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How to stay connected to the internet in Australia

In the third millennium the internet connection is considered basic. When you are in voyage however, it becomes absolutely essentialas it allows you to have easy access to the multitude of information that every modern traveler needs.

Here are our tips for staying connected on your next tour in Australia.

Which company to choose to stay connected to the internet in Australia?

In Australia there are many mobile phone companies but only three manage their own networks: Tesltra, Optus e Vodafone. In addition to being the three largest companies, they are also the most reliable, at least in terms of coverage. They have countless points of sale both in the main airports and in the city. Buying and activating their sim is therefore child’s play.

The offers are countless and are constantly changing. Check the websites of the companies carefully to find out which promotion is the most convenient and suitable for you while you are in Australia.

If you are in Australia on an ETA visa, the usually cheaper option is to purchase one pre-paid monthly sim. Each company offers different plans, each with a different cost. Be careful when choosing because the remaining credit is often canceled after 30 days. If, on the other hand, you run out of available traffic before 30 days, you can easily recharge online or over the phone.

Which plan to choose?

Some telephone plans include, in addition to text messages and national voice traffic, also a certain number of minutes for international calls, which is very useful if you want to keep in touch with family and relatives in Italy using the cell line. However, these plans normally have a rather limited data traffic, which is rather penalizing if you need to use the internet often. If this is your case, it is better to focus on a plan with only national calls but more jig. You can make international calls using apps like skype o whatsapp.

In this regard, if you want to continue using whatsapp with your Italian number, you need to bring one smartphone extra or a tablet that is equipped with hotspot. This way you can enter the yes australian in this device e use it as a router to connect in wifi all the other devices you have with you.

If you want to connect a tablet, you will only have to purchase one data sim. The positive aspect is that you will have many giga available (I, with Optus, bought a card with 6 giga / month at a cost of only 30 AUD), on the other hand, however, you will not be able to make calls, even within Australia, if not using skype. Outside the big centers it is not easy to have 4G coverage, so being able to rely on the normal mobile network can come in handy.

In summary

Based on my own experience, the best way to stay connected in Australia is to bring one with you smartphone extra in which insert an Australian sim with voice and data trafficto be used as hotspot to have access to the data on the mobile phone on which your Italian sim is held.

In this way you have the advantage of having telephone traffic to call Australia without spending a fortune and, at the same time, you keep your whatsapp number to use to communicate with Italy.

What do you think about it?

Stefano Serra

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