Vodafone $5 Global Roaming

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mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 446

Any pros and cons of the above product guys? Looks like one can even sign up for a month to month e sim plan to get the $5 per day global roaming. It is pretty good value, but i want to know if it actually works as well as advertised?

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 285

The problem with roaming of any kind is that people where you actually are, or nearby, have to call an Australian number. That may be expensive for them and they won't do it. That's why I prefer the Simcorner product, because it provides a "local" number where you are. Local in Europe means any of the EU/Schengen countries, calls to anywhere from anwhere in that area cost the same. Excludes UK now of course.

Flying Ogden

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 May 2018

Total posts 11

I'm with Vodafone and have used $5 roaming with no issues in Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand and Indonesia. Last trip to Japan in particualar, it worked out cheaper to use vodafone roaming instead of getting a pocket wifi. If you know you won't need it for a day, it's always good to turn in back to flight mode the night before to avoid the $5 charge.

mhotchin

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards - Platinum

Member since 18 Jun 2015

Total posts 34

I am a being fan of roaming, the convenience alone is worth it, especially the receiving of phone calls and messages without having to distribute numbers or change sims.


Plus no commitment, if you decide you don’t like it for whatever reason you can just buy a e-sim online for a local carrier.

tommygun

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

Member since 16 Oct 2017

Total posts 285

mhotchin makes a good point. The ideal solution seems to be to do both: $5 roaming plus a local number, be it e-sim or physical. Don't forget Whats App for calls where both parties use the app, this uses data not calling minutes.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 929

And what is wrong with Skype and similar products? You can call from Skype to phone and it cost peanuts to call Australia. Also you can get fake number in Australia and when people call this number it automatically redirect to Skype. Then you make redirection from your number to this number (or simply let people know this number in you auto-answer greeting) and you in business. I hate roaming when I have to pay more for few days than I paying for unlimited usage for whole month!

lkennedy

Member since 16 Dec 2011

Total posts 41

I've been using this for maybe 10 years. The only thing to look out for is if you are on a really long trip there is a limit. when i've gone on long (4 week) holidays i've bought a second pre-pay sim.

Jewelz62

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 27 Jul 2019

Total posts 2

Originally Posted by Flying Ogden

I'm with Vodafone and have used $5 roaming with no issues in Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand and Indonesia. Last trip to Japan in particualar, it worked out cheaper to use vodafone roaming instead of getting a pocket wifi. If you know you won't need it for a day, it's always good to turn in back to flight mode the night before to avoid the $5 charge.

Check if your destination is included. Canada wasn’t included last time I looked.

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