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Best mobile plans for international calls from Australia

To help you find the best mobile plan for international calls, we’ve compared over 180 mobile plans with unlimited calls to selected countries. Always make sure the country you’re looking to call is included in the provider’s list of destinations.

Top pick: Under $30
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25GB
$12.50
per month
for the first 3 months then 25GB for $25. T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
Top pick: Under $40
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80GB
$40
per 28 days expiry
80GB for $15 for the first recharge. T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24

Finding the best mobile plans for international calls

Our team of mobile plan experts have compared over 180 mobile plans from 37 mobile providers in Australia. We've curated 4 top picks based on price and expert analysis. Not all plans will suit your needs so make sure you compare your options before choosing the right one for you.

Best mobile plan for under $20 for international calls: Dodo

Dodo $20

15GB

Ongoing

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$20/month

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Best mobile plan for under $30 for international calls: Dodo

Dodo $25

25GB

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$12.50/month for the first 3 months

$25 ongoing

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Best mobile plan for under $40 for international calls: amaysim

amaysim 80GB Plan

80GB

Ongoing

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$15 for the first recharge

$40 ongoing

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Best 365-day mobile plan with international calls: Coles

Coles $195

140GB

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$149 for the first 365 days

$195 ongoing

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How to find the best mobile plan for international calls

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the best mobile plan for international calls. Aside from your budget, your needs will vary depending on which countries you need to call and how frequently you need to call them.

These are some of the things you should consider when deciding which mobile plan to get for international calls:

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Make sure the countries you want to call are covered

Double-check which countries are on a provider's international call inclusions so you'll be able to call your family and friends without incurring extra costs. Calls to China, Hong Kong, India, NZ, USA and the UK are often covered by providers, but if you're looking to call other countries such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka and South Africa, make sure you check that the provider covers this.

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Are calls unlimited or restricted to minutes?

While the country you want to call may be on a provider's list, there are different ways that providers offer you international calls. Some providers give you unlimited calls to a set number of destinations, whereas others may restrict you to a dollar credit amount (e.g. $300 worth of calls) or minutes (e.g. 300 minutes). If you're not a frequent caller, credit or minutes might do you just fine, but otherwise, unlimited may be the better option.

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Check the call rates

This won't be an issue if your plan comes with unlimited international calls, but if you have a limit on call credit, you'd need to check the call rates a provider has for the country you want to call. From there, you can find out how long your call credit will last.

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Do you need to call a landline or mobile number?

If you have call credits, you'll need to pay attention to whether you're calling a landline or mobile. That's because the providers will have different rates to landlines and mobiles in the same country. If you're calling a mobile number overseas, your call credits may not last very far.

Compare to find the best mobile plan with international calls

You'll find international call inclusions by clicking "View details" and in the "Calls + texts" section.

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Name Product Data Price Apply Price
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
Postpaid
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Exclusive
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
20GB
$9
per month
Go to site
View details
Exclusive
  • $9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20 GB
Data
$9
per month
amaysim 32GB Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
amaysim 32GB Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
32GB
$30
per 28 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
32GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
Optus Flex Plus $35
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
Optus Flex Plus $35
Prepaid
60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
20GB
$35
per 28 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • 60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$35
per 28 days expiry
ALDI $29 5G Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
ALDI $29 5G Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
25GB
$29
per 30 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$29
per 30 days expiry
Dodo $25
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
Dodo $25
Postpaid
$12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 4G/3G network
25GB
No excess data charges
$12.50
per month
Go to site
View details
  • $12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25 GB
Data
$12.50
per month
ALDI $39 5G Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
ALDI $39 5G Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
65GB
$39
per 30 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
65GB
Data
$39
per 30 days expiry
Coles $195
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$149 for the first recharge, then $195/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 4.6.24
Coles $195
Prepaid
$149 for the first recharge, then $195/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 4.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 4G network
140GB
$149
per 365 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • $149 for the first recharge, then $195/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 4.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
140 GB
Data
$149
per 365 days expiry
iiNet Extra Large Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$20/mth for the first 6 months, then $39.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
iiNet Extra Large Plan
Prepaid
$20/mth for the first 6 months, then $39.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G/3G network
55GB
$20
per month
Go to site
View details
-50%
  • $20/mth for the first 6 months, then $39.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
55 GB
Data
$20
per month
Southern Phone Medium
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Southern Phone Medium
Postpaid
$19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
40GB
$19
per month
Go to site
View details
  • $19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40 GB
Data
$19
per month
amaysim 120GB Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
amaysim 120GB Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
120GB
$50
per 28 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Data
$50
per 28 days expiry
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Optus international calls

Optus offers unlimited standard international talk and text to 35 selected destinations on its postpaid plans.

International calls on Optus postpaid plans

The countries you can call are: Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

You do not get international calls included on the Small Optus Choice Plus plan, which is 30GB of data for $49 a month. To make international calls, you'd need to purchase an add-on.

If you have the $59, $69 or $89 plan, you can only use your included international calls to the selected destinations. You can't make outbound international calls to any destinations not on the list.

Optus prepaid plans with 28-day expiries come with international minutes to selected destinations.

International calls on Optus prepaid plans

Depending on your plan, you can get between 400 and 1,200 minutes of international calls to 20 selected countries. They are: Brazil, Canada, mainland China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

If you get the 7-day, 186-day or 365-day recharge options, you do not get international calls included. If you want to make international calls with one of those plans or you need further minutes or call destinations outside of the above countries, there are 2 options available:

  • You can buy a $5 International Talk add-on which includes up to 300 minutes of standard international calls to an additional 30 selected destinations with a 28-day expiry.
  • Get a $10 Extras Credit add-on for calls charged at the standard international rates.

Vodafone international calls

Vodafone splits its international inclusions across zone 1 and zone 2 countries.

Vodafone offers unlimited international calls to zone 1 countries and 300 minutes of calls to zone 2 countries with its postpaid SIM only plans. However you do not get international calls included on Vodafone's Small SIM only plan.

As for its prepaid plans, you're only able to get international call inclusions on Vodafone's 28-day expiry Prepaid Plus plans.

Depending on your plan, you can get 500–2,000 minutes of standard international calls to zone 1 countries and 100–250 minutes of standard international calls to zone 2 countries.

Besides the standard inclusions, you also have the option to purchase a Vodafone add-on that gives you 30–120 minutes of standard international calls to 50 selected countries.

Or you can purchase a $10 International Value Pack, which allows you to make international calls at discounted rates.

Countries covered with Vodafone international calls

There are 36 countries in zone 1: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA and the Vatican (Holy See).

There are 54 zone 2 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Faroe Islands, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Telstra international calls

Telstra's international calls seem generous on its postpaid plans, as you get included minutes to any country rather than a restricted list. The catch is you only get 30 minutes of calls.

If you need to make more than 30 minutes of calls, you'll then need to purchase an International Calling Pack, which gives you additional minutes to selected destinations.

You're also able to get included minutes of international calls with all but one Telstra prepaid plan, but as with most providers, the number of minutes and the countries you can call varies from plan to plan.

Depending on your plan, you can get up to 6,000 minutes (or 100 hours) to zone 1 countries, up to 800 minutes to zone 2 countries and up to 100 minutes to zone 3 countries. The more you spend on your Telstra prepaid plan, the more minutes you get.

There are 88 international destinations you can call on a Telstra prepaid plan and they are split up into 3 zones.

International calls on Telstra prepaid plans

Telstra's zone 1 destinations are: Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, US Virgin Islands and Vietnam.

The zone 2 destinations you can call are: Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Faroe Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Laos, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, France, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Palestinian Authority, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Slovak Republic and Venezuela.

Zone 3 destinations include all of those included in zone 2, with the addition of: Austria, Comoros, Croatia, East Timor, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Surinam, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe.

If you have a Telstra Prepaid Mobile Casual Plan, you are unable to call zone 3 destinations.

Which mobile providers offer international calls?

You can get international calls on quite a few mobile plans in Australia, either included or for an additional cost. We've listed the international call inclusions from some of the major providers in Australia below.

ProviderInternational calls
amaysimUnlimited standard calls for up to 42 selected countries on some plans
Boost MobileUnlimited standard calls for up to 20 selected countries and up to 3,600 standard minutes to 30 selected countries on some plans
Belong$5 a month extra for unlimited calls to 30 selected countries
ALDImobileUnlimited standard calls to 20 selected countries and up to 600 standard minutes to 30 selected countries on some plans
Kogan$5–$15 per 30 days for 250 standard minutes to up to 20 selected countries
Everyday Mobile (Woolworths)Unlimited standard international calls to 22 selected countries on prepaid plans and 30 selected countries on SIM only plans
LebaraUnlimited standard calls for up to 64 selected countries and up to 500 minutes to zone 1 and zone 2 countries on some plans
Moose MobileUp to $400 international call credit on some plans
TPGPAYG international calls (country rates apply)
Coles MobileUnlimited standard calls to 15 selected countries on prepaid plans and 22 selected countries on month-to-month plans
Michelle Kwong

While most of us use apps like WhatsApp to call friends and family abroad, I knew I needed to sign up to a plan that offered international calls to landlines so I could keep in touch with my grandma overseas who actually doesn't own a mobile phone. I opted for a Boost Mobile plan as it offered unlimited calls to the country I needed for no additional cost to the plan.
— Michelle Kwong, Publisher (Mobile & Broadband)

How we researched the best mobile plans for international calls

  • We looked at SIM only plans in our database designed for personal use with unlimited international call inclusions.
  • Other selection criteria to narrow down our shortlist included looking at active Finder partners across the categories which allowed for this.
  • Promotional discounts were also taken into account during scoring.

Best mobile plans for international calls categories

Each month, we select the best plans across 4 categories.

  1. Best mobile plan under $20: Based on our internal value scoring system, limiting results to plans equal to or under $20.
  2. Best mobile plan under $30: Based on our internal value scoring system, limiting results to plans equal to or under $30.
  3. Best mobile plan under $40: Based on our internal value scoring system, limiting results to plans equal to or under $40.
  4. Best 365-day mobile plan with international calls: Based on our internal value scoring system, limiting results to plans equal to or under $150 with an expiry of 12 months or 365 days.

How does Finder's value scoring system work?

For certain categories, we use a value scoring system to choose the best mobile plan for international calls by scoring the following factors:

  • Cost per gigabyte. This is calculated by taking the price of the plan over 12 months divided by the amount of data (GB).
  • Network coverage. We awarded scores depending on how wide the network coverage is across Australia.
  • Data rollover. We weight providers that offer data rollover higher than those that don't have this feature.
  • Wi-Fi calling. We weight providers that offer Wi-Fi calling higher than those that don't have this feature.

We then assign a weight to each of the factors in order to calculate a value score. Price and data are given the highest weighting.


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    CliveNovember 3, 2023

    I am looking for a prepaid plan that will enable me to phone Papua New Guinea from Australia. Many providers have lists of countries, but so far I have not found one that includes PNG. Can you help please?

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      MariamNovember 6, 2023Finder

      Hi Clive, in this instance you might need to consider calling card or look for a provider that offers cheap international call rates. Hope this helps.

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    MarkSeptember 12, 2023

    I.m looking for a good plan for calling back to Australia when I,m on holidays in Thailand , as I,ll basically it.ll be a working holiday.who has the best rates?

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    HalynaSeptember 28, 2018

    I am looking for sim card or prepaid plan only offering international calls to Ukraine.

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      NikkiSeptember 28, 2018

      Hi Halyna,

      Thanks for your message and for contacting finder.

      The information above shows the list of providers who will allow you to make international calls to Ukraine.

      To check their prepaid plans, simply click the MORE INFO on the right side of their page or you can also visit their respective websites.
      Be sure to choose the prepaid plan that fits your needs and budget.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to message us should you have further questions.

      Cheers!

      Nikki

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    RonilSeptember 19, 2017

    I am looking for a prepaid plan or sim only plan with sufficient data (average 4GB) and free calls within Australia on any network and any number plus calls to Fiji

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      DanielleSeptember 19, 2017

      Hi Ronil,

      Thank you for contacting Finder.

      You may compare your options from our list of prepaid mobile plans and SIM only plans in Australia. On the page, is a comparison table you can use to find the right plan. You can compare different brands based on features, data, and price. When you are ready, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website to proceed with your purchase.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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