Whether you’re here for just a week or perhaps planning a months-long road trip around our fair nation, we recommend grabbing a cheap local mobile plan that allows you to use your phone just as you would back home.
As mentioned above, Australia’s mobile providers (of which there are dozens) all run on one of three networks. In order of most to least coverage, they are Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. If you know you’ll be staying in cities or big town centres, you have the luxury of choice, as any provider will have you covered.
Aussie phone plans are, largely speaking, pretty cheap compared to many other parts of the world. We don’t really do contract plans here anymore, but for convenience’s sake, it’s best to stick with a prepaid plan anyway, as they require less paperwork to get. You can get prepaid plans that last 7 days or 14 days, but generally speaking, 28 or 30-day plans are the standard.
Below are some of the best-value Australian SIM plans on the market right now. When you find one you like, simply hit the “Go” button and arrange to have your SIM delivered to your accommodation in Oz. Each provider’s site will also tell you which network they run on, in case that factors into your decision. Some providers even include a set number of international minutes, and you may even find one or two that offer unlimited international calls to select countries, if that’s important to you.
If you’re planning on going off the beaten path and exploring the great Australian outback or weaving through our charming country towns, we recommend choosing a plan that runs on the Telstra network as it offers more coverage in rural areas than Optus and Vodafone.