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TravelSIM slashes mobile roaming charges for NZ travellers

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March 14, 2011

TravelSIM slashes mobile roaming charges for NZ travellers

TravelSIM, a prepaid mobile phone service for international travellers, offers substantially lower roaming charges for New Zealand consumers, who have long paid through the nose when using their mobile phones overseas.

TravelSIM offers overseas roaming charges to Kiwi consumers at about a quarter of the price of current rates via its global roaming network of 350 carriers . TravelSIM, which has been operating out of Australia for four years and in Europe since 1998, has coverage in 190 countries around the world and more than 1.5 million customers.

“ New Zealand consumers have long complained about the outrageous roaming charges they incur when travelling overseas and their complaints have reached us at TravelSIM,” said James Currah, chief executive of TravelSIM New Zealand .

“For many travellers their international roaming bill was the third biggest expense after flights and accommodation. Now when you return from holiday or business travel, you will no longer have the shock of reading your four-digit mobile phone bill you’ve racked up because you’ve lost control of costs on postpaid plans.

“ It’ll easily save Kiwis travelling overseas hundreds of dollars in roaming charges; some travellers will save thousands of dollars .”

TravelSIM is prepaid, so consumers have total control of the charges they’re incurring and they aren’t locked into an onerous plan or contract. Users can top up TravelSIM through their handset menu or online; it always shows the balance remaining.

A TravelSIM customer receives a new number which they keep for all the countries they’ll travel in. The SIM card is placed in the existing mobile phone handset while travelling overseas.

Mr Currah said TravelSIM customers globally save, on average, 75 per cent on the cost of international roaming. TravelSIM is free to receive calls in more than 70 countries. Travellers to Europe experience the biggest savings as most countries are free to receive calls there.

TravelSIM has also reduced the cost of roaming in popular tourist destinations of Southeast Asia such as Thailand , Hong Kong and Singapore , and has secured rates up to 85 per cent lower for roaming in the US .

TravelSIM texts start at 40 New Zealand cents, about half the rate of other providers. The company also offers free and unlimited texts to any TravelSIM, anywhere in the world, from its website www.travelsim.co.nz . This is a great way for friends and family to keep in touch, and convenient with time zone differences in avoiding middle of the night phone calls.

Mr Currah said that devices like the new iPhone, Blackberry and iPad have revolutionised the telecommunications industry, but also paved the way for consumers to rack up huge charges when checking emails, and taking / sending photos and video from offshore. TravelSIM offers data rates for roaming in Europe at half the price of its competitors and will extend these to other parts of the world later in 2011.

TravelSIM are the global roaming experts and offers superb customer service including a sign-up phone call to ensure the service will work where the customer is travelling and help with set up. It offers additional innovative services such as language translation and SMS international dialling instructions.

TravelSIM features, rates and coverage destinations can be viewed at www.travelsim.co.nz


Cost of five-minute call from London back to NZ (NZD)
Vodafone Telecom 2Degrees TravelSIM
$13.95 $14.45 $21.95 $2.70

Note: Rates are taken from websites standard prepaid published rates as of 8th March 2011.

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