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What a great idea, buy a SIM to roam overseas with

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What a great idea, buy a SIM to roam overseas with

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What a great idea, buy a vodafone SIM to take with you overseas to roam with voice, SMS, and data, excellent

http://www.vodafone.co.nz/travel-sim/

- at least if you miss reading the words "travelling in new zealand". 

 

Great marketing guys, clear as, as usual


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With all due respect, I don't think they can make it much clearer - the product is called the 'NZ Travel SIM' and then the very first line in big bold font reads 'Everything you need to stay connected while you're travelling in New Zealand'.

 

I fail to see the ambiguity there.

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With all due respect, I don't think they can make it much clearer - the product is called the 'NZ Travel SIM' and then the very first line in big bold font reads 'Everything you need to stay connected while you're travelling in New Zealand'.

 

I fail to see the ambiguity there.

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We'll beg to differ then.

When I an looking for a "NZ travel SIM" to use when I am overseas it sure looks like what I am after.

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If they'd called it a Worldwide Travel SIM, then I could understand your frustration, but to be honest, there is no ambiguity here - even if you only read the first two lines, you know what it's all about - I think it is a reasonable assumption on a company's part that if someone is interested in a product that they will at least read that much.

 

You admitted yourself in your very first post that you realised from reading the information on the page that it was only for use in New Zealand.

 

It sounds to me like this is more what you are looking for: http://www.travelsim.co.nz/

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At $1.19 per MB for data I don't think so (http://www.travelsim.co.nz/Rates/),

but you are right thanks, that is the sort of thing that we should be able to get at a reasonable cost (from Vodafone), just TravelSIM costs are not reasonable.

(If you are using your phone, say with google maps, google translate, or looking up local attractions, you are likely to use say 200-500MB per day).

 

Here is what I'd recommend for travellers to Japan

A Japan Travel SIM (https://t.iijmio.jp/) which comes with a Brastel Card (http://www.brastel.com/Pages/eng/home/).

 

While the SIM doesn't play nicely with your roaming Vodafone SIM you can get good value data and voice and SMS as well if you really need it (but you may get by pertty well with VOIP (instead of voice) and messaging (instead of SMS),

 

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Data roaming is notoriously expensive. I read an explanation of why that is the case a while back, and it was something along the lines of all the data has to be routed back through the home carrier first etc. etc. - it's quite a process with a lot of infrastructure required. $5 roaming in countries where it is available revolutionalises this somewhat but is geographically limited (although my personal opinion on it is that people should be charged at standard roaming rates until their daily usage reaches $5 but that's somewhat off topic).

 

One thing that Spark have done well recently is the creation of their Aussie roaming pack - an opt in pack for both prepaid and postpay where on can have a certain allocation of data, minutes and texts with zero rated incoming calls - I wouldn't mind seeing Vodafone coming up with similar opt in packs for the top destinations NZers travel to.

 

Roaming is always going to be a tricky one as it is never likely to be as cheap as buying a local SIM - you're literally paying for the convenience of keeping your own number etc. and so it is up to you as an end user as to what your preference is.

 

Interestingly, the link you have provided to the Japan Travel SIM is a similar concept to the NZ Travel SIM that vodafone NZ is offering to international tourists coming here.

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The prepay connection when activated is called ' TravelNZ ' and the connection is sent a number of SMS at the time of activation,

 

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