Prepaid cell phones

Feb 28th, 2004, 11:20 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 5
Prepaid cell phones

Has anyone ever used a prepaid cell phone in Australia and/or New Zealand that could be used to call home? Did you purchase in US before trip or in Oz or NZ?
Thanks for any info.
RitaA is offline  
Feb 28th, 2004, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,603
You can do three things 1/ get International roving on your mobile phone 2/ get one at the Airport in Sydney on arrival 3/ get yourself a phone card in Australia and phone home with that which will cost 1/100th of the price.
lizF is offline  
Feb 28th, 2004, 12:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 9,922
Problem is, if Rita is from North America she probably won't have a GSM-standard phone.

Rita, if you check the Asia board I'm pretty sure someone has provided advice on this problem, most recently only a week or two ago when someone asked about renting a phone. I think the 'someone' is a China expert who signs himself Peter N-H. A search on that board by name or subject should bring it up.

Maybe my memory is letting me down and it was on this board and not by Peter N-H at all. I think I have Liz's CRAFT (Can't Remember a F*** Thing) problem.

From (unreliable) memory the suggestion was to buy a tri-band phone in the US that will take a (GSM) prepaid SIM card, which you can buy anywhere in Aust/NZ. I think the logic is that it would probably be cheaper than renting anyway, and you can use it anywhere on future travels. GSM (Global Standard for Mobiles) is almost universal outside North America.
Neil_Oz is offline  
Feb 28th, 2004, 01:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 935
Can you explain that again, Neil?
johhj_au is offline  
Feb 28th, 2004, 01:28 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 23
Here is what I am doing. I live in the US. I have a tri-band Nokia GSM phone. I emailed vodaphone in NZ and they reserved a SIM card for me. As I am arriving late, they will hold the card for me at the Info center in AKL airport. I will get to NZ and having stored all the contact info, itinerary, etc on my laptop, I will exchange my SIM with the vodaphone SIM, transfer the info back into the phone and Voila! all my info is in the phone w/o the roaming costs of my own SIM. Of course all the contact #'s I have will need to be preceded by the +1 (US) int'l call code. Isn't this geeky stuff way too cool!
btw-Vodaphpne NZ were so nice about everything. Hopefully it will all work out.
ayal is offline  
Feb 28th, 2004, 11:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,603
You will have to change it won't you for Australia. I am glad that it will be you getting the bills though!
lizF is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Australia & the Pacific
Nov 19th, 2008 09:29 AM
Australia & the Pacific
Sep 19th, 2007 01:39 PM
Australia & the Pacific
Jan 8th, 2007 12:36 PM
Australia & the Pacific
Mar 20th, 2006 07:33 AM
Australia & the Pacific
Feb 22nd, 2004 04:26 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:46 AM.