The number of calls and text messages that you make to your family and friends will shoot up, when you move to Australia. Calling overseas and messages could cost you a lot and hence it is absolutely necessary to buy a SIM card which will give you best network and a mobile plan with lowest voice calling and data rates.
Mobile Networks In Australia –
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are the three main mobile phone networks in Australia.
There are numerous other small operators like Lycamobile, Amaysim, Lebara and TPG. These operators are hosted on either of the three main networks.
Mobile Usage Charges –
It has been observed that the major operators charge more for data and call usage whereas the smaller operators provide their services at relatively cheaper rates.
It is also important to consider network availability in Australia. All the telecom operators have a fairly good mobile network coverage within the city limits but you might notice that some areas have a weaker reception. It is important to understand where you’ll be staying – if you’ll be living within the city area then you may choose any operator.
Another important factor to consider is the amount of data you will get to use v/s calling minutes. With the latest 4G network and calling apps like Whatsapp and Viber you might want to opt for a plan which offers more data compared to calling minutes.
Where To Buy The SIM Card ?
You can find retail stores of the major operators at the Airport, or at shopping centers and gas stations.
Many a times newspaper agencies, delis, and small retail shops also stock SIM cards.
You can buy a sim card on very first day.
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How To Buy And Activate Mobile Sim Card ?
In Australia you will have to produce a valid Photo identification to buy a new SIM card or a new phone. In your case it could be your passport. You can easily activate your SIM card online or at the shop where you buy it.
Do you have any more queries in mind regarding SIM card or broadband network?
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