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Hi all We're returning to the UK in 6 weeks having lived in Australia for the last 9 years. I've had the same mobile number since the day we arrived here and am keen to keep it going once I head back to the UK so as not to loose touch with people (I did the same with my UK phone, having had the same number for the last 15 years and changing to a pre-paid/pay as you go plan when we moved out here which has worked well). I'm keen to find a service provider who can offer a good plan for use outside of Australia - mainly for text messages and the occassional phone call (bearing in mind most of the time I will be using it on WIFI and using only Facetime/Whatsapp etc so no data needed). Has anyone recently found any good deals? I know I can get a SIM through Vodaphone where one recharge lasts 12 months however it seems to only really be good value for use within Australia. I should note I'm currently with Optus on a business plan but as I'm out of contract I can cancel & take my number with me anytime. Oh and Optus have told me it's easier for them if I don't take out an Optus plan but change to a different service provider and they will just port my number across to them... go figure. Thanks in advance, Sarah
CHOOSING AN AUSTRALIAN MOBILE NETWORK Australia has always been a little behind when it comes to mobile phone networks especially where data allowances come in to it. Purchasing a reasonable priced plan, with good data allowance and network coverage is a nightmare. Firstly, what you need to know is that there are only three telecoms companies who own/operate the mobile towers infrastructure - Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone. No matter which provider you choose your network will be provided by one of these. Tip: A good site for searching what mobile coverage you have in your area is: https://oztowers.com.au/ At the time of writing there are 30 mobile phone carriers: Telstra Network Telstra Woolworths Aldi Boost Southern Phone Telechoice Cmobile Optus Network Optus Virgin Yomojo Jeenee Amaysim Ovo Vaya Coles Dodo Spintel IINet Bendigo Exetel Vodaphone Network Vodaphone Lebaraya TPG Kogan Gotalk Think Hello Mobile Looking at the list above you are probably wondering where to start. If you are going to travel away from the cities then you need to look at Telstra or Optus networks with Telstra being the winner when it comes to network coverage. To be honest there are not enough Vodaphone towers for you to even consider them unless you live, work and play in one of the main cities. Fetching a phone from overseas? If you're thinking or fetching a phone from overseas, below are the main frequencies that each carrier uses. (N.B. 2G is in the process of being phased out) Now you have an idea of what network provider to choose you need to consider whether you want a prepaid or contract phone. Prepaid/PAYG When you first touch down in Australia you are best picking up a SIM card from places like Woolworths, Coles, Servos, Newsagents or Post Offices. These can be purchased for $2 and will give you an Australian contact number to help you sort out Jobs, rentals, Medicare etc. Remember to get your mobile phone unlocked before you arrive in Australia if you are leaving your phone behind you can purchase a pre paid one for around $60. When you have purchased your sim you will then get to choose what plan you go on. These are called BYO Plans (bring your own) or Pre Paid Plans. Remember to check if data allowance is included and how much. Also some providers do a rollover so as long as you keep paying them a monthly top Up fee your unused minutes and data will be carried over to the next month. What do I need to get a Prepaid Sim? When you purchase a prepaid sim they will ask for Identification, usually a passport or driving license. Postpaid or Contract Most mobile phone contracts in Australia are for a 2 year period so you need to check that the coverage is right for you before signing any legal documents. An example cost would be: IPhone 7 32gig on Virgin mobile $62 per month gives you $300 calls and 500mb data $81 per month gives you $300 calls and 6 gig data In comparison for the same phone Telstra is currently $91 per month gives you $550 calls and 1 gig data. As you can see Telstra are one of the most expensive on their plans but shop around because each provider often changes their deals on a regular basis. Tip: A good comparison site for comparing mobile contracts is: https://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones What do I need to get a mobile contract? The first thing they will ask is if you can meet the 100 point check, so you are going to need some ID like an Australian Driving License or a Medicare Card as well as a bank card. They will also ask if you are employed and how much you earn. Now I've known cases where people have managed to get a contract without this information or may say they are self employed and they will ask how much you currently earn. They do not ask for wage slips. Once the ID is provided they will make a call to see if you have a bad credit rating. Again I have not personally known anyone fail who has been a new arrival.
Hi All, Just wanted to say hi - we are due to move to Melbourne in Dec this year and are going for a visit in March. We have just been through the gruelling 189 visa application and received confirmation yesterday that it has been granted. Any help or advice you could offer us in terms of banks (what proof do we need), cars (include paperwork and licence) and which is the better mobile phone provider (we will initially go on a pay as you go), sea . Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated and I am more then happy to help regarding any question on the 189 skilled visa application.