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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Choosing your mobile provider
Dear readers, we have safely arrived and are now OFFICIALLY Aussie PRs!
After a largely sleepless night aboard JQ8, our friends J and R very kindly received us at Melbourne airport. Customs clearance, surprisingly, was a huge breeze, with just a few questions asked about my three bike boxes (two bicycles and a third box for the wheels)
Friendly Customs Officer (FCO): "What sort of bikes do you have here?"
Me: "Mountain bikes" (cringing internally)
FCO: "Where did you ride them?"
Me: "On the road, mostly. The tires are clean, you can check..." (fingers crossed because while they were nice and black from tire shine, it would be a lot of inconvenience)
FCO: "No, I mean, which country did you ride in?"
Me - heaving sigh of relief while maintaining big smile: "Singapore!"
FCO: "Ok, no worries mate!"
She must have known that there is very little contamination of concern from our rather barren country (for most part). In fact, I can't imagine our pathogens surviving the harsh Australian conditions at all.
In fact, there were quite a number of FCOs. After we claimed our baggage, we had two trolleys between the both of us, but couldn't fit everything on them. So a few FCOs took turns helping me push the extra box along the airport. It's not unheard of in SG, but their friendliness and helpfulness is really a cut above what I was used to. Not to put SG down... I would say that we are "satisfactory", and the Aussies are "great"!
Anyway, I've digressed...
Consider the following statements:
"TPG is the cheapest, but reception not so good"
"Telstra is the best, but the most expensive"
"I got Optus because it's the only one available at the airport"
Quotable quotes from our friends from Singapore living in Australia. In the end, we went with Lebara.
Why did we choose Lebara?
- We were looking for pre-paid plans and couldn't find any from TPG ("cheapest").
- Comparing Lebara, Telstra and TPG, Lebara seemed to be the cheapest.
- Unlimited calls AND SMS to Australian numbers.
- 1.5GB of data.
- Only $29.90 per 30 days for the Unlimited National Plan.
- There was a convenience store nearby selling their SIM cards. And we couldn't find any other providers. Yeah, we are still lazy Singaporeans after all. But hey, we sort of tried...
Other comments on Lebara
- Targeted at migrants with cheap international call options (not of concern to us, and our plan provides no credit for international calls or SMS). If you need that, try the Lebara Unlimited Plan. Only $49.90 for 30 days.
Do contribute your comments on Aussie mobile providers if you have any. We just need something basic for now for the job and house hunt, but I can't think of anything else that we might need that a Lebara Unlimited National Plan doesn't provide. Unless the reception is terrible...