SIM Cards for International Visitors to Australia

I’m addicted to my smartphone and I can’t cross the street without it the blue dot on Google Maps reassuring me I’m headed in the right direction.

  • Make sure your phone is unlocked for international use. Luckily all Verizon iPhone 5 and later models are already unlocked for GSM use.

I saw 2 options at the international terminal in Sydney, Optus and Vodafone.

  • Optus – For $2 AUD a day, 500MB data/daily
  • Vodafone Australia – for $20 AUD prepaid, 2 GB data, $700 credit, I was told the full price was $40, but there was a 50% off sale

The credit on Vodafone is useful if you plan to make international calls. I went with Vodafone and my friends used Optus. I probably should have gone with Optus since there’s more data. With Vodafone I wasn’t watching my data usage and went through 500mb on my first day and I planned to be in Australia for 2 weeks. In terms of service I didn’t have any issues traveling in Sydney, Katoomba, Cairns and Melbourne.


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