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Friday, 08 July 2011 16:19

Vodafone Australia cuts NZ data roaming rates


Vodafone Australia has moved to address the disparity in trans-Tasman data roaming fees with those charged by its New Zealand counterpart.

It now offers postpaid customers four bundles that range in price from $0.25 per Mbyte on the cheapest bundle to 10 cents on the largest. The new bundles are $25 for 100MB, $50 for 300MB, $100 for 1GB and $200 for 2GB. Data in all bundles must be used within  30 days.

Additional data on all bundles is "only" $2 per MB. And there is another catch. These are not one off purchases: you sign up and get charged every month until to cancel.

However the rates are a big improvement on the $1.65 per MB applying two weeks ago when iTWire last checked, on the announcement by Vodafone NZ that it had reduced data roaming charges to Australia  for the second time in an many months.

Vodafone NZ reduced charges to $NZ1 per MB in May and in late June to $NZ0.50. This is rather higher than Vodafone AU's new rates, but  unlike Vodafone AU, there is no need to pre-commit to a certain volume, no hefty over-quota charges and users get notification at 2MB, 5MB and 10MB market.

However puts Vodafone NZ's data roaming rate for Australia puts its rates to other countries to shame: an eye-watering $NZ10 per MB to every other country.

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