Australians now covered for roaming in Asia

$5 a day to roam in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan & Thailand

Vodafone today announced the expansion of its popular $5 per day international roaming plans to include six countries across Asia: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand.

Vodafone’s international roaming offer now covers 46 countries, including the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom and most Europe nations.

Australians made 2.4 million trips to Asia in 2013, with short getaways Thailand and Bali proving popular. China is Australia’s number-one trading partner, with Japan second.

Vodafone Chief Marketing Officer Kim Clarke said “Asia is a hugely popular destination for Australians taking a holiday, with Bali and Thailand among the top spots for Australians taking short overseas trips.

”We want to give our customers the experience of using their smartphones in Asia just as they would when they’re at home in Australia.”

“Many of our customers who travel regularly to Asia for business, especially those visiting China and Japan. In a constantly switched-on world you simply can’t afford to miss those important business calls or emails and it shouldn’t cost the earth.”

Ms Clarke said international travellers often tried to avoid roaming charges by purchasing SIM cards or using expensive hotel Wi-Fi services, choices that were inconvenient and impractical.

“Customers need to be able to access everything they would normally use on their smartphones like contacts, their email and apps. With Vodafone Red, our customers can use their phone just as they would from home for only $5 extra per day. We are proud to continue to lead the change in transforming the roaming experience for Australian consumers and businesses.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Vodafone Red customers will be able to use $5 a day roaming from January 23 if they opt in before leaving Australia. Vodafone Traveller rates apply if roaming outside of US, NZ, UK, Europe and the six Asian countries. Click here for terms and conditions.
  • All Vodafone services are subject to network availability, individual device capabilities & limitations of overseas networks. Some Vodafone services such as video calling, and calls to premium or special numbers will not be available while roaming in some countries.
  • Any Vodafone customer is able to switch to a Red plan without paying any fees whatsoever, provided the plan is the same or greater value.