Telstra changes international roaming rates again

Angus Kidman 31 July 2017

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A new $10 auto top-up will replace per-megabyte excess charges.

Just a month after revamping its roaming charges for contract phone customers, Telstra is making more changes.

Telstra introduced its new International Day Pass in June, which offers unlimited calls and texts in 58 countries for a flat $10 a day. The least generous part of the plan is the data allowance, which is just 100MB per day.

On the current pass, if you exceed that limit, you'll be charged 3 cents a megabyte. But from 20 August 2017 that will change, according to a new Telstra announcement.

From that date, if you exceed your limit, you'll automatically be charged $10 and given an extra 500MB data allowance, which has to be used within 31 days. You'll continue to get a base 100MB for each day you pay for the day pass. Telstra says it will send notifications when customers have used 25%, 85% and 100% of their additional data.

The new deal is slightly more generous than the previous offer, where $10 would have scored you roughly 333MB. But it's rather more expensive than the industry standard 1GB for $10 which applies to most domestic plans.

Prior to the change, Telstra offered an opt-in data top up with 1GB for $25. It isn't clear if this will continue to be offered; we'll update when we know more. If you do think you're going to go over, The $25 pass is still a better-value option than the automatic $10/500MB deal.

So what does the new approach mean in practice? If you travelled overseas for a week, then $80 would get you unlimited calls and texts and 171MB of data to use each day. Making use of free Wi-Fi when you can would help stretch that total, and Telstra contract customers can use their Telstra Air accounts to access Fon wireless hotspots across the globe for free.

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