Vodafone’s new prepaid roaming packs allow for up to a week’s roaming travel

Alex Kidman 29 July 2016

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It’s not quite $5 roaming, but Vodafone’s prepaid customers can now purchase global roaming add-on packs for 3 or 7 day durations.

Vodafone’s $5 Red roaming deal remains the simplest way for Australian mobile customers to manage their travel data usage, but that’s an option that’s only been open to Vodafone mobile contract customers to date. If you were a prepaid customer, you were essentially out of luck – until today. Vodafone’s announced a slew of new add-ons for prepaid customers on MyMix, Combo or Pay As You Go Plus plans that give data, calling minutes and text inclusions. They’re not quite as generous as the $5/day roaming deal that gives you access to whatever your regular inclusions would be, but they’re still reasonable value for short-term travellers. Here’s how the new prepaid add-ons compare:

Vodafone Prepaid Roaming Add-OnsData AllowanceCostCall minutesTextsExpiry
3 days Roaming Add-on100MB$2530 mins30 TXT3 days
3 days Roaming Data Add-on200MB$25N/AN/A3 days
7 days Roaming Add-on250MB$3560 mins60 TXT7 days
7 days Roaming Data Add-on500MB$35N/AN/A7 days

There are a few small print catches to be aware of, however. While you can purchase an add-on before you travel or after you’ve commenced your trip, you do need to ensure that global roaming is enabled on your mobile before you travel. Once purchased the add-ons kick in for a set period of either 3 or 7 days timed against midnight AEST, which could mean your add-on expires at an unusual time depending on where on the planet you actually are.

Where can I use the new prepaid add-ons?

Vodafone advises that customers will be able to use the prepaid add-ons in the following locations.

EuropeAsia & OceaniaNorth & South AmericaAfrica
AlbaniaFijiBrazilSouth Africa
AustriaHong KongUSA
BelgiumIndonesia
BulgariaIndia
CroatiaJapan
CyprusMalaysia
Czech RepublicNew Zealand
DenmarkSingapore
EnglandThailand
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Northern Ireland
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Scotland
Serbia
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Wales

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