Getting a phone
Getting a Mobile Phone/SIM Card
There are a couple of options with regards to organising a mobile phone to use in Australia.
If you intend to use your current phone in Australia you must ensure it is unlocked before you travel; or you can purchase an unlocked mobile phone prior to departure from any retailer.
With an unlocked phone you can then buy a SIM card for your phone upon arrival in Australia. This is usually the cheapest option. It is often called a BYO Phone Plan.
Alternatively when you arrive in Australia you can purchase a starter kit containing a phone and a pre-pay SIM card.
Most people opt for a Pre-Pay mobile phone plan. Calls are more expensive than with contracts but there are no connection fees or line-rental charges. You can buy top up cards at convenience stores and newsagents.
There are Optus and Telstra shops at Melbourne Airport which often have special deals available.
When you have organised a mobile phone in Australia please ensure that you give your number to your Coordinator so that we can contact you.