Vodafone extends $5 roaming to more countries

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Vodafone extends $5 roaming to more countries

The carrier's $5 roaming service now includes Canada and a number of South Pacific nations.

Vodafone's $5 roaming service means its customers can use their plan inclusions when travelling in 58 countries, including plans with “infinite standard national minutes”.

This arrangement effectively means that the first use of the phone costs $5 and the marginal cost is zero for the subsequent 24 hours as long as they stay within the plan limits. Receiving a text does not count as using the phone.

The latest countries to be added to $5 roaming are Canada, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Vodafone pointed out that this means the whole of North America and most of the South Pacific are now included.

“Frequent flying business travellers will have the freedom to fly out for work without any worries about bill shock; it's just a matter of switching on roaming before they take off. This will allow them to make calls and text and to use their data without the fear of a massive bill when they return home,” said Vodafone chief marketing officer Loo Fun Chee.

There are various conditions, including a maximum of 90 days $5 roaming in any calendar year, and $5 roaming is not available on all plans.

A full list of countries covered by $5 roaming and other information is available here.

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