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    • smith9891
    • By smith9891 15th Jul 17, 3:51 PM
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    Using phone in Australia 15th Jul 17 at 3:51 PM
    Hi,
    I am going to Australia for a month in November. If i wasnt to use my phone abroad (mostly for data) is it better to get my kids to get a local SIM card (my phone is dual sim free) OR get a three sim card in the UK? The three one looks great and give 9GB in a single month.
    Thanks in advance!
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    • WAYT
    • By WAYT 15th Jul 17, 5:26 PM
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    Local. I would not depend on 3's data roaming for any serious usage. Perhaps worth taking a 1GB data SIM as a back up: http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5858374

    But if the kids will be expecting business as usual, obtain a local SIM.

    Example: http://www.optus.com.au/shop/prepaid/mobile-broadband/sim-card/30-sim
    http://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobile/prepaid

    Of course that particular deals ends in September. So keep an eye on what it available closer to the date.

    Look here for more options: https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones/Guides/Best-phone-plans-for-travellers-in-Australia
    • dj1471
    • By dj1471 15th Jul 17, 6:48 PM
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    The simple answer is go with whatever's cheapest. There's nothing wrong with 3's data roaming at all, I've used it extensively in many different countries.

    This site is usually a good starting point for researching local SIM options:
    http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Australia
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 15th Jul 17, 8:30 PM
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    My wife and I are with Three and use our phones in Australia just as we would at home, including data. They work fine. The only issue is that ringing Australian numbers costs a lot. We use a cheap local PAYG sim for local calls. Ebay is a good source, or look for deals in supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths.
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    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 16th Jul 17, 8:42 AM
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    I took a three sim when I went to Australia and it worked fine. As mentioned, it doesn't include local telephone calls so I used Skype for those on 3G (although I only made three or four calls).

    It all boils down to how much you'd like to stay in contact with Blighty whilst you're there. A Three sim would allow people to text and call you at UK rates too, don't forget.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 16th Jul 17, 1:21 PM
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    Its not just staying contact with Blighty, because we both have Three phones my wife and I can ring each other at UK rates without the bother of using a local sim.

    If you transit via Singapore, you get UK rates there too.
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 16th Jul 17, 3:02 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 3:02 PM
    You can get a PAYG sim with Amaysim once you arrive, just change in your phone while you're there.
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