Cheap international calls from Australian mobiles

Not all mobile plans come with unlimited international calls included. Find out which providers offer cheap international calls and stop paying too much when you call overseas.

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Most mobile plans in Australia come with unlimited calls to other numbers within the country, but what if you need to call overseas?

We analysed nearly 400 plans in Finder's database and found that only 44% of SIM-only plans in Australia come with some form of international calls or text allowance included - that's less than half of all mobile plans.

So if you're looking to call friends or family overseas, make sure you've got a plan that gives you enough inclusions so that you're not racking up costly international charges.

What is the best mobile plan for international calls?

The best mobile plan for international calls really depends on which countries you plan on calling. We've gone with the below plan as our best pick, but feel free to view more plans further down on this page to find one that may be better suited to your needs.

amaysim 30GB Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

amaysim is a solid provider if you're looking outside of the major brands. Its plans come with decent data but also come with included international calls and texts to 28 countries. That means you can call these countries for free without having to worry about paying for extra charges. The list of countries includes China, Indonesia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Japan.

  • 30GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $15 per 28 days
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How to choose the best mobile plan for international calls

Picking the best plan for international calls will largely depend on what countries you want to call. There are a few countries that are almost always part of international inclusions, like New Zealand, USA, UK or India, but you can always check what's included on the provider's website.

Here are some other things to consider when picking a plan for international calls:

Unlimited calls vs capped amounts.
If you don't call overseas very often but still want the option, international minutes might serve you better. Plans with minutes are often cheaper than those with unlimited inclusions.

International SMS/texts.
While calls are always supported, texts may not be. Consider whether you need them, or if you can use a messenger app instead like WhatsApp, Viber or Skype.

Calls to international landline/mobile.
Many international inclusions are restricted to "standard" landline numbers. Check whether calls to mobiles are included.

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Cheap international calls from Australia on mobile

While "cheap" means different things to different people, we think phone plans under $30 a month qualify as being pretty cheap, especially if they come with international calls included. The table below lists plans from Finder partners that are under $30 and come with either unlimited calls or call credit to selected countries.

There are two tabs you can switch between, from unlimited calls to call credit, but remember that "unlimited" calls are only to included countries, not to all countries. You can see what countries are included in a plan by clicking "more details" and then "international rates".

Name Product Features Data Price
Finder Award
  • $15 for the first 3 renewals, then $30 per renewal onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 October 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$0.50 per GB
$15
per 28 days expiry
30GB
Data

$0.50/GB
$15
per 28 days expiry
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  • Online exclusive: Pay $10 for the first subscription, then $25 per recharge. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 November 2021, unless withdrawn earlier.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
36GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$25
per 30 days expiry
36GB
Data

$0.69/GB
$25
per 30 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
Available after 1/3/21. After 3rd recharge, $30 recharge gives you 10GB standard data. T&Cs apply.
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • Get 10% off with auto recharge. T&Cs apply. Ends 22 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$24.90
per 30 days expiry
25GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$24.90
per 30 days expiry
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  • Pay $9 instead of $29.90 (ends 31.10.2021) and get 15GB bonus data for first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 22 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
45GB
Data
$0.66 per GB
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
45GB
Data

$0.66/GB
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
18GB
Data
$1.39 per GB
$24.99
per month
18GB
Data

$1.39/GB
$24.99
per month
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  • Available for business customers with 10+ services only
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
28GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$28
per month
28GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$28
per month
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  • Pay $10 for the first 2 renewals, then $30/28 days. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$0.50 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
60GB
Data

$0.50/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$30
per month
30GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$30
per month
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  • $10 on the 1st recharge, then $20. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 02 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
15GB
Data
$1.33 per GB
$20
per 30 days expiry
15GB
Data

$1.33/GB
$20
per 30 days expiry
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Name Product Features Data Price
  • $25/mth for the first 3 months, then $30/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 October 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
36GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$25
per month
36GB
Data

$0.69/GB
$25
per month
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  • $15/mth for the first 3 months, then $20/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 October 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$1.25 per GB
$15
per month
12GB
Data

$1.25/GB
$15
per month
Go to site
View details
  • Get 20GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. T&Cs apply. Ends 29 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
Go to site
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$0.67 per GB
$40
per month
60GB
Data

$0.67/GB
$40
per month
Go to site
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-50%
  • $20/mth for the first 6 months, then $39.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
55GB
Data
$0.36 per GB
$20
per month
55GB
Data

$0.36/GB
-50%
$20
per month
Go to site
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$1.25 per GB
$25
per month
20GB
Data

$1.25/GB
$25
per month
Go to site
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  • Get 5GB bonus data on auto recharge. T&Cs apply. Ends 22 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$1.86 per GB
$14.90
per 30 days expiry
8GB
Data

$1.86/GB
$14.90
per 30 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.73 per GB
$29/mth
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
40GB
Data

$0.73/GB
$29/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
12 month contract
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-50%
  • $20/mth for the first 6 months, then $39.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
55GB
Data
$0.36 per GB
$20
per month
55GB
Data

$0.36/GB
-50%
$20
per month
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  • 80 standard national minutes + 100 std. nat. texts
0.3GB
Data
$100.00 per GB
$30
per 6 months
0.3GB
Data

$100.00/GB
$30
per 6 months
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International call rates comparison

We chose 10 of the most common international call destinations for Australians and compared the rates charged by the big 3 carriers so you can get an idea of which one offers the best value for the countries you're looking to call.

Postpaid international rates to mobile (per minute)

These are the call rates offered by the big 3 on their SIM-only plans.

CountryTelstraVodafoneOptus
New Zealand$1.03$0.20$0.72
Brazil$1.58$0.50$1.95
UK$1.13$0.20$0.78
USA$0.44$0.10$0.35
Malaysia$1.09$0.20$0.96
India$2.18$0.10$1.44
China$1.72$0.10$1.38
Japan$1.31$0.50$0.90
Germany$1.31$0.20$0.85
Canada$0.64$0.10$0.48

Prepaid international rates to mobile (per minute)

Overall, prepaid international call rates are cheaper than on SIM-only plans. We looked at the regular prepaid plans from the big 3, rather than their long expiry options for the international rates below.

CountryTelstra (Pre-Paid Complete)Vodafone (Combo Plus)Optus (Epic Data)
New Zealand$0.10$0.08$0.10
Brazil$0.30$0.20$0.20
UK$0.10$0.08$0.10
USA$0.10$0.03$0.10
Malaysia$0.10$0.04$0.10
India$0.10$0.03$0.10
China$0.10$0.02$0.08
Japan$0.15$0.15$0.10
Germany$0.15$0.05$0.10
Canada$0.10$0.03$0.10

It's pretty clear that if you're planning to call overseas with pay as you go rates, Vodafone has the cheapest on offer, no matter which country you're calling. Telstra's postpaid rates for calling mobiles in most countries are extremely high.

Who offers free international calls?

These days, there are many providers who include unlimited international calls to certain destinations in their plans, or let you pay a little extra for those inclusions. Boost Mobile and Lebara stand out with generous international inclusions on almost all of their plans, while other popular providers like Kogan Mobile or Woolworths Mobile don't even have them as an option.

Here are the providers with international calls that we'll be covering in the next section. Click on a provider if you're interested to see which plans it offers with international calls:

Providers can change what countries are included in their plans at any time. We've done our best to be accurate on this page, but you can always check the provider's website for an up-to-date list of included countries.

Vodafone international calls

Vodafone splits its international inclusions into 2 separate groups: Zone 1, with 20 countries mostly in Asia and Europe and Zone 2, which includes a whopping 70 more. More expensive plans have more minutes, with included international calls starting at just 100 minutes to Zone 1 on the $45 Red Plus plan.

For prepaid offerings, you can get a few hundred minutes to each zone for $40 and up on a 35-day expiry period. Vodafone also has international talk add-ons available for plans and prepaid, where you pay around $10 to get call credit for certain countries.

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Get 140GB bonus data per month. T&Cs apply. Ends 03 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 10Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.28 per GB
$55
per month
60GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 10Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.28/GB
$55
per month
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  • Get 50GB bonus data per month. T&Cs apply. Ends 03 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.56 per GB
$45
per month
30GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.56/GB
$45
per month
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  • Get 200GB bonus data per month. T&Cs apply. Ends 03 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 10Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.22 per GB
$65
per month
100GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 10Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.22/GB
$65
per month
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  • Get 3 mths free Amazon Music Unlimited then $11.99/mth. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 19 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
$85
per month
Unlimited data

$85
per month
Go to site
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  • Get 20GB bonus data. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$0.80 per GB
$40
per 28 days expiry
50GB
Data

$0.80/GB
$40
per 28 days expiry
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Optus international calls

Every Optus SIM-only plan from $49 a month and up comes with generous international inclusions, with free landline calls and texts to 35 countries. These include a large number of Asian and European countries.

Its prepaid offerings are a little less far-reaching, with its pricier Epic Data plans providing calls to 15 destinations. The cheaper recharges involve a couple of hundred international minutes, instead.

If you want, you can pay an extra $5 to get 300 minutes for calling 30 countries as an "extras credit" add-on.

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$55
per month
80GB
Data

$0.69/GB
$55
per month
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  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.99)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$55
per month
80GB
Data

$0.69/GB
$55
per month
View details
  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.99)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
200GB
Data
$0.33 per GB
$65
per month
200GB
Data

$0.33/GB
$65
per month
View details
  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
240GB
Data
$0.35 per GB
$85
per month
240GB
Data

$0.35/GB
$85
per month
Go to site
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  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.99)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
240GB
Data
$0.35 per GB
$85
per month
240GB
Data

$0.35/GB
$85
per month
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Telstra international calls

If you're looking for overseas calls, Telstra surprisingly doesn't offer a lot. Some of Telstra's Pre-Paid Complete plans come with international call minutes to 20 Zone 1 countries and 30 Zone 2 countries.

You can add on an unlimited calling pack to postpaid plans for an extra $10 per month. This provides unlimited calls and SMS to standard numbers in 21 countries. Prepaid plans can use included or purchased Extras Credit to make international calls, as well.

Overall, though, Telstra is not a stellar option for international calls.