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A common annoyance when travelling is the stress surrounding the ongoing goal to stay connected to the Internet. Sure, once upon a time you wouldn’t even think about email when traveling but these days many people feel isolated when they can’t Instagram their experience to the world.
Most of us fuss round with the process of acquiring SIM cards at the airport. Usually we’re rushed and end up buying a card that really isn’t what we’re after but after all that mess, we can’t be bothered putting any more effort into the search. For those who don’t bother with mobile phones, there is the pain associated with hotel Internet and Internet cafes. Who wants to fuss around with stuff like this? Why can’t I just take my phone into a country and have it work without paying a fortune? Whyyyyy???
Thankfully for those people traveling to Australia, you can organise all of this online before you get into the country. Just sign up online, have your SIM sent to the hotel that you’re staying at so you have it waiting for you when you arrive! If only carriers in other countries had it this simple.
We have 3 main carriers in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. They are all good companies, but as a traveller I wouldn’t recommend them due to tskypeheir price – especially when there are hundreds of Virtual Network Operators that resell their services for much less.
Currently Yatango Mobile have a 30 day trial with 1000 call minutes, 1000 SMS and 3GB worth of data available for FREE – all you need is a credit card to prove that you aren’t just buying hundreds of SIM cards for yourself and you’re set. For a traveler to oz this is a perfect option – grab the freebie and use it whilst you’re here without paying a cent. If you’re in oz for more than the 30 days, you’ll have plenty of time to pick another carrier if you’re not happy with them (although to be honest, their pre-paid plans are pretty competitive that you’d probably stick with them as a carrier).
If you’d like to sign up now, help us out by using this link. Not exactly sure when the trial finishes, but if it has, take a look at the prepaid options and compare them for yourself.
Another mob that will send out a SIM card with minimal fuss is Lebara Mobile. They may not offer as much data as Yatango but their international rates are pretty good if you’re the type who likes calling home without using Skype (don’t have a Skype account? Receive a 15% discount by using this link)
So have you found yourself a cheap and reliable pre-paid option in Australia for travellers? Share your findings in the comments below!
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