Getting a mobile phone

You can get an Australian mobile number by purchasing a SIM card after your arrival. There are a number of carriers and a variety of prepaid and postpaid payment plans to choose from. Most mobile phone plans cost between AUD$20* and $100* per month.

*Prices are a guide only

A mobile phone is helpful for staying in touch with friends and family. While it may be possible for you to use your mobile handset from home, switching to an Australian mobile plan will provide you with a local number and may be cost effective.

Choosing a mobile phone plan

In Australia, you can choose a prepaid or postpaid mobile phone plan.


With a prepaid plan, there is no lock-in contract; you pay in advance by purchasing phone credit. You pay a ‘top-up’ fee each month or when your credit expires.

Service and pricing options vary in terms of call, text and data allowance, and days to expiry.

If you opt for a prepaid plan, you can buy mobile phone credit using your credit card, by internet banking transfer, PayPal or with vouchers. You can also purchase mobile phone credit at Curtin from The Spot, a newsagency and convenience store located on the Perth Campus.


With a postpaid plan, you agree to a fixed-term contract with a mobile phone carrier and pay your phone usage bill monthly for the duration of your contract.

Choosing a carrier

There are a number of mobile phone carriers to choose from in Australia. Not all mobile carriers have physical locations around Perth, so consider whether you’re comfortable with an online-only provider or if you would prefer a face-to-face service.

Many mobile carriers provide broadband and it’s often cost effective to get both services bundled together.