New Zealand is one of our closest neighbours, yet if you start using your mobile once you touch down, the pricing feels like you're on the other side of the world. A joint Australian and New Zealand government investigation is now seeking consumer feedback on whether roaming arrangements need to be altered.
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A joint discussion paper backed by both countries has concluded that pricing is "relatively high" and not well-communicated to customers. It seems fairly lukewarm on the prospect of actually regulating to control prices (an approach that was taken in the EU), it must be said, but at least the issue is being raised.
I'll admit that on recent trips to New Zealand, I've basically taken my mobile out of commission for voice calls to avoid excessive charges. Hit the link below to access the full discussion paper and submit comments, and tell us your own NZ roaming tales in the comments.
Trans-Tasman mobile roaming [DBCDE]