The Lebara Group was founded in 2001 by Rasiah Leon, Baskaran Kandiah and Ratheesan Yoganathan. The trio were headed for the airport in Norway when 25-year-old Ratheesan spotted the Telenor building and wondered why they couldn’t create their own company. At the airport, they borrowed a pen and paper from the information desk and created the name “Lebara” from the first two letters of each of their names.
Lebara is one of Europe’s fastest-growing mobile companies, with 5 million active customers and 1,000 employees in 8 countries across the world. At first they only sold international phonecards, but they soon grew as the first low-cost international phone service in the Netherlands. In 2009, Lebara Mobile reached Australia on the Vodafone network.
Lebara Mobile has two handsets available for $499 each if you need a new phone – the iPhone 5C and the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Lebara Mobile does not charge a SIM fee when you sign up.
SIM-Only 30-Day Plans
Call rates can be found on their website and are listed by country. At time of writing some details are as follows:
- Starter Pack: $10 credit.
- Mini Mega: $24.90/month. 1,000 minutes of calls to 10 selected countries, 125 mins national calls, 125 SMS, no data included.
- National: $29.90/month, first month half-price. Unlimited national calls, unlimited texts, 2GB of data + 2GB bonus available for free.
- Mega: $39.90/month, first month half-price. Unlimited national calls, unlimited texts, 4GB of data + 2GB bonus.
- Unlimited: $49.90/month, first month half-price. Unlimited calls to selected countries, unlimited national calls, unlimited texts, 2GB of data + 2GB bonus.
- $10 Save: $10/month. International calls charged from 0c/minute upwards, plus flagfall. Various national charges, see website for details.
- Mini Mega (see SIM-only above)
- Unlimited (see SIM-only above)
- $5/month for 250MB
- $10/month for 1GB – Lebara Mobile’s best seller!
- $25/month for 3GB
Data Only Plans
Pre-paid mobile plans service providers we surveyed
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an active pre-paid mobile phone account in their name and pay the bills – in this case, 826 people.
The pre-paid mobile plans service providers in this year’s survey are: