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

Alex Kidman 29 July 2016 NEWS

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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-Ons Data Allowance Cost Call minutes Texts Expiry
3 days Roaming Add-on 100MB $25 30 mins 30 TXT 3 days
3 days Roaming Data Add-on 200MB $25 N/A N/A 3 days
7 days Roaming Add-on 250MB $35 60 mins 60 TXT 7 days
7 days Roaming Data Add-on 500MB $35 N/A N/A 7 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.

Europe Asia & Oceania North & South America Africa
Albania Fiji Brazil South Africa
Austria Hong Kong USA
Belgium Indonesia
Bulgaria India
Croatia Japan
Cyprus Malaysia
Czech Republic New Zealand
Denmark Singapore
England Thailand
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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