Telstra’s cut-price data roaming deals come into effect today as the nation’s leading carrier plays catch-up to recent globetrotter-friendly initiatives from Optus and Vodafone.
Telstra’s post-paid subscribers can grab a Casual Traveller Data Pack good for anywhere from 100MB to 1.5GB which can be used in some 50 countries throughout Asia and Europe, along with New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
There’s no restriction to the number of countries in which you can use the data pack, which makes it ideal for stopovers partway through your trip. The only limit is that last for 30 days from the date of activation.
Travellers will also receive an SMS alert for every 20MB they use.
Telstra plans to make the same data packs available to prepaid customers on October 24th.
Here’s how the Casual Traveller Data Pack prices stack up:
- $29 for 100MB
- $85 for 300MB
- $160 for 600MB
- $350 for 1.5GB
Those are substantial drops from Telstra’s previous roaming packs, which ranged from $29 for a laughable 20MB to a whopping $1800 for 2GB.
Even if you haven’t loaded up with a data pack (or if you exceed the pack's limit), the charge for casual Internet usage has also been slashed from $15/MB to $3/MB.
As welcome as these changes are, they still rate behind the deals that Optus and Vodafone have put on the table.
Optus’ streamlined roaming plans divide the world into two travel zones with data costs varying from 50c to $1 per MB.
Travellers to Zone 1 countries can also purchase a $10/day Travel Pack for what the carrier promises as ‘unlimited talk and text’ plus 30MB per day of data.
Vodafone’s new Red plans, which span from $50 for 1.5GB of data to $85 for 5GB of data (on a SIM-only basis) – with optional monthly data packs of $10 for 1GB and $20 for 2.5GB – let you use the plan’s call, text and data allowance in New Zealand, the UK, Europe and the USA for an extra $5 per day.
This includes unlimited standard calls and text messages back to Australia as well as the country you’re currently in.
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