New Post Advanced Search

Mobile Phones in Australia

8 replies 1.2K views
Party_AnimalParty_Animal Forumite
1.7K posts
1,000 Posts Combo Breaker
Can anyone advise the best option. We'd like 2 phones in Aus so we can keep in touch, while I'm watching cricket and she's doing the shops etc. We're out there for 5 weeks. Do we just hire simcards out there or phones? Our existing phones; mine's a Nokia works phone on Orange contract. The missus has a Nokia on Orange PAYG.


  • pinpin Forumite
    4.3K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Cheapest way would be to get local sim cards.

    However as both phones are orange, they are probably locked to the network. BUT, as they are Nokia, they are quite easy to unlock. There is a long thread in the mobile phones forum on how to unlock nokia phones.
    "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi
  • You can buy a couple of Virgin Mobile Australia SIMs once you're out there.

    Unlock the phones first, as Pin has pointed out.
  • nives316nives316 Forumite
    182 posts
    I was there last year and got a Australian Vodafone sim .. text's were free at the weekend's to other Vodafone users...
  • tiamariatiamaria Forumite
    1.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker
    My PAYG Orange would not work in OZ. I had a Virgin sim card there and could make a few calls on it but only 1 person in the UK could manage to ring me back, not sure what we were doing wrong, my aussie relative set it up for me so should have been ok. It was fine for local calls though.
  • You can buy a sim here on ebay, just type in the search box Australian Sim Card. There sre several options available.

    If you buy the Vodaphone Red, it can be set up on line before you go.
  • We bought a couple of vodafone reds when we were out there last year - found it cheaper to buy in oz than in UK.
    I'm mad!!!! :rotfl::jand celebrating everyday every year!!!
  • Amba_GamblaAmba_Gambla Forumite
    12.1K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Combo Breaker
    i bought a vodafone sim out there... intl txts were dirt cheap.

    I think I paid $79 to get $240 worth of calls/txts etc (included up to 20mins of intl calls too...)
    Only fools run rapids, say the Indians, but I know this:
    as long as there are young men with the light of adventure in their eyes and a touch of wildness in their souls, rapids will be run"
    Sigurd Olson
  • baltbalt Forumite
    308 posts
    Vodaphone are good, the sim costs $2 at Woolworths who are everywhere in NSW and 10% off topups a min of $20. There are various options so you would need to read the booklet that comes with sim.
This discussion has been closed.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support