Find the best international roaming SIM cards in Australia
Looking to take your mobile phone overseas? There are a couple of options to consider. You can either:
- Use your existing Australian SIM and pay any applicable roaming charges for calls made and received; or,
- Buy an international SIM 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 SIM options for you: Woolworths Global, Roaming Sim, Backchat GlobalSIM, Mobi Passport, e.Tel and TravelSIM.
All the international roaming services 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||85c +35c flagfall||$3.05 + 35c flagfall||$1.10 + 35c flagfall||65c||65c||1.5c/KB ($15.36/MB)|
|Roaming Sim||0c||21c||21c||17c||17c||7c/100KB (70c/MB)|
|Mobi Passport||£0||£1.50||£0.25||£0.12||£1/50MB p/day|
|Woolworths Global||0c||18c||18c||14c||14c||6c/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||Buy Now|
|Vodafone Traveller||Free service for Vodafone Prepaid||Rates based on Vodafone Prepaid Caps and Flexi Caps|
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
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|Optus Travel||Free 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 1 Rates:
Zone 2 Rates:
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|Telstra||Telstra International Roaming||Telstra uses 4 bands for prepaid customers. Band A: Hong Kong, Singapore. Zone B: Belgium, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand. Band C: Canada, Croatia, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, UK, USA. Band D: Egypt, India, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, West Indies|
Receiving calls: Band A – 65c, Band B – 75c, Band C – 85c, Band D – 95c
Local calls: Band A – 55c, Band B – 95c, Band C – $1.10, Band D – $1.90
International calls: Band A – $2.10, Band B - $2.15, Band C - $2.95, Band D – $4.25
Call Australia: Band A - $1.85, Band B - $1.90, Band C - $3.05, Band D – $3.75
Flagfall: 35c (all zones)
Retrieve Voicemail: Band A – $1.45, Band B – $1.65, Band C – $2.65, Band D – $3.35
Mobile Internet: 1.5c/KB (approx $15/MB)
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