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  1. 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.
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    Pre-paid mobile and Dongle

    Hello I’ve been in Australia for the last 10 months and now back home in the UK. I have the following items I need to sell to raise some cash after I have spent a fortune. I have the following for sale. 1 x Telstra pre-paid mobile phone! It has a camera and text messaging facility. It is in good condition and works a treat. The phone comes with charger and instruction book. Telstra are one of the big mobile phone companies. 1 x Telstra pre-paid mobile broadband! In perfect working order This dongle cost me $70 alone and I have $58 credit on it until May 2012. All for £60 including P&P to UK address. Please email me or inbox me and we can sort out payment. I’m happy to do it on Ebay or Paypal. Pictures available if needed.
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    Cheap pre-paid mobile phone

    Hi I have been using my old cell phone thinking that when I get to Oz I will look around and find a new cell phone - and take a bit of time to look around and find something I want. However, my battery has pretty much died now and I will need to get something asap at the other end (makes sense to wait for the Oz plug connection). I don't want to rush buy a more expensive phone and so was wondering if there are any basic mobiles that are quite cheap and where is the best place to get one - I think I remember someone saying something about being able to pick one up at a supermarket. I just need something to talk and sms/txt. Thanks Vicky
  4. DEar friends would appreciate if some could provide me with the cellular and ISP market information: - which type of Documents are required to buy and activate the SIM - How many popular ISPs, GSM and CDMA operators existis in Victoria - which one of them is a SMP (significant market payer as per their number of subs), because that will be more beneficial to utilize the free minutes promotions provided for on-net calls - Are there any hidden charges - what is the minimum top-up amount - Mode of charging, is it CPP (Calling party pays) OR sub has to pay for both incomming and outgoing calls - Are the mobile operators charge Romming charges between states - if there is no balance (funds) availabe in the account does the incoming and GPRS also stops - If I have a mobile set available with me can I buy SIM only - Is there balance transfer facility avaiable from sub to sub - Is there emergency balance available (if there is no balance in the account is there a facility provided by the operator that sub can make a 1 or 2 min call on a specific number Regards, Wasif Saleem
  5. Hi looking for some advice please. I was really looking at getting an iphone when we got to oz but tbh the price is putting me off. My daughters BF (who works for 3) recommended the HTC wildfire. Is this phone available in oz? Secondly, if I bought one here, are there any prepaid contracts or sim only contracts with internet access where I can supply my own phone? Thanks guys JOHN
  6. Hi Guys! My fiance is a Pom currently in the UK and in the not-too-distant future, we'll will be getting the ball rolling with a permanent residency arrangement in Australia. In the meantime though, I have a communications question that some of you British people might be able to help me with! Fiance has an O2 prepaid mobile. Now can I call him, even though he has absolutely no credit on his mobile? In the past, they have charged him about 50p to receive incoming calls - even though he is not roaming at all internationally. This is a British 02 prepaid phone, so when I call him, I'm calling it with the 0011 44 in front of it. It works well, but I'm confused as to why they would charge 50p for an incoming call from me. When I call his number now, it goes to his 02 voicemail, so that's got to be a good sign that the phone is on the air...just switched off at the moment as is normal for this time of night. Please can somebody shed some light on this for me? Thanks so much! Amelia Jane