In one of Phil Dobbie's popular 'Twisted Wire' travel tech podcasts for ZDNet Australia, he addresses the ongoing issue of how to avoid paying a fortune to stay in touch when travelling overseas.
Roaming prices have dropped a little in Europe — thanks only to legislation. It's another sign that the industry is incapable of self-regulation and will always need the regulator to intervene.
The price of roaming has always been contentious, but opponents are becoming more vocal as we travel overseas with our smart phones, iPads and laptops. Voice calls might be expensive, but data costs are astronomical. In a ZDNet readers survey conducted last month, practically everyone thought that roaming data charges should be cut by as much as 60 per cent.
It's easy for operators to always blame the other guy. Mobile providers claim that overseas networks charge such high prices that they are forced to pass it on, but they, presumably, do the same thing when negotiating access to their own local networks. You have to wonder why the industry at large wouldn't question whether more reasonable prices wouldn't drive up demand and increase revenue? Hey, you might even have happier customers!
After researching alternatives to simply taking your Australian SIM card with you when you travel - and paying eye-watering prices - Phil contacted Penny Roberts, GO-SIM's International Sales Director. In this podcast, Penny explains how GO-SIM's international SIM card service works, and how changing to a GO-SIM card when you travel can reduce normal global roaming charges by up to a whopping 85%! Bring it on!!