Vodafone's $5 a day roaming deal is one of the better ways to avoid being rorted with excess phone charges when you go overseas. From 23 January, it will also work in six major Asian countries.
Vodafone is extending the deal to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand, which covers the most dominant Asian travel destinations for Australia. (Here's hoping Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines end up on the list in the future). By paying $5 a day, you get access to all the inclusions of your existing plan — that is, you can make calls and use data without paying anything extra.
To use the service, you have to be on one of Vodafone's Red postpaid plans, and have to opt-in prior to travel. When it launched in July last year, the roaming arrangement covered New Zealand, the US and the UK. It was extended to 34 European countries in October.
If you're a frequent traveller, being able to switch in and out of this kind of arrangement can be very useful, and potentially worth the restriction of being tied to a contract. For more casual travellers, check out our guide to avoiding roaming rorts. (Whatever you do, don't roam on an Australian prepaid plan — it's likely to cost you a fortune.)