Nope, that’s not a misprint!
We are not pulling your leg either (come on, you should know us better by now and know that we never joke about saving dough ).
You can get an unlimited mobile plan which includes unlimited calls and texts as well as 1.5GB of 3G data per month with Lebara Mobile for the effective price of $7.48 a month for the first two months and $14.95 afterwards, if you’re keen to stay with them beyond that.
Lebara is a virtual operator operating in Australia on the Vodafone 3G network (sorry, no 4G access available through this deal).
Here are the steps you need to follow in order to make this deal happen for you:
- Order a FREE SIM pack from Lebara by following this link.
- Buy a Lebara unlimited $29.90 recharge voucher from Australia Post which is currently on sale for 50% off(until 24/11/2013). This means the cost of the voucher is now $14.95 but you can save a further 5% if you pay using Paywave (most Australia Post branches have this now) and your Visa Debit Card from ING Direct. If you don’t have that debit card, we strongly recommend you get it! It is completely free and the bank account has no fees and charges (except for overseas use). The 5% off instant rebate lasts on all purchases under $100 for a period of 6 months from account opening.
- Activate your new Lebara SIM by porting your number from your current provider. We strongly suggest you do it online so that you get $3 of bonus credit.
- Carefully follow the instructions here so that you get one free month on the unlimited plan after your first month (which you purchased for $14.95 as per step 2 above). This means the effective price of your unlimited plan with Lebara for the first 2 months is $7.48 a month.
- If you like Lebara and would like to continue with them beyond the first 2 months, you can maintain your monthly price of $14.95 by stocking up on more Lebara vouchers at Australia Post while the sale is going on. Officially, the terms of the sale state that it is limited to one voucher per customer but if they give you any grief, you can easily bypass that by going to a different post office or coming back another day. Effectively, this means you can almost certainly buy as many of those discounted recharge vouchers as you like. Based on our personal experience, we can confirm that each recharge voucher is valid for ten years (until 2023) so you should have no problems ‘stocking up’. Just make sure you scan or write down the PIN of each voucher in case they fade away over time.
Now, we have a bit of good news and a bit of bad news. We will start with the bad news first.
The bad news is that Lebara’s unlimited plan has a small ‘catch': it does not cover calls to any numbers starting with 1300 but rather only six digit numbers starting with 13. You can find the full details here. Calls to 1300 numbers will be charged at 15 cents a minute + 29 cents ‘flagfall’ per call as per the standard rates table.
This is definitely sneaky, no argument there. However, we feel that despite that fact, the deal overall still stacks up but the final decision is obviously yours.
The good news is that if you have friends and family overseas, Lebara’s rates are pretty decent and if you call people in one of the promotional countries, they are absolutely outstanding! You will basically pay 29 cents per call…untimed. This is really remarkable and depending on your average call length, will beat even many VOIP services!
For countries not on the promotional list above, the full rates list can be found here.
Another cool feature for those of you who have family and friends overseas is the fact that Lebara allows to transfer credit between their customers and over 230 mobile operators around the world. This is a great way to share credit with your family and friends overseas or help them out if they can’t afford to buy their own credit.
So there you have it, the cheapest way to get access to unlimited calls and text as well as a decent amount of 3G data (1.5GB should be more than enough unless you stream videos all day long).
As usual, if you need any further clarifications or have any questions or comments, just hit us up in the comment box below or send us an email through our contact form. We read and respond personally to all questions and comments.