International calling used to be expensive, especially if you're dialing from a mobile - but not anymore. If you've got friends, family, moose or Mounties in Canada that you need to keep in touch with, you now have more options than ever before for affordable inter-hemisphere calling.
We've thrown together a quick table of which providers include calls to Canada from Oz in one or more plans, plus rounded up our picks for the best value options for unlimited calling to the Great White North.
Plans with included Canada calling or credit
Here's a selection of available Aussie plans featuring included calls and texts to Canada. We've included one plan from each provider, but keep in mind that most telcos offer international features on several plans.
|Plan||Talk Inclusion||Text Inclusion||Price||Purchase|
|Aldi Mobile XL $35||200 minutes||25c / text||$35||View Plan|
|Amaysim Unlimited 5GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||$40||View Plan|
|Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid||Unlimited||Unlimited||$40||View Plan|
|Dodo Mobile 4G Large||300 minutes||Unlimited||$39.90||View Plan|
|Exetel Extra Value 4G||$300 credit||Unlimited||$34.99||View Plan|
|Hello Mobile Combo 40||250 minutes||10c/ text||$39.90||View Plan|
|iiNet $39.99 SIM Only Plan||$300 credit||Unlimited||$39.99||View Plan|
|Jeenee Mobile $35 SIM Plan||$300 credit||50c / text||$35||View Plan|
|Lebara National Plan||Unlimited||15c/ text||$29.90||View Plan|
|Lycamobile Unlimited Plan S||Unlimited||15c / text||$29.90||View Plan|
|Moose Mobile 34 SIM Only Plan||$300 credit||Unlimited||$34||View Plan|
|Optus $40 SIM-Only||300 minutes||Unlimited||$40||View Plan|
|OVO Large Plan||300 minutes||25c/ text||$34.95||View Plan|
|Southern Phone Super 35 3G Plan||$300 credit||55c/ text||$35||View Plan|
|Spintel XL Plan||$300 credit||35c/ text||$33.95||View Plan|
|Telechoice $38 Plan||200 minutes||50c/ text||$38||View Plan|
|Telstra SIM-only Large Plan (12 months)||Unlimited||Unlimited||$79||View Plan|
|TPG Large Plan||100 minutes||50c/ text||$19.99||View Plan|
|Virgin Mobile $60 SIM-Only||Unlimited||$500 credit||$60||View Plan|
|Vodafone $50 Red SIM-Only Global||1000 minutes||Unlimited||$50||View Plan|
|Woolworths Large Mobile Phone Plan||300 minutes||50c / text||$70||View Plan|
Telcos with unlimited talk & text to Canada
There's now a bunch of telcos and MVNOs offering included Australia-to-Canada calling as part of prepaid and postpaid plans. Amaysim, Virgin Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile, Telstra, and Boost Mobile all feature unlimited calls to North America on multiple plans, with a variety of price points and data tiers.
Boost Mobile's $40 and $50 prepaid plans now feature unlimited international calls, texts and MMS to Canada, plus nine other countries. The 28-day plans also include unlimited national talk and text, plus 8GB of data each recharge for the $40 plan, and 12GB on the $50 option.WhistleOut's Pick
Lebara has built a reputation on being the go-to brand for international calling, so it's no surprise we've included it in our top picks. The company's newly-revised prepaid plans all feature some degree of international calling credit, including up to 2500 minutes to Canadian numbers on its $24.90 Mini Mega Plan, and unlimited standard calls to Canada on its National, Mega and Unlimited plans.WhistleOut's Pick
Lycamobile's Small, Medium and Large plans all include unlimited calls to Canada, plus an additional 11, 14 or 54 countries (depending on your choice of plan). Our pick is the Medium plan, which is priced at $39.90 per 28-day recharge, and also includes 7GB of data, plus unlimited national talk and text. Right now, you can pick up a new Medium SIM at the discounted rate of $11.90, plus receive a bonus 1GB of data when you auto recharge online.WhistleOut's Pick
Go with selected Virgin Mobile 12-month SIM only or 24-month phone plans, and you can enjoy unlimited standard calls to Canada with the company's International Calls Bonus. Depending on your plan pick, you can also nab up to $500 of international credit for SMS and MMS; included SIM-only plans start at $35 per month, and phone plans from $45.WhistleOut's Pick