Get a SIM card in Australia

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Australia is famous for its vast expanse and natural wonders. While mobile coverage reaches over 99% of the population, the vastness of the continent leaves the majority without coverage.

Australia has three main network providers, Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. Each of these providers operate a range of networks, and the latter two are re-sold through various resellers.

Australia primarily uses GSM and UTMS networks on various frequencies to provide 2G and 3G services. Providers are also rolling out LTE in major areas to ease network congestion.

Buying a SIM card in Australia

Prepaid SIM cards are available at most newsagents, supermartkets as well as carrier-specific retail stores.

Overseas visitors can purchase a SIM in Australia, however identification such as a passport needs to be provided at the time of purchase as well as once registering the SIM card.

Mobile networks in Australia

The following mobile networks operational in Australia. Click through for information on compatibility, coverage, and pricing.

Name GSM UMTS LTE
Telstra Mobile 2G 3G 4G
Optus Mobile 2G 3G 4G
Vodafone 2G 3G 4G

Some virtual network providers may not be listed in this table.

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