Vodafone’s Red roaming deal expands to six more countries

Alex Kidman 2 November 2016

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Australian tourists can utilise Vodafone’s $5/day roaming across more of the planet from today.

A lot of deals from telcos are very similar, especially when they come to price points, data inclusions and unlimited calling/text packages. One area where Vodafone has seriously differentiated itself from direct competitors Telstra and Optus has been its $5 Red Roaming deal. This allows customers to pay a flat $5 fee while overseas to access whatever inclusions are present on their existing plan as though they were at home, including unlimited calls and texts and however much data they’ve got on their plan. It’s a very simple scheme best suited to short stay travel, and one that its competitors really haven’t matched.

Vodafone Australia has announced that it’s expanded the scheme into six new countries, including Canada, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, bringing the total number of $5 roaming destinations to 58.

In comparative terms, just taking Canada as an example as it’s a popular tourist destination for Australians, Vodafone’s deal for a short stay compares very well, bearing in mind that any eligible customer would already be paying their monthly plan fees anyway.

Telstra puts Canada in its Zone 3 designation for its Travel Pass scheme, while Optus places it as a Zone 1 Country for its Travel Pack scheme. So for a three day Canadian visit, here’s what you’d pay, assuming no excess data/call/text usage above plan/pack inclusions:

CarrierPlan NameCost for 3 daysCallsTextsData
VodafoneRed roaming$15UnlimitedUnlimitedAs per plan inclusion
TelstraTravel pass$45UnlimitedUnlimited225MB
OptusTravel pack$30UnlimitedUnlimited150MB
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