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Vodafone will make its $5/day global roaming available to customers on postpaid plans and slash data and voice charges in more than 200 countries outside of the '$5/day' zone including India, Canada and Fiji.
From March 23, all of Vodafone Australia current postpaid plans are eligible for the same $5/day Red Roaming deal which is currently restricted to the carrier's premium Red plans.
This lets you use your plan’s voice, text and data allowances for a flat $5 a day across almost 46 countries worldwide including New Zealand, Asia, the US, UK and Europe, with up to 90 days of roaming per year.
Existing customers on current plans will need to opt in for the global roaming deal, but from April 23 Red Roaming will automatically "to all new customers connecting to our current postpaid plans" the carrier advises.
Vodafone customers who are on older plans prior to April 2013 can switch to a current plan without paying any fees, provided the new plan is the same or greater value than the old plan.
“You shouldn’t have to adjust three different settings in your phone or buy a new SIM card to enjoy using your phone like you would at home" says Kim Clarke, Vodafone's Chief Marketing Officer.
“These plans are enormously popular with people travelling for business as it saves them a fortune on expensive hotel WiFi charges.”
$1 per minute, $1 per Mb
There's also good news for travellers heading to countries not covered by the Red Roaming network with Vodafone simplifying its calling and data rates to more than 200 countries.
Gone is the complicated table listing over 20 different call rates depending on the destination. In its place is a flat $1 per minute call rate and $1 per MB data rate.
Vodafone says this represents a reduction in data charges of up to 90%.
Earlier this month Vodafone added the globetrotter-friendly roaming option to business bundles which can share call value and data caps among multiple employees in the same business
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