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Old 7th November 2018, 11:37 PM
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Thanks man, that's good information.

I got a $40 telstra prepaid sim. I get 12gb of data, plus unlimited calling to countries like Canada and the U.S. you listed below. I really wanted lots of data. lol



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I have lived in Australia for a while now and ended up getting a SIM from Aldi. You don't have to sign a contract and can switch between their different value packs whenever you want. They have the best inclusions I could find for the lowest price and a very reliable network (Telstra).

I'm currently paying $25 per 30 days and get 6GB of data with unlimited rollover (plans from other providers might rollover once).

Apart from unlimited standard calls to national fixed lines, mobiles and voicemail and unlimited national SMS to other Australian mobiles you get unlimited international calls and unlimited SMS to: Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand, UK, USA.

You also get 100 minutes of international calls to landlines and mobiles and 50 SMS to other countries like Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.

What you do not get is a mobile phone but it's cheaper to buy an unlocked handset or use the one you already have than go for a plan that includes it.

I thought the unlimited international calls and SMS to Canada might appeal to you and as there are so many forum members from India and Pakistan the unlimited calls to their countries would be good for them too.

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Do you plan to share more experiences here? If yes, I'm subscribing.

Thanks for the good write-up. Very helpful.

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Yes I will.
I will try to keep things general to avoid city specific things, but in generally overall I've found most Australian cities pretty similar, just if they are larger there's more options and things are open later.

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When you are done with your content that you think is very important, could you please cover some stark differences between Indian and Aus cities? this will allow us to have realistic expectations

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When you are done with your content that you think is very important, could you please cover some stark differences between Indian and Aus cities? this will allow us to have realistic expectations

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Pretty expansive write-up, IC. Thumbs up.

No doubt, ALDI helps cut down those grocery bills for sure! Sometimes when I go shopping at ALDI, I expect to get a bill of maybe $100 - like I would for a similar trolley stash in Woolies, then I hear an amount like $62.50; always pleasing.

For rentals, can I add, most get paid weekly or fortnightly in WA- per WA legislation which says a landlord can only request a maximum of 2 weeks rentals paid in advance; however, when initially looking for a rental and not having a history, an offer to pay 3months ahead gives an advantage and is sometimes accepted by the landlord. This I did for my first rental when I landed.

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A great thread. Many thanks IC.

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Great to know...thanks!
I'm hoping I can use my rental history from Melbourne!

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Pretty expansive write-up, IC. Thumbs up.

No doubt, ALDI helps cut down those grocery bills for sure! Sometimes when I go shopping at ALDI, I expect to get a bill of maybe $100 - like I would for a similar trolley stash in Woolies, then I hear an amount like $62.50; always pleasing.

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Hey IC how wonderful of you to have started this thread, speak loads of you. Thank you so much. I hope someone from India and other countries join you to enhance country specific info. I will surely do once and if I get there. I thank you mate.

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Thanks man. I love to share experiences, especially to help others. Helps to take a bit of stress out, when you hear about what others went through.

I also try to give a level headed advice, because we are all excited to move to a new country, especially as an amazing one as Australia. Because there will be ups and downs and challenges. It's not a perfect place, no place is. You will at some point miss your home country a lot, and feel homesick.

Moving to Australia offers a lot of opportunities, and a good life, but if you are expecting it to solve all your life's problems it won't. The better people keep things in perspective, the less disappointed they will be when challenges come up, and they will be better able to solve them.

I won't be able to provide any personal advice about education, as I don't have kids, so I haven't experienced the school system, but most people from comments on the forum seem very happy with the schooling for their children compared to some countries like India.

Best of luck in your application!

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Hey IC how wonderful of you to have started this thread, speak loads of you. Thank you so much. I hope someone from India and other countries join you to enhance country specific info. I will surely do once and if I get there. I thank you mate.
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