Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:52

Vodafone adds fixed-price roaming to SME plans Featured


Vodafone has announced new mobile plans aimed at SMEs with the carrot of $5 a day roaming in 46 countries.

Last year, Vodafone introduced new plans that included a $5 a day charge for roaming in selected countries. The surcharge is automatically levied as soon as the phone is used in one of the specified countries, and then usage is charged at the rates that would apply if the phone was in Australia.

At the time, the company's then CEO Bill Morrow (who was appointed as CEO of NBN Co in December 2013) said he had been "appalled" at the size of some of the bills incurred by Vodafone customers travelling overseas.

The company has now extended the arrangement to its small to medium sized business customers.

The Vodafone Red Business plans allow the use of inclusions in 46 countries (the US, the UK, New Zealand and others around Europe and Asia) for an extra $5 per day.

Prices start at $135 a month for 'infinite' standard calls to Australian numbers, infinite local and national SMSes, and 3GB of data (BYO phones).

Plan inclusions can be shared among as many as 100 users - each additional user costs $45 a month. The data pool can be shared with tablets or mobile broadband devices for an extra $10 a month for each extra SIM required.

The cost of additional data starts at $20 for 2GB a month.

Red Business plans also offer the option of a 'tech fund' that can be used to purchase phones. For example, a minimum $150 spend across two users on a 24 month contract yields a $750 tech fund in return for an additional $360 compared with the corresponding BYO version of the plan.

"Vodafone's business customers have told us very clearly what they need from us is the ability to travel to do business without having to worry about a rogue bill coming in from a short business trip overseas," said director of sales Ben McIntosh.

"We recognise both the need to be able to travel for work and to keep in touch with the team back in Australia and we are market-leading in this area."

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