Lycamobile offers prepaid SIM-only plans with a strong focus on users who need to make lots of international calls.
It might not be the household name that Telstra and Optus are, but Lycamobile has some serious credentials in the mobile space. With more than 15 million customers across 23 countries, the UK-based telco has established itself as the largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the world thanks largely to its focus on cheap international calls.
Lycamobile prepaid plans
How does Lycamobile compare?
Lycamobile prides itself on facilitating global communication with a generous bundling of international call inclusions into its prepaid plans. Few other telcos offer as much international value on their prepaid plans, especially at lower price points. Only Lebara and Woolworths Mobile include similar unlimited international call offers on their plans, and Woolworths only does so with its most expensive plan.
This gives Lycamobile a distinct, critical edge over the competition for users with friends, family or business overseas, since plans from providers like amaysim, Kogan Mobile, Coles Mobile and ALDImobile top Lycamobile's offerings on the data front. For example, Lycamobile's $25 Unlimited Plan XS comes with just 2GB of data, whereas amaysim's $20 plan gets you 2.5GB and Coles Prepaid's $20 plan gets you 3GB. Both those plans operate on Optus' slightly smaller and slower 4G network, but if that's a concern, ALDImobile's $25 L plan includes 3GB of base data and also uses parts of Telstra's 4G network.
Why should you consider Lycamobile?
If you spend a lot of time chatting to folks overseas, including unlimited international calls to select countries makes Lycamobile a standout choice in the prepaid space. With the ability to place limitless calls to as many as 54 countries, there's a good chance you will find your preferred destinations among these inclusions.
Even if you're not much of an international chatterbox, you can get your fill of data with Lycamobile's M and XL plans. Both come loaded with generous data caps at their respective price points, offering value on par with the top prepaid plans on the market.
Lycamobile recharge options
If you're new to Lycamobile, you'll first need to purchase a Lycamobile SIM card either by requesting one for free from the Lycamobile website or purchasing one from your nearest participating retail store. With a Lycamobile SIM installed in your phone, recharging is as simple as following one of these steps:
- Online: Visit the Lycamobile recharge page and top up your balance with a credit or debit card
- Phone: Call 373 from the phone you want to recharge and follow the prompts
- In-store: Purchase a Lycamobile top-up voucher from a participating retail store