Mobile plans with cheap international calls

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

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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.
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TPG

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, 15GB and 20GB 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

View all TPG's international call rates

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amaysim

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, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, UK and USA.


As a bonus, amaysim's $50 and $60 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, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, 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) $0.10 $0.20 $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.02

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Dodo

Dodo is quite generous with its international inclusions, bundling most of its SIM-only plans with an allotment of international minutes valid across 34 eligible countries.


SIM-only plans (month-to-month or 12-month)

  • $30 plan: 100 international minutes included
  • $40 plan: 500 international minutes included

Eligible countries: Bhutan, Canada, China, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.

Call rates

Post-paid

Dodo charges a $0.39 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

View all Dodo's post-paid international call rates

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

View all Dodo's prepaid international call rates

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Telstra

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 $59 and $89 12-month SIM-only plans as well as its $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. Its $199 Ultimate phone plan, meanwhile, comes with unlimited international talk and text to all countries across the globe.

Prepaid plans

All Telstra's Pre-Paid Max plans get unlimited international calls to the following 20 destinations: Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam.

Call rates

Telstra doesn't charge any connection fees for international calls on its Pre-Paid Max plans. On post-paid plans, the connection fee is $0.40 per call.

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.44 $0.55 to landlines, $1.13 to mobiles $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

View all Telstra's international call rates

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Optus

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 35 countries covered by the offer.

These countries 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, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.


Call and SMS inclusions

12-month SIM-only plans

  • $40 plan - 400 international minutes to 35 countries.
  • $50 plan - Unlimited international minutes to 35 countries.

Phone plans

  • $85+ plan - Unlimited international minutes to 35 countries.

Prepaid plans

Optus offers unlimited calls to eligible countries with select prepaid plans. Epic Data plans of $40 or more can make unlimited standard international calls to Canada, mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Call rates

Post-paid

All international calls on Optus's 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

View all Optus' post-paid international call rates

Prepaid (Epic Data/Epic Value)

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.08 $0.10 $0.05

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

  • $45 Red plan - 150 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 1000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $50 Red Plus plan - 150 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 1000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $60 Red/Red Plus plan - 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 2000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $80 Red Plus plan - 300 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 3000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.

Sim-only plans

  • $40 SIM Only plan - 150 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 1000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $50 SIM Only Plus plan - 150 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 1000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $60 SIM Only/SIM Only Plus plan - 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 2000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $80 SIM Only Plus plan - 300 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 3000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.

Prepaid plans

  • $40 Combo Plus plan - 100 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 500 minutes to Zone 1 countries.
  • $50 Combo Plus plan - 150 minutes to Zone 2 countries, 1000 minutes to Zone 1 countries.

Vodafone offers add-on packs for its prepaid plans, with each pack including international minutes to 50 countries. You will get 30 international minutes for $5, 60 international minutes for $7 and 120 international minutes for $15.

Zone 2 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Faroe Islands, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Holy See, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Northern Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Spain Canary Islands, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Zone 1 countries: Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, 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) $0.10 $0.20 $0.10 $0.10 $0.10 $0.10

View all Vodafone's post-paid international call rates

Prepaid (Combo Plus plans)

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.03 $0.08 $0.03 $0.02 $0.04 $0.02

View all Vodafone's prepaid international call rates

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Exetel

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 - $50 international calls.
  • Extra Value 4G - $300 international calls.
  • Plus 4G - $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

View all Exetel's international call rates

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Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile bundles unlimited international calls with all of its prepaid plans. The number of eligible countries ranges from 20 up to 30 depending on the value of your recharge. Boost also packs in extra international minutes for select countries not covered by its unlimited offer.


Call inclusions for 28-day plans

  • $20/$30 plan - Unlimited calls to 20 selected countries plus 100 minutes to 35 additional countries
  • $40/$50 plan - Unlimited calls to 25 selected countries plus 200 minutes to 30 additional countries
  • $70 plan - Unlimited calls to 30 selected countries plus 300 minutes to 25 additional countries

20 selected countries

Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam.

25 selected countries

Above countries plus Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa.

30 selected countries

Above countries plus Cambodia, Greece, Laos, Mexico and Spain.

Call rates

For countries not covered by Boost Mobile's unlimited call inclusions, you'll need to purchase a $15 international add-on pack. Call rates for this pack are as follows:

USA UK Canada China Hong Kong Singapore
Call costs (per minute) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.30 $0.00

Compare Boost Mobile's plans


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