About Lebara Mobile

lebara logoThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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International Plans

  • $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

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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:

  • ALDImobile
  • amaysim
  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Virgin
  • Vodafone

You can view the pre-paid mobile plans service providers survey results here.

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