Suggestions for buying a cell phone while in Australia for two weeks?
Can anyone suggest the best approach? We want to have working phones when we arrive since we've had trouble locating SIM cards at times, and we'd like to be able to call the hotel when we arrive rather than have to look for SIM cards in the airport.
In the past (in other countries) we've taken old GSM phones and bought prepaid SIM cards before leaving. Will that work in Australia? Do they use GSM and SIM cards?
Also, if anyone can suggest which pre-paid services are inexpensive, that would be helpful too. We'll be in Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns, so we'll need access in those areas. Smart phones would be best.
Besides, there's no question I want a phone -- it's not something I will "decide later."
Also, I'm in Reno and you can't at $AUD here -- not at a bank; not at an airport kiosk. I've tried. Sacramento, SF, or LV, sure. Reno? No.
Thanks for the other information.
Thanks for the info on the Kiosk. That might be very helpful. Our credit union has great rates for foreign exchange, so that's not an issue. If I can't get a SIM card here in time, I know I can get one there. And thanks for the link on GSM phones!