Australia and New Zealand co-operate economically in many areas, but when it comes to mobile roaming, the tale is one of painful rip-offs, especially when it comes to data. Vodafone has a new set of roaming bundles to make data accessible when visiting NZ, but “cheaper” is definitely a relative term in this context.
The Vodafone bundles, which are only available to postpaid customers (either voice or broadband) and go on sale from today, come in four values: $25 for 100MB; $50 for 300MB; $100 for 1GB; or $200 for 2GB. They work as monthly subscriptions, which means if you’re heading over for a single visit, you need to sign up and then cancel again when you return. And if you exceed the limits, you’ll pay a nasty $2 per MB for the excess.
Overall, that’s a better price than a promotional deal Vodafone ran last year, but still majorly expensive compared to Australian data rates. The issue of insanely high mobile rates was officially recognised in a government paper more than a year ago, but nothing much seems to be changing really.