Editor's pick: Phone plans for calling the USA from Australia


WhistleOut
08 September 2017

International calls to the US: the best plans


There was once a time when routinely calling the USA from your mobile was guaranteed to see your monthly bill rise, much like a bald eagle soaring majestically towards the clouds. 

Luckily, international calling isn't the bill shock nightmare it once was, and many of Australia's most popular mobile providers now offer affordable, unlimited US calling as part of their everyday postpaid and prepaid plans. 

We've thrown together a quick table of which providers include Australia-to-US calls and texts in one or more plans, plus rounded up our picks for the best value options for unlimited calls to 'Murica.

Plans with included USA calls or credit


Here's a selection of available Aussie plans featuring included calls and texts to the USA. 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 2GB Unlimited Unlimited $25 View Plan
Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid Unlimited Unlimited $40 View Plan
Coles $40 Prepaid Plan250 minutes20c / text$40View Plan
Dodo Mobile 4G Large300 minutesUnlimited$39.90View Plan
Exetel Extra Value 4G$300Unlimited$34.99View Plan
iiNet $39.99 SIM Only Plan$300Unlimited$39.99View Plan
Jeenee Mobile Pennywise $35 300 minutes 50c / text $35 View Plan
Lebara $29.90 National PlanUnlimited15c/ text$29.90View Plan
Lycamobile Unlimited Plan S Unlimited 15c / text $29.90 View Plan
Optus $40 SIM-Only 300 minutes Unlimited $40 View Plan
Telechoice $28 Plans$1000 credit50c/ text$28View Plan
Telstra SIM-only Large Plan (12 months) Unlimited Unlimited $79 View Plan
Virgin Mobile $60 SIM-Only Unlimited $500 $60 View Plan
Vodafone $50 Red SIM-Only Global 1000 minutes Unlimited $50 View Plan
Woolworths SIM-Only Large 300 minutes 50c / text $50 View Plan

Telcos with unlimited talk & text to the USA


There's now a bunch of telcos and MVNOs offering included US calling as part of prepaid and postpaid plans. Amaysim, Virgin Mobile, Lebara, Lycamobile, Telstra, and Boost Mobile all feature unlimited calls to the US on multiple plans, with a variety of price points and data tiers. 

WhistleOut's picks 


Amaysim

Awesomely, all of Amaysim's 'Unlimited' 28-day plans now include unlimited standard calls to 10 countries, including the US. Plans start at $25 for 2GB of data, up to $50 for a generous 14GB, and also include unlimited international texts and MMS to the US (and to 31 other destinations). 

WhistleOut's Pick


Carrier Inclusions  
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 1GB
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $10
  • Min. cost $10
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 2.5GB
  • 2.5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $20
  • Min. cost $20
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 5GB
  • 5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $25
  • Min. cost $25
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 10GB
  • 10GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $35
  • Min. cost $35
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 14GB
  • 14GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $45
  • Min. cost $45
Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile's $40 and $50 prepaid plans now feature unlimited international calls, texts and MMS to the US, plus nine other countries. The 28-day plans also include unlimited national talk and text, plus up to 9GB of data each recharge for the $40 plan, and up to 11GB on the $50 option.

WhistleOut's Pick


Carrier Inclusions  
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $30 Prepaid Recharge
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $30 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $40 Prepaid Recharge
  • 16GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $40 Prepaid SIM
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $50 Prepaid Recharge
  • 24GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $50 + $2 Upfront
Lebara Mobile

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 1000 minutes to three registered US numbers on its $24.90 Mini Mega Plan, and unlimited standard calls to the US on its National, Mega and Unlimited plans. 

WhistleOut's Pick


Carrier Inclusions
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • $24.90 Mini Mega Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $24.90
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • $29.90 National Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $29.90
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • $39.90 Mega Plan
  • 10GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $39.90
Lebara Mobile
Lebara Mobile
  • Unlimited International Plan
  • 14GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $49.90
Virgin Mobile

Go with selected Virgin Mobile 12-month SIM only or 24-month phone plans, and you can enjoy unlimited standard calls to the US with the company's International Calls Bonus. Depending on your plan pick, you can also nab up to $300 of international credit for SMS and MMS; included SIM-only plans start at $35 per month, and phone plans from $45.

WhistleOut's Pick


Carrier Inclusions
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $30 12-month SIM Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $300
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $35 12-month SIM Plan
  • 1.5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $35/mth
  • Min. cost $350
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $40 12-month SIM Plan
  • 12GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $400
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $40 Phone Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $960

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