Wednesday, 02 November 2016 23:32

Vodafone adds more countries to $5 roaming offer

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Vodafone has boosted its $5 a day roaming network offer with the addition of six new destinations – Canada, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands.

The offer gives customers on eligible Vodafone plans the ability to use their home plan overseas in 58 international destinations for just $5 extra per day.

Vodafone chief marketing officer Loo Fun Chee says expanding the $5 roaming footprint means customers can now travel to all countries within North America and most destinations within the South Pacific “worry free”.

“No longer will they have the hassle of picking up a travel SIM, and they’ll still have the same connected experience as if they were at home.

With the expansion of destinations, Chee says, by way of example, that someone travelling to Canada for a 14-day holiday could save up to $130 off their total roaming bill by switching to Vodafone.

“Frequent flying business travellers will have the freedom to fly out for work without any worries about bill shock; it’s just a matter of switching on roaming before they take off. This will allow them to make calls and text and to use their data without the fear of a massive bill when they return.”

Vodafone says about 40,000 Australians travel to Canada during the Northern Hemisphere winter, with the slopes of ski resort Whistler the favourite place for Australians to visit, according to Destination Canada.

Chee says Vodafone remains committed to making international roaming affordable and easy to use, “so that customers feel confident about using their smartphones overseas”.

“The expansion of $5 Roaming to Canada comes ahead of the busy ski and snowboard season, which is a clear favourite travel destination for Australians.

“This will mean when people travel to Canada in the next few months they can use their phone to take snaps when they’re on the slopes and be able share those moments on social media as soon as they happen, without having to find hotspots or rely on expensive hotel Wi-Fi.

“Those who take advantage of $5 Roaming will also be able to put the money they would have spent to pay for costly phone bills towards their lift passes or après-skiing instead.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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