Phone plans with
international calls included

  • The Best Plans With International Minutes
  • Call from Australia overseas at affordable prices
  • We've done the maths for you in the article below
  • Consider OVO, Amaysim and Belong
  • We recommend Lebara for callers with very international needs

Top Phone Plans With International Calls

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You recommend Lebara for people who make a lot of International Calls. Why is that?

Lebara is one of the best phone companies to use if you really want cheap international calls. Lebara also now has a number of quite competitive SIM only plans for local calls and text too. Lebara’s unlimited international plan offers unlimited calls to 60 different countries. That’s a lot more than many of the other telcos, which tend to offer their unlimited international minutes to a more limited range of countries.

Just make sure that you check the Lebara website to see that the country or countries you are most interested in calling is on their unlimited list before you sign yourself up. Also note that there are more fixed line numbers that you can phone on the unlimited plan than mobile numbers. For example, you can ring either a mobile or a fixed line number using the unlimited plan in Australia, but you can only ring a fixed line number in neighboring Switzerland. Similarly, you can ring a Colombian mobile number but not one in neighbouring Venezuela.

What International Call inclusions do Optus, Vodafone and Telstra have in their plans?

Vodafone’s Red Plans all have generous international call time to a variety of countries. We have a table and some detail on these inclusions below.  The actual number of minutes on offer depends on which Vodafone Plan you select. Vodafone’s Global plans give you 1000 minutes to these 10 countries.

Optus took some time to catch on to the value of international call time and tying them into an overall plan that included data and local calls, but it’s there now. Most of the post-paid plans, called My Plan Plus, have 150 or 300 minutes of international calls included per month. These calls can be to any one or more of 32 selected countries.

Even if you choose the cheapest Optus plan you can add international minutes when you want them. For 50 minutes to the same 32 countries as are available on the more expensive plans, it will cost $5, while it costs $10 for 150 minutes of talk time.

Telstra also has a variety of options for international callers, which might suit if you are happy with the rest of your Telstra plan or, perhaps, because you are getting better coverage with Telstra where you are. There are add-ons for those on the cheaper plans. Depending on exactly which country you want to call, these might cost $10 or $15.

How do International Calls work with Boost Mobile?

Boost Mobile offer great value to consumers as they operate on the exact same Telstra 4G network as Telstra themselves do. Regardless of where you live in Australia and at what time of the day you need to make your international calls, look no further than Boost Mobile.

Boost Mobile currently only offer two SIM only plans, which are priced at $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50 per month. Both of these prepaid plans come with unlimited talking Australia-wide and unlimited texting Australia-wide.

If you want to make an international call it’s very simple to enable this on your prepaid plan, as it does not come automatically turned on by default.

Simply recharge with a $10 “Add on” and your account will be credited with $10 which can be used for overseas calling, charged at the rate per minute of the international country which you are calling.

How do Vodafone, Optus and Telstra’s International Call rates compare?

The price of international calls is falling regularly. You can now get them in many phone plans from as little as $30 a month from Vodafone and Optus. Telstra’s plans cost more.

 

Should I consider smaller phone company plans if I want to make International Calls?

But it’s not just the big phone companies which sell plans with International Calls. A lot more phone companies are offering deals on international calls these days, a move which is appreciated by residents and visitors to Australia alike who have friends and family overseas they want to keep in contact with. All the main telcos and MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) have their own international call time and text deals but it is certainly worth looking carefully at each provider to see what plan suits you best. It used to be the case that consumers had two separate plans with two separate providers but that really isn’t necessary today as it’s relatively easy choosing an all in one plan that has sufficient data, Australia wide call and text time and international minutes.

Do Amaysim sell plans with included International Minutes?

Amaysim

Recently Amaysim has gone from strength to strength and are becoming one of the most preferred MVNOs operating in Australia. Previously Amaysim were a really poor choice if you needed to make frequent overseas calls, but they have listened to their customers and now offer some excellent deals.

Amaysim is a local Australian MVNO with affordable pricing and all of their SIM only Unlimited plans offer some of the best national calling, texting and generous mobile data allowances of which you can find.

All of the Amaysim Unlimited SIM only plans, which start from $30.00 come with international calling and text messaging, with the rates determined by the country you are calling and the spend amount deducted from your balance.

The Best Australian Phone Plans With International Calls Included

Working out the maths of international calls can be hard. Read our article for simple rules of thumb, and recommendations on what plans are right for every level of International Call need.

What's good

  • Growing range of plans available with included international
  • Consider Amaysim, OVO and Belong for medium use
  • We recommend Lebara Unlimited Plans for heavy use

What's bad

  • International can be expensive unless you think in advance
  • Requires some maths to work out the right plan

The Best Australian Phone Plans For International Calls

International calls are the hardest bit to understand

Plans with International call facilities appeal to people who have friends and family overseas. Most of the main telcos and MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators – a.k.a. Network Resellers) have their own International call time and text deals.

On the plus side, these days, it’s relatively easy choosing an all in one plan that has sufficient Australian data, domestic calls / SMS and decent International rates. National calls and SMS are essentially free now. Phone plans with International calls INCLUDED are now as cheap as $25 per month. This threshold is falling every year – just 12 months ago, $40 was the minimum charge for a plan with any substantial International call inclusions.

On the other hand, establishing whether you’re getting the best possible rate can involve a lot of thought and spreadsheet time. We help you avoid that with the information on this page.

 

Quick Summary

We’ve got the detail on the process we worked through to provide you this summary, below.

If you’re in a hurry, here’s the quick summary.

If you want a plan with more than 2 hours of International calls per month, you really should be considering a dedicated International phone plan provider.

It doesn’t take much International calling to get to the point that a dedicated plan makes sense.

 

If you make more than 2 hours of International calls per month, Lebara may well be your best bet.

Lebara won the 2017 WhatPhone award for International Calls.

If you make more than 2 hours of International calls per month, consider Lebara. Lebara use the Vodafone 3G and 4G network which, independent analysis suggests is now just as good in city areas as any other you’ll find. Lebara specifically target overseas callers with their plans, offering a variety of options which will suit any International need, including plans which allow for Unlimited International calls.

Perhaps surprisingly, they also provide data bundles for use in Australia which are on a par with what you’ll get from the bigger telcos and competitive even against smaller phone companies. Although their customer support can be their weakest service feature, if you make any appreciable number of calls per month to overseas numbers, we recommend Lebara.

 

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Telstra Mobile – Best For Coverage

Telstra Australia

Prepaid + Postpaid | Month to month and contract

Telstra are unrivalled in Australia for coverage, with a 3G signal that covers roughly twice the landmass of any other phone company except Boost Mobile.

  • Unique coverage footprint:
    Access to 2.5m square Km
    of the Australian landmass.
  • Unique video content:
    Only Telstra provides data free streaming of the AFL, NRL and Australian Gymnastics in their plans.
  • Fair data:
    Telstra now offer ‘Data Banking’ on some of their plans and provide Unlimited data options.

Telstra’s Plan Range :

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Telstra Mobile review.

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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans: 
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Optus are a reliable brand with great coverage , great value and some unique Optus value you won’t find elsewhere.

My Daily Plus :
Unique in Australia, $2 days offers huge data : 
Unlimited minutes to standard Australian mobile & landlines. Calls are charged per min. They also include unlimited STD national SMS & MMSs. With this plan, you are only charged for the days you connect your phone to the network !

  • $2 per day = Unlimited standard national talk and text  + 500MB A DAY. Charged per KB. Auto bump up with an extra 524MB data for an extra $2. Maximum of $4/1GB for the day. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
  • Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00 = Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in Oz +  5GB

Epic Data plans:

Epic Value plans:

See our full Optus prepaid review,  check out Optus’ recharge options, or see all prepaid plans.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya month to month plans

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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How we can help you navigate International plans

What we’ve done in this article is crunch the numbers on International calls rates from the major Australian phone companies. We’ve also considered some of the major calling destinations which will appeal to Australians.

To help you decide which International plan is right for you, we’ve shown the calculations we used to work out the cost of your alternatives. With these results, we provide some hopefully useful rules of thumb which will help you feel better about the plan you pick.

 

Which International destinations do Australians call most often?

The ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) has some helpful information on the places that most of us called home before we got here. (See graphic, below.)
The fact that such a high proportion of Australians were either born overseas or have family in other countries, is part of what makes this country so special, and what makes plans with International calls so appealing.

Source : The ABS

 

What happens if the country you want is not on the list?

There are, of course, more countries in the world than we’ve shown. The majority of Australian International call requirements will be covered by the above. The rule of thumb we suggest, below, is almost certainly still valid for everyone, whichever country it is you intend to call.

The key factors which will determine the best plan with international calls

  • Postpaid or Prepaid :
    Both Prepaid and Postpaid SIM Only plans now offer variants of plans, some of which include International calls. As you might expect, it is often the case that even prepaid and postpaid plans from the same phone company have different per minute and per SMS International rates on their prepaid and postpaid SIM Only plans. We show those below.
  • Default / ‘Out Of Bundle’ fees for International Calls:
    Any plan which does not have included International minutes will have International call rates associated with it. We show you what they are, below. It can be challenging to find them on the websites of the phone companies you’ll do your research with. Rates for International calls are typically high when they are ‘out of bundle’ and add up when you make longer calls. However, if you’re calling less than an hour a month overseas, using these ‘out of bundle’ rates may actually be your best option. More detail on this below.
  • Plan with included International Minutes:
    If you make more than about an hour of International calls per month, you will want to consider plans which have some International minutes ‘baked in’ or buying an International ‘add on / bolt on’ from your existing provider. These plans are hard to miss. If International calling is a target for the phone company, you will see their International inclusions demonstrated prominently in the listings we show on this page.
  • ‘Add ons’ / ‘ Bolt Ons’ / ‘Extras Credit’ :
    Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer International ‘Add Ons’ ( also known by other names including ‘Bolt Ons’ and ‘Extras Credit’ for some prepaid plans.) If you are happy with your phone company, would rather not change, and make one or two hours worth of calls a month, these plan ‘extras’ are worth considering. They’ll reduce your overall bill. They typically provide an ‘extra’ bundle of International minutes – sometimes unlimited International minutes to the most commonly called overseas destinations. Costs vary but are of the order of $5 – $10 per month. We outline your options, below. Bolt ons of this sort can be added through the Self Service portal of your telco, using the self service app or, if you can bring yourself to do it, with a call to their call center.
  • Unlimited International Calls:
    Given the complexity involve in comparing these plans, finding a plan which has Unlimited International calls is an attractive proposition. Once you’ve established that your target international calling destination is on the list of countries included in this sort of plan, the comparison is over and you can call as much as you’d like. We recommend this sort of plan to anyone using more than 2 hours of International calls per month.

 

Vodafone, Optus and Telstra’s Approach To International Calls

Most Australians are with one of the big phone companies – Optus, Telstra or Vodafone. Let’s start by considering what they offer when it comes to International Calls in their headline plans.

 

Vodafone’s International Rates:

Vodafone are the best of the 3 big telcos, for calling overseas :

Vodafone’s large range of phone plans were adapted in mid 2017 to showcases their key strategic advantage in Australian telco. Vodafone are part of one of the world’s biggest phone companies with operations in more than 35 countries. Their plan’s International rates (both prepaid and postpaid) make use of this facility. Simply put, when they undertake an International call, Vodafone companies complete the call with each other and charge less than the rates Optus and Telstra can secure.

Vodafone’s Global Plans :

Are a sub set of their SIM Only postpaid range. They all include between 500 (about 8 hours) and 1000 ( about 16 hours ) of International minutes of calls to ‘Eligible countries’ (and 100 minutes to non eligible countries.) These plans are a trade off. You’ll get less data for the same spend, if you take a Vodafone Global plan with International minutes included. Also, you’ll have to spend $50 or more for a month to month plan or take a 12 month contract for $40. As we show you below and in the table above on this page, there are better deals out there.

Vodafone have a wide variety of ‘add ons’ for their postpaid plan range. The amount you’ll pay will depend on where you’re calling and how long you’re calling for. Generally, you’ll get about 4 hours for a $5 bolt on.

Vodafone’s prepaid plans with International minutes :

All Vodafone prepaid ‘Talk Combo’  caps come with an inclusion called ‘My Credit’. Typical International call rates on these plans are between $3 per minute and $6 per minute (those rates are very high). The International Rates on their other prepaid plans is even higher. Again, at spends of $40 a month or more on their prepaid range, you’ll get the 1000 minutes of calls to eligible destinations included. And, again, there are cheaper ways to do the same thing which we outline below.

Vodafone offer an International Add on for their prepaid range too, although it doesn’t offer quite the same value as you’ll get for the same spend on International calls on their postpaid range. $5 will get you 2 hours talk time to the top 50 overseas destinations with a prepaid expiry of 28 days.

 

Optus’ International Calls Rates:

Optus SIM Only plans and contracts mostly have included International Minutes :

Optus took some time to catch on to the value of international call time and tying them into an overall plan that included data and local calls, but they’ve got there now. Most of Optus’ postpaid plans (called My Plan Plus) with a Minimum Monthly Spend of $40 month to month / $30 on a 12 month contract, have 150 or 300 minutes of international calls included per month. These calls can be to any one or more of 32 selected countries.

With Optus, users can add an international talk pack for $5 which will give you 150 minutes for $10. They also have a $5 International pack which will give you Unlimited SMS / MMS to agreed destinations and 50 minutes of talk time.

Optus prepaid plans with included International Minutes:

Optus’ Prepaid Plan range is broad. The hero prepaid plans they offer are called My Prepaid Ultimate Plus. You can make an International call on one of those plans when you spend $30 a month. Call costs are shown below and are taken on a ‘cost per minute’ basis from your ‘Extra’s Credit’ (explained above.)

Optus will also allow you to buy ‘Extras Credit’ in various denominations. The rates are still high, for International calls, even when you do it this way, as you can see from the tables, below.

 

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Optus are a reliable brand with great coverage , great value and some unique Optus value you won’t find elsewhere.

My Daily Plus :
Unique in Australia, $2 days offers huge data : 
Unlimited minutes to standard Australian mobile & landlines. Calls are charged per min. They also include unlimited STD national SMS & MMSs. With this plan, you are only charged for the days you connect your phone to the network !

  • $2 per day = Unlimited standard national talk and text  + 500MB A DAY. Charged per KB. Auto bump up with an extra 524MB data for an extra $2. Maximum of $4/1GB for the day. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
  • Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00 = Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in Oz +  5GB

Epic Data plans:

Epic Value plans:

See our full Optus prepaid review,  check out Optus’ recharge options, or see all prepaid plans.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya month to month plans

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Telstra Mobile – Best For Coverage

Telstra Australia

Prepaid + Postpaid | Month to month and contract

Telstra are unrivalled in Australia for coverage, with a 3G signal that covers roughly twice the landmass of any other phone company except Boost Mobile.

  • Unique coverage footprint:
    Access to 2.5m square Km
    of the Australian landmass.
  • Unique video content:
    Only Telstra provides data free streaming of the AFL, NRL and Australian Gymnastics in their plans.
  • Fair data:
    Telstra now offer ‘Data Banking’ on some of their plans and provide Unlimited data options.

Telstra’s Plan Range :

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Telstra Mobile review.

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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans: 
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Telstra’s International Call Rates:

Telstra’s SIM Only plans with International Calls:

You’ll have to spend a quite frankly incredible $89 per month on a Telstra month to month SIM Only plan before you get included International minutes. At this price, International calls are unlimited to 15 countries. As you work up the spend thresholds, more countries are ‘thrown in’. Their 12 month contract SIM Only plans are slightly better value (although you need to consider how your data usage will change over that 12 month period) before you sign up. You’ll need to spend $79 per month on a 12 month contract before you get unlimited International calls to 15 countries. Again, raise the spend level and the number of countries you can call internationally will rise.

Telstra offer a $10 per month International Bolt on to their SIM Only postpaid plans. It offers unlimited calls, SMS and MMS to a list of destinations which includes most of those shown on our most popular calling destinations, above. But remember, you’re talking about adding a $10 bolt on to a Telstra plan here – which start at $59 per month. These are big monthly spend numbers and, in our view, you should really be considering alternatives.

Telstra’s prepaid plans with International calls:

Telstra’s entry point for International calls is much lower on their prepaid plans. You’ll get some inclusions on their $30 ‘Prepaid Extra’ plans, which, like Optus’ are drawn from an allowance called ‘Extra’s credit’ (explained above.)

Finally, like the others, Telstra has a prepaid International ‘Plus Pack’. It costs $10 with a 28 day expiry and the rates are not particularly attractive.

Telstra’s International Call Approach :

Telstra seems to have left international calls to its competitors, perhaps because it’s making its money without bothering abut chasing the international call market. It still has a variety of options for international callers, which might suit if you are happy with the rest of your Telstra plan or, perhaps, because you are getting better coverage with Telstra where you are. There are add-ons for those on the cheaper plans. Depending on exactly which country you want to call, each one of them might cost $10 or $15.

 

Comparing Talking Internationally Cost you with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone

Below, we’ve done the research for you on the international rates the big 3 telcos charge to call overseas. We show those ‘out of bundle’ call rates here for both their prepaid and postpaid SIM Only plans.

 Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their SIMO International Call Rates per minute

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their SIMO International Call Rates per minute

 

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their SIMO International Call Rates per hour

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their SIMO International Call Rates per hour

 

What you should take from these postpaid out of bundle call rate tables :

As you can see, if you make any appreciable number of International calls, you will be better off with the ‘bolt ons’ sold by the telcos. Telstra, for example, have that $10 International Call bolt on we mentioned above. Even calling New Zealand, the cheapest plan on the list, for 20 minutes, would cost as much as the bolt on for the entire month!

Similarly, Vodafone will offer you 4 hours talk time, to most of the destinations we’ve listed here – for $5 a month. Much cheaper than paying these ‘out of bundle’ rates.

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their Prepaid International Call Rates per minute

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their Prepaid International Call Rates per minute

 

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their Prepaid International Call Rates per hour

Comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus on their Prepaid International Call Rates per hour

 

What you should take from these prepaid out of bundle call rate tables

Again, the result is clear. You’re better off with an ‘add on’ than you are paying these out of bundle rates. The case is particularly strong for Vodafone. $5 a month as a prepaid add on gets you 2 hours of overseas talk time to the top 50 destinations. You’d burn that up in approximately 2 minutes paying those out of bundle fees!

Telstra’s prepaid ‘Plus Packs’ for International calls are not easy to locate! Their rates are not as good for International calls on prepaid plans are not as good as the equivalent on their postpaid plans, either. For $10, you’ll be able to call International destinations for somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half.

 

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Telstra Mobile – Best For Coverage

Telstra Australia

Prepaid + Postpaid | Month to month and contract

Telstra are unrivalled in Australia for coverage, with a 3G signal that covers roughly twice the landmass of any other phone company except Boost Mobile.

  • Unique coverage footprint:
    Access to 2.5m square Km
    of the Australian landmass.
  • Unique video content:
    Only Telstra provides data free streaming of the AFL, NRL and Australian Gymnastics in their plans.
  • Fair data:
    Telstra now offer ‘Data Banking’ on some of their plans and provide Unlimited data options.

Telstra’s Plan Range :

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Telstra Mobile review.

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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans: 
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Winner ! Prepaid plans with included streamed audio.

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Optus are a reliable brand with great coverage , great value and some unique Optus value you won’t find elsewhere.

My Daily Plus :
Unique in Australia, $2 days offers huge data : 
Unlimited minutes to standard Australian mobile & landlines. Calls are charged per min. They also include unlimited STD national SMS & MMSs. With this plan, you are only charged for the days you connect your phone to the network !

  • $2 per day = Unlimited standard national talk and text  + 500MB A DAY. Charged per KB. Auto bump up with an extra 524MB data for an extra $2. Maximum of $4/1GB for the day. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
  • Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00 = Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in Oz +  5GB

Epic Data plans:

Epic Value plans:

See our full Optus prepaid review,  check out Optus’ recharge options, or see all prepaid plans.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya month to month plans

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

Kogan Logo

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Rule of Thumb: The key things you need to know

As each of the major phone companies point out on their own website, the rates they charge for International calls change regularly, sometimes even monthly. That makes it extremely difficult to keep track of with any normal amount of time. This is just one more factor which should influence you towards adopting a plan with included International calls.

If you want some guidance on how to analyse things yourself…

  • You’ll get more for your money on postpaid plans if you’re making International calls:
    Whichever phone company you’re on (Vodafone, Telstra or Optus) you’ll get better ‘out of bundle’ rates on your International calls if you pick a postpaid plan, rather than a prepaid plan.
  • I make less than half an hours’ worth of International calls per month:
    This is easy, just stick with the plan you have. You’ll be charged a high out of bundle ‘per minute’ call rate for the International calls you do make, but it’s still less than the cost of the ‘add on’ which is your major alternative – see next bullet point.
  • I make more than about an hour’s worth of International calls a month :
    If you already have a phone plan from Optus, Telstra or Vodafone, your best option is an add on / bolt on. They’re usually $5 or $10 a month and they’ll give you between an hour and a half and 4 hours of International calls to the most common destinations. Your major alternative is a Phone plan with included international minutes. If you’re prepared to move to a smaller phone company, they sell variants which have included International minutes. This sort of plan (plan with included International minutes) will be right for anyone making more than about an hour’s worth of International calls per month.
  • I make more than 2 hours of International calls per month:
    We would strongly urge you to consider an Internationally focused phone plan. Companies like Lebara offer preferential International rates and actually, their Australian data and voice/SMS inclusions are pretty good too. See examples in the table at the top of this page.

Lebara have a range of plans with Unlimited international

Lebara $29.90 provides Unlimited International Calls to 12 destinations.

Other considerations

  • You need a domestic signal to make an international call :
    One critical and perhaps counter-intuitive aspect of these plans, is that you’ll need a domestic signal to make an international call. There’s no use having a Vodafone plan and no signal where you live, if you need to call overseas, whether or not Vodafone’s plans offer better value.
  • If you spend more than $40 a month on a phone plan, you may well not have to spend extra to get International calls included:
    Most SIM Only and Prepaid plans costing more than $40 a month now include International calls to selected destinations. Many $30 and above plans from smaller phone companies also have these inclusions.

 

Here are the key players in the international call stakes and what they provide

Why MVNO SIM only plans with international calls will save you money

Lebara is one of the best phone companies to use if you really want cheap international calls. It also now has a number of quite competitive SIM only plans for local calls and text too. Lebara’s unlimited international plan offers unlimited calls to 60 different countries. That’s a lot more than many of the other telcos, which tend to offer their unlimited international minutes to a more limited range of countries. For plans that don’t include unlimited international calls, Lebara’s rates are still pretty competitive for the odd call.

Just make sure that you check the Lebara website to see that the country or countries you are most interested in calling is on their unlimited list before you sign yourself up. Also note that there are more fixed line numbers that you can phone on the unlimited plan than mobile numbers. For example, you can ring either a mobile or a fixed line number using the unlimited plan in Austria, but you can only ring a fixed line number in neighboring Switzerland. Similarly, you can ring a Colombian mobile number but not one in neighboring Venezuela.

Amaysim has this year introduced a much better deal for those hungry for international call time. Their unlimited international call plan costs $24.90 and is good for 10 countries. There are another 22 countries that you can send unlimited text or MMS messages to, but you pay the Amaysim call cost per minute for voice calls.

Boost Mobile provides unlimited call time and text messages on its $40 and $50 prepaid plans for 10 selected countries. If you want to make an international call it’s very simple to enable this on your prepaid plan, as it does not come automatically turned on by default. Simply recharge with a $10 “Add on” and your account will be credited with $10 which can be used for overseas calling, charged at the rate per minute of the international country which you are calling. As a bonus thanks to Boost Mobile, each time you recharge with a $10 Add on, your account will also be credited with an additional 500MB of mobile data.

These three providers are the best of the smaller phone company approaches to International calls at present. The other MVNOs all have some sort of deal for international calls, but none of them are quite as generous as the three mentioned here.

 

Summing up

There is nothing more important than family and staying in touch. International call rates get right to the very heart of why we have phones.

The problem is the constant movement of plan inclusions around International calls in Australian plans. As we’ve seen, even the major telcos are always adding and removing International destinations from their prepaid / postpaid plans. The sector is crying out for simplicity.

International calls are going to keep getting cheaper under pressure from the regulator which overseas these kinds of charges in Australia and because of the pressure from very close substitutes. One need only glance at the alternatives on offer from Skype, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger to see the future. Calls made over data (the protocol used is called SIP) are convenient, built in to these messaging facilities – some of them the most popular in the world – and are essentially from a user standpoint, free.

Call quality can be low on these messaging apps, of course, as any user will report. The alternative, comparing plans with included international minutes, is, as we’ve seen above, a far more difficult ask. We hope the rules of thumb that we have provided will help.