Lebara Prepaid

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.

Quick Summary – Lebara Prepaid

Product Call rate1 Flagfall TXT Expiry
MMS Data Call Cap/Credit Voice mail1 Extras 2 Min Call3 More
Unlimited $49.90 Unlimited 30 95c 10GB then 7c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT and international calls to 60 countries Unlimited Includes 13/1800. p/KB increments Unlimited Calls Buy Lebara Mobile
National Plan $29.90 Unlimited 30 95c 5GB then 7c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT, $5 intern calls Unlimited Includes 13/1800. 23c flagfall intern calls. p/KB increments Unlimited Calls
Mini Mega Plan $24.90 10c 0c 10c 30 95c 1.5GB then 2c/MB $24.90 Credit. Free Lebara to Lebara calls. 10c p/KB increments 20c/124 Calls
Mega Plan
$39.90
Unlimited 30 95c 7GB then 7c/MB Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS + 250 min intern Unlimited p/KB increments Unlimited Calls
Data Pack
$5
30 500MB p/KB increments
Data Pack $10 30 1.5GB p/KB increments
Data pack $25 30 5GB p/KB increments

*Lebara Prepaid Unlimited $49.90 includes free calls to 50 destinations.

Fixed Line and Mobile: Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chilli, China, Canada, Czech Republic, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru. Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, United states, United Kingdom
Unlimited Fixed Line Calls: Brunei, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Martinique, Morocco, Reunion, French Guiana, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Venezuela.

Prepaid Mobile Review – Lebara Prepaid (July 2017)

Lebara Prepaid is now 4G, all prepaid mobile plans are 4G.

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 and 4G networks to provide both mobile and mobile data services. lebara mobile online portal Lebara Mobile is best known for its international mobile call rates. They have always been quite competitive in this space although LycaMoobile, Hello and Optus also give them a run for their money. In the last 12 – 18 months, Lebara’s focus has been on unlimited mobile plans. Lebara offers the following product range:

  • Standard Plan – 19c calls, 15c TXT, 1MB data per day then 15c/MB.
  • Mega Plan – $39.90 gives you unlimited national calls (inc 13/18), unlimited TXT, 7GB data.
  • New Mini Mega – $24.90 gives you unlimited Lebara calls, 20c/min to Australian numbers, 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, 5GB data.
  • Unlimited Plan – $49.90 gives you unlimited national calls (inc 1300/18), unlimited TXT, 5GB data and unlimited calls to 50 international destinations.
  • Save Plan – $10 recharge gives you access to very cheap call rates to Europe, Asia, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

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.

With the recharge 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, the setup was relatively easy. Just reset to the Default APN. This applies to all phones.

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 10c/MB with increments per KB taken from your “main balance”. (When I trialled the service pricing was 5c/MB). 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 expecting the same results in every location all of the time.

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 4G
Summary Great PAYG rates Cap style plan One of several unlimited style plans Unlimited fixed line and mobile calls
2 Min Call 67c 40c 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 Free Lebara to Lebara calls Free Lebara to Lebara calls Unlimited Unlimited
Data Increments p/MB p/MB p/KB p/KB
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.