Vodafone ditches New Zealand roaming fees
If you’re travelling to New Zealand in the near future, you won’t pay an extra cent for roaming calls, texts or data usage on most of Vodafone’s plans.
Vodafone Australia’s deal for international roaming was already amongst the easiest to understand and use amongst the big Australian telcos, with a flat $5/day fee for its SIM-only and Red plans to a large number of countries. That $5 fee gives you the same calling and data inclusions of your existing plan, without any additional cost.
For short trips that can be extremely good value compared to other roaming providers, although for longer trips a dedicated roaming SIM may still be cheaper.
Vodafone has announced that as of today, its Red plans and SIM-only plans costing $30 a month or more will waive the $5 per day fee in New Zealand, making roaming effectively free in New Zealand for Vodafone customers. The deal is in place until at least 1 February 2017.
This isn't a two way deal, however, so customers on Vodafone's New Zealand brand don't get free roaming in Australia.
Vodafone no longer offers its Red plans, but it's current range competes quite well against the other "big three" telcos in general terms, and the inclusion of free roaming in New Zealand is a notable additional perk. Here's how those plans compare:
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