Rates for data when you’re travelling can prove a major source of bill shock. TravelSIM has cut its data charges for 33 European countries to $US0.65 a megabyte, making it less expensive (but still not cheap) to access data services on the go.
That data rate is still high compared to Australia, but it’s the second time TravelSIM has cut those prices in a year. Last July, it cut the rate from $US3.60/Mb to $U1.00/Mb, a trend which we hope continues. These are the countries where the cut applies: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City.
TravelSIM acts as a replacement SIM (and somewhat disconcertingly gives you an Estonian mobile number). If you’re regularly travelling or hitting multiple countries, having a replacement SIM will almost certainly be cheaper than using your existing Australian number. You’ll still want to use free Wi-Fi whenever possible however.