• Calls for new laws to reel in data roaming rip-off

    Consumer groups are calling for new Australian laws to force mobile phone companies to limit consumers' exposure to global roaming internet fees. Smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Google Android-based phones use the mobile network constantly, accessing the internet to update apps, receive e...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • How the iPhone's 'visual voicemail' can save money when you're travelling overseas

    This week Telstra became the second Australian mobile carrier to offer Apple's 'Visual Voicemail' for iPhone, following Vodafone's introduction of the service almost two years ago. Telstra is copping plenty of flack for its decision to charge $5 per month for Visual Voicemail (which it calls Mes...

    POSTED 25 Mar, 2011 1 Comment

  • New SIM card offers unlimited data roaming in Asia

    UPDATE | The Bridge AsiaRoam Data SIM package is being withdrawn as of December 31, 2012 – see our story here for more details. PREVIOUS | Last week, we detailed Tru's new mobile network that spans three countries, doing away with global roaming fees altogether. This week, there's mo...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 6 Comments

  • Telstra doubles Next G plan data allowance

    If you're a business customer of Telstra's Next G network, a surprise is heading your way — a doubling of your data allowance. Existing Telstra customers have been receiving SMSes similar to: "To thank you for being with Telstra, we have doubled your $19 Mobile Datapack allowance from 1Gb...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Global roaming complaints soar by 80%

    Travellers bitten by global roaming charges, especially for smartphone Internet and app usage, have shot up by 80 percent according to the Australia’s Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman. The TIO’s 2010 annual report cited ‘bill shock’ following an overseas trip, and ex...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2010 6 Comments

  • How to avoid data roaming 'bill shock'

    Most business travellers love that their smartphone keeps email, Web sites and other online services just a few taps away. But as many have accidentally discovered when overseas, the cost of using 3G data as a ‘roaming’ service is a killer. You can easily return home to a bill for hu...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2010 3 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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