Australia Post Travel SIM Review
Did you know that the post office can be your first port of call for overseas travel? You probably knew that Australia Post could process passports, exchange currency and sold adaptor plugs (probably), but you may not have known it also has its own range of prepaid travel SIMs. So now you can take a gormless passport photo, exchange pesos and pounds, and now preload some prepaid credit for talking, texting and download overseas. Review Australia Post’s travel SIM below and see how it stacks up against others in the roaming game.
Australia Post Travel SIM Plans
Australia Post offers a dead-simple approach to its travel SIM product – customers can purchase one starter pack for $25 or purchase a ‘twin pack’ with two SIM cards for $30. These starter packs come with $5 credit on each SIM. After that, you can preload additional credit either through the online portal or app.
- You receive an Australian +61 number as normal and can preload credit.
- Texts between Australia Post Travel SIM numbers are free.
Rates to many countries are 25c per minute of calls, 25c texts and 25c per megabyte of data. Much of Europe and many other popular destinations are included; countries off the beaten track likely attract higher rates. A number of ‘packs’ are also available, which may work out to be better value.
- Australia Post claims you can save upwards of 90% if you purchase data packs. European data packs start at $25 for 1GB, for example, and are valid for 30 days.
Australia Post’s travel SIM represents a convenient way to hit the ground running in your destination and not have to worry about a finding a phone plan over there.
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$25 Starter Pack
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$30 Starter Pack
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Australia Post Travel SIM Compared to Postpaid Roaming Packs
Australia Post must also contend with the three big boppers of the telco world – Vodafone, Optus and Telstra. Each offer their own versions of roaming packs on postpaid plans.
- Telstra offers an International Day Pass, which for $10 per day gives you 200MB of data plus unlimited standard talk and text ($5 in New Zealand).
- Vodafone has its ‘$5 a day’ roaming feature, which lets you use your Vodafone postpaid phone plan as normal. It can also be activated via the app.
- Optus Roaming Pass costs $10 per day (or $10 per gigabyte of data) and includes 1GB, plus unlimited talk and SMS in eligible destinations.
You can activate these deals each day, meaning you don’t have to spring for it every day that you are away. These packs tend to cram a lot in, but if you’re not signed up already, you’ll have to consider if signing up JUST for roaming is a good idea. Note that the tables below show postpaid plans without any roaming packs added on.
The following table shows a selection of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of advertised standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.
Is an Australia Post Travel SIM worth the money?
Australia Post’s Travel SIM certainly presents a convenient option. Simply by ducking into the post office or purchasing online, you can secure a phone plan before your trip begins. This can save the hassle when you’ve landed at your destination, having to find a phone store or a prepaid SIM in a language you’re not familiar with.
However, does Travel SIM have good rates? The answer to that is, compared to other options, it can work out to be more expensive than others.
- A recent Canstar Blue survey indicates that two thirds of consumers primarily use their travel SIM more for data, rather than calls or texts.
- At 25c per megabyte of data, costs can quickly add up.
25c a megabyte doesn’t sound like much, but it can add up, costing $250 for one gigabyte of data! While data packs can be added, they are still quite prohibitive in many cases, though the alternatives in the prepaid travel SIM world aren’t much better.
Australia Post’s Travel SIM presents a very convenient option, and while competition is slim in Australia, rates do leave a lot to be desired. Travel is expensive, but your phone plan for use overseas doesn’t necessarily have to be.