Lebara Mobile Phone Plans Review

As one of the leading mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in Australia, Lebara has a history stretching back to 2001. The telco was first founded in Norway and now operates in countries across the world, including Australia. When Lebara first set up shop in Australia in 2009, it choose to use the Vodafone network to deliver its services. In 2016, Vodafone Hutchison Australia bought Lebara’s Australian division, bringing the two telcos even closer together.

Lebara still stays true to its main ethos about keeping customers connected to their friends and family overseas with generous international call inclusions on its SIM-only prepaid plans. Whether international calls are a draw card or you’re looking for plans not from the big three telcos, what does Lebara have to offer when it comes to prepaid phone plans?

Lebara mobile plans at a glance

Lebara offers a range of its SIM-only prepaid plans (with the exception of one pay-as-you-go plan) as either 30-day plans or long-term plans, which run over 180 or 360 days. All prepaid plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the long-term plans also include unlimited standard national MMS. Plans start as little as $14.90 for 30 days and go up to $69.90 for 30 days.

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Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 300 minutes standard international calls

min. cost $14.90 over 30 day expiry

3GBMax Data**/billing period $14.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 20 countries
  • Activation bonus: 14GB data (20GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 6GB (12GB total from second month)

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day expiry

6GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 30 countries
  • Activation bonus: 24GB data (36GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 12GB (24GB total from second month)

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

12GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 45 countries
  • Activation bonus: 28GB data (50GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (38GB total from second month)

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day expiry

22GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 56 countries
  • Activation bonus: 35GB data (75GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (56GB total from second month)

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 60 countries
  • Activation bonus: 38GB data (100GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (78GB total from second month)

min. cost $69.90 over 30 day expiry

62GBMax Data**/billing period $69.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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What does Lebara offer?

Where Lebara really stands out from the telco crowd is in its generous unlimited international call inclusions. Even the cheapest 30-day plan has some good international call value, further cementing Lebara as one of the few telcos that focuses on keeping people connected around the world. There is also an unlimited international call pack that you can buy as an add on to your plan, but these calls are restricted to certain countries.

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Lebara mobile network and coverage

Lebara operates as an MVNO on the third largest network in Australia, the Vodafone 4G network. Vodafone currently covers over 22 million Australians and the telco is continually building and improving services, especially to regional Australia. For more information and to see if you’ll have access to the Vodafone network in your area, visit the Lebrara website.

Features and bonuses

With the exception of the pay-as-you-go plan, all of Lebara’s prepaid plans, both the 30-day and long-term plans, include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the long-term plans also include unlimited MMS.

  • International calls: All of the 30-day and long-term plans include international call value, with the 30-day Extra Small plan being the only one that has a cap on minutes. The other plans include unlimited calls to select countries, with the different price points reflecting which countries you will have unlimited access to. If you have friends and family in New Zealand, China, South Korea, Canada, the UK or USA, you’ll have the most choice with these countries, among others, being included in the unlimited call value of most plans. Most plans also include an amount of call credit that can be used to call any country. The Lebara website has a handy tool that lets you search by country for call rates and available minutes on each plan.
  • Add-on data: If you run out of your data before your plan expires, there are three data packs you can choose as an add-on. Packs start at $5 with 1GB of data, $10 for 1.5GB and up to $25 for 5GB, all for use over 30 days.
  • Auto-recharge: Auto recharge is available via your Lebara account, and Lebara is known to add on bonus data from time to time for auto-recharge customers.
  • Data banking: Lebara allows data banking of up to 200GB of data, so if you don’t use your full data allowance, you’ll have up to 48 hours to recharge your plan (with either a 30, 180 or 360-day plan), then your unused data will roll over into your data bank. Data baking does not include additional data purchased separately as data packs.

Individual products

Lebara 30-Day Plans

Lebara 30-Day Extra Small plan

Starting off the 30-day plans, for $14.90 you’ll get unlimited standard national talk and text, 3GB of data and up to 300 minutes for international calls. You’ll also get $3 credit for international calls, plus SMS and MMS to any country.

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Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 300 minutes international calls

min. cost $14.90 over 30 day expiry

3GBMax Data**/billing period $14.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 30-Day Small plan

Lebara’s Small plan is $24.90 for 30 days and includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, 6GB of data, plus unlimited international calls to 20 countries including China, New Zealand, South Korea and the UK. This plan also features unlimited standard SMS to a large selection of countries, and $5 of international call credit that can be used for calls, SMS and MMS to any country.

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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 20 select countries
  • Activation bonus: 14GB data (20GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 6GB (12GB total from second month)

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day expiry

6GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 30-Day Medium plan

For an extra $5, you’ll get double the data of the Small plan, with 12GB available over 30 days and unlimited standard national talk and text. Also included is unlimited international calling to 30 countries including Japan and Peru, plus unlimited international SMS to the same countries as the Small plan. You’ll get all of this, plus $5 of international call, SMS and MMS credit, for $29.90 per recharge.

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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 select countries
  • Activation bonus: 24GB data (36GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 12GB (24GB total from second month)

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

12GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 30-Day Large plan

Going up to $39.90 for 30 days, the Large plan includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, unlimited international calls to 45 countries (including Germany, Ireland and Thailand), unlimited international SMS to select countries and 22GB of data. Plus, there is $10 of credit included for calls, SMS and MMS to any other country not included in the unlimited calls and SMS.

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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 18 select countries
  • Activation bonus: 28GB data (50GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (38GB total from second month)

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day expiry

22GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 30-Day Extra Large plan

The Extra Large plan includes unlimited standard national talk and text, plus 40GB of data at $49.90 for 30 days. For international calls, you’ll get unlimited standard calls to 56 countries, unlimited SMS to select countries, and $10 credit for calls, SMS and MMS to any country.

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Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 50 select countries
  • Activation bonus: 35GB data (75GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (56GB total from second month)

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 30-Day Extra Extra Large plan

The top-level 30-day plan is $69.90 over 30 days, and includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, plus a huge 62GB of data. You’ll get unlimited international calls to 60 select countries, unlimited international SMS to select countries, and a generous $15 included credit for calls, SMS and MMS to any other country.

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Extra Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 60 select countries
  • Activation bonus: 38GB data (100GB total first month only)
  • Recharge bonus: 16GB (78GB total from second month)

min. cost $69.90 over 30 day expiry

62GBMax Data**/billing period $69.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara Long-Term Plans

Lebara 180-Days Small plan

If you’re happy to sign up for a longer-term plan, the Small 180-day plan is $135 upfront, which works out to about $22.50 per month. You’ll get unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS, 6GB of data per month (36GB split into six 30-day blocks of 6GB), unlimited standard calls to 20 select countries, unlimited standard SMS to select countries and $5 credit for international calls, SMS and MMS to other countries.

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Small 180-Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 20 select countries

min. cost $135 over 180 day expiry

36GBMax Data**/billing period $135Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 180-Days Medium plan

For $160 upfront for 180 days (around $26 every 30 days), you’ll get unlimited standard national talk, text and MMS, plus 12GB of data every 30 days (72GB in total over 180 days). For your international inclusions, there are unlimited standard calls to 30 countries (including India, New Zealand and Singapore), unlimited SMS to select countries and $5 credit for international calls, SMS and MMS to other countries.

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Medium 180-Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 30 select countries

min. cost $160 over 180 day expiry

72GBMax Data**/billing period $160Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 180-Days Large plan

The largest of the 180-Day plans, the Large plan is $225 upfront (around $37.50 per month), and includes unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS plus a generous 22GB of data every 30 days (132GB in total). You’ll get unlimited standard international calls to 45 countries, unlimited international SMS to select countries, and $10 credit for international calls, SMS and MMS to any country.

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Large 180-Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 45 select countries

min. cost $225 over 180 day expiry

132GBMax Data**/billing period $225Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 360-Days Medium plan

If you’re willing to commit for even longer (just under a full year), you can save quite a bit compared to a 30-day plan. For $300 upfront (around $25 every 30 days), you’ll get unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS, 12GB data each month (144GB in total), unlimited international calls to 30 select countries, unlimited SMS to select countries, and $5 credit for calls, SMS and MMS to other countries.

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Medium 360-Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 select countries

min. cost $300 over 360 day expiry

144GBMax Data**/billing period $300Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara 360-Days Large plan

While paying $420 upfront might seem like a lot, it works out to be around $35 for each month/30-day block. Unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS are included, plus 22GB of data each 30 days (264GB in total). You’ll get unlimited standard international calls to 45 countries (including Germany, Thailand and the UK), unlimited international SMS to select countries, and $10 credit for calls, SMS and MMS to other countries.

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Large 360-Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 18 select countries

min. cost $420 over 360 day expiry

264GBMax Data**/billing period $420Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara Standard PAYG plan

If you have already purchased a Lebara SIM, you can opt for the Standard pay-as-you-go (PAYG) plan, where your top-up credit goes towards calls, plus SMS and MMS to national and international numbers. It’s a good option if you’re a light phone user, and credit is valid for 365 days.

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Standard PAYG

  • PAYG recharge only available with an existing Lebara SIM card
  • PAYG rates in Australia: 2c/MB data, 15c/min standard national calls, 15c standard national SMS
  • $10, $20, $30 and $50 recharges available

min. cost $10 over 365 day expiry

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lebara contact details/customer support

Need some help with your Lebara plan or service? The telco offers several contact and support options, including:

How does Lebara compare?

Lebara isn’t the only telco offering Vodafone network coverage at lower prices. The following providers also use parts of the Vodafone network:

Is Lebara a good deal?

Lebara has certainly made a name for itself for offering good prepaid phone deals for travellers and expats with its generous international call inclusions. While that might be the telco’s main focus, there is still good value for money when it comes to call, text and data inclusions — especially with unlimited calls and SMS on the majority of the plans.

While other providers might have plans offering big chunks of data for less money, light data users could find good value and easily stick with the smaller plans. The included international call value might be what pushes some customers into the higher plans, as these plans have the largest amount of countries included in unlimited international call value.

Lebara does offer good value for money if you’re looking into prepaid mobile phone plans, however its international call and SMS value is where the telco really stands out from the rest. If you have friends and family overseas, or are travelling in Australia, you might find Lebara provides the best value for money. Even if you’re after general call and data inclusions, Lebara is still worth your consideration when comparing mobile phone plans.

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