It’s great to travel overseas. There’s nothing like a change of scenery, new experiences and exotic locales to awaken the senses. And nothing beats rubbing it in to friends back home by posting a few pics on social media and a phone call telling them that you really do “wish they were here”.
Of course, international data roaming is also a really useful tool. From checking your flights and the weather to translating menus and finding out what’s happening around town.
But how do you enjoy all that information at your fingertips without worrying about bill shock once you land back home?
Get a great rate, oh wait, you already have
From January 1 this year, we reduced data roaming rates from $20 per MB all the way down to a mere $2 per MB. You’re welcome!
(The exception to this rate is when your phone connects to a maritime carrier, like when you’re sailing on the high seas. That’s called the “other zone” and is charged at $15.50 per MB.)
What do you have to do to get the new rate? If you’re an existing customer – nothing. We automatically applied the rate from January 1 so you’ll enjoy the new rate whenever you activate roaming. New customers will need to accept a pre-recorded waiver before our Support team will switch international roaming on.
Wi-Fi is your best friend
Whether you’re at your cousin’s apartment or the local café, ask if there’s free Wi-Fi. But remember your manners and don’t try to download the internet or clog their streaming by watching cat videos. If your cousin lives in the middle of nowhere and only has dial-up internet, best to put the phone down and pick up a book.
Don’t call me, I’ll call you
While you’re convincing friends and family to feed the cat and pick up your mail – ask them to text or message rather than call you. That’s because you’ll be charged for phone calls from Australia that are made to your phone while overseas. (This also reduces the chances that someone calls you at 2am in the morning because they couldn’t work out the time difference.)
If you’re planning to do a LOT of downloading, uploading or calling while travelling, you might want to consider these options:
Do you have any other useful tips for travelling overseas with a phone? Share them in the comments below.
Photo credit: Onny Carr