Australia Cellular Plans

If you are traveling to Australia an effective and affordable cellular and data plan, you have come to the right place. Carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and others typically have few solutions for travelers to Australia, plus, they are difficult to understand and can be extremely expensive. Our data and cell phone plans for Australia are simple to understand, prepaid so you know exactly how much it's going to cost and extremely affordable.

Cellular Abroad offers you several data and calling options for Australia depending on your needs; use your own phone or tablet with our SIM card, rent or buy a phone or rent a mobile hotspot. If you have an unlocked cell phone or tablet, you can simply purchase a SIM card specifically designed for Australia. If you don't want to or can't use your phone, we offer several cell phone rental options for Australia depending on your preference of phones. Sometimes it makes sense to purchase a phone, particularly if you are planning an extended trip Down Under. If you want to have Wi Fi access virtually anywhere in Australia, you can rent our Mi Fi wireless hotspot. This is a popular choice for travelers with multiple devices.

If you need help deciding what to do, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Calling Home

Whether you rent a phone, buy one of our phone packages for Australia or get a SIM card and put it into your existing phone, the rates are always the same for making and receiving phone calls and mobile data. Our Australia solutions are simple in terms of the call rates. You can make unlimited calls back to the United States and to Canada as well as within Australia for 30 days. If you need another 30 days of unlimited service, you will need to purchase another 30 day bundle of service. Please note that while there are unlimited calling to 60 destinations including the US, Canada and Europe, there are other countries where it is not free to call. If you need information regarding rates to a destination that is other than the US, Canada or Europe, please contact us.

Can I get mobile data?

The short answer is yes but your phone must be a smartphone. Most phones are smartphones. We do rent a cell phone that is not a smartphone, called the Australia Standard Rental, which is a very easy phone to use and is designed for travelers who only want to make and receive phone calls. If you only need mobile data and do not need to make and receive phone calls, we recommend that you opt for the data SIM for Australia. While this SIM does not allow you to make and receive phone calls, you can of course use apps such as Skype or WhatsApp in order to make calls.

Keeping my US/Canadian number

If you rent or buy a phone or just buy a SIM card, by default you will have an Australian phone number. While this is convenient for the locals in Australia to call you, it is less convenient - and more expensive - for people back home to reach you. There are a couple of ways around this. Either you can initiate all the calls (or just call people back) since you have unlimited calling back to the US, Canada and Europe or, for a small fee, we will give you a US phone number in conjunction with your Australian one. Callers can call either number at any time. In addition, you can forward your US or Canadian number to the new number we provide you so that anyone who calls your usual number will reach you.

Is there a contract?

Cellular Abroad does not ask you to sign a contract nor bill you after the fact. You will know up front what you are paying as all of our services for Australia are pre-paid. This is definitely a plus for overseas travelers to be in complete control of their expenditures, especially considering the real potential risk of using your current provider and incurring huge amounts of roaming fees.

Using my iPad

If you want to use your iPad during your trip to Australia, there are a few things to consider. First, you may be able to get away with using a WiFi connection. If you are staying in an apartment or house and know there is WiFi available and you are fine with using your iPad when you are back home, then you really do not have to do anything else. However, some travelers need or want to have data access when they are not at home or, they may not have internet where they are staying. In this case, you have several possibilities depending on if your iPad has a slot for a SIM card - and most don't have a SIM card slot by the way, but, let's assume your does. If your iPad is able to take a SIM card, the easiest and most cost effective way, besides free Wi Fi, is to get a data SIM card. Click on the above link for information pertaining to this option. If your iPad does not have a SIM card slot then another way is to rent a MiFi. A MiFi is a wireless hotspot that essentially give you a private Wi Fi connection. Click on the Wi Fi hotspot link for details.

Using my laptop

There are a couple of ways that you can use your laptop in Australia. The first way it to find a WiFi source. You may just have WiFi in the apartment where you are staying or you may be OK looking for WiFi hotspots wherever you travel. This may work for some travelers who do not strictly rely on a reliable WiFi source OR do not have issues regarding the possibility, the remote possibility but still a possibility, of security breaches. If however, you absolutely need to have access to data and do not want to run the risk of not being able to find a hotspot or you do not want to risk being hacked, then a very convenient, and secure, option is to rent a WiFi hotspot for your trip. The hotspot is a small and portable device that creates your own personal - and secure - hotspot.

Should I rent or buy a phone?

If your current cell phone is not compatible for use in Australia or it is locked, you will either need to rent or to buy a cell phone. For short trips, renting a cell phone is typically a more affordable solution but for longer trips, such as study abroad programs, it will usually be cheaper to purchase a cell phone. Cellular Abroad offers cellphone/SIM card packages for rent and for sale specifically for use in Australia.

Can I just get a SIM card?

You may just be able to get our Australia SIM card and put it in your phone. The advantages of doing this are multiple. First, you save money since you do not have to buy or rent a phone and second, chances are that your phone is a newer and better model than what we have available for purchase or to rent. Third, you already know how to use your phone. In order to be able to just get a SIM card and use it in your phone, you need to make sure that your phone is unlocked or, unlockable. Most newer Verizon phones are unlocked and most other carrier's phones are not unlocked. Having said that, if your phone is out of contract, you can ask the carrier to unlock it. Otherwise, another option is to use an older handset that you have lying around and ask the carrier to unlock it. For example, if you are with AT&T and have recently upgraded to an iPhone 7 that you are paying a monthly fee to own, you may have the previous phone lying around that has been paid off that you can use. Make sure however, that you contact AT&T (or whichever provider you may have) and get them to unlock your phone.

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