Lebara

Lebara Prepaid

At Lebara Prepaid our vision is to be the leader in providing low cost, high quality international mobile services. Now, you can bring your friends and family closer with a new Lebara Mobile Prepaid SIM. Lebara Mobile is a fantastic Australian Prepaid Sim Card Mobile service. We give you low-cost, high quality international calls direct from your mobile along with great value, flat national rates. It’s as simple as that. With Lebara Prepaid Plans making any type of call with our prepaid sim card is easy: • No monthly fees • No contract to sign • No credit check • No codes to key-in before you call • No account to set-up • All calls charged by the minute.

Quick Summary – Lebara Prepaid

Product Call rate1 Flagfall TXT Expiry2 MMS Internet Call Cap/Credit Voice mail1 Extras 2 Min Call3 Buy Now
Standard Plan 15c 29c 15c 90 95c 1MB free p/day then 5c/MB Free Lebara to Lebara calls. No flagfall 15c $10 starter pack
10% bonus on recharge
59c/33 calls Buy Lebara Mobile
Unlimited* $49.90 Unlimited 30 95c 2GB then 10c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT and international calls see below* Unlimited Includes 13/1800 Unlimited Calls
National Plan $29.90 Unlimited 30 95c 2GB then 10c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT Unlimited  Includes 13/1800 Unlimited Calls
Mini Mega Plan $24.90 20c 0c 20c 30 95c 500MB then 10c/MB Free Lebara to Lebara Calls. 20c 40c/62 Calls
Mega Plan
$39.90
Unlimited 30 95c 4GB then 10c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS Unlimited Unlimited Calls
Data Pack
$5
30 250MB + 250MB Bonus
Data Pack $10 1GB+ 1GB Bonus
Data pack $25 3GB

* Lebara Prepaid Plans Unlimited $49.90 includes free calls to the following international destinations:lebara prepaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Mega Plan International Call rates allow for the following calls:

lebara new mini mega

Prepaid Mobile Review – Lebara Prepaid (January 2014)

Lebara Prepaid offer access to a free sim card. Before you get carried away though, it comes with no credit but atleast you save the $2 that everyone else seems to want to charge for the cardboard and plastic. Ordered late last week, arrived on Monday. Inside the envelope I had a welcome letter and my sim pack. Lebara launched in Australia about 5 years ago but internationally they have been a big player in the prepaid mobile market particularly in Europe for years. In Australia Lebara Mobile uses the Vodafone 3G network to provide both mobile and mobile data services.lebara mobile online portalLebara Mobile is best known for its international mobile call rates. They have always been quite competitive in this space although Lyca, Hello and Optus also give them a run for their money. In the last 12 – 18 months however, the focus has been on unlimited mobile plans. Lebara offers the following product range:

  • Standard Plan – 15c calls, 15c TXT, 1MB data per day then 5c/MB.
  • Mega Plan – $39.90 gives you unlimited national calls (inc 13/18), unlimited TXT, 2GB data and $10 for international calls and other services.
  • New Mini Mega – $24.90 gives you unlimited Lebara calls, 50 minutes or 50 TXT to anyone, upto 1000 minutes to select international destinations eg India and China.
  • National Plan – $29.90 gives you unlimited national calls (inc 1300/18), unlimited TXT, 2GB data.
  • Unlimited Plan – $49.90 gives you unlimited national calls (inc 1300/18), unlimited TXT, 2GB data and unlimited calls to 23 international destinations.

Once I received the starter pack, activation was really quick and easy. I required the standard Driver ID and had to select my password. Once complete, I needed to recharge. Recharging can be made from within the portal or directly from your phone or by purchasing a voucher. You can in-fact activate the voucher from within the Lebara Portal. One thing I found confusing was selection of the plan. As part of my trial, I wanted to recharge $10 with the Standard Plan. However, the recharge options I was faced with were Main Balance, Mini Mega, Mega and Unlimited. Main Balance now represents the “Standard Plan” with the PAYG rates indicated above. Payment options are credit card. Services such as PayPal are not integrated as yet.

Once the recharge was processed, I popped the sim card into my phone and calls and TXT worked. I made a few calls and sent a few TXT and the reception and speed where perfect. Lebara uses the Vodafone 3G network. The coverage map on the right gives you an indication of 3G coverage in the Eastern states. vodafone 3g coverage map

Data Setup:
On my Galaxy S4, I have to setup a new APN to get the internet to work. The Lebara website offers guidance on this (although my phone was not listed). What I did however find frustrating was trying to set the internet up on my partners Huawei. The website to issue you with a couple of TXT with setting for you to accept. These took far to long to arrive. This was frustrating.

Data Speed:
This is probably the biggest surprise I had in terms of this trial. The Standard Plan $10 recharge gives you 1MB free data per day. Then you are charged 5c/MB with increments per KB. Very reasonable. The data speeds I was able to achieve in Eastern Melbourne and in Richmond where really good. Actually they where much better than what I normally achieve with Optus.

The best result I achieved was 9.76Mbps download with an 1.35Mbps upload. This was at 5.30PM. Even at home I was able to achieve download speeds of over 7Mbps. I also tried using my phone (Galaxy S4) to hotspot my iPad and again the speeds achieved where over 6Mbps. Telstra, who I normally use in my iPad (direct sim card) does not reach these speeds.

Speed tests can vary by time of day and location, so you do need to take care in believing what every speed test shows.

Online Portal:
The online portal gives you access to the usage meter which is updated almost instantly and great news it is actually accurate. My 1MB free per day was showing as was the data I had used. Lebara will need to invest in an App to allow you to easily manage your recharges directly from your phone.

Would I buy?
I am not a huge believer in unlimited plans but the performance of Lebara Mobile and in particular the Vodafone network really impressed me. Based on where I live and work, I would be happy with the network experience.

Notes:
1 – rate per 30 seconds. ^Charged in 1 min blocks
2 – expiry period in days
3 – cost of a 2 minute call. Number of 2 minute calls made using credit provided to any network (excludes calls within network). Where no minimum credit is indicated, $20 is used.

More details

Product Standard Plan Mini Mega National Mega
Network Vodafone 3G
Summary Great PAYG rates Cap style plan One of several unlimited style plans Unlimited fixed line and mobile calls
2 Min Call 59c 20c Unlimited Unlimited
International TXT/MMS 15c/95c 10c/95c 15c/95c 15c/95c
Video Calls 15c/min 10c/min 15c/min 15c/min
13/1300/1800 15c/min 10c/min 15c/min 15c/min
Calls within network To Lebara – free for first 10mins then 7.5c/min. Flagfall applies. Free calls to Lebara Unlimited Unlimited
Data Increments p/MB
International roaming Not available
Recharge locations Online and retail
Website www.lebara.com.au
Phone 126 122 from your mobile

Notes:
1 – rate per 30 seconds. ^Charged in 1 min blocks
2 – expiry period in days
3 – cost of a 2 minute call. Number of 2 minute calls made with $100 credit.

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