.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

Data on their only prepaid SIM stays at 5c per MB. They offer three packages valid for 30 days to be added:

  • $ 10: 1 GB
  • $ 25: 3 GB
  • $ 40: 5 GB

Data-only SIM Edit

They also offer a prepaid data-SIM which is on 3G up to HDSPA. These starter packs are sold:

  • SIM-only: for free
  • $ 40: 3G USB dongle and 3 GB included

You can top-up their data-only SIM with these packs:

  • $ 10: 300 MB for 30 days
  • $ 20: 1 GB for 60 days
  • $ 40: 3 GB for 60 days
  • $ 70: 6 GB for 90 days
  • $ 99: 10 GB for 180 days
  • $ 139: 15 GB for 365 days

Absolute data transfer usage limit of 10 GB applies per calendar month. SMS service is not available for prepaid wireless broadband accounts.

More info Edit

gotalk Edit

Gotalk

Gotalk is a MVNO on the network of Vodafone in 3G and from 2016 4G/LTE is available for gotalk customers too. For coverage check Vodafone above.

Availability Edit

Gotalk mobile SIM cards and recharge vouchers are available from many retail outlets throughout Australia. They can also be purchased on the this website. Alternatively, call 1800 GOTALK (1800 468 255) to find your nearest retailer.

You need to activate your SIM card here: activate. You can top up online with credit cards (Visa, Master, AmEx), PayPal or voucher.

Their voice & data prepaid SIM cards are not a good deal, as they always stay at the default rate of 5c per MB without any bundles available.

Data-only SIM Edit

Their prepaid data-only SIM is called BYO Wireless Broadband and comes in 2 starter packs:

  • $15: with 1 GB for 30 days
  • $20: with 2 GB for 30 days

Their data-only SIM can be topped up with these packages, all valid for 30 days and on 4G too:

  • $10: 1 GB
  • $15: 2 GB
  • $20: 2.5 GB
  • $30: 3 GB
  • $50: 5 GB

Recharge online, in-store or via phone.

More info Edit

Hello Mobile Edit

Hello mobile

Hello Mobile is another MVNO on the 3G network of Vodafone. From 2016 4G/LTE has been available for Hello Mobile customers. For coverage check Vodafone above.

Availability Edit

Hello Mobile SIM cards and recharge vouchers are available from many retail outlets throughout Australia find a store or bought online here to be shipped to an Australian postal address.

You need to activate your SIM card here. You can top up online by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) or a voucher from a store from $10 to 100. As with gotalk, their voice prepaid SIM cards are not that interesting, as they either stay at 5c/MB with no bundles available or include data with lots of AU minutes or texts.

Data-only SIM Edit

Their prepaid data-only starter kit is available in all three SIM sizes:

  • $ 10: with 500 MB for 30 days
  • $ 20: with 1 GB for 30 days
  • $ 30: with 2 GB for 30 days

Their data-only SIM can be topped up online with these packages, all valid for 30 days:

  • 500 MB: $5
  • 1 GB: $10
  • 2 GB: $15

More info Edit

Lebara mobile Edit

Lebara

Lebara mobile in Australia has been using the Vodafone network in 3G and 4G/LTE as a MVNO. In 2016 it was acquired by Vodafone. They want to retain Lebara as a separate entity as well as maintaining the MVNO’s existing customer service channels now as a subsidiary of Vodafone.

Availabilty Edit

Starter packs are available at 7-Eleven, allphones, BP, Coles, Coles express, DickSmith, Harvey Norman, Kmart, Newsagent, NewsLink, Officeworks, On the Run, post offices, Ritchies, TeleChoice, United, Woolworths (storefinder) for $2 or online for free to be shipped to an Australian postal address.

SIM card comes without balance either as mini/micro or nano size. It needs to be activated online here: activation. Only Australian IDs are shown as options, but most internatl. credit cards are accepted too as reference.

You can recharge either by voucher or credit card online. For the first 3 recharges, you will get a $1 bonus each. SIM card will expire 365 days after activation of the last recharge.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

Lebara has these 5 base plans for prepaid valid for 30 days:

Plan Data Price Extras
Standard 2c/MB none
XS 500 MB $ 14.90 unlimited dom. calls and SMS
S 2 GB $ 24.90 plus 2500 mins to 3 countries
M 5 GB $ 29.90 plus unlimited calls to 12 countries
L 10 GB $ 39.90 plus unlimited calls to 15 countries
XL 14 GB $ 49.90 plus unlimited calls to 50 countries

For activation the M pack is sold for $14.95 + 10 GB bonus, the L pack has 10 GB bonus and the XL pack 15 GB bonus.

Data feature packs Edit

These data packages can be added to any prepaid plan:

  • $ 5: 500 MB, activation: "DATA5"
  • $ 10: 1.5 GB, activation "DATA10"
  • $ 25: 5 GB, activation: "DATA25"

For activation, text code to 126 172. Data packs are valid for 30 days from application (with day one being the application date) or until the data has been consumed, whichever occurs first.

If the expiry date of the data pack after recharge is later than the current main balance expiry date, the main balance expire date will be extended so that they are consistent. If customer has multiple data allowances available (including from bundle plans), data will be consumed in the order of purchase; with the exception that included data from non-current bundle plans will only become available once the current plan expires.

Data-only SIM Edit

Aimed at tablets and modems they have released a "Mobile Broadband" SIM without voice or SMS. These plans are available valid for 30 days:

  • S - 5 GB: $ 20
  • M - 12 GB: $ 35
  • L - 25 GB: $ 45

More info Edit

Lycamobile Edit

Lycamobile

Lycamobile from Britain is using the Telstra network in 3G as a MVNO and added 4G/LTE access in 2016. The new deal means that Lycamobile’s expanded service provides a footprint of 95% of population and a combined 4G/LTE and 3G coverage footprint of 98.8%,

Availability Edit

Their starter pack is available in many stores nationwide for $2 or for free on their website here to be shipped to an Australian postal address. It's sold in all three sizes.

You need to activate your SIM card online here. Recharges can be made online by credit card on their website here for $10, $20, $30 or $50 or at their sales outlets.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

Lycamobile offers free voice calls amongst their AU customers. Calls to any Lycamobile numbers in Australia are unlimited. Customer must recharge by a minimum of $10 during each 28 days and should have a minimum account balance of $0.01 to be eligible for making calls. If customer not recharge, he/she still can enjoy the free call for the first 15 minutes with a flagfall of 29c per call (standard rate of 15c/min will apply afterwards).

Data feature packages Edit

Default data is 5c per MB. On Lycamobile you may or may not be on a plan. These plans with data are valid for 28 days each and come with unlimited AU mins and texts:

Data Price Activation
250 MB $ 5 *139*3103#
1.5 GB $ 10 *139*3020#
3 GB $ 20 *139*3030#

For data-only, you can activate these packages for 28 days as well as for extra data:

  • 250 MB: $ 5, activation: *139*3013#, add-on: *139*601#
  • 1.5 GB: $ 10, activation: *139*3020#, add-on: *139*602#
  • 3 GB: $ 25, activation: *139*3030#, add-on: *139*603#

Excess data usage beyond data bundle allowance is charged at 5c per MB. All plans auto-renew. To stop, type *190# and follow instructions. Validity of bolt-ons is the rest of the running time of the base package. 

Combo packagesEdit

Lycamobile also offers combo packages with unlimited minutes, texts, IDD minutes and some data valid 28 days: 

Plan Price Data IDD Calls Activation
10 $ 10 1 GB - *139*510#
20 $ 20 3 GB - *139*519#
XS $ 25 2 GB unlimited to 12 countries *139*524#
S $ 30 5 GB unlimited to 12 countries *139*529#
M $ 40 15 GB unlimited to 15 countries *139*539#
L $ 45 9 GB unlimited to 54 countries *139*544#
XL $ 50 20 GB unlimited to 54 countries *139*549#

For the first activation on a new SIM card all packages (except Plan 10) are discounted by 50-70%.

More info Edit

  • Lycamobile actively blocks tethering
  • APN: data.lycamobile.com.au

Virgin mobileEdit

Virgin mobile

Virgin mobile is a MVNO on the Optus network in 3G and 4G/LTE too, that used to sell prepaid plans.

Virgin Mobile has dropped its entire range of prepaid SIM-only mobile phone plans from its service offering in 2017, leaving it only with month-to-month and 12-month postpaid plans as well as 24-month contract phone plans.

The brand has long positioned itself as a youthful, budget alternative to parent company Optus, who still offers prepaid plans at this point. Virgin Mobile has also taken the step of shuttering its prepaid mobile broadband offering, which means it's shifted fully to postpaid contract-only terms with its customers. However existing Prepaid mobile customers can continue to enjoy their service as normal.

In 2018 Optus is preparing to close its Virgin Mobile Australia sub-brand, and migrate all Virgin subscribers across to its central brand. The move is designed to eliminate the payment of branding fees that Optus makes to Virgin Mobile. Over the next two years, Optus reports that it will phase out use of the Virgin Mobile brand, with new Virgin Mobile service connections ceasing on June 15, 2018.

Woolworths Mobile Edit

WoolworthsMobile

In 2015 the two leading retailers in the country started their prepaid offers. Woolworths (locally known as "Woolies") has a MVNO using Telstra's 3G network and now on 4G/LTE too.

Availability Edit

Their starter packs are exclusively sold at Woolworths, Big W and Caltex service stations in 3 sizes:

  • for $2 without allowances
  • for $30 with 4 GB, unlimited dom. calls and texts for 30 days
  • for $45 with 10 GB, unlimited dom. calls and texts for 30 days

You need to activate your SIM card online giving passport and visa data. You can recharge using vouchers sold at Woolworths or online by credit card.

Prepaid SIM card Edit

Save 10% if you use a Woolworths Rewards Card - free to apply for one. For top-ups these 30 days allowances are offered:

  • $15: 500 MB, $250 call credit, unlimited SMS, unlimited on-net calls
  • $20: 1.5 GB, unlimited AU calls and AU texts, $20 internatl. call credit
  • $30: 4 GB, unlimited AU calls and AU texts, 150 mins to 10 countries, data roll-over
  • $45: 10 GB, unlimited AU calls and AU texts, unlimited calls to 10 countries, data roll-over
  • data will be shut off, when depleted. These add-ons for 30 days are sold:
    • $5: 250 MB
    • $7.50: 500 MB
    • $10: 1 GB
    • $25: 3 GB

Data-only SIM Edit

Aimed at tablets and routers, Woolworths sells a data-only SIM called Mobile Broadband without voice and text for $2. There are no data outside of these packages offered:

  • $14.90: 1.25 GB for 30 days
  • $19.90: 2 GB for 30 days
  • $29.90: 3 GB for 30 days
  • $34.90: 4 GB for 30 days
  • $69.90: 10 GB for 180 days

More info Edit

Yomojo Mobile (previously Yatango) Edit

Yomojo

Yatango used to be a MVNO in 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE on the Optus network. In 2015 they declared bankrupcy. Their customers were taken over by the new MVNO Yomojo Mobile that works on the same network. So far this new operator doesn't seem to built up an offline distribution system in stores. As an online-only operator they remain unsuitable for travellers. That's why they can't be listed here, even they give good rates.