Gotalk Global SIM: free worldwide data roaming for next two weeks

By danwarne, September 16 2011
Gotalk Global SIM: free worldwide data roaming for next two weeks

A new global roaming SIM card from Australian telco gotalk is offering free global roaming internet access until the end of September.

The gotalk Global card costs $29 to buy -- less than what it would cost to send a single iPhone photo in an email using Optus global roaming.

Once you've purchased the SIM, you'll get free internet access in 130 countries until the end of September.

Although the gotalk website states that a "fair go policy applies", Marketing Manager Brad Langton says there are no hidden catches or usage limits to the free internet offer.

From 1st October, the card will revert to normal internet access rates, but gotalk is still finalising those rates.

The countries covered by the offer include:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Is, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea South, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Is (British).

The card comes with an initial $10 calling credit included and can also be used to make phone calls at rates generally cheaper than what's charged by the major Australian telcos.

In our standard table of the top 15 destinations, below, the only countries where gotalk global wasn't clearly cheaper were Singapore and Thailand.

Per minute Optus Telstra Vodafone Traveller Vodafone World Three gotalk Global
Canada 5.8 3.7 2.9 2.3 4.4 2.08
China 6.6 4.47 2.9 2.07 4.4 1.08
Germany 5.8 4.17 2.4 3.02 4 0.3
Hong Kong 3.5 2.95 2.9 2.07 3 2.08
Indonesia 5.8 5.8 2.9 6.45 4.4 1.14
Japan 3.5 3.9 2.9 3.02 4 0.45
Korea 3.5 3.35 2.9 2.3 3 0.11
Malaysia 2.35 2.45 2.9 2.07 4 2.11
New Zealand 3.5 2.8 0.9 3.02 4.4 0.4
Singapore 2.35 1.55 0.9 1.08 3 2.08
Thailand 2.35 2.42 2.9 1.2 4 3.08
UK 3.5 2.95 2.4 3.02 4 0.3
USA 3.5 3.35 2.9 2.07 4 1.08
Vietnam 2.35 2 2.9 6.45 4.4 0.14

Table compiled by Australian Business Traveller using publicly available information on the telcos' websites.
Rates shown as dollars per minute. Not including flagfalls.

The SIM card can be ordered online in Australia, but can also be purchased in New Zealand at Whitcoulls.

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