UK operator Vodafone has launched a new WorldTraveller plan that lets pay monthly customers use their regular calls, texts and data allowances while in a range of countries for an all-inclusive price of £5 per day.
Announced today, the tariff lets travellers to the US, India, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa use their plan’s regular allowances for a predictable set fee, but you’re only charged for the days the phone is actually used while abroad. Customers wanting to opt-in to WorldTraveller need to call 5555 and activate the service for free.
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The launch follows Vodafone’s introduction of a EuropeTraveller tariff way back in 2011, which provides the same options for users travelling to European destinations but for a cost of £3 per day – this is currently on special offer at £2 per day until August 31. Rival operator Three made a similar move recently and dropped roaming charges for seven countries.
As the push for a single telecoms market in Europe continues, we can expect the cost of roaming abroad to continue to fall within Europe but with a lack of global regulation users will have to rely on market forces to continue to put enough pressure on operators to lower the costs of roaming beyond the EU.
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