Lebara’s focus is on international calling, but it also provides a range of prepaid plans for domestic phone users.
What services does Lebara Mobile offer?
Lebara Mobile provides a range of prepaid plans with a strong focus on users who need to make frequent international calls but don’t want to be slugged with excess usage charges. Lebara Mobile’s Australian services operate on Vodafone’s 4G, 3G and 2G networks.
How much does Lebara Mobile cost?
Lebara Mobile offers four primary prepaid plans in Australia. Its entry-level Mini Mega Plan usually costs $24.90 with 30 days' expiry. That buys you credit to use for calls, which are free between Lebara network mobiles and charged at 10c/minute for standard national calls. Texts are charged at 10c each. You get 1.5GB on the Mini Mega plan, with additional data add-on packs starting at 250MB for $5, increasing to $10 for 1.5GB and extending to 5GB for $25.
The Lebara National Plan normally costs $29.90 with unlimited standard national calls and SMS, as well as 5GB of data and up to 250 international calling minutes. The $39.90 Mega Plan includes unlimited standard national calls and texts, as well as 7GB of data and up to 250 international calling minutes. Finally, the $49.90 Lebara Unlimited Plan increases the data to 10GB, includes unlimited standard national calls and texts but offers unlimited international calls to 60 countries, plus $5 call credit for other countries.
At the time of writing, however, most of Lebara's plans are being offered at a significant discount, so it pays to compare.
The lineup of countries included in the Unlimited plan can be broken down into fixed lines and fixed line and mobile:
Unlimited standard calls to fixed and mobile
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Canada, Czech Republic, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, United States, United Kingdom
Unlimited standard calls to fixed line only
Brunei, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Martinique, Morocco, Reunion, French Guiana, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, Finland, Venezuela
What extras does Lebara Mobile offer?
Lebara’s primary business is in international calling, so it’s no surprise that many plans include either very low cost international calling provisions, or a quantity of international calling minutes with a much wider spread of availability than many competing MVNOs.
However, Lebara also offers its very own streaming service, Lebara Play. Lebara Play offers Tamil movies, live TV broadcast of channels like Sun TV and Star Vijay with no lock-in contract.
Lebara Play can be streamed via the Lebara Play app in iOS or Android at $7.90 per month for movies and $16.90 for TV and movies.
You also have the option to save by paying for an entire year for $169 and bundling a set-top box for an additional $30 for the year, which works out at $199 for your first year.
Lebara Mobile prepaid recharge options
If you're running low on credit for your Lebara Mobile prepaid plan, you'll need to recharge. Here's how you handle that:
- Online via Lebara's web site: Lebara offers recharges for its prepaid mobile account holders via its website, with payments accepted either via credit card or voucher.
- With a voucher: You can purchase Lebara recharge vouchers at a wide variety of retail outlets nationwide, which can then be applied to your prepaid account online, through the Lebara app or by dialling 126123 from your Lebara handset.
- With the Lebara app: Lebara Mobile Australia has a free app, available for Android (download here) or iPhone (download here) that you can use to redeem prepaid vouchers, as well as check your balance.
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