Global roaming: how to save when you travel


Heading overseas? Don’t get stung by exorbitant roaming charges.

A mobile phone is an essential travel accessory, but no-one wants to return from an overseas jaunt and face a bill of thousands of dollars for excess roaming charges. Here's what you need to know to stay connected without paying a fortune.

Can't I just use my existing phone?

In many cases, you can -- but you'll pay dearly for the privilege. Don't believe us? Check out this map. It shows the casual roaming rates around the world if you have a contract phone with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and use it overseas. (These are the rates that apply if you don't set up a special roaming pack or deal).

As well as charging much higher rates for data, you'll also have to pay whenever you receive calls (as well as making them). Make sure you've set up a roaming deal, or get a dedicated travel SIM for while you're overseas.

Compare October 2016 offers for roaming SIMs

Woolworths Global Roaming - Get SIM & $10 credit only for $29

Get SIM & $10 credit with the price of $29 at Woolworths Mobile Global Roaming.

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ChatSim Unlimited offers unlimited text that lasts up to a year and multimedia add-ons to use when travelling aborad. Click here to find out more.

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