Phone and Internet
Australian telecommunication providers uses 3G and 4G networks to power the mobile phone services in Australia. So if you are bringing phones from Overseas make sure it is compatible with the local network.
There are many providers of the mobile phone plan services like Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Amaysim, Boost Mobile, TPG, Kogan, Dodo etc.
Getting a Sim Card
One of the first things you will need when you land in Australia is an Australian Sim Card so you can start communicating with the family and friends here and overseas. There are two main types of accounts you can sign up with:
Prepaid services, as the name suggests, it means that you pay in advance and use the service until you run of your credit or the time limit and then recharge when you can or want to. It gives lots of flexibility to the users as you are not obliged to recharge same amount of money every month.
Contract usually means that you will sign up for an agreement with a provider for certain period of time. The timeframe of the contract can range from 6 months to 24 months. As it is a long term agreement so we suggest you to check the terms and conditions before you sign up for a contract.
Internet is freely accessible at all major international airports in Australia for a certain period of time. Free internet is also available at various city centres across major cities in Australia.
In case you want to sign up for internet services you might to check if you can sign up for an NBN plan or ADSL plan. Like mobile services, there are many providers of these services as well like Telstra, Optus, Internode, TPG, Dodo, Iprimus, Belong, Myrepublic, Amaysim etc
National Broadband Network is Australia’s fast speed internet services providing between 12Mbps to 100 Mbps speeds which is still not available in all areas as yet.
It is older type of Broadband internet connection which offers less faster speeds but at a lower rates as well. It is available in most areas where NBN services has not reached yet.