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International Roaming Sim Cards – Best Buys

Looking to take your mobile phone overseas? There are a couple of options to consider. You can either:International Roaming Sim Cards - woolworths global roaming

  • Use your existing Australian SIM and pay any applicable roaming charges for calls made and received; or,
  • Buy an international roaming SIM card that will allow you to make cheap calls (and access affordable internet).

PrepaidPlans has made it easy to compare products that help you get your call and roaming data charges cut while overseas. We have sourced 6 international roaming SIM options for you: Woolworths Global, Roaming Sim, Backchat GlobalSIM, Mobi Passport, e.Tel and TravelSIM.

All the international roaming sim cards listed on our website offer great rates for calls and data for people looking for a temporary SIM card. The SIM card provided replaces your ordinary SIM and comes with a new phone number. To use the global roaming services you need to utilise the ‘Call Back’ feature. This means that before you call any number you simply dial a special code along with the destination number. This then triggers a call back to you which, when answered, automatically connects you to the destination number.

It is simpler than it sounds and, most importantly, will save you hundreds of dollars – not to mention the stress of arguing with your telecommunications provider!

You may also be interested in roaming data packs, which are a great way to manage, and hopefully cut, roaming data charges while travelling outside Australia. Want to find out more? Read about Sylvia’s experience using an international roaming SIM card. It details all the ups and downs so you get a good insight into what’s involved in this route.

As an example, compare the costs of receiving and making calls to Australia when you are traveling in the UK.

Plan
Receive call (p/min)
Call Aus (p/min)
Local (p/min)
Local SMS
SMS Aus
Data
Telstra Roaming$2$2$265c65c$3/MB
Roaming Sim0c23c23c19c19c4c/100KB (40c/MB)
BackChat0c 74c79c39c39c1c/10KB ($1/MB)
Mobi Passport£0£1.50£0.25£0.12£0.12£1/50MB p/day
TravelSim0c47c 46c49c 49c6c/100KB (60c/MB)
Woolworths Global0c18c18c14c14c6c/100KB (60c/MB)

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Use your Existing Prepaid Sim Card
If you are looking for a local prepaid sim card that you can also use for international roaming, then you will need to stick with either Telstra, Optus, Vodafone. All 3 offer international roaming with their prepaid services. Visit the specific provider page to find out more about international roaming. Bare in mind that roaming charges can be very expensive.

Product
Service
International Roaming Pricing
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Vodafone TravellerFree service for Vodafone PrepaidRates based on Vodafone Prepaid Caps and Flexi Caps
  • Zone 1 (Singapore + New Zealand) - To make a call it will cost you $5.74/min, TXT is $3.50. To receive a call it costs $3.50/min.

  • Zone 2 (Europe) - To make a call it will cost you $8.74/min, TXT is $3.50. To receive a call it costs $3.50/min.

  • Zone 3 (Asia & Nth America) - To make a call it will cost you $13.24/min, TXT is $3.50. To receive a call it costs $5/min.

  • Zone 4 (Rest of the World) - To make a call it will cost you $21.24/min, TXT is $3.50. To receive a call it costs $5/min.

  • Data is 5c/KB (minimum 10 KB) (Approx $50/MB)


Note: Vodafone FlexiCap includes credit that can be used to cover these charges. Eg $49 Cap comes with $350 in flexible credit.

Rates based on Vodafone TXT & Talk, 365 Day & International
  • Zone 1 (Singapore + New Zealand) - To make a call it will cost you $1.13/min, TXT is 75c. To receive a call it costs $1/min.

  • Zone 2 (Europe) - To make a call it will cost you $2.63, TXT is 75c. To receive a call it costs $1/min.

  • Zone 3 (Asia & Nth America) - To make a call it will cost you $3.13, TXT is 75c. To receive a call it costs $1/min.

  • Zone 4 (Rest of the World) - To make a call it will cost you $5.13, TXT is 75c. To receive a call it costs $1/min.

  • Data is 5c/KB (minimum 10 KB) (Approx $50/MB)

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Optus TravelFree service for Optus prepaid customers

Optus Prepaid uses 2 zones and offers reduced roaming rates to a selection of countries. Unfortunately the range of countries is not as broad as that for Optus postpaid customers.


Zone 1: US, Canada, Portugal, Spain, UK, France, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, Japan, Sth Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea.
Zone 2: Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Jamaica, Haiti, Ghana, Egypt, Oman, UAE, Kenya, Sth Africa


Zone 1 Rates:
Making & Receiving calls:
$1/min
Send SMS: $0.50 Receive: Free
Send MMS: Standard rate to Aus numbers and intern rates for intern numbers
Data: 50c/MB (charged per 10KB)


Zone 2 Rates:
Making & Receiving calls: 
$2/min
Send SMS: $1 Receive: Free
Send MMS: Standard rate to Aus numbers and intern rates for intern numbers
Data: $1/MB (charged per 10KB)


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TelstraTelstra International RoamingRates: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
Receiving calls: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
Local calls: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
International calls: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
Call Australia: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
Flagfall:

SMS: 65c
Retrieve Voicemail: rates vary by country and start at $1.50/min all the way to $4/min
Mobile Internet: $3/MB charged per KB
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