Telstra cuts the cost of roaming by up to 80 per cent
Posted on September 23, 2013
3 min read
As we plan our travel itinerary before heading overseas, one call people can often forget is to their mobile provider to sort out international data roaming.
We know Aussies love to travel and like to remain connected when we’re on-the-go. Like many people, I use my mobile device when travelling to stay connected to my family and friends, as well as day-to-day admin such as banking, social media updates and emails if I’m on a work trip, so data allowance is important to me.
From 14 October Telstra customers will have five times as many reasons to add ‘Activate international data roaming’ to their travel list, with our new Casual Traveler Data Packs now providing five times the data at the same price:
- $29 for 100MB to use over 30 days
- $85 for 300MB to use over 30 days
- $160 for 600MB to use over 30 days
- $350 for 1.5 GB to use over 30 days
Our new data packs give our customers great flexibility and great value. And they are available to use in 50 eligible countries – more than any of our competitors – including summer holiday hot spots like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Vanuatu as well as countries across Europe and South America. Importantly the data packs cover all of the major airport hubs for Australian travelers – Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, London, New York and Auckland.
The data allowance also crosses the border when you do within the 50 eligible locations. Whether it’s during a 2-hour Asian stopover on the way to the UK or trip around Europe, you don’t need to waste precious time and energy buying multiple packs; at Telstra you buy one pack and you are set.
We have also introduced a five-fold increase to the data allowance on our International Frequent Traveler Data Plans and reduced our pay-as-you-go data roaming rate by 80 per cent to $3 per MB.
To help you better manage your data use while abroad, customers will also receive our international roaming data usage alerts, which will be sent for each 20MB of usage. It’s all about giving customers peace of mind, knowing they won’t come home to any post-travel bill surprises.
With these new data plans, we estimate that for an overseas trip such as a quick six day hop to the US for business, a week-long Bali break with the family or a 10 day adventure in Europe, a 300MB pack at a cost of $85 would suffice for typical needs. This is based on average data usage of between 30 MB and 50 MB per day, which works out between $8 and $12 per day.
The packs are available to all Telstra Mobile customers, they’re quick and easy to buy online either before leaving Australia or on-the-go overseas.
The Casual Traveler Data Packs
- Now offer five times the usage at the same price;
- Available in 50 countries including holiday hotspots;
- Last for 30 days from activation, with no daily usage commitment;
- User receives SMS alerts for each 20MB used;
- Can be used in 50 eligible countries, without the need to purchase different packs for different destinations; and,
- Can be purchased in Australia or on-the-go overseas.
It’s easy to get started, simply by activating international roaming and adding an international data casual traveler pack before travel in-store or online.