Vodafone’s $5 Roaming Helps When Travelling

$5 roaming

When you travel somewhere outside your nation’s boundaries your mobile starts pushing notifications about roaming and its charges. Making a call from overseas then becomes a costly affair. While travel packs or a local SIM can help you relieve the cash stress that you face on roaming charges. Vodafone offers $5 roaming option that caters to your international needs.

If you’re travelling to a country included in the offer, you’ll be charged an extra $5 per day to use your Australian inclusions overseas. This means you can make calls, send texts, and use data like you would when you’re in Australia.

The fee is only charged on days when you use your inclusions: if you’re keeping it on flight mode or making the public Wi-Fi off, you won’t pay a thing.  However, you should be aware that any network use is it calls, texts or data will trigger the $5 charge, so if you’ve set your phone to automatically check for new emails or updates on Facebook, this will activate roaming for the day. Receiving a text message will not, but receiving a call will certainly do.

How to Activate a Vodafone’s $5 Roaming

$5 roaming vodafone activation
How to Activate a $5 Roaming

The best way to activate and manage your international roaming settings is through My Vodafone.

You have to be on a plan with $5 Roaming, you can use your plan in over 55 countries for just $5 extra per day. These countries may vary, so you need to check our current countries before you travel.

If your plan isn’t eligible for $5 Roaming or if you’re visiting a country where $5 Roaming isn’t available, you can access Vodafone’s Pay As You Go Roaming rates.

If you’re travelling to New Zealand, you’ll actually be able to roam for free.

There is however a slight catch here as you’re only able to use Vodafone roaming for up to 90 days in any given calendar year. After you’ve used your 90 days, you’ll be billed at pay-as-you-go rates.

Features in Vodafone’s $5 Roaming

  • You get numerous features on a $ roaming plan
  • Get standard calls and SMS to numbers in the country you are visiting
  • Get standard calls and SMS to numbers back in Australia
  • The same data allowance you have in your plan in Australia. If you’re on a plan with 5GB of data, you can use 5GB of data while you’re overseas
  • The same international call allowance your plan has in Australia
  • Access to international 4G networks where available
Vodafone’s $5 Roaming

Also if you’re on a Vodafone postpaid plan – either contract or month-to-month – you can use $5 roaming when overseas. If you signed up for a plan after April 23 2014, it will already be switched on; the only thing left to do is book your holiday.

  • If you signed up for an eligible plan before that date, you’ll need to turn it on through Vodafone’s online portal.
  • If your plan isn’t eligible – if you’re on prepaid, for example – you’ll need to swap to a new postpaid plan to use $5 Roaming.
  • If you haven’t upgraded your phone plan in 12 months or more, there is a good chance you are missing out.

Countries where a $5 Roaming Plan Works

Vodafone roaming countries

At present, there are over 55 countries covered by Vodafone’s $5 Roaming. These include Albania, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway,  Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, USA, Vanuatu, and Wales.

If you are on a cruise Vodafone has roaming partnerships with On Waves, Telenor Maritime and Wireless Maritime Services. Check their websites to see if Maritime Roaming is available on your cruise ship.

Mobile data and PXT aren’t available with Maritime Roaming. You can take advantage of onboard WiFi where it’s available.

Outside of these countries, you’ll have to pay as you go. Vodafone’s rates are as follows:

  • $1 per minute to make or receive calls
  • $1 per MB of data used
  • 75c per text message
  • In most cases, try to avoid using data when paying as you go. You could end up paying $40 or more to just view a single YouTube video.

Also if you go over your data like you are sharing too many photos while overseas and go over your monthly data limit, excess data is billed the same way as in Australia. As soon as you hit your cap, you’re charged $10 and get an extra 1GB to use until the end of your billing month.

When you arrive back in Australia, you’ll automatically access the Vodafone network and will no longer be charged for roaming. You can leave your roaming activated in preparation for your next trip. If you prefer, you can deactivate roaming through My Vodafone.

$5 roaming vodafone rates

Pay-as-you-go Roaming Rates

Pay-as-you-go roaming rates will apply if you’re travelling to a country where $5 Roaming isn’t available. Or if your plan isn’t eligible for $5 Roaming and also if you don’t have $5 Roaming switched on.

The rates for Pay you go roaming are as:

  • $1 per 60 seconds to make and receive calls.
  • $0.75 per standard TXT message sent, per recipient. No charge to receive TXT.
  • $0.75 per PXT message sent, per recipient. No charge to receive PXT.
  • $1 per MB of data.

Note that if pay as you roaming isn’t included in your plan and will incur extra charges on your bill.

Maritime Roaming Rates

You can make calls and send TXT messages on selected cruise ships at the following rates:

  • $5 per 60 seconds to make and receive calls.
  • $0.75 per standard TXT message sent, per recipient. No charge to receive TXT.
  • Maritime Roaming isn’t included in your plan and will incur extra charges on your bill.

$5 Roaming is a Better Option for Shorter Travel Trips

$5 Roaming is a Better Option for Shorter Travel Trips
$5 Roaming is a Better Option for Shorter Travel Trips

This is a wonderful option for shorter travel trips. An entire week overseas would cost you $35, assuming you’re using your inclusions every day.

You can assume that the longer you’re away from home: a month overseas would bring your roaming bill to as much as $155 on top of your current phone plan. If you need to keep your Australian number, that might be worth it, but buying a local SIM at your destination could end up being the more economic option for extended travel.

If you face any problem with $5 Vodafone roaming when travelling overseas you can still get in touch while you’re away by calling +61 426 320 000. Also, the best way to keep track of your usage is through My Vodafone.

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Kamal Kaur