The top phone plans for international calling

While phone plans have been getting more data and inclusions, more providers are seeing value in international inclusions. Previously, many providers would shed international credit from their plans entirely, but now, international texts and minutes are almost a standard expectation from providers. If you need to call overseas a fair bit, or you just like having that feature, Canstar Blue compares the top phone plans with international credit below.

What are the top phone plans for calling overseas?

There are more than 30 providers out there operating on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, yet it seems that only a handful offer international minutes or texts as part of their plans.

In the table below, you’ll find a selection of postpaid and prepaid plans, worth consideration if you’re after an international package. As international inclusions are almost a standard from some providers, most of the plans in the list below will have international inclusions. If you’d like to read-up on providers, scroll below to read about international inclusions.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use Canstar Blue’s phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans on offer from mobile providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

ALDI Mobile International Credit

ALDI Mobile is already a Customer Satisfaction Award winner in the prepaid sphere, but it also provides international calls and credit on all of its prepaid plans (except the $15 plan) and family SIM plans.

  • All prepaid plans have unlimited standard international calls and SMS to 15 other countries
  • International calls to 35 other countries are broken up by minutes between plans. The $25 plan has 100 minutes of calls to 35 other countries, the $35 plan has 200 minutes of calls to 35 other countries, and the $45 plan has 300 minutes of calls to 35 other countries. These three plans also get 50 SMS to these other 35 countries

On top of that, data allowances start at 3GB and you also get data rollover included, making ALDI Mobile a handy provider if you want a bit of everything. All of these plans come with standard unlimited calls & texts, too.

Amaysim International Credit

Amaysim is a favourite among postpaid providers and it has generous international inclusions on most of its plans. Amaysim operates on a 28-day basis and all of its standard plans come with domestic calls and texts. Plans from $30 also come with generous international credit.

  • Mobile plans above $30 include unlimited calls and texts to 28 countries
  • The $40 and $50 plans also come with unlimited talk and text to a further 14 countries
  • The $10 Seven Day Plan includes unlimited international calls and texts to 42 countries, and the $150 Six Month Plan includes unlimited international talk and text to 28 countries

Amaysim has a concise range of prepaid phone plans with the odd deal now and again. All plans above $30 come with some form of international credit, but the more you spend the more countries you’re able to call and text.

Lebara Mobile International Credit

Founded in Norway, Lebara perhaps unsurprisingly has some pretty interesting plans with international credit as standard.

  • The $14.90 plan comes with 300 minutes to eight countries and $3 international credit to other countries
  • The $24.90 plan comes with unlimited talk and text to 21 countries, plus 100 minutes of calls to zone one countries and 30 minutes of calls to zone two countries. Also included is unlimited standard text to 60 countries
  • The $29.90 plan comes with unlimited calls and texts to 30 countries, along with 100 minutes of calls to zone one countries and 30 minutes of calls to zone two countries. You also get unlimited text to 60 countries.
  • The $39.90 plan comes with unlimited calls to 46 countries, as well as 200 minutes of calls to zone one countries and 50 minutes of calls to zone two countries. Also included is unlimited text to 60 countries
  • The $49.90 plan includes unlimited calls to 56 countries, 200 minutes of calls to zone one countries and 50 minutes of calls to zone two countries. Also included is unlimited standard text to 60 countries
  • Long-term plans are also available with varying degrees of international roaming

With Lebara, you can generally take a path that gives you more international credit, or one with more stuff to use at home – be it calls, texts or data. Lebara seems to have a focus on international calls and texts, so it’s hard to look past this provider.

LycaMobile International Credit

LycaMobile is another internationally-inclined telco with varied international credit allowances. Its international plans start at $10 a month, for which you’ll get unlimited calls to 29 countries over seven days, along with 3GB data. However, to get international credit you’ll need to be willing to spend closer to $30:

  • The standard international calls offer starts at $25 (for 28 days) with the Unlimited Plan XS, and comes with unlimited calls to 12 countries.
  • Long-term plans start at $75 for three 28-day renewals on the Small plan, and come with unlimited calls to 12 countries. Medium and Large plans include the same international calls package

LycaMobile keeps it simple, although it’s probably worth shopping around to find a cheaper plan, or one that has calls to the country you want to contact included.

Moose Mobile International Credit

Moose Mobile is already one of the cheapest no lock-in contract unlimited providers, and on three of its plans you’ll find some international credit to use as you see fit.

  • The $29/mth plan includes $200 worth of international credit, the $34/mth plan includes $400 international credit, and the $44 plan includes $400 international credit. These plans are on 12-month contracts.
  • Pricing is as follows: International SMS is 50c per SMS, International MMS is 75c per MMS, International calls vary from country-to-country

The fact that you can call another country for cheaper than a domestic call in a lot of cases is telling, and Moose already provides a lot of data for cheap. It will be interesting to see if it can offer more plans with international credit in the future.

Optus International Credit

As the first non-MVNO in this list, Optus’ SIM-only plans do include a fair bit of international credit in some cases.

  • Large and Extra Large postpaid plans get unlimited talk and text to 35 other countries, along with unlimited standard roaming calls and SMS for use overseas. The Large plan also gets 2GB to use while overseas, and the Extra Large plan gets 4GB
  • Prepaid plans (excluding the $10 and $20 plans) get unlimited standard calls to 15 other countries, along with varying amounts of extras credit for international calls and roaming

If you want a ‘do anything’ kind of plan, Optus’ postpaid plans also include Optus Sport, plus lots of data bonuses from time to time. All plans here come with domestic unlimited calls & texts as standard, and the more you spend, the more international credit you generally receive.

Telstra International Credit

As Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra offers international credit on all of its upfront postpaid plans and most of its prepaid plans.

  • On Upfront plans, you get 30 minutes of standard calls to overseas numbers from Australia each recharge, along with unlimited international SMS to all countries.
  • Customers can also add international calling packs, starting at $10 per month for zone one countries, $20 per month for 200 mins of talk to zone two countries and $30 per month for 200 mins of talk to zone two and three countries, with each plan including unlimited standard calls from Australia to 23 destinations
  • The $30, $40 and $150 prepaid plans also include international call minutes and texts, with varying amounts of minutes

Telstra is one of the most expensive telcos in the country, so it’s worth shopping around before settling on these plans. That being said, customers get access to massive data packs and data-free Apple Music streaming (subscription not included).

Vodafone International Credit

As far as SIM-only plans go, you’ll find that Vodafone has a lot of similarities to Optus and Telstra. Offering international credit widely across its categories of plans, you’re bound to find a plan that interests you.

  • Postpaid plans (excluding the Lite Plan) include standard international minutes from Australia. All plans include unlimited standard international SMS
  • The Lite+ plan includes 100 minutes of calls to zone one countries
  • The Super plan comes with 1000 minutes of zone one calls, and 100 mins of zone two calls
  • The Super+ plan comes with unlimited calls to zone one countries and 200 minutes of zone two calls
  • The Ultra plan comes with unlimited zone one calls and 300 minutes of zone two calls
  • Vodafone also offers four international talk add-ons, allowing you to call up to 241 countries
  • Prepaid plans also include a variety of options as far as international calls go

Vodafone also offers generous data bonuses, so you hardly need to compromise data for international calls.

Woolworths Mobile International Credit

Good old Woolies now offers mobile phone plans, so while you shop for bread, you can also chuck a SIM card in your trolley. Woolworths offers both phones on a plan and prepaid plans.

  • Postpaid plans get unlimited standard international calls and texts to 22 select destinations. Prepaid plans above $30 also get unlimited standard international calls to 22 select destinations
  • Three international add-ons are also available, allowing calls to more countries, and credit for countries not included in your plan

Woolworths Mobile also offers 10% off your monthly shop if you use your Everyday Rewards card to pay, and from time to time also gives big rewards point bonuses.

Are cheap international rates worth writing home about?

If you have friends or family overseas, or conduct business internationally, having a phone plan with cheap international rates or international credit is surely enticing. As seen above, there are many providers that offer some form of international credit, across postpaid and prepaid platforms. MVNOs tend to lead the way, but that doesn’t mean Telstra, Optus or Vodafone are not worth a look into. However, if you decide on a plan with international credit, there are several things to consider as such as:

  • Most providers only give international calls & texts on plans $30 and over
  • Consider what other perks you get when you’re looking for a plan with international offerings
  • Not all countries are available; a common feature is unlimited calls to 10 countries, which is obviously fairly limiting – you often can’t call Vatican City, for example!

In any case, if you need international minutes, consider shopping around. There are lots of providers out there that offer some form of international credit, whether it’s minutes or dollar values. Some are better than others, so it pays to shop around with your destination country in mind.

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