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prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by sunil1960

i would be on a holiday in australia in dec 09. can i get a prepaid SIm card valid for 10 days use in australia at sydney airport??

will this card be useable in new zealand also ??/

what would be the apprx cost of this card and how much talk time will i get ?

Re: prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by lynnehamman

Yes- there is a Vodaphone shop at Sydney airport, and the cost of card is minimal.
Have a look at website for more details:

Re: prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by Kakapo2

As Lynne said, there is a Vodafone shop at the airport where you can get the SIM card.

You can use the SIM card in New Zealand - but you can only recharge it online while in NZ. Recharge in NZ does not work for an Australian SIM card if you just buy a recharge credit at a Vodafone shop or dairy or wherever in NZ, and it does not work via the mobile phone either as you cannot reach the toll free number in Australia from NZ. (A friend of mine tried this unsuccessfully, and we spoke to Vodafone, so it really is as I tell you.) So first register your credit card or set up a PayPal account.

Please have a look at how to recharge an Australian SIM card online:

And best you double-check what I just said about PayPal etc. at the Vodafone shop in Sydney before you purchase your SIM card.

If I look at the prepaid plans it seems as if you could only recharge online from AU$ 70 - but this may well be for a certain plan only. Also make sure after how many days the credits expire. Normally after 365 days, but some do after 60 days already.

The offers change permanently, so it is really hard to keep track. I think it costs you AU$ 49 to get a $29 credit which is worth a lot more. See here the offer including a mobile phone LOL

Re: prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by briam60

Your question is pretty well answered, but to add my 20 cents worth,

Vodafone is the only OZ network worthwhile if you are travelling to NZ, at the moment you pay AUD49 for about AUD250 worth of calls and txt this is fine in OZ but you will use credit quickly in NZ as you will be charged international fees for all your incoming and outgoing calls and txt (in OZ we do not pay for incoming calls or txt normally), there is plenty of similar deals in NZ, so if you don't mind swapping numbers I would suggest just getting a new SIM there as well. keep the oZ SIM as it will be valid for 12 months and you never know when you or a friend will be back here.

Enjoy your trip

Re: prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by Kakapo2

Adding to that...

Just depends on how long you will stay in NZ. If it is for 10 days only as well the Australian credit may well be enough for use in NZ. And tell your people they should not call but text you ;-)

Re: prepaid SIM cards at sydney airport

by goldtop1

may I hi-jack this thread and ask the approximate cost of a pre-paid sim for an ipad. I am visiting sydney for 3 weeks.

Travel Tips for Sydney

Cockatoos - and these are all wild

by CdnJane

Something that amazed me in Australia, not just Sydney, are that there are wild birds that here in Canada are only found in pet stores and zoos/aviaries.
My friends and I came out of a restaurant to see all these Cockatoos in the trees and on the ground. Just amazed and thrilled me. My friends were amused at my reaction - they were used to it.

Out of this World..

by Sweetberry1

A photo of Sydney from way up there. This amazing shot, by Nasa, shows very clearly the Airport runways jotting out into Botany Bay.
This is close to where I was staying, and we often watched the planes take off and land.

Christmas time in Sydney

by martin_nl

This christmas in Sydney was going to be like no other I had ever celebrated before. Where at home usually the weather is sh!t, it rains, it's cold, but not freezing and the skies are always grey, this christmas was going to be the complete opposite. Blue skies, hot temperature, shorts & t-shirts and beaches!

The only thing the same are that shopping windows are all decorated with santa's and have fake snow. It'very strange to walk around the city when it's 35 degrees and see fake snow everywhere. Most aussies haven't even seen snow in all their lives!!

But the day was great and another similar thing was friends and a traditional Christmas roast. If you want to see some more pics I suggest you take a look at my Bondi Beach page, since that's where I celebrated x-mas 2003.

Aussie Slang

by Larnie

Here are a list of some words that you might overhear on your trip downunder and their meanings.
Hope it helps!!

Dag - Socially Inept person.

Galah - a noisy parrot, thus a noisy idiot

Scrubber - unattractive women.

Thongs - an ocker's idea of formal footwear.

Youse - plural of you, pronounced "youze". Only used by the gramatically challenged.

Bogan - young, unsophisticated person.

Chiko Roll - vile Aussie junk food.

and last but not least....

Thingo - thing, doovelacki, thingamajig, watchamacallit.

hehehe......hope this helps.

Unlocked Cell Phone

by cjg1

Liz and I like to travel with our unlocked cell phone and pick up a Sim card when we arrive. Sim cards are sold at the airport and we pick up one for only $30. We are able to have a local number to call our friends locally and have family keep in contact in case of emergencies.


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