Roaming with Vodafone Australia: All You Need to Know

Packed my toiletries? Check. Packed enough underwear? Check. Got my passport? Check. Got my local sim? No…? Is it necessary to get a local sim while I have a Vodafone SIM card? Can I even roam with my Vodafone SIM? If so, is it worth it? Today, we will analyze all the roaming options with Vodafone Australia. Let’s get right into it.

Can I roam with Vodafone Australia?

Vodafone Australia customers on a Vodafone plan can take advantage of the $5 Roaming deal, which allows them to use their plans in 80 destinations for $5 extra per day. Vodafone prepaid customers can get Prepaid Roaming Add-ons starting at $25, which gives them at least 100MB, 30 minutes, and 30 SMS in 50 destinations.

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Both Vodafone plan and certain prepaid customers can roam at flat Pay As You Go Roaming rates, which are:

  • $1 per 60 seconds to make and receive calls
  • $0.75 per sent text message
  • $1 per used MB

Receiving text messages is free for both Vodafone prepaid and plan customers.

What do I need to know about roaming with Vodafone Australia?

Both Vodafone prepaid and those on a plan can take advantage of roaming packages instead of solely depending on Pay As You Go Roaming rates. Unlike most providers, Vodafone’s Pay As You Go roaming rates a flat, which makes things easier for consumers who want to visit multiple destinations in one trip.

Customers on a Vodafone plan have different roaming options that those who are Vodafone prepaid customers. The available roaming options are discussed below.

Vodafone Plan subscribers

Vodafone $5 Roaming for Vodafone Plan subscribers

Vodafone plan subscribers can roam with $5 Roaming (Australian Dollars – AUD) where you can use your plan’s minutes, texts, and data in 80 destinations (charged per day).

Those on a Vodafone Plus or Vodafone Advance Plan, you can only use Your Max Speed data with $5 roaming together with your calls and text inclusions. If you use all of You Max Speed while roaming, then Vodafone will charge you $10 per 1 GB used.

You can use $5 Roaming for up to 90 days per calendar years, and there are no restrictions on how long you can use $5 Roaming in a row.

If you signed up for a Vodafone plan after 23 April 2014, $5 Roaming will have been activated on your plan by default. If not, then you need to manually opt-in, which can be done on My Vodafone.

It is recommended to check whether $5 Roaming has been enabled before leaving Australia – just in case. Otherwise, you may be charged Pay As You Go Roaming rates while you could take advantage of the $5 Roaming deal.

Vodafone Pay As You Go Roaming Rates for Vodafone Plan subscribers

If you are visiting a destination where $5 Roaming is not available, forgot to have $5 Roaming turned on, or do not have a plan that is eligible for $5 roaming, then Pay As You Go Roaming will automatically be activated. The Pay As You Go Roaming rates are as follows:

  • $1 per 60 seconds to make or receive phone calls
  • $0.75 per sent text (receiving SMS is free)
  • $1 per MB

Vodafone Australia prepaid customers

Vodafone prepaid subscribers cannot take advantage of $5 Roaming, but they choose from the 4 Prepaid Roaming Add-ons: $25 Roaming Add-On, $25 Roaming Data Add-On, $35 Roaming Add-On, and $35 Roaming Data Add-On.

Unlike the normal Roaming Add-Ons, Roaming Data Add-Ons do not include minutes and texts – those will be charged separately at Prepaid Pay As You Go rates. Roaming Add-Ons include data, minutes, and text, but the data allowance is less with those compared to the data ones.

Below you can see all the perks you get from each Add-On.

Note: The table is best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (when on mobile)

Add-On$25 $25 Data$35 $35 Data
Expiry3 days3 days7 days7 days
Data100MB200MB250MB500MB
Calls*30 mins60 mins
Text30 SMS60 SMS
CodeROAMSROAMDATASROAMLROAMDATAL

*Standard calls only.

Activating your prepaid Roaming Add-On can be done by texting 1511, through My Vodafone, or through Express Recharge. If you decide to purchase an Add-On through text, you have to text the code to 1511.

For example, if you want to purchase the $35 Roaming Add-On, you text ROAML to 1511. If you want the $25 Roaming Data Add-On, you have to text ROAMINGDATAS to 1511.

You can purchase Roaming Add-On as many times as you want and as needed for the length of your trip. The expiry period of an add-on will begin from midnight Australia Eastern Standard Time (AEST – UTC+10).

Vodafone Pay As You Go Roaming Rates for Vodafone Plan subscribers

If you are on one of the following prepaid plans and do not purchase a Prepaid Roaming Add-On (or are in a destination where they are not available), Pay As You Go Roaming rates will apply when roaming: Combo Plus, Talk Combo, or MyMix. These roaming rates will also apply if you are on Pay and Go or Pay As You Go Plus:

  • $1 per 60 seconds to make or receive phone calls
  • $0.75 per sent text (receiving SMS is free)
  • $1 per MB

For those on Prepaid Cap or Flexi Cap recharge, the following prepaid roaming rates apply:

  • $3.50 per sent text (receiving SMS is free)
  • $51.20 per MB ($0.05 per KB)

Calling rates, charged per 30 seconds, vary by destination, and a connection fee of $0.35 applies.

Vodafone Prepaid Cap & Flexi Cap Recharge Roaming call rates – Destinations A-L

Note: The tables are best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (when on mobile)

DestinationOut. CallInc. CallDestinationOut. CallInc. Call
Afghanistan$10.45 $2.50 Faroe Islands$10.45 $2.50
Albania$2.70 $1.75 Fiji$2.70 $1.75
Algeria$10.45 $2.50 Finland$2.70 $1.75
Angola$10.45 $2.50 France$2.70 $1.75
Argentina$10.45 $2.50 French Polynesia$4.20 $1.75
Armenia*$4.20 $1.75 Gabon$10.45 $2.50
Austria$2.70 $1.75 Gambia*$10.45 $2.50
Azerbaijan$10.45 $2.50 Georgia$4.20 $1.75
Bahrain$10.45 $2.50 Germany$2.70 $1.75
Belarus$4.20 $1.75 Ghana$10.45 $2.50
Belgium$2.70 $1.75 Greece$2.70 $1.75
Belize*$10.45 $2.50 Guatemala$10.45 $2.50
Benin$10.45 $2.50 Guernsey$2.70 $1.75
Bermuda$10.45 $2.50 Guinea*$10.45 $2.50
Bolivia*$10.45 $2.50 Guyana$10.45 $2.50
Bosnia & Herzegovina$4.20 $1.75 Honduras$10.45 $2.50
Brazil$2.70 $2.50 Hong Kong$2.70 $1.75
Brunei$6.45 $2.50 Hungary$2.70 $1.75
Bulgaria$2.70 $1.75 Iceland$2.70 $1.75
Burkina Faso$10.45 $2.50 India$2.70 $1.75
Burundi$10.45 $2.50 Indonesia$2.70 $1.75
Cambodia$6.45 $2.50 Iraq$10.45 $2.50
Cameroon*$10.45 $2.50 Ireland$2.70 $1.75
Canada$2.70 $1.75 Isle Of Man$2.70 $1.75
Cape Verde $10.45 $2.50 Israel$2.70 $1.75
Central African Republic$10.45 $2.50 Italy$2.70 $1.75
Chad*$10.45 $2.50 Ivory Coast (Cote D’lvoire)$10.45 $2.50
Chile$2.70 $1.75 Japan$2.70 $1.75
China$2.70 $1.75 Jersey$2.70 $1.75
Congo, Democratic Republic Of the$10.45 $2.50 Jordan$10.45 $2.50
Cook Islands*$6.45 $2.50 Kazakhstan$10.45 $2.50
Costa Rica$10.45 $2.50 Kuwait$10.45 $2.50
Croatia$2.70 $1.75 Kyrgyzstan*$10.45 $2.50
Cyprus$2.70 $1.75 Latvia$2.70 $1.75
Czech Republic$2.70 $1.75 Lebanon*$10.45 $2.50
Denmark$2.70 $1.75 Liechtenstein$4.20 $1.75
East-Timor (Timor-Leste)$6.45 $2.50 Lithuania$2.70 $1.75
Egypt$10.45 $2.50 Luxembourg$2.70 $1.75
Estonia$2.70 $1.75
Voda Prepaid Cap & Flexi Cap Recharge Roaming call rates – Destinations M-Z
DestinationOut. CallInc. CallDestinationOut. CallInc. Call
Macau$6.45 $2.50 Samoa$2.70 $1.75
Macedonia$4.20 $1.75 San Marino$4.20 $1.75
Madagascar*$10.45 $2.50 Saudi Arabia$10.45 $2.50
Malawi$10.45 $2.50 Senegal*$10.45 $2.50
Malaysia$2.70 $1.75 Serbia$2.70 $1.75
Maldives*$10.45 $2.50 Seychelles Islands$10.45 $2.50
Malta$2.70 $1.75 Singapore$6.45 $2.50
Mauritius$10.45 $2.50 Slovakia$2.70 $1.75
Mayotte$10.45 $2.50 Slovenia$2.70 $1.75
Mexico$10.45 $2.50 Solomon Islands$2.70 $1.75
Moldova$4.20 $1.75 South Africa$2.70 $1.75
Monaco$2.70 $1.75 South Korea$6.45 $2.50
Mongolia$4.20 $1.75 Spain$2.70 $1.75
Montenegro$2.70 $1.75 Sri Lanka$2.70 $1.75
Morocco$10.45 $2.50 Suriname$10.45 $2.50
Myanmar$4.20 $1.75 Sweden$2.70 $1.75
Nauru$2.70 $1.75 Switzerland$2.70 $1.75
Nepal$4.20 $1.75 Taiwan$2.70 $1.75
Netherlands$2.70 $1.75 Tajikistan$10.45 $2.50
New Caledonia*$6.45 $2.50 Tanzania$10.45 $2.50
New Zealand$2.70 $1.75 Thailand$2.70 $1.75
Niger$10.45 $2.50 Togo$10.45 $2.50
Nigeria$10.45 $2.50 Tonga$2.70 $1.75
Norway$2.70 $1.75 Trinidad & Tobago$10.45 $2.50
Oman$10.45 $2.50 Tunisia*$10.45 $2.50
Pakistan$6.45 $2.50 Turkey$2.70 $1.75
Palestine$10.45 $2.50 Uganda*$10.45 $2.50
Panama$10.45 $2.50 Ukraine$4.20 $1.75
Papua New Guinea$2.70 $1.75 United Arab Emirates$10.45 $2.50
Paraguay$10.45 $2.50 United Kingdom$2.70 $1.75
Philippines$6.45 $2.50 United States$2.70 $1.75
Poland$2.70 $1.75 Uruguay$10.45 $2.50
Portugal$2.70 $1.75 US Virgin Islands$10.45 $2.50
Puerto Rico$10.45 $2.50 Uzbekistan$10.45 $2.50
Qatar$10.45 $2.50 Vanuatu$2.70 $1.75
Reunion Island$10.45 $2.50 Vietnam$6.45 $2.50
Romania$2.70 $1.75 Yemen$10.45 $2.50
Russia$6.45 $2.50 Zambia$10.45 $2.50
Rwanda*$10.45 $2.50 Zimbabwe$10.45 $2.50

* Data is not available while prepaid roaming in this destination

For those on 365 Day, Pay As You Go, or Talk & TXT recharge, the following prepaid roaming rates apply:

  • $0.50 per 30 seconds to receive phone calls
  • $0.75 per sent text (receiving SMS is free)
  • $51.20 per MB ($0.05 per KB)

Calling rates, charged per 30 seconds, vary by destination, and a connection fee of $0.35 applies.

Vodafone Prepaid 365 Day, Pay As You Go + Talk & TXT Recharge Roaming call rates – Destinations A-L

Note: The tables are best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (when on mobile)

DestinationCall Destination Call
Afghanistan$2.39 Faroe Islands$2.39
Albania$0.39 Fiji$0.39
Algeria$2.39 Finland$0.39
Angola$2.39 France$0.39
Argentina$2.39 French Polynesia$1.14
Armenia*$1.14 Gabon$2.39
Austria$0.39 Gambia*$2.39
Azerbaijan$2.39 Georgia$1.14
Bahrain$2.39 Germany$0.39
Belarus$1.14 Ghana$2.39
Belgium$0.39 Greece$0.39
Belize*$2.39 Guatemala$2.39
Benin$2.39 Guernsey$0.39
Bermuda$2.39 Guinea*$2.39
Bolivia*$2.39 Guyana$2.39
Bosnia & Herzegovina$1.14 Honduras$2.39
Brazil$0.39 Hong Kong$0.39
Brunei$1.39 Hungary$0.39
Bulgaria$0.39 Iceland$0.39
Burkina Faso$2.39 India$0.39
Burundi$2.39 Indonesia$0.39
Cambodia$1.39 Iraq$2.39
Cameroon*$2.39 Ireland$0.39
Canada$0.39 Isle Of Man$0.39
Cape Verde$2.39 Israel$0.39
Central African Republic$2.39 Italy$0.39
Chad*$2.39 Ivory Coast (Cote D’lvoire)$2.39
Chile$0.39 Japan$0.39
China$0.39 Jersey$0.39
Congo, Democratic Republic of the$2.39 Jordan$2.39
Cook Islands*$1.39 Kazakhstan$2.39
Costa Rica$2.39 Kuwait$2.39
Croatia$0.39 Kyrgyzstan*$2.39
Cyprus$0.39 Latvia$0.39
Czech Republic$0.39 Lebanon*$2.39
Denmark$0.39 Liechtenstein$1.14
East-Timor (Timor-Leste)$1.39 Lithuania$0.39
Egypt$2.39 Luxembourg$0.39
Estonia$0.39
Vodafone Prepaid 365 Day, Pay As You Go + Talk & TXT Recharge Roaming call rates – Destinations M-Z
DestinationCall Destination Call
Macau$1.39 San Marino$1.14
Macedonia$1.14 Saudi Arabia$2.39
Madagascar*$2.39 Senegal*$2.39
Malawi$2.39 Serbia$0.39
Malaysia$0.39 Seychelles Islands$2.39
Maldives*$2.39 Singapore$1.39
Malta$0.39 Slovakia$0.39
Mauritius$2.39 Slovenia$0.39
Mayotte$2.39 Solomon Islands$0.39
Mexico$2.39 South Africa$0.39
Moldova$1.14 South Korea$1.39
Monaco$0.39 Spain$0.39
Mongolia$1.14 Sri Lanka$0.39
Montenegro$0.39 Suriname$2.39
Morocco$2.39 Sweden$0.39
Myanmar$1.14 Switzerland$0.39
Nauru$0.39 Taiwan$0.39
Nepal$1.14 Tajikistan$2.39
Netherlands$0.39 Tanzania$2.39
New Caledonia*$1.39 Thailand$0.39
New Zealand$0.39 Togo$2.39
Niger$2.39 Tonga$0.39
Nigeria$2.39 Trinidad & Tobago$2.39
Norway$0.39 Tunisia*$2.39
Oman$2.39 Turkey$0.39
Pakistan$1.39 Uganda*$2.39
Palestine$2.39 Ukraine$1.14
Panama$2.39 United Arab Emirates$2.39
Papua New Guinea$0.39 United Kingdom$0.39
Paraguay$2.39 United States$0.39
Philippines$1.39 Uruguay$2.39
Poland$0.39 US Virgin Islands$2.39
Portugal$0.39 Uzbekistan$2.39
Puerto Rico$2.39 Vanuatu$0.39
Qatar$2.39 Vatican City$1.14
Reunion Island$2.39 Vietnam$1.39
Romania$0.39 Yemen$2.39
Russia$1.39 Zambia$2.39
Rwanda*$2.39 Zimbabwe$2.39
Samoa$0.39

Where can I roam with Vodafone Australia?

$5 Roaming is available in 80 destinations, while Prepaid Roaming Add-Ons are available in 66 destinations. Prepaid Pay As You Go Roaming can be done 166 destinations, while and Plan Pay As You Go Roaming can be done in 219 destinations.

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Vodafone Australia $5 Roaming destinations

$5 roaming is available in the following 80 destinations:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey, Guernsey & Isle of Man
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • United States
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Wales

Vodafone Australia Prepaid Roaming Add-On destinations

The Prepaid Roaming Add-Ons are available in the following 66 destinations:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guernsey
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Samoa
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland 
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • Vanuatu
  • Wales

Vodafone Australia Plan Pay As You Go Roaming destinations

The Vodafone Plan Pay As You Go Roaming rates are available in the following 219 destinations.

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria*
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina*
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Austria*
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain*
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana1
  • Brazil*
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria*
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia*
  • Cameroon1
  • Canada*
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad1
  • Chile*
  • China*
  • Colombia
  • Comoros1
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Cook Islands1
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic*
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti1
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East-Timor (Timor-Leste)
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt*
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea1
  • Estonia*
  • Ethiopia1
  • Falkland Islands1
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji*
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana1
  • French Polynesia (Tahiti)
  • Gambia1
  • Georgia
  • Germany*
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece*
  • Greenland1
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe1
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong*
  • Hungary*
  • Iceland*
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland*
  • Isle of Man*
  • Israel
  • Italy*
  • Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan*
  • Jersey*
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati1
  • Kosovo1
  • Kuwait*
  • Kyrgyzstan1
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon1
  • Lesotho1
  • Liberia
  • Libya1
  • Liechtenstein*
  • Lithuania*
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau*
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia*
  • Maldives1
  • Mali1
  • Malta
  • Martinique1
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia1
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Monserrat
  • Montenegro*
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar*
  • Namibia1
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands*
  • New Caledonia1
  • New Zealand (NZ)*
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island1
  • Northern Marianas
  • Norway*
  • Oman*
  • Pakistan
  • Palau1
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea*
  • Paraguay
  • Peru*
  • Philippines*
  • Poland*
  • Portugal*
  • Puerto Rico*
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania*
  • Russia*
  • Rwanda1
  • Samoa*
  • San Marino*
  • Saudi Arabia*
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore*
  • Sint Maarten 1
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia*
  • Solomon Islands*1
  • South Africa*
  • South Korea*
  • South Sudan1
  • Spain*
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Barthelemy1
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Martin 1
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden*
  • Switzerland*
  • Taiwan*
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand*
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia1
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks & Caicos
  • United Kingdom
  • United States*
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uganda1
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City*
  • Venezuela1
  • Vietnam*
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe1

* 4G available in this destination
1. No data or MMS/PXT available in this destination

Vodafone Australia Prepaid Pay As You Go Roaming destinations

The Vodafone Prepaid Pay As You Go Roaming rates for Combo Plus, Talk Combo, MyMix, 365 Plus, Pay and Go, and Pay As You Go Plus customers are available in the following 166 destinations.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Argentina
  • Armenia*
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize*
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia*
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon*
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad*
  • Chile
  • Congo, Democratic Republic Of the
  • Cook Islands*
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • East-Timor
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia*
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea*
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle Of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast (Cote D’lvoire)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan*
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon*
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar*
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives*
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia*
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion Island
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda*
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal*
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles Islands
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia*
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Uganda*
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

* Data and MMS/PXT is not available in this destination

Can I roam on planes with Vodafone Australia?

In-flight roaming is not possible with Vodafone Australia.

Can I roam on cruise ships with Vodafone Australia?

Vodafone Australia allows its prepaid and plan customers to roam while on cruises. Maritime roaming is, however, more expensive than Pay As You Go Roaming and available on select cruises that use On Waves, Telenor Maritime, or Wireless Maritime Services equipment.

Vodafone Maritime Roaming rates are as follows:

  • $5 per 60 seconds for outgoing and incoming calls
  • $0.75 per text sent (receiving SMS is free)
  • $1 per MB
Large cruise ship at night.

Is roaming with Vodafone Australia worth it?

$5 Roaming is the convenient way of roaming in select destinations with Vodafone Australia. With $5, you can use your plan’s minutes, texts, and data without having to worry about Pay As You Go Rates.

Although $5 Roaming is convenient, it can become expensive if not used in moderation.

First, you need to have available minutes, texts, and data left before leaving Australia. Else, you cannot take advantage of $5 Roaming. Second, if you are traveling for more than a week, you will be spending at least $35 on roaming. Often, you can get a local sim for less than $35.

Luckily, $5 Roaming is available in popular destinations such as New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, the United States, and the European Union (EU), meaning that you could go on a tour in North-America, Europe (EU), and many places in (South-East) Asia without having to purchase multiple local sims.

Pay As You Go Roaming is predictable because of the flat roaming rates for both Vodafone plan and prepaid customers, which gives you peace of mind. The roaming prices are alright at $1/min, $0.75/text, and $1/MB.

I would, however, not recommend to data roam on Pay As You Go rates, as $1/MB is expensive (1 GB has 1024 MB – you would pay $1024 per GB – crazy!).

Those on Prepaid Cap and Flexi Cap recharge should avoid calling or picking up phone calls, as making a 30-second call can cost up to $10.45, and picking up phone calls could cost up to $2.50. Imagine calling for 10 minutes at those rates!

Those on 365 Day, Pay As You Go, and Talk & TXT recharge can enjoy more favorable Pay As You Go roaming rates at $0.50/30 second for receiving a phone call and paying up to $2.39 per 30 seconds for making a phone call. Cheaper, but not recommended.

I would not even recommend purchasing a Prepaid Roaming Add-On. The add-ons are cheaper than paying as you go if you use all the minutes, texts, and data the add-ons provide, but they are still expensive.

For example, the $25 Roaming Data Add-On gives you a mere 200MB. That money can better be spent on experience or a local sim. The $35 Data Roaming variant provides more value, but only gives you 500MB – not worth it.

In short, Vodafone Australia’s $5 Roaming feature is worth it if done in moderation (not longer than a week). Their Pay As You Go Roaming Rates are predictable, but one should not be data roaming at those rates. Select Vodafone prepaid customers should avoid calling in general, as you could be charged up to $10.45 per 30 seconds. You should instead get a local sim or an international sim.

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Sources:

https://www.vodafone.com.au/support/prepaid/international-roaming
https://www.vodafone.com.au/support/plans/international-roaming
https://www.vodafone.com.au/plans/international-roaming
https://www.vodafone.com.au/support/plans/data-overage
https://www.vodafone.com.au/support/plans/roaming-rates

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Ernest Adu

Ernest Adu, going by just Adu, is the founder and editor at Phone Travel Wiz. He has been a traveler for 6 years. Although from Europe, the Netherlands, Adu's favorite region in Asia, in particular, East and Southeast Asia. He currently lives in Tainan, Taiwan, and plans on exploring Oceania and more of East and Southeast Asia.

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