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#1 Aleksandra

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

General Information

For all Australian PAYG sim cards, you will first need to show some ID (drivers licence, passport) and fill in a form with your address. 

 

Australia has 3 mobile networks which have difference amounts coverage as a percentage of population; Telstra (99%), Optus (98.5%) and Vodafone (96%) which is approximately a 30% of the landmass. These networks have a number of MVMO resellers.

 

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Optus

 

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Hi Optus is the second oldest telco in Australia, and as such has fairly extensive coverage and availability. However theortetical transfer speeds don't match Telstra and Optus also sell their service through MVNOs. Optus runs 3G on 2100MHz and 900MHz and 4G LTE on 1800MHz (Band 3) as well as 2300MHz (Band 40), 2600MHz (Band 7) and limited 700MHz (Band 28). Many phones do not support the 2300MHz Band 40 TD-LTE band, Canberra does not have 1800MHz LTE and is thus far only covered by 2300MHz (It should get 2600MHz and 700MHz in the future though). 700MHz is new and coverage for it is not wide. Overall 1800MHz is the primary LTE band so if you need 4G LTE make sure your phone at minimum supports 1800MHz. For 3G make sure your phone at least has 2100MHz support (most do) and preferably 900MHz for more rural/regional coverage.

 

Default data rate

  • $2 just the sim card.
  • $30 for sim card including $30 credit.

iPhone - $40 for a month, includes lots of calls, sms, and 150mb for 1 month. iPad - $20 for 2 gig (source?)

Can load additional credit over the phone. You will need an austrailian address to activate sim. You will also need to log on to Optus website to activate sim. See Click if further information is needed.

 

I bought the SIM at Sydney Airport in November 2011 at the Optus-Shop as a Tourist. So you need no permanent Adress in Australia.

 

Data feature packs

 
Period      Volume   Price
30 days    0.5 GB    $5
30 days       1 GB    $10
30 days       2 GB    $20
 

$5 Rev-Up Data: for 5$ you can use the Internet during 1 month for up to 500MB. If you use the 500MB before the month is over you can get the next package or recharge $5 for another 500mb.Click for more information.

 

Voice, SMS and data

NEW $2 Days 4G Ready plan

 
Service                                   Price
National voice call rates       unlimited
National MMS and SMS       unlimited
Data                                        500 MB per day
 

 

If you use above your 500MB daily limit, you will only pay an extra $2 for another 500MB.

 

Availabilty

Optus Store (Store locator), as well as some Australia Post stores.

At least some of the woolsworths shop also sell then. Altought at least one of them had really strict rules for the local address, wanted to see letter from the hotel or something, but was finally happy with credit card check with hotel address.

 

SIM size

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) available.

 

Internet and MMS settings

APN: yesinternet

The sim I bought 2013/08 required APN internet.

 

Tethering

Tethering is only permitted on the Optus $2 Days prepaid option.

 

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Telstra

 

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Telstra is the former government telco and as such has the most extensive coverage, but also has the most expensive default call rates.

 

While historically the cost is higher than average If you are looking to connect from remote areas this is usually the only network available and or reliable. Furthermore Telstra's NextG network has much higher transfer rate than the other telcos. Telstra's 3G is called "NextG" and is very well known, it has the best 3G coverage of all the carriers. 3G is almost exclusively on 850MHz (formally available via joint agreement in some city's on 2100MHz). For 4G LTE Telstra's primary LTE band is 1800MHz (Band 3), with 700MHz (Band 28) just being introduced as of 2014. Additionally in city's 2600MHz (Band 7) will be used and is operational as of October 2014. 900MHz (Band 8) will be used to compliment 700MHz (B28) in rural areas going into the future. Overall for proper 3G coverage you need to make sure your phone supports 850MHz, if it does not you will be using Telstra's GSM/EDGE network which has significantly less coverage than its 3G network and is much slower. For 4G LTE the primary band you need is 1800MHz although having the 700MHz band (rare as of 2014) will help.

 

Default data rate

  • $2 just the sim card.
  • $30 including $30 credit.

 

Data feature packs

Mobile Phone Data Rates

AUD$30 SIM starter pack includes AUD$30 with a 30 day expiry period. For more information, see Telstra Prepaid Plus Getting Started.

 

The rate below might be out of data, better check http://www.telstra.com.au for current offer as they change it all the time.

 

$30 starter pack include $220 capped money + $30 telstra money + 400Mb of data if you choose the Cap encore plan.

 

You will use the capped money 1st before the telstra money to call/text/roaming and for PAYG data when 400Mb of data runs out.

 

And for the $30 telstra money to buy telstra stuff include tunes, games , call time, text and data.

for example $10 for 200Mb , $20 for 700Mb or $20 for up to 55 minutes of take time etc.

 

For more details , check http://www.telstra.c...mobiles/extras/

 

  • PAYG
    • GPRS: 2.2Ac per KB or part thereof ($22.53 per MB); or
    • 3G: 0.2c per KB or part therof ($2.00 per MB)

For more information, see Telstra Prepaid Plus PAYG Browsing Charges

  • Plus Packs
    • AUD$5: 30MB
    • AUD$10: 200MB
    • AUD$20: 700MB
    • AUD$39: 1GB
    • AUD$49: 3GB
    • AUD$59: 4GB

Unused data expires in 30 days. Usage excludes content and international roaming charges. Browse Plus Pack credits are used before your chosen mobile offer. If you don't select a Browse Plus Pack, the Pay As You Go rate will apply. For more information, seeTelstra Prepaid Plus Browse Plus Packs. Started http://www.telstra.com.au/internet/mobile-broadband-prepaid/get-started/

 

Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband Data Rates

 

Prices within Australia:

Recharge Amount    Data Rates per MB   Data Allowance (Up To)   Bonus Credit (talk/text)   Expiry Days

$20                                     8.0c                                  250MB                              $5                                        21
$30                                     4.29c                               700MB                               $7                                        30
$40                                     3.91c                               1GB                                    $10                                      30
$50                                     1.63c                               3GB                                    $10                                      30
$80                                     1.95c                               4GB                                    $10                                      60
$100                                   1.63c                               6GB                                    $15                                      90
$180                                   1.46c                               12GB                                  $20                                     365

 

Voice and SMS:

Standard national voice call rates                                      40c / 30 seconds (+ 35c connection fee)

Standard national SMS per SMS recipient in Australia    25c
International SMS per per SMS recipient in Australia      35c
 

See Here:

Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband

Ways to Recharge

 

Apple iPad Data Rates

A$30 Micro-SIM starter pack includes 3GB with a 30 day expiry period. The following recharge denomniations are available

  • $20: 1GB (AUD$0.02 per MB)
  • $30: 3GB (AUD$0.01 per MB)
  • $60: 6GB (AUD$0.01 per MB)
  • $80: 9GB (AUD$0.0089 per MB)
  • $100: 12GB (AUD$0.0083 per MB)
  • $180: 12GB (AUD$0.0666 per MB) - valiad for 365 days

Each data recharge is valid for 30 days from the date of purchase. Note that data is charged against the account balance at the per-MB rate of the most recent data recharge, so you never want to "top up" your account balance at a lower rate than your current balance. For more information, see Telstra's website here.

 

The 3GB iPad starter pack is available in many stores for $15 (March 2014). However it does take several hours to get the sim activated once you have signed up.

 

Availability

In Telstra T-Life stores. Note however, not all T-Life stores are run by Telstra, some are franchises.

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) available.

 

Tethering

Free

 

Internet Settings

APN: telstra.internet

 

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Vodafone

 

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Vodafone is the third largest national provider in Australia. Recently, Vodafone merged with Three (Hutchison), and integration has been proceeding steadily.

 

Default data rate

  • $29 gets you a sim card with 3GB, data credit lasts 30 days.
  • $59 gets you a USB dongle with a sim card including 3GB for 30 days.
  • $109 gets you a mobile hotspot (aka MiFi) with a sim card including 3GB for 30 days.

Data feature packs

Mobile Broadband packs

iPad Prepay - You can pick up a microsim in any vodafone store for nothing (Or order online for 50cents postage and handling)

 

Recharge rates

  • $10 gets you 200MB, credit lasts 15 DAYS
  • $19 gets you 600MB and 15 text, credit lasts 20 DAYS
  • $29 gets you 2GB and 30 text, credit lasts 30 DAYS
  • $39 gets you 3GB and 30 text, credit lasts 30 DAYS
  • $49 gets you 6GB and 50 text, credit lasts 30 DAYS
  • $75 gets you 8GB and 50 text, credit lasts 90 DAYS
  • $125 gets you 15GB and 50 text, credit lasts 365 DAYS
  • $200 gets you 22GB and 50 text, credit lasts 365 DAYS

 

Fair use policy

Fair Use

 

Availability

Vodafone Store

Online

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) available.

 

Tethering

Free

 

Internet settings

  • APN: live.vodafone.com
  • MCC: 505
  • MNC: 03
  • Authentication type: PAP

 

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amaysim

 

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Amaysim is using the Optus network.

 

Default data rate

5c / MB

 

Data feature packs

  • $9,90 / 30 days - 1 GB
  • $19,90 / 30 days - 2.5 GB
  • $29,90 / 30 days - 4 GB
  • $39.90 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / MMS / 4 GB data (excess 5c/MB)
  • $99,90 / 365 days - 10 GB

 

Voice and SMS

  • Standard national voice call rates: 12c per min
  • Standard national SMS: 12c

 

Fair use policy

Yes, on the Unlimited plan. (PDF)

 

Availabilty

  • 7-Eleven, allphones, BIG W, BP, Caltex, Co-op Bookshop, Coles, Coles express, DickSmith, Harvey Norman, Kmart, NewsLink, Officeworks, On the Run, Post officies, Supanews, United, Woolworths (Store locator) or online
  • SIM costs $5 online (comes with $5 credit). (As from activation the credit is valid for 90 days) If you buy a SIM at one of the retail outlets, it costs just $2.00.
  • Activation works online and they accept all major credit cards. Hotel addresses for registration are accepted.

SIM sizes

When you buy an amaysim SIM card online or pick one up in-store, by default you’ll get one of the Dual-punch SIM Cards. Nano SIM card is only online available

 

Internet and MMS settings

APN: internet

 

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TPG

 

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TPG is using the Optus network.

 

TPG have a PAYG plan called the Budget Plan. Their underlying network is Optus. You pay 2 upfront costs. $20 for the sim and delivery. You also pay another $20, which gets debited from your bank account and is used for up to $20 worth of text, calls, data, etc. There is no minimum time in which you are to use the $20. Once the $20 balance drops below $5, you will be debited an amount to bring your balance up to $20.

You pay a monthly access fee of $1, and there is no contract.

 

Default data rate

The $1 access fee provides you with 50mb of data.TPG ADSL customers recieve 150mb of data. After that, the charge is $0.0275 MB billed per 100KB. (Quote from a TPG rep on Whirlpool forums...

" If a phone remains connected to the Mobile network, it will be charged as a single session until it is disconnected. Idle time behaviour differs from phone to phone. Some phones check for email but do not shut down the 3G or GPRS data session, keeping the session alive, avoids the customer being charged for the minimum 100KB block as there is no need to reconnect. If phone disconnects the session during idle time, then the minimum 100KB block charge will occur each time you need to reconnect." ). All other rates here.

 

Availability

The SIM card can only be purchased online at TPG's website

 

SIM Sizes

Mini Sim, Micro Sim

 

Internet and MMS settings

APN: internet

 

Tethering

Free. Uses data from your plan.

 

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Virgin

 

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Virgin is a MVNO - a mobile service reseller. The underlying network is Optus, though Virgin will sometimes offer competitive rates, especially for customers on the same network.

 

Data feature packs

The $29 'Pre-Paid Your Cap 29' will get you 1GB of Data.

 

Availability

Sims are available at (Store locator) or online at the Virgin Mobile site

 

SIM sizes

Mini SIMs as standard. Micro SIMs may be available on request, (mini SIMs are able to be cut down to micro SIM size).

 

Internet and MMS settings

  • APN: yesinternet
  • MMS APN: mms
  • MMS Centre: http://mmsc.optus.com.au:8002/
  • MMS Proxy: 61.88.190.10
  • Port: 8070
  • MCC: 505
  • MNC: 02
  • Authentication type: PAP

 

Tethering

Only available with a post paid plan. Doesn't cost any extra as uses data from your plan. Virgin Tethering Faq.

 

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Woolworths Mobile

 

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Woolworths supermarkets' mobile brand is a reseller for Optus.

 

Default data rate

SIM pack for $2.

 

Data feature packs

$29 cap recharge includes:

  • $250 of calls to any network (excluding Pivotel)
  • $250 of calls to any Optus or Woolworths Mobile within Australia
  • 5GB data. (Data charged in 1MB lots, data above allowance charged at $2/MB)

Credit expires after 45 days.

 

(A $49 cap recharge is also available, with double the amount of call credit, but the same 5GB of data.)

 

Recharge cards available from the same outlets, and also Dan Murphys and BWS liquor stores. Accounts can also be recharged with a credit card online.

 

10% discount off recharge cards for those with a registered Woolworths Everyday Rewards card(Woolworths supermarkets loyalty card - can be obtained for free at the supermarket then registered online.)

 

Fair use policy

Bound by the Optus Mobile Fair Go Policy [word doc]

 

Availabilty

Woolworths supermarkets, Big W stores and Caltex-Woolworths service stations.

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) available.

 

Internet and MMS settings

APN: internet

 

Tethering

Terms and conditions specifically exclude "mobile handset tethering and use of non mobile devices".

 

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ALDImobile

 

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ALDImobile is a MVNO - the German supermarket chain Aldi is using the Telstra network.

 

Default data rate

5c / MB

 

Data feature packs

  • $15 / month - 2 GB - old
  • $30 / month - Unlimited voice / text / MMS / 2.5 GB data - old

Above mentioned plans are only available until the 1st of April 2014. Find new plans below:

 

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https://www.aldimobile.com.au/newplans

 

Voice and SMS

  • Standard national voice call rates: 12c per min
  • Standard national SMS: 12c
  • Standard national MMS: 35c

Availability

  • In Aldi Stores (Store locator) or online
  • SIM costs $5 (comes with $5 credit). (As from activation the sim card is valid for 365 days)

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) available.

 

Internet and MMS settings

APN: mdata.net.au

 

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Boost Mobile

 

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Boost Mobile is using the Telstra network since 1 March 2013.

 

Default data rate

SIM Starter Kit for $2.

 

Data feature packs

  • $10 / 5 days - Unlimited voice / text / MMS / 500MB data
  • $20 / 15 days - Unlimited voice / text / MMS / 1GB data
  • $40 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / MMS / 3GB data

 

Fair Use Policy

For personal use only and subject to Telstra FairPlay Policy on unreasonable use.

 

Availabilty

Locate store or buy online

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) available.

 

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Global Gossip

 

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Global Gossip is using the Vodafone network.

 

Default data rate: 2c/MB

 

Data Rate

You get FREE Global Gossip to Global Gossip Text and Talk with all plans above. The minutes includes talk time to any landline or mobile within Australia, North America, Japan, or Western. Talk time is also valid to most mobiles in South East Asia and South America

  • Koala: $20 / 30 days - 60 minutes / 300 standard local or international texts / 250 MB
  • Croc: $30 / 30 days - 120 minutes / 900 standard local or international texts / 500 MB
  • Shark: $50 / 30 days - 250 minutes / 1800 standard local or international texts / 1000 MB

 

Remark: No flagfall.

 

Data Pack is the purchase of extra data allowance for internet access using your compatible handset or a mobile dongle. Data Pack cannot be purchased on its own; Data Pack will top-up your current Animal Pack and will expire when your Animal Pack expires.

 

Data package            Price    Volume    Validity Period     Text SMS to 0410467747 to activate
$10 Data Add-on 1   $10      1000 MB   like basic plan    DATA
$20 Data Add-on 2   $20      2000 MB   like basic plan    DATA2
$30 Data Add-on 3   $30      3000 MB   like basic plan    DATA3
 

Voice and SMS

  • Standard national voice call rates: 12.5c per min
  • Standard national SMS: 12.5c

Availability

In Global Gossip shops.

 

SIM Sizes

mini-SIM (2FF)

 

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Lebara

 

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Lebara is using the Vodafone network.

 

Default data rate

Up to 1MB/day (excess 5c/MB).

 

Data feature packs

  • Mini Mega Plan: $24.90 / 30 days - 200 min voice or text / 100 MB data (excess 3c/MB)
  • Nation Plan: $29.90 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / 500 MB data (excess 3c/MB)
  • Mega Plan: $39.90 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / 500 MB data + $10 International call credit
  • Mega Plan: $49.90 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / 500 MB data + $20 International call credit
  • Lebara Unlimited Plan: $49.90 / 30 days Unlimited national and international voice (selected countries) / national text / 500 MB data (excess 3c/MB)
  • Mega Plan: $59.90 / 30 days - Unlimited voice / text / 500 MB data + $30 International call credit

Remark: 19c flagfall on international calls using Lebara Mega Plan.

 

Voice and SMS

  • Lebara to Lebara calls: free
  • Standard national voice call rates: 15c per min
  • Standard national SMS: 15c
  • Standard national MMS: 95c

 

Availabilty

Sim $10 with a $10 credit available at 7-Eleven, allphones, BP, Coles, Coles express, DickSmith, Harvey Norman, Kmart, Newsagent, NewsLink, Officeworks, On the Run, Post officies, Ritchies, TeleChoice, United, Woolworths (Store locator) or online for free.

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF)

 

Internet and MMS settings

  • APN: purtona.net
  • MMS APN: purtona.wap
  • MMS Centre: http://purtona.mms/mmssend
  • MMS Proxy: 10.202.2.20
  • Port: 8080
  • MCC: 505
  • MNC: 03
  • Authentication type: PAP

 

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Lycamobile

 

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Lebara is using the Telstra network.

 

 

Data feature packs

Data bundle

 

Valid for    Incl. Data    Price    Text SMS to 3535

                                                         to activate
30 days      500 MB      5 AUD         3013
30 days           2 GB    10 AUD         3020
30 days           3 GB    25 AUD         3030
 

Availability

Online maybe also "offline".

 

SIM sizes

mini-SIM (2FF), micro-SIM (3FF) and nano-SIM (4FF) available.

 

Internet settings

APN: data.lycamobile.com.au

 

More information

Lycamobile website

 

Source - http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com


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