Optus has today announced a new take on their plans available to customers who travel internationally. Optus offers coverage in over 182 countries and previously, five zones have split the world for Optus customers when travelling, making it sometimes difficult to judge which zone you were in when travelling to multiple international destinations. Today’s announcement sees those zones reduced to two.

The two zones, have been selected carefully with Zone 1 including the top five destinations that Australians travel to – New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Asia. Zone 2 will incorporate the roads not so frequently travelled by Australian customers – Latin America, Africa and The Middle East.

The new plans which begin in mid-September will hopefully avert some of the bill shock that travellers often encounter when returning from an overseas holiday, the Zones will incorporate both Post and Pre-Paid plans and appear to be fairly straight forward :

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

*Excludes premium numbers, satellite, marine and airspace.

Optus also has plans to introduce ‘Optus Travel Packs’ for customers travelling in the Zone 1 areas. The Travel Packs can be applied to postpaid plans at a cost of $10 per day but offer some decent value :

Zone 1
Text Unlimited
Talk Unlimited
Data 30MB p/day

The new zone system begins in mid-September and will be switched on automatically, the Travel packs will be available to add to you postpaid plans from November. No word on when or if they plan to implement these Travel Packs for Zone 2 areas, so we’ll keep watching this space.

Are you an Optus customer planning some international travel soon?

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  • atomik

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  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

    Yup, still a rip-off – just buy a pre-paid SIM card from any Local service provider. Usually 1gb+ of data, cheaper call rates and you know what you’re spending

  • atomik

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  • nevetsg

    My biggest bill shock from travel was the cost of Voice Mail. That was the final nail in the Voice Mail coffin for me.

  • Fred

    50c – $1 per megabyte

    That’s still some serious bill shock. How about recognising that I can get unlimited data for $20 in the UK and not trying to screw travellers at all? Same rates as home, same number as home, just the cash goes to the local roaming carrier? The extra usage would more than make up for the lack of rort.