Vodafone drops roaming rates

May 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

will slash data to Australia by 93 per cent and other international rates by 66 per cent by the end of the month, the mobile giant said yesterday.

This is a very welcome move by Vodafone. Rates will drop from $30/MB to $2/MB in Australia and $10/MB elsewhere.

I try to minimise data use when overseas, but it is very difficult to have zero use.

Great to see Vodafone respond to the numerous complaints.

UPDATE: A reader alerts me that the Vodafone rate cuts are for three months only. This is better than no drop at all, but people should be very careful after August to ensure if the rates have gone back to the normal daylight robbery.

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10 Responses to “Vodafone drops roaming rates”

  1. wreck1080 (3,905 comments) says:

    $2mb? Easy to consume 500mb on a trip to aussie , this would cost $1000.

    You can drop $60 in a vodafone aussie store, get a local sim card with about 500mb pre-loaded (although, their prepaid plans are tricky to calculate actual data limits since voice and data both eat into the same preloaded credit).

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  2. Repton (769 comments) says:

    Date rates are already $10/MB on Vodafone partners (like Vodafone AU, or Vodafone Europe, or AT&T). Not much of an improvement.

    And I remember paying $10/MB for internet access, back in, ooh, maybe 1996?

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  3. Lance (2,654 comments) says:

    Now if Vodafone’s customer support wasn’t shit I could find a reason to be enthused.

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  4. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    This is a bit like Vodafone saying “we are going to kill you 1,000 times”

    “Oh hang on, no… we’re much nicer than that.”

    “We are going to kill you only 100 times.”

    $2/MB is still an outrageous figure!

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  5. Chthoniid (2,044 comments) says:

    Heh, I like pulling out my phone in some fetid jungle or swamp overseas, looking at the no signal message and smiling happily to myself.

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  6. MIKMS (167 comments) says:

    I’m amazed they willing to slash profit like that but I guessing they have plans to streamline the business across the ditch in the future

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  7. coventry (321 comments) says:

    The $2 per Mb is only for 3 months, it then reverts back to the $10 per Mb after that (for Aussie).

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  8. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Will allow VF to wheel out the ‘discounts’ when talking to the regulators and ministers.

    Call me cynical…

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  9. petal (706 comments) says:

    “Vodafone will slash data roaming rates to Australia by 93 per cent”

    If that isn’t a solid reason for retrospective accusations of gauging I don’t know what is.

    Anyone else think this is a move to take the heat out of a possible Commerce Commission decision by showing they ARE dropping prices voluntarily?

    Call me a cynic…

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  10. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    You can pre=purchase from Tomizone and get much cheaper access from many coffee shops than $2 Mb

    A hotel I use in Melbourne enables you to buy a gigabyte for use over 5 days for around A$100, which I still regard as high, but it is better than Vodafone’s new cheap rate

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