Toping up UK T-mobile phone in Oz
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 4:29 PM Last Post By: sprite
Jan 9, 2013 1:14 AM
Toping up UK T-mobile phone in OzI posted this yesterday and it's disappeared off the radar (or hasn't been passed by a moderator ... why?).
I came to Australia with pre-paid credit (T-mobile network) on my UK mobile - which I thought would last the trip - but it has now expired and I can't make or receive phone calls and I can't send a text. I can, however, receive text messages. The lack of a phone is causing me problems.
I went into a phone shop here to ask about topping up my phone in Aust. but was told this was not possible; does anyone know if this IS the case and if not, how I can top up with T-mobile?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Jan 9, 2013 4:08 AM
1one suggestion is to head to either Australia Post post office or BP service station tomorrow and buy telstra AUD30 SIM card Starter Pack for AUD10. They are currently on special. The one I bought is current until 2015 which starts from time I register it.
Register on line and there you will have cheap calls. You will get a new number with each card. I believe the orange starter pack is for android phones and pink is for Iphones.
Have a look at whirlpool.net.au for further info. the service providers are telstra, widest coverage and usually most expensive, Optus and Vodaphone. Think the starter pack I have mentioned is best deal at the moment.
I think your phone won't work here because there is no reciprocal agreement with any of our phone providers. TPG. and iinet also have Sim Cards but they are internet service providers and think you have to already be a subscriber to them but I may be wrong.
Obviously you must have an unlocked phone for all of the above.
Post on tech branch for more accurate info when it is reinstated otherwise read relevant forums on Whirlpool where this is a board about how to unlock your phone. You can also become a member for free and ask questions of an extremely knowledgeable and helpful mob. JoyV.
Jan 9, 2013 5:23 AM
2you can top it up online if you register it there.
calling with a UK phone in Australia must be costing a fortune, and t-mobile are insanely expensive anyway. If you are there much longer, get a cheap local SIM and phone .
Jan 9, 2013 5:40 AM
3#1's a good idea and every trip we make to Oz we simply buy an Aussie sim for the month we are there - usually Telstra because the coverage is better. Your UK mobile will work fine, provided it is unlocked. You CAN get it unlocked while there, but it usually costs to do this. But just get a sim and try!
Could you ask someone at home to top up your pre-paid sim for you?
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Jan 9, 2013 11:39 AM
5If you cant unlock your phone / need a workaround and you have a smart phone, you can install Viber (http://viber.com/) it allows you to make free phone calls and SMS from WiFi; less than ideal but better than nothing :)
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