Vodafone cuts roaming costs with WorldTraveller

Vodafone moves to combat high roaming costs outside the EU, launching £5 a day WorldTraveller service in countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the US

Vodafone has launched a service to enable pay-monthly individuals and some business travellers to use their existing UK minutes, text and data allowances while roaming in several countries outside the EU.

The WorldTraveller service will be made available for £5 a day – compared with £2 a day for the European version – in Australia, Egypt, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Qatar, South Africa and the US.

Calls and texts received by customers who opt into the package will also be free, and the charge applied only on days when the device is used – defined by Vodafone as between 00:00 and 23:59 local time.

At the start of July new caps came into force across the EU that will force roaming costs down by as much as 50% in some cases. The maximum cost of downloading 1MB of data has now been set at €0.20.

The European Commission also wants to scrap roaming charges on SMS, voice and data by December 2015.

Meanwhile, Vodafone rival 3 has put at the heart of its current advertising campaign the growth of its own ‘Feel at Home’ package, which permits travellers to use their mobile internet and calling bundles in some other countries just as they would in the UK.

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This is still a rip off and (with the exception of the USA - correct
me if I am wrong) is costing Vodafone next to nothing to provide
considering it owns networks in the rest of the countries.

When will multinational operators just drop roaming charges altogether?!
Surely they'd make more money as lots of people would join them because
of that...

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£5 a day - what a bargain - NOT. More like a total rip off. As Three charge the same in Australia and other countries as back home in the UK I'd suggest that this continuing rip off is good reason to drop Vodafone sharpish.

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The "Three" Network has already abolished international roaming charges for Pay Monthly customers in several councties including Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmark and the USA. I was in New York in April and could ring people in the UK at no extra cost. Only the minutes I used were dedcuted from my monthly allowance. It also included data usage. My sister who was with me uses (rip off) Vodafone so I set my HTC up as a wireless access point so she could connect and read all of her emails. Three's service is called "feel at home". So as long as you don't exceed your monthly limits it won't cost you a penny to call or receive calls or use data in the specificed countrys (and they say they are adding more countrys soon). The only thing you need to be careful about is calling local phones in the country you are in as this would be charged as though you were calling them from the UK. For example, I was in a bar in New York talking to my mate in the UK for free. But if I'd rang the bar to talk to the bartender it would have charged me as though I was ringing the USA from the UK. Anyway, come on Vodafone and other providers. Get your act together!!

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