How to choose a plan for mobile when visiting Australia?
If you are thinking of visiting Australia or reside in Australia but yet don’t know the basics of Australian mobile networking then here is the complete guide for you. First of all you should know that in Australia the mobile technology is most advanced and all major cities are covered by most networks. However, mobile coverage in some rural areas in Australia is not that powerful and come with little or no coverage.
So according to your place of visit in Australia or where you reside in the country matters the most when choose a plan for your mobile.
Also when buying a mobile phone you need to see as how much data you might need, what network coverage is available and whether you should enter into a contract or go prepaid.
Four Major Mobile Network providers in Australia
While there are many providers or mobile phone sellers in Australia, essentially Australia has four major mobile phone providers:
- Telstra – Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet.
- Optus – Second in area covered behind Telstra has about 30 personal plans + 8 business plans for your mobile
- Vodafone -Covers mostly metropolitan and larger regional areas and has about 38 mobile plans on offer with great deals.
- Virgin Mobile – This network provider uses the Optus network and has about 27 mobile plans on offer.
What do the mobile network providers offer in Australia?
These providers offer a range of options and coverage for your mobile. You can choose that suits you the best. There are package deals which can include data, handset, pre-agreed monthly usage for your mobile. Then there are contract options where you pay a monthly fee for a fixed period of time, usually 18 to 24 months. These options allow you to choose the package of minutes and texts that best suits your usage. Also you can find prepaid plans for your mobile where credit is purchased in advance of service use. This type of plan also allows you to control your spending specially when you are visiting the country and know how tight your budget is.
Some network providers also include capped inclusions so as to protect you from overspending you can be notified via SMS when your mobile usage gets close to the agreed cap to warn you that your spend may exceed what you had budgeted for your mobile usage and plan.
There are different types of data packages also with these network providers if you want internet connection running on your mobile.
What you need to do before choosing a plan for your mobile?
Always speak with your network provider and understand what network coverage exists in the area you will be living in, particularly if you will be living in a rural area of Australia.
Also research a bit online or ask some of the local people which plans works best as there are a large variety of mobile phone plans and purchase options to choose from, especially if you need data for internet or international roaming options.
Also decide whether you want a prepaid plan or want a contract plan. If you are a visitor then only prepaid plan is the option for your mobile as contracts need ID proof of resident of Australia or proof of employment. So better check out what the specific requirements are by speaking to few network providers.
Also check your mobile device whether they are compatible with Australian GSM technology. If your handset is compatible then all you will need is a SIM card and a prepaid plan where you top up your account monthly or as needed to get started.
Also there are great mobile packages available so you could upgrade to the latest Apple iPhone, Samsung, or Nokia if you sign a contract with a network provider such as Telstra, Optus or Vodaphone. But read the terms and conditions before commiting to the contract period before locking in.
If in case you find any issue with your mobile plan that you have purchased then you can contact the network provider from where you bought the plan either by calling them on their toll free numbers or visiting their nearest store. Check with their websites for customer support to seek help if you need.