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Australia: SIMs for travelers to Australia

Buying SIM cards in Australia is easy for travelers, but beware of per call connection charges of some SIM cards.

Registration

Visitors who come to Australia for a holiday and purchase a prepaid SIM card will need registration. You require your passport for registration.

General Availability
Vodafone at Sydney airport
Vodafone at Sydney airport

Australian SIM Cards can be obtained from phone shops at most airports such as Melbourne airport, Optus is located in T2 Arrivals, ground level, whereas at Sydney airport Vodafone  kiosk is located at T1 International (Arrivals) near exit A. Australian SIM Cards can also be obtained from a supermarket and online from mobile network provider’s website. Try to get your SIM card in a branded store of the provider at airports where you pay the original price.

Optus at Melbourne airport
Optus at Melbourne airport

If you buy a sim with a pre-paid credit limit, you can recharge online or buy recharge cards for the main telco’s sims at any supermarket or post office and at most service stations. Check the smaller telcos’ websites for recharge retailers.  Recharging on-line is an easy option.

Brands and general information

There are three mobile network operators in Australia, Telstra , Optus and Vodafone. However, a number of MNVOs are working in which are shown in the table.

Provider
Network
4G LTE
Postpaid
Prepaid
ALDImobile
Telstra
Amaysim
Optus
Bendigo Bank Telco
Optus
Boost Mobile
Telstra
Commander 6
Optus
ClubTelco 6
Optus
CMobile
Telstra
Dodo 6
Optus
Exetel
Optus
GoTalk
Vodafone
GTMobile
Telstra (2G only)
Hello Mobile
Vodafone
iiNet 7
Optus
Internode 7
Optus
iPrimus 6
Optus
Jeenee Mobile
Optus
Just Mobile
Vodafone
Kogan Mobile
Vodafone
Live Connected 8
Optus
Lebara Mobile
Vodafone
Lycamobile
Telstra
SlimTel
Optus / Vodafone 1
Southern Phone
Optus / Telstra 4
Startel
Optus
Red Bull Mobile
Vodafone
Reward Mobile
Vodafone
TeleChoice
Telstra
Think Mobile
Vodafone / Telstra 2
TPG
Optus
✓ 3
Ugly Bill
Telstra
Vaya Mobile
Optus
Virgin Mobile 5
Optus
Woolworths Connect 9
Telstra
Yomojo 10
Optus
  1. SlimTel customers can choose to be connected to either the Optus or Vodafone network.
  2. Think Mobile Classic customers connect through the Telstra network and Think Mobile Swift customers connect through the Vodafone network.
  3. A security deposit is kept (and topped up if it falls below a predefined level) for all cap plans and pay-as-you-go plans.
  4. Southern Phone customers can choose to be connected to either the Optus or Telstra network.
  5. Virgin Mobile (Australia) is a fully owned subsidiary of Optus.
  6. Commander, ClubTelco, Dodo and iPrimus are subsidiaries of M2 Group.
  7. iiNet and Internode are subsidiaries of TPG Telecom.
  8. Live Connected is a subsidiary of Vaya Mobile.
  9. Woolworths Mobile was relaunched in 2015 as Woolworths Connect.
  10. Yomojo acquired all Yatango Mobile customers on 25 November 2015.
Best packages for travelers from India:
Network
Vodafone
Telstra
Optus
Name of product
Pay as you go
Simplicity
Prepaid ultimate
Price
40
20
40
Incoming
Free
Free
Free
Outgoing – Local
Vodafone: Infinite
Others : 10c per minute + 10c connection fee
15c per min
0c Connection fee
UNLIMITED
Outgoing – India
$0.02/min
A connection fee of $0.23 applies.
$0.10 /min
No connection fee
UNLIMITED * Check product website for current status of this offer.
SMS – Local
15c per TXT
12c TEXT
UNLIMITED
SMS – International
15c per TXT
20c TEXT
50c per TEXT
Data
2c per MB
10c PER MB Data
4GB
For more data on my prepaid ultimate,
 you can buy add-ons at $5 for 500 MB or $10 for 1.5 GB valid for 14 days
Validity
1month
1 month
 28 days
Currency
AUD
AUD
AUD
Other notable features/information
Please top up AUD 40 to the SIM card to get above packs.
Please top up AUD 20 to the SIM card to get above packs.
Please top up AUD 40 to the SIM card to get above packs.
Link to product
Instructions to activate

Once you get a SIM, you can also activate it online from the network provider website e.g. Optus Sim can be activated via this link

Sim from India

Of course if you would rather buy the SIM before travel so that you do not have to go hunting, or would like to know your number before you travel, or want a sim that works in multiple countries, we have a sim for you!