If you’re a Telstra customer about to jet off to an overseas destination for Christmas (like me), the carrier has just announced a new deal for international roaming that might simplify international roaming for you.
Telstra’s Travel Pass offers unlimited calls and SMSs (conditions apply, of course) for use while travelling for a period of 3, 7, 14 or 30 days. Passes are available for Zone 1 (New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and Bali) for $5/day and Zone 2 (basically, everywhere else) for $10/day. All Passes include a data allowance that works out to 50MB/day. If you use up your data allowance, you’ll pay $0.03/MB for more.
Full details are on Telstra’s just-updated International Roaming page.
We’re surprised it’s taken so long for Telstra to respond to Vodafone‘s $5/day Red Roaming, which we tried for ourselves late last year. Telstra has hit the right price point only for a few countries, and misses the mark almost entirely on data inclusions while travelling.
Also unknown? Whether or not you’ll receive a Lollipop update for your Nexus phone while travelling (we wouldn’t bet on it).