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Getting a mobile phone

You can either choose to bring your existing mobile phone to Australia or buy a new one when you arrive.

Using your existing phone in Australia

You can use your existing phone here if your mobile provider at home has an International Roaming Agreement with a network in Australia.

Your phone provider will be able to provide further information about using your mobile overseas including international roaming charges.

It can be expensive to use your existing phone in Australia so it is important to be aware of all charges that may apply.

You will also need to ensure your phone is compatible with Australian networks.

Buying a new phone

‘Pre-paid’ is the best option if you decide to buy a new mobile phone in Australia. 

‘Pre-paid’ packages include:

  • A basic handset
  • A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card
  • Some calling credits

You can purchase additional calling credits as needed.

‘Pre-paid’ phones range in price from AUD$49 to around $249 depending on the model you choose.

Calls can cost between34cents per minute (off peak) and 92 cents (peak time).

The main phone companies in Australia are:

  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Virgin
  • Vodaphone

‘Pre-paid’ mobile phone packages are available from the following Robina Town Centre retailers:

  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Optus
  • Telstra