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Can I activate pre-paid using internat credit card as ID??

 A prepaid SIM on Optus can be activated on-line using an international credit card as ID (instead of AU driver license, AU passport, Medicare card, etc).

Can I activate a Boost SIM in a similar manner using an international credit card as ID??

 

Thanks,

A_Tourist who will be visiting AU soon (and who doesn't have AU passport, drivers license, etc).

 


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Re: Can I activate pre-paid using internat credit card as ID??

My understanding is that it would need to be done either by a Telstra Store or by the chat team without a standard AU ID form. http://tel.st/findstore http://livechat.boost.com.au
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Re: Can I activate pre-paid using internat credit card as ID??

My understanding is that it would need to be done either by a Telstra Store or by the chat team without a standard AU ID form. http://tel.st/findstore http://livechat.boost.com.au
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Helpful Links:
Outage in your area? - Check for outages on the network
Need help with an account issue? - LiveChat 24x7 here
Recharge, Int. Call and Roaming Options - Rates page
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I am not a Boost or Telstra Employee, but I have a reasonably strong knowledge of technology in general. Just here to help when I can.

This Community is for Boost Australia, but if you are looking for Boost Mobile USA click here, or for their community here

Re: Can I activate pre-paid using internat credit card as ID??

Thank you DrQ.  That's what I suspected. Problem is that tourists newly arrived in Australia usually don't have internet access, and thus can't contact the Boost chat team (livechat.boost.com.au) until after the SIM is activated.  Nor can they use the /findstore search tool to find a nearby Telstra store unless their SIM is active.  Catch-22.

 

It looks like Optus has a much better activation process for visitors. It's my understanding that the Optus system lets a tourist activate their SIM using international credit card as ID, and can be done before arriving in the country.

 

Thanks for your help.

Re: Can I activate pre-paid using internat credit card as ID??

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I've marked DrQ's response as a 'solution' to my question. I suspect he/she is correct, though I have no way to verify that Boost won't accept an international credit card as ID to activate a SIM.  I won't have an opportunity to find out until I visit Australia next month. Judging from the many posts on the topic, activation of Boost SIMs appears to be a common problem.