Australia Telstra Pre-paid microsim

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  1. Lancerail

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    Traveling to Australia next month, and planning on getting a pre paid Telstra micro sim at the airport on arrival. Telstra's instructions say you need to connect with iTunes as part of the set up process.
    Is this really true???
    Would kind of defeat the purpose of traveling with an iPad if you have to carry a lap top top to connect it to.
     
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    Hi,
    My friend in Canberra says Telstra is very expensive, look at Vodaphone AU, that looked ok at AUD30 for 4gb over 30 days
    Or go to apple store for help, and use their free wifi as well.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    No, you don't need to connect to iTunes for this. I believe this is if you get a sim when you buy your iPad for the initial setup.
    It will cost $30au and you will have 3gb for 30 days. It will need to be activated and they will do this instore for you. You will need ID to purchase one though, but it is a simple process. I recommend Telstra for this, Vodaphone may look cheaper as far as getting 4gb of data, but Vodaphone does not have a very good coverage, Telstra is the best in my opinion and is the one that I have. You can also buy a sim on their website and have it mailed to you, but there are shops in all major shopping centres and at the airport. If you need any further information, I am only too happy to help you. I live in Brisbane, which is in Queensland. I hope you have a wonderful time!

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply, very informative
    I've a while to go yet, but looking forward to visiting my friends over there.
    I'll stick with Telstra then as it looks like the best option for us.
    Thanks Again
     
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    Oh you are coming too, that's great. Yes Telstra is very good and is the original carrier here. Everyone I know who has bought Vodaphone has been sorely disappointed and have always changed. Thats why they are cheaper but the dropouts will drive you crazy. Let me know if you need any more info. Enjoy!
     
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    Thanks leelai,
    Do you have any info on portable wifi in Australia, I thought this might be better to get for using 2 iPhones and an iPad whilst on holiday.
    We can use viber for speech and maps/sat nav all together on one PAYG sim.?
    Good idea??

    Thanks in advance
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    Yes there is but you need to pay for the device and the price is $129.00 with 3gb allowance but will connect up to 5 devices.
    Would be cheaper to just get sims for your phones and iPad unless of course you plan on returning.
    Here is a link
    http://www.telstra.com.au/bigpond-internet/mobile-broadband/pre-paid-mobile-broadband/
    For your phones you can either get a $2 starter sim and then a recharge for $20 on a simplicity plan or you can buy a $30 prepaid starter kit which includes a lot more for the extra money. Depends how much you will be using them. That link will provide all the info on the phones too. There is many different ways with phones as regards to data allowances, the choice is yours.
    My kids use Viber all the time here, so no problem there. 3G iPads actually don't need a sim to work for GPS. Have a look at the Navfree app, they have one for Australia and I use this all the time without a sim. The regular maps work well too. If you don't mind me asking, whereabouts are you travelling to?
     
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    Spot on I totally agree the Telstra my fi actually is around 6 gb for 3 months it works like a dream .
     
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    Buy it then sell it or give it away when leaving
     
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    Hi leelai,
    Thanks for the info
    My wife and I will be coming to Australia in November this year
    We will spend a couple of days in Sydney then driving to queanbeyan where our best friends are now living.
    I'd like to use the iPad for my blogs, emails etc as I have fat fingers and I get a lot of tryping errers on the iPhone (lol)
    I've got Global Navi app, but I'll try any.
    Can I post my blogs on here....not sure of rules about personal blogs

    Thanks
    Andy Silman
     

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