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Vodafone cuts roaming rates – NZ mobile data roaming prices still *very* expensive

Vodafone has reduced international roaming rates in New Zealand and Singapore when calling Australia, but mobile data rates while roaming on Vodafone in New Zealand still remain unacceptably high.

Vodafone 3 Mobile VHAVodafone mobile customers from today on either business or personal plans who have set up their phone to enable international roaming and chosen to use the new ‘Vodafone Traveller’ service will be able to take advantage of the new Vodafone international roaming rates when in New Zealand and Singapore.

Vodafone’s postpaid voice and postpaid Mobile Broadband customers travelling to New Zealand between 4 November 2010 and 9 February 2011 will be able to access the internet or email at a rate of $2 per MB (min 10KB session), this rate is still excessive considering Vodafone owns both networks and is providing mobile data for less than $5 per Gigabyte on mobile plans domestically, some 500 times cheaper than international roaming data charges across the Tasman.

“Vodafone is always aiming to bring great value to our customers roaming overseas,” said Jason Blair, Head of Postpay at Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

“Our first priority has been to focus on the most common destinations for Australian business travellers and holiday-makers and allow Australians travelling in these countries to enjoy great rates.”

“These new rates enable postpaid Vodafone customers to use their mobile without incurring a roaming premium charge for standard voice calls,” said Blair.

If you need mobile data while overseas your best bet still remains buying a prepaid SIM at your destination. Incidentally Vodafone prepaid SIMs in New Zealand will set you back $39 and include 100Mb of data, less than one fifth of the price of mobile data international roaming on Vodafone.

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David Olsen

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