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 Plan||250 minutes||20c / text||$40||View Plan|
|Dodo Mobile 4G Large||300 minutes||Unlimited||$39.90||View Plan|
|Exetel Extra Value 4G||$300||Unlimited||$34.99||View Plan|
|iiNet $39.99 SIM Only Plan||$300||Unlimited||$39.99||View Plan|
|Jeenee Mobile Pennywise $35||300 minutes||50c / text||$35||View Plan|
|Lebara $29.90 National Plan||Unlimited||15c/ text||$29.90||View 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 credit||50c/ text||$28||View 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.
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
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
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
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