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Lebara's prepaid plans offer some great value on its 30-day prepaid plans, which only gets better at higher price points. Beyond the regular plans, you can also get 180- or 360-day plans to stretch out your data.
- Data banking up to 200GB
- Great international inclusions – unlimited calls and texts for up to 60 countries on some of its prepaid plans
- Wide range of data available from 1GB to 98GB
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Lebara has prepaid plans that last 30 days, as well as long expiry options for 180 or 360 days of data.
Lebara plans explained
Lebara has three types of mobile plans on offer: regular 30-day prepaid plans and 180- or 360-day long-term prepaid plans. Here's what you can get:
Lebara 30-day prepaid plan
Lebara 30-day plans or "starter packs" have unlimited talk and text plus some data. All of them have international inclusions.
- Extra Small. 3GB for $14.90 per month. Includes 300 international minutes and $3 of international credit.
- Small. 15GB for $24.90 per month. Includes unlimited calls and text to 20 countries plus $5 of international credit.
- Medium. 50GB for $29.90 per month. Includes unlimited calls and text to 30 countries and $5 of international credit.
- Large. 65GB for $39.90 per month. Includes unlimited calls and text to 45 countries and $10 of international credit.
- Extra Large. 80GB for $49.90 per month. Includes unlimited calls and text to 56 countries and $10 of international credit.
- XXL. 100GB for $69.90 per month. Includes unlimited calls and text to 60 countries and $15 of international credit.
You'll have to pay an extra $2 for a SIM on each plan.
Lebara long-term plans
Lebara's long-term plans allow you to pay upfront for multiple months' worth of data to get better value. Each plan provides a total amount of data, which is then split up into monthly allowances which are added to your account every 30 days until your plan expires.
- Small 180 Day. $120 for 60GB over 180 days (10GB/month). Unlimited calls and text to 20 countries and $5 of international credit.
- Medium 180 Day. $140 for 120GB over 180 days (20GB/month). Unlimited calls and text to 30 countries and $5 of international credit.
- Large 180 Day. $180 for 180GB over 180 days (30GB/month). Unlimited calls and text to 45 countries and $10 of international credit.
- Medium 360 Day. $280 for 240GB over 360 days (20GB/month). Unlimited calls and text to 30 countries and $5 of international credit.
- Large 360 Day. $360 for 360GB over 360 days (30GB/month). Unlimited calls and text to 45 countries and $10 of international credit.
To give you an idea of the increased value on these, we've compared what you get from these long-term plans versus one of its 30-day plans.
|Plan||Expiry period||GB available over a year||How does it compare?|
|15GB for $24.90||30 days||180GB/12 months||Over 360 days, you'll be spending $298.80 for 180GB. You get 15GB each month, as long as you sign up for automatic recharges.|
|120GB for $140||180 days||240GB/12 months||Over a year, you'll spend $320 for 240GB. You'll save just over $20 with this plan over the course of a year.|
|240GB for $280||360 days||240GB/12 months||This costs $280 per year, which saves you $40 compared to the 180-day plan. It's still only slightly better value than the 30-day plan.|
From the table above, you can see that while the long-term plans do offer you some savings over the course of a year, the 360-day plan doesn't really offer that much value compared to the monthly option. We can't really say that there's much reason to purchase one of these long-term plans over a 30-day alternative since the savings aren't significant enough.
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Lebara was founded in 2001 selling international calling cards and sold its first SIM cards in the Netherlands in 2004. In 2009, it expanded into Australia and has focused on good international inclusions for customers with family, friends or business overseas.
Here are a couple of key features that Lebara offers:
The Lebara mobile app is available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It lets you activate your SIM, manage your plan and usage, recharge your credit and check your balance.
All prepaid plans
Lebara only has prepaid plans, meaning you'll never exceed your data limit. When you run out of data, you'll have to either purchase a pack to top it up or pay for extra data out of account credit that you can add manually.
The Lebara data bank allows you to store up to 200GB of unused data when you recharge before the expiry period runs out. This is handy for people whose data usage varies month to month.
All of Lebara's plans cover some level of international calls and texts. The more you pay for the plan, the more countries are included, up to 60 destinations. They also have international credit that can be used to call anywhere.
Beyond these main features, there are a few extras you can get with a Lebara mobile plan:
- Data gifting. If you have data stored in your data bank, you can give up to 10GB per month to other Lebara users. This allows for five transactions with a max of 2GB transferred each time.
- Data packs. You can purchase extra data for your plan if you run out. Get 1GB for $5, 3GB for $10 or 10GB for $25. These packs last 30 days or until your next recharge.
- Standing account balance. Lebara lets you add standing credit to your account balance. This credit can be used for add-ons or excess data, at a rate of $0.02 per MB.
Lebara actually has quite a few bonus features, but the international inclusions and data bank are the most important. Here's a summary of what it provides:
|Automatic prepaid recharge|
|Auto data top-ups|
|Data-free media streaming|
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Once you hit the $30 and up mark, Lebara's 30-day plans are competitive, offering data at cheaper than $1 per 1GB. The full 30-day expiry periods mean you won't have to recharge extra during the year, either.
In contrast, the 180- and 360-day plans don't give much incentive to stay with Lebara for the long term. They provide barely better value than their 30-day selection, while superior plans can be had from Kogan Mobile or Boost Mobile.
The strongest point for Lebara is its international inclusions, with unlimited calls and texts to up to 60 countries. If you need to contact overseas by regular phone call, Lebara is hard to beat.
How does Lebara compare to other providers?
In this section, we'll look at how Lebara compares to other providers on the market.
Monthly plan comparison
|Plan name||Large 30 day||$40 Combo Plus||Unlimited 45GB|
|Data allowance||65GB||20GB (+25GB bonus for auto-recharge)||45GB|
|Expiry period||30 days||35 days||28 days|
|Included extras||Data banking, data gifting, international inclusions||Data banking, international inclusions||International inclusions|
All three of these plans are extremely close in terms of price and included data. The main differentiator here is each plan's expiry periods. Lebara lasts longer than amaysim, but not as long as Vodafone.
Out of these three, Vodafone is a clear winner so long as you're comfortable agreeing to automatic recharges each month. Lebara still squeezes ahead of amaysim, though, because you'll recharge one time less during the year thanks to its 30-day expiry.
Long-term plan comparison
In terms of how Lebara's long expiry plans fare, check out our comparison below with amaysim again and with Kogan Mobile (another Vodafone MVNO).
|Plan name||Medium 360 day||Medium 365 days||1 year plan|
|Data allowance||240GB (12GB/30 days)||158GB (13GB/30 days)||120GB|
|Cost of data||$2.08/GB||$1.30/GB||$1.67/GB|
|Expiry period||360 days||365 days||365 days|
|Included extras||Data banking, data gifting, international inclusions||Qantas rewards||None|
No matter which way you look at it, Lebara offers less value on its long-term plan than either of these rivals. You pay more for less data and get five fewer days of expiry on top of that. Kogan has exactly the same model of delivering long expiry data in monthly chunks, but far superior value, making it hard to recommend Lebara in this case.
We've broken down Lebara's pros and cons in the table below to help you decide whether it's right for you.
- Data banking on all plans to save unused data
- Some of the best international inclusions on the market
- Full 30-day expiry periods
- Poor value on long-term plans
Lebara roaming: Can I use my Lebara SIM card abroad?
You can use your Lebara SIM overseas so long as you're in one of its included destinations. By default, pay as you go (PAYG) roaming will work so long as you have credit in your account balance, but you'll be charged at very high PAYG rates.
Lebara also has two roaming packs:
- Economy roaming. Provides 500MB of data, 15 minutes of standard talk and 50 SMS/MMS for $15, with 2-day expiry.
- First class roaming. Provides 2GB of data, 90 minutes of standard talk and 200 SMS/MMS for $50, with 5-day expiry.
As usual, you're probably better off getting a local or travel SIM when overseas rather than paying for Lebara's roaming, unless you only need a little to get you through a couple of days.
How do I check my balance on Lebara Australia?
There are four ways to check your balance and do a Lebara top-up:
- Send an SMS "bal" to 126 172
- Call 126 123
- Log in to MyLebara on the Lebara website
- Via the Lebara mobile app
How do I recharge my Lebara plan in Australia?
Lebara provides four methods for recharging:
- Lebara app. The Lebara app is available on both Apple and Android and can be downloaded from their app stores for free.
- Online. Visit Lebara's recharge page on your desktop or mobile browser. Follow the instructions listed.
- By phone. If you want to, you can call 5588 to recharge over your handset.
- Auto recharge. You can set up your account to have your plan automatically refreshed every period. Remember that this payment won't stop until you cancel it, whether you're using the service or not.
Lebara accepts the following payment types for all recharges:
- Credit and debit cards
- Your account balance
- Recharge vouchers purchased from a retailer, including Coles, Woolworths, Australia Post and more
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