• New Apple, Samsung SIM-free phones could transform global roaming

    Imagine landing in any foreign country, switching your phone on, selecting a temporary plan from a local mobile carrier and getting on with your business. There'd be no time spent hunting down and queuing to buy a local SIM card, nor any excessive global roaming charges from your provider back h...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2015 6 Comments

  • Using Optus global roaming for international voice, data, SMS

    With the new 'Optus Travel Packs’, you’ll pay just $10 per day in selected countries for unlimited calls and text messages to friends, family and even your boss back at the office when circling the globe. Your $10 also buys 50MB of data per day – which admittedly isn’t mu...

    POSTED 28 Jan, 2015 5 Comments

  • The best SIM cards for voice and mobile Internet data in France

    As a regular traveller to France and a fluent French speaker, I'm often asked for my advice on which French SIM or microSIM card is the best for an iPhone, iPad, Android device, Internet USB stick or pocket 3G-wifi router: Orange? SFR? Bouyges Telecom? My first piece of advice is this: don't eve...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2012 37 Comments

  • Nokia's dual-SIM phone is a treat for travellers

    It's not often that Nokia brings out a product that trounces the competition these days -- but one of its newest smartphones, the C2-03, has a great feature: the ability to use two SIM cards at once. That means a traveller can keep their Australian telco SIM in the phone to receive text messages...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2011 4 Comments

  • Travel tech: Top tips for cutting global roaming fees

    Heading overseas? The last thing you want to do is get home to a $10,000 phone bill due to data roaming costs from internet usage on your smartphone. Australian Business Traveller recently investigated which mobile networks charged the most for 'data roaming' and found Optus was by far the worst...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

  • How to divert your mobile through Skype to avoid global roaming fees

    There's a golden trick that tech-savvy travellers have been using for years to avoid global roaming fees. Put simply, you divert your Australian mobile number to a Skype number, which in turn diverts to your overseas mobile number.  As a result, you avoid global roaming fees altogether. Y...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2011 18 Comments

  • New SIM card for travellers to USA: $80 for unlimited talk/text, data

    If you're travelling to the USA soon, there's a great value prepaid SIM card that Australian Business Traveller reader Josh Murphy has made us aware of.  For an outlay of US$80 (US$20 for the SIM, and US$60 for the 30 day plan), you can buy a SIMple Mobile SIM card, including: unlimited ...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

  • Top 5 tips for travelling with an iPhone

    If you're going overseas with an iPhone, here are the top five things you must know before you go. #1 Don't use data roaming The iPhone uses a lot of data, which can result in incredibly expensive global roaming bills. Global roaming rates are $10 - $20 per MB depending on your telco (Optus bei...

    POSTED 10 May, 2011 5 Comments

  • RoamingSIM takes on global roaming rort

    If you've been reading our coverage about MaxRoam SIM cards -- particularly their relatively cheap data rates when used in Europe -- you might be interested to hear that they're actually available in Australia under a different name. RoamingSIM is a Melbourne company selling SIM cards for travel...

    POSTED 6 May, 2011 1 Comment

  • Australia/New Zealand governments to investigate global roaming rip-off

    The Australian and New Zealand governments will investigate ways to address the high cost of using a mobile phone in global roaming mode across the Tasman. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will discuss the issue when they meet this week. "It is on the agenda ...

    POSTED 3 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Are you saying "I don't want your business"?

    Turning on an out-of-office responder that says "I'm travelling and will have limited access to emails" is as good as telling customers you don't want their business, according to a survey of over 1,000 business travellers by Australia/UK/US multi-country mobile network Tru. The key issue highli...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • MaxRoam: cheap global roaming voice and data across Europe

    If you're travelling to Europe soon, you should check out the MaxRoam global roaming SIM card. It replaces the SIM from your Australian carrier, and gives you much cheaper phone calls -- and also relatively cheap internet access on your smartphone. The countries MaxRoam provides cheap global roa...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2011 2 Comments

  • Best prepaid SIM card for Hong Kong

    Australian Business Traveller reader Rick Ramsey has contributed this fantastic write-up, explaining a cheap and easy-to-buy prepaid SIM card to save money on roaming costs while in Hong Kong.    If you're a frequent traveller in Asia, it really pays to avoid global roaming with you...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • Multi-country "Tru" mobile network eliminates global roaming fees

    The days of global roaming could be numbered, with the launch of a new single mobile network that spans multiple countries. The company behind the network, Tru, is operating a mobile network in the US using its own radio spectrum, and then extending that network out to the UK and Australia with ...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2011 2 Comments

  • How to get almost free global roaming in the USA

    If you're travelling to the USA, there's no need to pay outrageous global roaming fees -- there are a couple of great tricks with Skype to make calls almost free of charge. Ultra-cheap calls from the USA to Australia Cost-conscious travellers have been using Skype for years to avoid telcos' out...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Best travel SIM card for New Zealand

    Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in New Zealand? We recently looked at a range of them, and the clear answer was SimCardGlobal Atlas+44. It's only US$0.29/min (29c) to receive calls in NZ; US$0.61/min (61c) to make calls within NZ or US$0.62/min (62c) to call back to Australia...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Best travel SIM card for Singapore

    Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in Singapore? We recently looked at a range of them, and the clear answer was Buzzroam. In Singapore, it costs only US$0.08/min (8c) to receive calls, or US$0.41/min (41c) to make them within Singapore or back to Australia. This was the cheapes...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Best travel SIM card for Hong Kong

    Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in Hong Kong? We recently looked at a range of them, and the clear answer was Buzzroam. In Hong Kong, it costs only US$0.08/min (8c) to receive calls, or US$0.41/min (41c) to make them within Hong Kong or back to Australia. Buzzroam is a Hong ...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Best travel SIM card for USA

    UPDATE: Since we wrote this article, a better SIM card has been released for use in the USA. Read our full story: Multi-country "Tru" mobile network does away with global roaming rates entirely.     Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in the USA? We recently looked ...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Best travel SIM card for UK

    Wondering which global SIM card is cheapest for use in the UK? We recently looked at a range of them, and the clear answer was TravelSIM. It is roughly competitive with other global SIM card providers on its pricing for calls made in the UK, at 42c per minute, whether calling landlines inside or...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Cheapest global/travel SIM cards revealed: special report

    Global roaming charges are among the most painful bills to cover on trips — even for business travellers, who might raise the boss's eyebrow when they present a $1,000 or more phone bill for reimbursement. Travel SIM cards are a recent innovation, promising to slash global roaming costs. T...

    POSTED 12 Jan, 2011 15 Comments

  • Vodafone cuts fees for global roamers

    Here's some good news for Vodafone customers travelling to New Zealand and Singapore: From today, the mobile provider are reducing their international roaming rates to the cost of a standard call. Previously, roaming calls in the two countries were charged $1 plus the standard call rate. Vodafone...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2010 1 Comment

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