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Lebara focuses on international calling, but offers decent prepaid value no matter what you’re after.

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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.

Highlights:
  • 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

Compare Lebara prepaid plans below

Lebara has prepaid plans that last 30 days, as well as long expiry options for 180 or 360 days of data.

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Name Product Features Data Price
Lebara 4G Extra Extra Large 100GB $69.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$69.90
per 30 days expiry
100GB
Data
$69.90
per 30 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Extra Large 60GB $49.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • 60GB + 20GB bonus data on your first 3 months. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$49.90
per 30 days expiry
80GB
Data
$49.90
per 30 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Extra Small 3GB $14.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$14.90
per 30 days expiry
3GB
Data
$14.90
per 30 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Large 180GB $180 180 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
180GB
Data
$180
per 180 days expiry
180GB
Data
$180
per 180 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Large 360GB $360 360 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
360GB
Data
$360
per 360 days expiry
360GB
Data
$360
per 360 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Large 45GB $39.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • 45GB + 20GB bonus data on your first 3 months. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
65GB
Data
$39.90
per 30 days expiry
65GB
Data
$39.90
per 30 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Medium 120GB $140 180 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Data
$140
per 180 days expiry
120GB
Data
$140
per 180 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Medium 240GB $280 360 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
240GB
Data
$280
per 360 days expiry
240GB
Data
$280
per 360 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Medium 50GB $29.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • 30GB + 20GB bonus data on your first 3 months. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
50GB
Data
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Small 60GB $120 180 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Pay $80 instead of $120. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$120
per 180 days expiry
60GB
Data
$120
per 180 days expiry
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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. 25GB 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.

PlanExpiry periodGB available over a yearHow does it compare?
15GB for $24.9030 days180GB/12 monthsOver 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 $140180 days240GB/12 monthsOver 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 $280360 days240GB/12 monthsThis 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.

Lebara review: Is Lebara any good?

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:

lebara app

Lebara app

prepaid plans

All prepaid plans

data banking

Data banking

international inclusions

International inclusions

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:

Feature
Does Lebara have it?
Automatic prepaid rechargeyes, this feature is available
Auto data top-upsyes, this feature is available
Data-free media streamingno, this feature is not available
Roll-over datayes, this feature is available
Data sharingyes, this feature is available
International calls/textsyes, this feature is available
International roamingyes, this feature is available
Rewards programno, this feature is not available
Student/pensioner discountsno, this feature is not available

Should you sign up to Lebara? We ask our utilities expert and writer, Sam Baran

Photo of Sam BaranOnce 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

We've put one of Lebara's Large 30-day plans against similar ones from Vodafone (its network carrier) and amaysim (a good value MVNO).

LebaraVodafoneamaysim
Plan nameLarge 30 day$40 Combo PlusUnlimited 45GB
Plan cost$39.90$40$40
Data allowance65GB20GB (+25GB bonus for auto-recharge)45GB
Expiry period30 days35 days28 days
Included extrasData banking, data gifting, international inclusionsData banking, international inclusionsInternational 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).

LebaraKogan Mobileamaysim
Plan nameMedium 360 dayMedium 365 days1 year plan
Plan cost$280$205.60$200
Data allowance240GB (12GB/30 days)158GB (13GB/30 days)120GB
Cost of data$2.08/GB$1.30/GB$1.67/GB
Expiry period360 days365 days365 days
Included extrasData banking, data gifting, international inclusionsQantas rewardsNone

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.

Pros

  • Data banking on all plans to save unused data
  • Some of the best international inclusions on the market
  • Full 30-day expiry periods

Cons

  • 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

Lebara FAQ

Who is Lebara owned by?

Lebara Australia is owned and operated by Vodafone Hutchison Australia. It has operated in this country since 2009.

Which network is Lebara on?

Lebara uses the Vodafone network, which reaches around 23 million Australians.

Can I keep my mobile number if I switch to Lebara?

Yes, you can transfer your number when you buy and activate a Lebara SIM card. Read our guide on porting your number to a new account for more details.

How do I cancel my Lebara plan?

You can cancel your Lebara plan at any time since there are no lock-in contracts. Either buy another plan and port your number over or let your plan expire without recharging it, which will automatically cancel it.

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    RohanJanuary 6, 2018

    Do you have any data(only) offer deals for 365 days on one payment?

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      ArnoldJanuary 6, 2018

      Hi Rohan,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, these plans are commonly known as long expiry plans. You may check your options for long expiry mobile plans by using our search filters to help narrow down your options. Plans will include data + standard calls and texts.

      Once you have chosen a particular plan, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website where you can proceed with your application or get in touch with their representatives for further assistance.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    RalphSeptember 12, 2016

    Using AT&T in USA on iphone 6. Going to Iceland, Greece, Venice and UK. What do I need for texting and phone calls (short calls)?

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      ChesterSeptember 13, 2016

      Hello Ralph,

      Thanks for your question.

      Currently Lebara mobile does not offer international roaming.

      Regards,
      Chester

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