• Optus expands pre-paid international data roaming from $4/day

    Optus customers travelling to New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom with a pre-paid mobile device can now slash their international roaming costs by activating a new $20 data roaming bundle on their account. Valid for five days from the time of activation &n...

    POSTED 19 May, 2019 3 Comments

  • Singapore's StarHub SIM card lets you enjoy free overseas data roaming

    If you’re jetting off to Asia, the UK or the USA through Singapore, you can pick up a nifty StarHub SIM card during your transit which offers free data roaming in over a dozen countries – perfect as a data SIM for your tablet, or to keep handy in your dual-SIM phone. Singaporean telc...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • How to use global roaming on the dual SIM iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

    With the launch of its latest iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR models, Apple has finally delivered dual SIM card capability to make overseas roaming easier for travellers. Well, sort of. Here's what you need to know about the new dual SIM iPhones and how to use them for global roaming. Which new iPhones...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2018 9 Comments

  • With eSIMs new iPhones make life better for you, harder for telcos

    Each new iPhone is usually good news for mobile network operators. The latest Apple device always comes with upgrades that make it easier to play games, watch films and download reams of data. More data means bigger phone bills. There’s a chance, though, that this week's arrival of the nex...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2018 2 Comments

  • Vodafone pledges $5/day roaming to remain after $11 billion TPG merger

    Vodafone has promised that its popular $5/day global roaming deal will remain after the proposed merger with broadband telco TPG. That merger would create a company worth as much as A$10.9 billion with the "scale and financial strength to compete more effectively" with Telstra and Optus, Vodafon...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • How to buy a 3 SIM card for roaming in London, UK and Europe

    Mobile telco Three (also known as 3) offers great value for prepaid roaming SIM plans which can be used throughout the UK as well as in Europe, with free data roaming on your smartphone or tablet. I regularly travel to London, the UK and Europe and Three's pay-as-you-go SIM is a must-have item o...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 19 Comments

  • Vodafone scraps free roaming in New Zealand

    Vodafone Australia will axe free roaming in New Zealand from February 2018, bringing Kiwi country back onto its $5/day scheme. The carrier abolished roaming charges for Australian subscribers travelling to New Zealand in February 2016, allowing trans-Tasman travellers to use data, make...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2017 16 Comments

  • Telstra launches $10/day international roaming

    EXCLUSIVE | Telstra will today launch a flat $10/day global roaming deal in 57 counties around the world, with a cut-price $5/day for New Zealand.  The carrier will scrap its complicated Travel Pass packs in favour of the simplified scheme, which covers most countries in Europe, Asia, North...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 75 Comments

  • Europe scraps roaming voice, text and data charges

    Life just got much easier and much less expensive for travellers to Europe, with roaming charges within all EU member countries now abolished. Under the ground-breaking 'Connected Continent' agreement, mobile phone users now pay exactly the same for voice calls, text messages and data usage rega...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2017 24 Comments

  • Global roaming: Telstra vs Optus vs Vodafone, which is best?

    We compare the global roaming deals of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – which one is best for the frequent flyer? One of the greatest advances for business travellers over recent years wasn't a new type of business class seat, a new airport lounge or travel app, or even an actual 'enhancement...

    POSTED 9 Dec, 2016 27 Comments

  • Vodafone extends $5/day roaming to Canada, Vanuatu and more

    Vodafone customers can now use international roaming in Canada for just $5/day – perfect for the upcoming skiing season in Whistler – with each traveller’s usual data, voice and SMS allowances following them abroad. If your plan normally includes unlimited calls to Australian n...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2016 12 Comments

  • Three UK extends Euro roaming on prepaid SIMs for voice, data

    Three UK will add 24 new countries to its ‘Feel At Home’ roaming pack next month, creating what could be the ideal UK/EU package for Aussie travellers. Covering both pre-paid and post-paid plans, major destinations like Belgium, Germany and Greece join the roster, as does Hungar...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 8 Comments

  • Rio Olympics: should you get a local SIM card or roam in Brazil?

    As Australians flock to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics, keeping in touch with loved ones back home can be both difficult and expensive: but are you better off slipping a local SIM card into your phone or paying global roaming fees to your usual telco? Australian Business Traveller reviews both...

    POSTED 29 Jul, 2016 5 Comments

  • Is it worth getting a local SIM card in New Zealand?

    New Zealand remains the most popular international destination for Australian travellers with no fewer than seven airlines crossing the ditch – but once you arrive, is it worth shelling out for a local SIM card to keep in touch or are you better off roaming using your Australian SIM? As Au...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2016 10 Comments

  • The best pre-paid SIM card for travellers to Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur and broader Malaysia are big business destinations for travellers in the manufacturing industries – particularly electronics, solar and automotive – yet keeping in touch with the office and your loves ones back home can prove a costly exercise for business travellers. Wh...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2016 2 Comments

  • The best pre-paid SIM cards for business travellers to Japan

    Japan remains a popular destination for business travellers – particularly those in the automotive and electronics industries – but obtaining a pre-paid mobile phone SIM card with calling and SMS capabilities is near impossible for foreigners. That’s because Japan has very stri...

    POSTED 23 Jun, 2016 13 Comments

  • How 'low power mode' can cut your iPhone's global roaming costs

    TRAVEL TIP | Apple’s ‘low power mode’ on newer iPhones running iOS 9 is of course a great way to extend your phone’s battery life when out and about, but for business travellers, flicking it on while abroad can shave many megabytes – and therefore, dollars – fr...

    POSTED 17 May, 2016 4 Comments

  • The best pre-paid SIM card for travellers to Singapore

    Singapore remains a popular destination for Australian business and leisure travellers alike, and while many Aussie telcos include The Lion City in their various roaming packages, it’s always cheaper to grab a local SIM if you’ll be staying for more than just a few days. Singaporean ...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2016 7 Comments

  • The easiest pre-paid SIM card for Beijing, Shanghai, China

    Scooping up a local SIM card in China can prove a difficult task, not only thanks to the language barrier but also because some retailers, even those at the airports, surprisingly don’t always keep pre-paid SIM cards in stock. What’s more, some unscrupulous sellers insist you “...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2016 1 Comment

  • Roaming in New Zealand: the best local SIM card for travellers

    New Zealand is Australia’s most popular international destination, with over one million trans-Tasman trips made every year – so what's the best way to keep in touch across the pond? Vodafone Australia subscribers enjoy free roaming in New Zealand under a radical twist to the carrier...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2016 7 Comments

  • The best local SIM card for travellers to London, United Kingdom

    While Australian travellers visiting the UK enjoy discounted global roaming rates from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, buying a local prepaid SIM card delivers big savings when your stay extends beyond just a few days. It also gives you the convenience of a local UK (+44) mobile number for you...

    POSTED 10 Mar, 2016 15 Comments

  • The best local SIM card for travellers to Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    With daily flights from major Australian cities on both Qantas partner Emirates to Dubai and Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is a popular destination for Australian travellers – but current roaming charges from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone make calls and tests incredibl...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2016 3 Comments

  • Vodafone launches free New Zealand roaming

    Vodafone has abolished voice and data roaming charges for its Australian subscribers travelling to New Zealand, and other countries could follow in the radical 'free roaming' plan. The jaw-dropper of a deal, which takes effect as of today for customers on all Vodafone Red plans – starting ...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2016 7 Comments

  • The best USA SIM card for travellers to the United States

    While the costs of international roaming continue to fall, pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards still have their advantages – whether that’s having a local number for clients to call in the same country or even for longer trips or periods of heavy usage where roaming fees become impractica...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2016 35 Comments

  • Telstra jacks up data, prices on international roaming plans

    LATEST | Telstra has backed down on its decision to more than triple some international data roaming costs after an outcry from the telco's travelling customers. Changes due to take effect from today would have seen the cost of excess data on the company's Travel Pass plans jump from 3c/MB to 10...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2015 21 Comments

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