Vodafone has replaced its roaming charges with a flat daily
fee, allowing customers to use the calling minutes, texts and
data from their mobile plans for $5-per-day while travelling
in 17 countries.
This includes 4G mobile internet services, which Vodafone
customers will be able to access while travelling to five
Vodafone consumer director Matt Williams said the service
would change the way customers use their mobile phones
Williams said that someone travelling to Los Angeles, who
arrives and looks up a car reservation on their phone,
searches for their hotel, organises a dinner out, checks
emails and Facebook and calls back to New Zealand could do
that all for $5.
The same activities would cost more than $60, Williams
claimed, if a customer was with one of Vodafone's
The $5 charge kicks in as soon as someone uses data, makes a
phone call and send a text message. So even someone who wants
to send just one text message would be charged $5.
Commenting on this, Williams said Vodafone had asked a lot of
customers what they wanted and the $5-plan was exactly what
"We're very confident that for almost everybody this will
work very well,"
The $5-per-day plan is available to all Vodafone customers
who signed onto a plan in August least year.
Asked if the plan was a loss leader, Williams said this was
absolutely "not about losing money."
- By Hamish Fletcher of the New Zealand Herald