Optus Cut Roaming Charges

Three weeks after Vodafone announced its $5 roaming plan to the USA, UK and New Zealand, Optus has released The Optus Travel range, which is said to delivers consumer plans that give globetrotters the freedom to use their phones overseas, due to its flat-calling rates and packages.

 

Three weeks after Vodafone announced its $5 roaming plan to the USA, UK and New Zealand, Optus has released The Optus Travel range, which is said to delivers consumer plans that give globetrotters the freedom to use their phones overseas, due to its flat-calling rates and packages.

 

From mid-September 2013, Optus will reduce its five geographical pricing zones to two, each with a flat rate. Zone 1 will include New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Asia. Zone 2 includes Latin America, Africa and The Middle East.

 

Optus claims its research shows that 55 percent of consumers who have used roaming services have had a negative experience with big bills while travelling, and 33 percent have had bills in excess of $1,000. On some occasions, this was as a result of customers being confused by over 20 different pricing options which were dependent on where customers were calling from and where they were calling to as well as other costs such as flag fall and connection fees.

 

From November, Optus postpaid customers will have the option of the Optus Travel Pack. For $10 a day, consumers can have unlimited texts and calls and 30MB of data per day in Zone 1.

 

Pricing
Zone 1
Text: 50c
Talk: (send and receive) $1/min
Data: 50c/MB

 

Zone 2
Text: $1
Talk: (send and receive) $2 / min
Data: $1/MB

 

Zone 1 Travel Pack at $10 A Day
Text: Unlimited
Talk: Unlimited
Data; 30MB p/day

 

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