Mobile Data Bill Shock counter measure for Australian Roamers



Australians have less to worry when it comes to international mobile roaming charges from 27th of September 2013, when the 'International Mobile Roaming Standard' takes effect. With the new rules, all overseas travellers of Optus, Telstra and Vodaphone will be alerted via SMS on their roaming status and the cost of the roaming service in each country they visit. 


‘The increasing use of smart mobile devices has meant that people using mobile devices overseas without careful planning are at risk of bill shock, possibly running to tens of thousands of dollars,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.‘These warnings are important because international roaming services are usually priced differently from services at home. The overseas charges for receiving calls and casual use of data—for activities like maps, social media, email, browsing and uploading photos—are often expensive. And these further charges vary between mobile plans and between countries.' 'Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all recently announced welcome changes to roaming charges,’Mr Chapman added.‘So, talk to your provider and about the options before you travel and tailor your approach to suit your particular circumstances.’


  Source - ACMA (Sept 27, 2013)
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