If you’re planning to do a lot of international travel in the next year, Vodafone‘s latest change to its international roaming should make you sit up and take notice. The carrier’s Red plans page now lists complimentary $5 roaming on highest tier Red plan so you can use your included calls, texts and data when roaming in 47 countries for free.
We’ve long held a soft spot for Vodafone’s Red Roaming plans. They made a splash at their introduction last year, and Phil had great things to say about the service when he took a trip to New Zealand in the following weeks. Since then, Vodafone’s added more countries and switched on 4G roaming in some countries. The number of countries you can now roam to for $5 a day on Vodafone’s Red roaming stands at 47.
To sweeten the deal, the $100 plan has the same infinite calls and texts as other Red plans, and a supersized 6GB data allowance – which you’ll be able to use here, or overseas. As of yesterday you’ll also get a subcription to either Spotify Premium or SMH / The Age.
The countries supported by Red Roaming are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Wales. Additionally, 4G LTE roaming is supported in Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In comparison, Telstra’s updates to its international roaming earlier this week look out of touch at best, and this offer could be the final nail in the coffin of my own Telstra service. With the amount of travel I’m planning to do in 2015, and my usual monthly data consumption hovering around 5-6 GB I’m considering switching to Vodafone’s $100/month Red plan. Are you?