If you're planning a trip to the UK in the coming months, Woolworths has a limited-edition Mobile Global Roaming SIM card offer that's worth checking out. The UK Lite Double Bundle Offer gives you 200MBs of data, 400 minutes of calls and 600 texts for $34, which isn't too shabby.
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Like previous Woolworths Mobile Global Roaming packages, the UK Lite Double Bundle Offer is a prepaid service that is compatible with the majority of unlocked phones, tablets and internet dongles. For $34, you get 400 minutes worth of calls, 600 texts and 200MB of data.
Admittedly, 200MB won't get you very far if you’re a heavy smartphone user, but as Woolworths points out, the same amount of data would typically cost you around $2000 in standard international roaming costs. (On the plus side, finding free public Wi-Fi shouldn't be too difficult if you're staying in metropolitan areas.)
Compared to other local offerings, Woolworths' data provision stacks up pretty well. Telstra's $29 International Casual Traveller Data Packs, for instance, comes with just 20MB of data and is only available to Telstra customers. The rival international service provider Truphone, meanwhile, charges customers $29.99 for the SIM and an additional 15 cents per megabyte for data consumption in the UK.
While you could probably source a cheaper local SIM card in the UK, the Woolworths offering does eliminate the hassle of searching for one and also means you're good to go from the moment you step off the plane.
The UK Lite Double offer will be available until 31 July 2013. You can purchase the bundle from Woolworths stores or online at www.woolworthsglobalroaming.com.au