Mobile plans with cheap international calls

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Save yourself plenty of pretty pennies with these internationally minded mobile plans.

Despite the Internet making the world a much smaller place than it used to be, it can still be pretty expensive to chat with people halfway across the globe. For mobiles especially, steep international call rates can quickly turn your half-hour catch-up with your English aunt into quite the costly investment.

To help you avoid spending hundreds of dollars a month keeping in contact with friends and family overseas, we've rounded up the mobile providers offering cheap international rates from Australia to the rest of the world.

In this guide:

TPG | amaysim | Dodo | Telstra | Optus | Vodafone | Exetel

Last Updated: 14 September 2017


TPGtpg-logo

TPG's international call rates are among the lowest you'll find, making the provider a top choice if you plan on calling countries that aren't covered by the inclusions other providers offer.


Call inclusions

TPG's 10GB ($29.99 per month), 15GB ($34.99 a month) and 20GB ($39.99 a month) SIM-only 4G plans come with 100 international minutes every month.

Call rates

TPG charges a $0.35 connection fee for all international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.04 $0.07 $0.03 $0.05 $0.05 $0.04

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amaysimAmaysim increasing data on UNLIMITED plans

amaysim's mobile plans combine unlimited standard national calls with cheap international call rates to landlines and mobiles in the following ten countries: China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK and USA.


As a bonus, amaysim's $40 and $50 plans also come with 300 minutes of standard talk and text to mobiles and landlines in the following 22 countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam.

Call rates

amaysim doesn't charge a connection fee for international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $.06 $0.12 $0.06 $0.06 $0.06 $0.06

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Free international minutes are only included on Dodo's "The Lot" mobile plans, but they can be used across a whopping 88 countries, which is more than any other provider currently offers. Dodo's prepaid international call rates are also some of the lowest on the market, though its post-paid rates aren't quite so competitive.


SIM-only plans

4G The Lot ($39.90 a month) - 300 minutes to eligible countries.

Eligible countries: American Samoa, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guiana French, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mariana Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UK, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Call rates

Post-paid

Dodo charges a $0.395 connection fee for all post-paid international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.29 $0.55 $0.40 $1.07 $0.57 $0.61

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Prepaid

Dodo charges a $0.20 connection fee for all prepaid international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.04 $0.04 to landlines $0.17 to mobiles $0.02 $0.03 $0.04 $0.03

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Telstratelstra-logo

While Telstra's international call rates aren't the best around, it does offer unlimited calls to some of the most popular countries on many of its post-paid and prepaid plans.


Call inclusions

Post-paid plans

Telstra's $79 and $99 12-month SIM-only plans, $89+ month-to-month SIM-only plans and $99+ phone plans all include unlimited international talk and text to the following 15 countries: Bangladesh, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UK, USA and Vietnam.

Prepaid plans

Telstra's $40+ prepaid plans get unlimited international calls to the following ten countries: Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, UK and USA.

Call rates

All international calls on Telstra's prepaid and post-paid plans incur a $0.40 connection fee.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.44 $0.55 $0.64 $1.37 to landlines $1.72 to mobiles $0.53 to landlines $0.82 to mobiles $0.69 to landlines $1.04 to mobiles

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Optus is far from the cheapest choice for international call rates, but its inclusion of international minutes and unlimited calls on select plans makes for a good deal if you only call the 31 countries covered by the offer. These countries are Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.


Call inclusions

SIM-only plans

  • $40 plan - 300 international minutes.
  • $55 plan - 400 international minutes.
  • $70 plan - 500 international minutes.

Phone plans

  • $65 plan - 150 international minutes.
  • $85 plan - 300 international minutes.
  • $100 plan - 400 international minutes.
  • $130 plan - 750 international minutes.
  • $160 plan - unlimited international minutes.

Prepaid plans

Optus offers unlimited calls to eligible countries with select prepaid plans. The $40 Prepaid Ultimate Plus plan includes unlimited standard calls to Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, UK and USA. The $50 and $60 Prepaid Ultimate Plus plans include unlimited standard calls to all of the above countries plus Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Vietnam.

Call rates

All international calls on Optus's prepaid and post-paid plans incur a $0.35 connection fee.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.35 $0.42 to landlines $0.78 to mobiles $0.48 $1.08 to landlines $1.38 to mobiles $0.40 to landlines $0.65 to mobiles $0.48 to landlines $0.84 to mobiles

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View all Optus' prepaid international call rates

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Vodafone

Like Optus, Vodafone bundles plenty of international minutes with its mobile plans, and the list of callable countries is even larger than what Optus offers. Vodafone's rates are also significantly cheaper, especially on its prepaid plans.


Call inclusions

Phone plans

  • $40 Red plan - 150 minutes to selected countries, 500 minutes to eligible countries.
  • $50 Red Global plan - 200 minutes to selected countries, 1000 minutes to eligible countries.
  • $60 Red Global plan - 300 minutes to selected countries, 1000 minutes to eligible countries.
  • $80 Red Global plan - 400 minutes to selected countries, 1000 minutes to eligible countries.

Prepaid plans

  • $40 Talk Combo - 90 minutes to selected countries, 1000 minutes to eligible countries.
  • $50 Talk Combo - 90 minutes to selected countries, 1000 minutes to eligible countries.

Vodafone offers add-on packs for its prepaid plans, with each plan including international minutes to selected countries. You will get 30 international minutes for $5, 60 international minutes for $7 and 120 international minutes for $15.

Selected countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Marianas Islands, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Spain Canary Islands, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Eligible countries: Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK and USA.

Call rates

Post-paid

Vodafone charges a $0.28 connection fee for all post-paid international calls to countries not included in the list of selected countries.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12 $0.12

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Prepaid

Vodafone charges a $0.23 connection fee for all prepaid international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.07 $0.04 to landlines $0.09 to mobiles $0.07 $0.01 $0.01 $0.07

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Exetel's international call rates are a little on the high side, but it offsets this by bundling international call credit with most of its SIM-only plans. Because Exetel's plans are already among the cheaper offerings on the market, they're a solid choice if you don't intend to spend more than the included call credit each month.


Call inclusions

  • Value 4G ($24.99 a month) - $50 international calls.
  • Extra Value 4G ($34.99 a month) - $300 international calls.
  • Plus 4G ($49.99 a month) - $500 international calls.

Call rates

Exetel charges a $0.40 connection fee for all international calls.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.40 $0.77 $0.55 $1.49 $0.80 $0.85

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