Telecom has announced changes to overseas roaming charges which will significantly reduce the cost of calls and data in several countries:
A feature is a flat daily rate for data roaming by postpaid customers across major travel markets. Australia roaming will start at a specially reduced rate of $6 a day (Telecom will review the rate in mid 2013). Customers will pay just $10 a day flat rate for data while travelling in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia. Telecom’s fair use policy applies to these rates .
Data roaming charges will be slashed by 83% to 92% in other markets, although charges will continue to be on a usage basis.
The new postpaid pricing schedule also includes new voice call roaming rates, featuring a 35% cut in the per-minute rate for Australia. Rate bands across all other markets have been simplified to make them easier to follow, with individual market rates either reduced by up to 50% or broadly similar to current rates.
For prepaid customers, data roaming charges will reduce by up to 88% and voice roaming charges by up to 45%. . .
This is a vast improvement on the current very expensive rates for making calls or using data and much more convenient than using a local sim card while away from home.
It should be good for business too as a lot of frequent travellers who use their phones and iPads as infrequently as possible unless they can get wireless connections when overseas will be far less concerned about the cost.