How to use International Phone Cards while Backpacking in Australia

How to use International Phone Cards - Backpacking in Australia

For calling international numbers (i.e, contacting people at home) a phone card/ticket will often provide you with the best rates. Phone cards/tickets both perform the same task (cheap international calls) and are used in exactly the same way.

This section deals with phone cards/tickets, but, there are also companies which provide SIM cards for your mobile phone with tariffs specifically created for making international calls from a mobile phone (see section Moblie Phones in Australia).

The only difference between a card and a ticket is that a ticket is bought in a shop (i.e, the news agents) and is printed out on paper, where a phone card is usually purchased online and sent out to you (with an e-mail containing your pin). You can 'top-up' (add credit) with either a debit or credit card by calling the payment number and following the instructions.

The only down fall with a phone ticket is that they are easily damaged and the details printed on them can fade over time. If you buy a ticket instead of a card remember to write down the details in your Personal Organiser as a backup incase your ticket gets damaged or lost.

Usually each top-up is valid for 6 months so you have plenty of time to use your credit. Each time you use the service you will be provided with your latest balance. Cost wise they start from $5AUD (which usually lasts for hours), so depending how much you will calling home you may only be topping up every month or so.

Not all cards cater for every country so when you purchase a phone card/ticket, make sure it definitely includes access to the countries you need to call (before you hand over your money!).

If you're making your call from a landline or public pay phone there is a usually minimum charge of 50 cents to activate the dialing tone before you can call out.

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How to use international phone cards while backpacking in Australia

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