New Optus Roaming Rates

Last month I wrote about Vodafone capping global roaming fees at $5 per day, well Optus has now[1] responded with their offering, which includes a $10 per day travel pack to ‘Zone 1’[2] countries, offering unlimited text, unlimited talk and 30MB of data per day. The packs will be available to post-paid customers from November 2013, and in a tweet response to a question I asked, Optus advised the new travel pack will replace the existing data travel passes, which offered:

Expiry 1 Day 3 Days 5 Days
Price/Pass $10 $27 $40
Included Data Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Although the above were only available on selected networks in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and the United Kingdom.

Outside of the new travel pack, Optus will charge cheaper—but not cheap—flat rates of:

Zone 1 Zone 2
Text 50c / text $1 / text
Talk $1 / min $2 / min
Data 50c / MB $1 / MB

I’m optimistic about the new $10 travel pack, and although 30MB a day doesn’t sound much, it’s close to a 1GB plan when stretched out over a month. I just wish they could have brought the price down a little more, and it still isn’t clear what they mean by unlimited text and unlimited talk. Does this include unlimited calls within the country? Back home to Australia? Or unlimited calls anywhere? Not that I actually feel any great need to call when I’m travelling. My preference would have been for a more generous data allowance.


  1. Well, three weeks ago—I’m a little bit behind with my blog posting.  ↩

  2. Includes, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Asia. Excluded from this deal are ‘Zone 2’ countries, which include Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  ↩