Roaming with Vodafone New Zealand: Everything You Need to Know

Kiwis are avid travelers. When abroad, we like to share our holiday photos on social media to make people jealous… I mean to show them how of a good time we are having. However, should we be roaming with our home provider or get a local SIM card when traveling? Today, we will be analyzing everything you need to know about roaming with Vodafone New Zealand.

Can I roam with Vodafone New Zealand?

Both Vodafone Prepay and Pay Monthly subscribers can roam internationally. Vodafone Prepay customers can roam in 86 destinations, while Pay Monthly users can roam in over 100 destinations. Roaming with Vodafone allows you to call, text, and use data while abroad.

No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!

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

Vodafone Prepay customers can either purchase one of two of the roaming add-ons (NZ$5/daily or NZ$19/weekly – New Zealand Dollar) or roam on the go and get charges per usage (min, text, or MB).

Prepaid roaming add-ons can be purchased if you have one of the following prepaid plans:

  • My Flex Prepay
  • Mates Prepay
  • Prepay Pay & Go
  • Prepay Carryover $19 or $29
  • International Plan
  • Vodafone X

The $5/day roaming add-on gives you:

  • 200 MB of international roaming data
  • 20 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls to standard New Zealand & local numbers
  • 20 texts to standard New Zealand & local numbers

To enable the $5 roaming add-on, you have to text BUY RA5 to 756 to enable the add-on.

The $19/week roaming add-on gives you:

  • 1 GB of international roaming data
  • 100 minutes of incoming and outgoing calls to standard New Zealand & local numbers
  • 100 texts to standard New Zealand & local numbers

To enable the $19 roaming add-on, you have to text BUY RA19 to 756 to enable the add-on.

There are a few essential things you should know about these roaming packages:

  • Your bundle will be activated immediately after purchasing it, so it is recommended to buy it after you have landed.
  • The roaming add-ons are valid until midnight New Zealand time (UTC +12 & UTC +13 when daylight saving is active)
  • When you run out of minutes or texts, you will have to wait until your bundle renews. You cannot top-up your minutes or text until renewal. You can, however, recharge your data with either 50 MB ($3/day – text BUY 50RDB to 756) or 1 GB ($15/week – text BUY 1RDB to 756)

Are the prices too expensive? Consider getting a local SIM card or an international SIM card like OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, or SimCorner.

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Vodafone Prepay roaming destinations (roaming add-on)

The Vodafone Prepay roaming add-ons have pre-set rates, so you do not have to worry about roaming zones with different rates. Below are the 86 destinations.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Antilles
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bonaire
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Maarten
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Thailand
  • Taiwan
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos
  • United Kingdom*
  • Uruguay 

* Includes Jersey

Vodafone prepay roaming destination map
Vodafone Prepay roaming destinations map – Courtesy of Vodafone New Zealand

What are the Vodafone Prepay Roaming casual rates?

Vodafone Prepay Roaming casual rates start at $0.79/outgoing call per minute, $1.00/incoming call per minute, $0.80/text, and $0.50/MB.

Below are full rates per area in New Zealand dollars per minute, text, or MB:

AreaOut. CallTextInc. CallData
Australia$0.79  $       0.80  $       1.00  $       0.50
Zone 2$2.79  $       0.80  $       1.00  $    10.00
Zone 3$3.79  $       0.80  $       1.00  $    10.00
Zone 4$5.79  $       0.80  $       1.00  $    10.00

The casual rate destinations (198) are split into four zones:

  • Australia (Zone 1)
  • Zone 2 (88 destinations)
  • Zone 3 (57 destinations)
  • Zone 4 (52 destinations)

Tip: Looking for cheap flights? Book with AirWander and add stopovers! Not in a hurry yet? Set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog and get notified when ticket prices for your preferred route(s) drop!

Vodafone Prepay Roaming casual roaming zones

Zone 2
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Maarten
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom*
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Wallis & Futuna

* United Kingdom – Includes Jersey

Set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog so that you get notified when ticket prices drop!

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Zone 3
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • East Timor
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Guam *
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon *
  • Macedonia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Moldova
  • Nepal
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

* Guam/Northern Mariana Islands – Voice & Text only
* Lebanon – Voice & Text only

Zone 4
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritius
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Paraguay
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles Islands
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Zimbabwe

What do I need to know about roaming with Vodafone Pay Monthly?

Vodafone Pay Monthly users can take advantage of the Daily Roaming $/7 deal

What are the roaming charges with Vodafone Pay Monthly?

Vodafone Pay Monthly Daily Roaming

Vodafone Pay Monthly subscribers can take advantage of the $7/day roaming deal, which allows you to use your plan’s minutes, texts, and data in 103 destinations including Australia, Fiji, Samoa, the UK, the US, and China.

Do note that Daily Roaming is valid until midnight New Zealand time (UTC +12 & UTC +13 when daylight saving is active).

Want a local SIM card instead? Find the best local SIM card for your destination today!

Vodafone Pay Monthly Daily Roaming

Daily roaming is available in the following 103 destinations:

  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island*
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Dominica *
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Norfolk Island *
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela *
  • Vietnam
  • Wales

Tip: Looking for cheap flights? Book with AirWander and add stopovers! Not in a hurry yet? Set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog and get notified when ticket prices for your preferred route(s) drop!

Vodafone Daily Roaming destination map
Vodafone Daily Roaming destination map – Courtesy of Vodafone New Zealand.

* 4G is not available in this destination
In general, destinations will not have 4G coverage everywhere and require a 4G capable device.

Vodafone Pay Monthly Roaming in the rest of Europe and other popular destinations

22 destinations in Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle-East, and Asia are not covered in the Daily Roaming option, meaning you cannot use your plan’s minutes, text, and data while in these destinations. The cost of using your mobile while roaming differs per destination. You can find the rates specific to your plan by Signing into My Vodafone.

Roaming in the rest of Europe and other popular destinations

The following destinations fall into this category:

  • Aland Islands *
  • Albania
  • Egypt *
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • Guam
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Kiribati *
  • Laos *
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Northern Mariana Islands*
  • Palestine
  • Paraguay
  • San Marino *
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard *
  • Swaziland *
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vatican City *
  • Zanzibar *
Vodafone rest of Europe and other roaming destinations map
Vodafone Roaming Europe, Asia, and Americas destination map, Courtesy of Vodafone New Zealand.

* 4G is not available in this destination
In general, destinations will not have 4G coverage everywhere and require a 4G capable device.
Important notes: In some destinations, you will be charged from the time you press send or call, while in others you will be charged from the moment of actual connection like you are in New Zealand. All call charges are rounded up to the nearest minute.

Vodafone Pay Monthly Roaming the rest of the world

100 destinations across the globe do not fall in the $7 Daily Roaming category or are not in the Rest of Europe and other popular destinations, meaning you cannot use your plan’s minutes, text, and data while in these destinations. The cost of using your mobile while roaming differs per destination. You can find the rates specific to your plan by Signing into My Vodafone.

Interested in an international sim instead? Check out my comparison post of the most popular international sims out there.

Roaming in the rest of the world
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa *
  • Andorra *
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh *
  • Belarus *
  • Belize *
  • Benin *
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia *
  • Bonaire & Curacao *
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brunei *
  • Burkina Faso *
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon *
  • Cape Verde *
  • Central African Republic *
  • Chad *
  • Congo *
  • Cook Islands ( Rarotonga) *
  • Cuba *
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo *
  • Djibouti *
  • East Timor *
  • Equatorial Guinea *
  • Falkland Islands*
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia *
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia *
  • Gibraltar *
  • Greenland *
  • Guadeloupe *
  • Guinea *
  • Guinea-Bissau *
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan *
  • Lebanon *
  • Lesotho *
  • Liberia *
  • Libya *
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi *
  • Maldives *
  • Mali *
  • Martinique *
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius *
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Morocco *
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar *
  • Namibia
  • Nepal *
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua *
  • Niger *
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Russia *
  • Rwanda *
  • Saint Barthelemy *
  • Saint Martin *
  • Sao Tome & Principe *
  • Senegal *
  • Seychelles Islands *
  • Solomon Islands*
  • Somalia *1
  • South Sudan *
  • Suriname *
  • Tahiti
  • Tajikistan *
  • Togo *
  • Trinidad & Tobago *
  • Tunisia *
  • Turkmenistan 1
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan *
  • Wallis & Futuna*
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Vodafone roaming in the rest of the world map
Vodafone Roaming Rest of the World destination Map – Courtesy of Vodafone New Zealand.

* 4G is not available in this destination
1 Voice & Text Only
In general, destinations will not have 4G coverage everywhere and require a 4G capable device.
Important notes: In some destinations, you will be charged from the time you press send or call, while in others you will be charged from the moment of actual connection like you are in New Zealand. All call charges are rounded up to the nearest minute.

What happens when I run out of data while roaming on Vodafone Daily Roaming?

If you have used all of your plan’s data in one of the 103 Daily Roaming destinations, you will be directed to Vodafone’s Flexi Data where you can buy more data, whereas if you are traveling in one of the 122 non-Daily Roaming destinations, you will be directed to Vodafone’s Data Angle Overseas where you can buy more data.

Flexi Data MB/GB prices start at $12 for 500 MB. Data Angel Overseas uses a zoning system (3 zones) with different pricing strategies. Data for:

  • zone 1 starts at $15 for 100 MB
  • zone 2 starts at $15 for 40 MB
  • zone 3 starts at $30 for 5 MB

TIP: You can get much more for $15 or $30 when purchasing a local SIM card or an international SIM card OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, or SimCorner

Vodafone Flexi Data

Flexi Data is automatically included in the following plans:

  • Vodafone Red
  • Vodafone Red Business
  • Smart
  • Business Smart
  • Smart Data
  • Business Smart Data
  • Broadband Mini
  • Broadband Regular
  • Broadband Supreme plans (purchased after 24 August 2011)

Once you run low on data in a Daily Roaming destination, Vodafone will send you a text message giving you options on how to purchase more.

Below are the Flexi Data rates:

  • 500 MB for $12
  • 1 GB for $20
  • 2 GB for $35

The purchased one-off add-ons will expire at the end of your billing cycle.

Man holding a phone showing his home screen

Vodafone Data Angle Overseas

Once you run low on data in a non-Daily Roaming destination, Vodafone will send you a text message giving you options on how to purchase more.

Below are the data bundles grouped into three zones:

Zone 1:

  • $15 for 100 MB (A100)
  • $30 for 250 MB (A250)
  • $50 for 500 MB (A500)

To purchase a data bundle, text the size of your bundle (shown in brackets above) to 747 (sending this text is free of charge). For example, I text A250 to 747 to purchase the $30/250MB bundle for zone 1 destinations.

Zone 2:

  • $15 for 40 MB (B40)
  • $30 for 100 MB (B100)
  • $50 for 200 MB (B200)

To purchase a data bundle, text the size of your bundle (shown in brackets above) to 747 (sending this text is free of charge). For example, I text B100 to 747 to purchase the $30/100MB bundle for zone 2 destinations.

Zone 3:

  • $30 for 5 MB (C5)
  • $50 for 10 MB (C10)
  • $100 for 25 MB (C25)

To purchase a data bundle, text the size of your bundle (shown in brackets above) to 747 (sending this text is free of charge). For example, I text C10 to 747 to purchase the $50/10MB bundle for zone 3 destinations.

Vodafone Data Angle Overseas Zones
Zone 1 – 3 destinations

Australia (4G), Christmas Island, and Norfolk Island are included in Data Angle Overseas zone 1

Zone 2 – 123 destinations
  • Aland Islands *
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica *
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt *
  • El Salvador *
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala *
  • Guernsey
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati *
  • Laos *
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Northern Ireland
  • Northern Mariana Islands*
  • Norway
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino *
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Svalbard *
  • Swaziland *
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City *
  • Venezuela *
  • Vietnam
  • Wales
  • Zanzibar

* 4G is not available in this destination

Destination sign board
Zone 3 – 98 destinations
  • Afghanistan (4G)
  • Algeria (4G)
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Armenia (4G)
  • Azerbaijan (4G)
  • Bahamas (4G)
  • Bahrain (4G)
  • Bangladesh (4G)
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia (4G)
  • Bonaire & Curacao
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana (4G)
  • Brunei (4G)
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon (4G)
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Cook Islands (Rarotonga) (4G)
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Djibouti
  • East Timor
  • Falkland Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon (4G)
  • Gambia (4G)
  • Georgia (4G)
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Honduras (4G)
  • Iraq
  • Ivory Coast (4G)
  • Jordan (4G)
  • Kazakhstan (4G)
  • Kosovo (4G)
  • Kuwait (4G)
  • Kyrgyzstan (4G)
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi (4G)
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius (4G)
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova (4G)
  • Morocco (4G)
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (4G)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal (4G)
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua (4G)
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Oman (4G)
  • Pakistan (4G)
  • Russia (4G)
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Martin
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles Islands
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia 1
  • South Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan (4G)
  • Togo
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan 1
  • Uganda (4G)
  • Ukraine (4G)
  • Uzbekistan (4G)
  • Wallis & Futuna1
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Can I roam on planes with Vodafone New Zealand?

Vodafone Pay Monthly and Prepay subscribers can enjoy in-flight roaming with 13 airlines. However, since the 1st of July 2017, Vodafone discontinued its data roaming service on flights claiming that is was too expensive for Vodafone and its customers.

In-flight roaming is available on a limited number of airlines. In-flight roaming can be found on selected flights with the following 13 airlines:

  • AirAsia
  • Air New Zealand
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • EgyptAir
  • Libyan Arab Airlines
  • Oman Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • LATAM Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Wataniya Airways

You will have to contact the airline you are flying with to learn whether in-flight roaming will be available on your flight or not. Unfortunately, I do not have a list of plane registrations or destinations of where in-flight roaming is likely to be enabled.

You have to reach out to Vodafone support to enable inflight roaming before boarding the plane.

Plane at Logan airport

How much does Vodafone charge for in-flight roaming?

The airlines that offer in-flight roaming use two different roaming providers (On-Air & AeroMobile). All airlines listed except for Emirates use the On-Air pricing shown below. Emirates uses the AeroMobile Pricing.

On-Air Pricing

Making a call$3.50/min
Receiving a call$2.00/min
Sending an SMS$0.30/SMS
Receiving an SMSFree
Using dataNot available. Use in-flight WIFI if available

AeroMobile Pricing

Making a call $8.00/min
Receiving a call $8.00/min
Sending an SMS $1.00/SMS
Receiving an SMS Free
Using data Not available. Use in-flight WIFI if available

Can I roam on cruise ships with Vodafone New Zealand?

Vodafone Pay Monthly and Prepay subscribers can roam on ships, ferries, and cruises. However, since the 1st of July 2017, Vodafone discontinued its maritime data roaming service claiming that it was too expensive for Vodafone and its customers ($25/MB).

Although maritime roaming is available on selected cruises, Vodafone Prepay customers can only roam on cruises that the Telenor Maritime or OnWaves-Siminn Icelands networks.

Maritime Roaming charging applies when cruising around any destination (including New Zealand), once the cruise ship or boat has left port and is more than 12 nautical miles from the shore or at least 2 nautical miles in European Union countries. A typical cruise around New Zealand, for example, travels at 35 nautical miles out from shore.

Vodafone Maritime roaming rates

Outbound calls $5.00/min
Receiving a call $1.00/min
Sending a TXT message $0.80/TXT
Receiving a TXT message Free
Using data from 1 July 2017 Not available. Use in-board WIFI if available
A ferry on its way while the sun is setting

Availability of Vodafone Maritime roaming

Cruise lines

Cruise LineCruise ShipsMaritime Partner
Abu Mehri CruisesOrient Queen IIVodafone Malta Maritime
Abu Mehri CruisesOrient Queen IITelecom Italia SpA
AIDAAIDAaura, AIDAbella, AIDAblu, AIDAcara, AIDAdiva, AIDAluna, AIDAmar, AIDAprima, AIDAsol, AIDAstella, AIDAvitaTelenor Maritime
AzamaraJourney, QuestAT&T Maritime
Bahamas Paradise Cruise LineGrand CelebrationTelenor Maritime
CarnivalBreeze, Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Fascination, Freedom, Glory, Imagination, Inspiration, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Paradise, Pride, Sensation, Spirit, Splendor, Sunshine, Triumph, Valor, Victory, VistaAT&T Maritime
Celebrity CruisesConstellation, Eclipse, Edge I, II, Equinox, Infinity, Millennium, Reflection, Silhouette, Solstice, SummitAT&T Maritime
Celebrity CruisesSilhouette, ReflectionOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Celebrity CruisesNefeliVodafone Malta Maritime
CMVAzores, MagellanTelecom Italia SpA
Color lineColor Fantasy, Color Magic, Superspeed I, Superspeed IITelenor Maritime
COMARITEstur Aegean Paradise, Bildai, Anek ForzaTelecom Italia SpA
Compagnie Du PonantPonant, Le Boreal, Austral, SolealOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Compagnie Du PonantAustral, Boreal, Ponant, SolealTelecom Italia SpA
Compagnie Du PonantLe BorealVodafone Malta Maritime
CostaAllegra, Atlantica, Classica, Deliziosa, Favolosa, Luminosa, Magica, Mediterranea, Pacifica, Serena, Victoria, VoyagerTelecom Italia SpA
CostaClassica, Deliziosa, Favolosa, Luminosa, Magica, Mediterranea, Pacifica, LuminosaVodafone Malta Maritime
CostaAltantica, Diadema, Fascinosa, Fortuna, neoRiviera, neoRomantica, Serena, VictoriaTelenor Maritime
Crystal CruisesSerenity, SymphonyAT&T Maritime
Cundard LineQueen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, Queen VictoriaTelenor Maritime
CVMMagellan, AstoriaVodafone Malta Maritime
Deilmann KreuzfahrtenDeutschlandOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Disney Cruise LineDream, Fantasy, Magic, WonderAT&T Maritime
Dream CruisesGenting Dream, World DreamAT&T Maritime
Fred Olsen Cruise LinesBoudiccaTelenor Maritime
Fred Olsen Cruise LinesBalmoral, Braemar, Boudicca, Black WatchAT&T Maritime
FTIBerlinOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Global BereederungAstorAT&T Maritime
Global Maritime GroupMarco PoloOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
GNVExcellent, Excelsior, Fantastic, La Superba, La Superma, Majestic, Rhapsody, SplendidVodafone Malta Maritime
GrimaldiAudacia, Roma, W Euroferry Olympia, W Barcelona, Europa, W Catania, W Sorrento, W Brindisi, W Europa Link, EuroFerry Egnazia, Zeus Place, Florencia, Tenacia, W Cruise Olympia, W Minoan Ikarus PlaceTelecom Italia SpA
Hapag LloydBremen, Columbus2, Europa, HanseaticTelecom Italia SpA
Hapag LloydEuropa2, Europa, Hanseatic, BremenAT&T Maritime
Holland American LineAmsterdam, Eurodam, Koingsdam, Maasdam, Noordam,Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Prinsendam, otterdam, Veendam, Volendam, Westerdam, Zaadam, ZuiderdamAT&T Maritime
Hurtigruten GroupFramTelenor Maritime
Kreuzfahrten.deDelphinAT&T Maritime
Louis CruisesAura, Crystal, Olympia, Thomson Majesty, Thomson Spirit, Celestial OdysseyAT&T Maritime
Majestic International CruisesOcean MajestyTelecom Italia SpA
Majestic International CruisesOcean MajestyVodafone Malta Maritime
Mano MaritimeGolden IrisTelenor Maritime
MSCArmonia, Divina, Fantasia, Lirica, Magnifica, Opera, Orchestra, Poesia, Preziosa, Sinfonia, SplendidaTelecom Italia SpA
MSCArmonia, Divina, Fantasia, Lirica, Magnifica, Musica, Opera, Orchestra, Poesia, Preziosa, Sinfonia, SplendidaVodafone Malta Maritime
Norwegian Cruise LineBreakaway, Dawn, Epic, Gem, Getaway, Jade, Jewel, Pearl, Sky, Spirit, Star, SunTelenor Maritime
Norwegian Cruise LineEscape, JoyAT&T Maritime
Oceania CruisesInsignia, Marina, Nautica, Regatta, Riviera, SirenaAT&T Maritime
P&O CruisesAdonia, Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana, Oriana, VenturaTelenor Maritime
P&O CruisesPacific Aria, Pacific EdenAT&T Maritime
P&O Cruises AustraliaPacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific PearlTelenor Maritime
P&O FerriesPride of Bruges, Pride of Hull, Pride of Rotterdam, Pride of YorkAT&T Maritime
Paul Gauguin CruisesPaul Gauguin, Tere MoanaTelenor Maritime
Peace BoatPeace BoatAT&T Maritime
Phoenix ReisenAlbatros, Amadea, Artania,Telenor Maritime
PortuscalePorto, Lisboa, FunchalTelecom Italia SpA
Prime AssociatesVenusTelecom Italia SpA
Princess CruisesRegal Princess, Royal PrincessTelenor Maritime
Princess CruisesCaribbean, Coral, Crown, Dawn, Diamond, Emerald, Golden, Grand, Island, Majestic, Pacific, Ruby, Sun, Sapphire, Sea, StarAT&T Maritime
Pullmantur CruisesZenithOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Pullmantur CruisesHorizon, Monarch, Sovereign, ZenithAT&T Maritime
Regent Seven Sea CruisesExplorer, Navigator, Mariner, VoyagerAT&T Maritime
Royal CaribbeanAdventure, Anthem, Allure, Brilliance, Enchantment, Empress, Explorer, Freedom, Grandeur, Harmony, Independence, Jewel, Legend, Liberty, Majesty, Mariner, Navigator, Oasis, Oasis IV, Ovation, Quantum, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Splendour, Vision, Voyager,AT&T Maritime
Salamis CruiseFiloxeniaTelecom Italia SpA
SatpointCristal, Orient QueenOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
SeabournEncore, Odyssey, Quest, SojournAT&T Maritime
SilverseaCloud, Discoverer, Explorer, Shadow, Spirit, Whisper, WindAT&T Maritime
SkySea Cruise LineGolden EraAT&T Maritime
SNAV Lazio, Sardegna, Toscana, Adriatico, Croazia JetTelecom Italia SpA
Star ClippersRoyal Clipper, Star Clipper, Star FlyerTelecom Italia SpA
Star ClippersStar Flyer,  Star Clipper, Royal ClipperVodafone Malta Maritime
Star CruisesAquarius, Gemini, Libra, Pisces, Taipan, VirgoAT&T Maritime
Swan HellenicMinervaVodafone Malta Maritime
Thomson CruisesThomson Dream, Thomson CelebrationOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Thomson CruisesIsland EscapeAT&T Maritime
Tui CruisesMein Schiff, II, III, IV, VAT&T Maritime
Van Berge HenegouwenAzzamTelenor Maritime
Viking Ocean CruisesViking Sea, Viking StarTelenor Maritime
Voyages of DiscoveryVoyagerAT&T Maritime
Windstar CruisesWind Star, Wind SpiritOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
A cruiseship in sea

Ferry lines

Ferry LineFerry NameMaritime Partner
AlgerieEl Djazair II, Tarig Ibn Ziyard, Tassili IITelenor Maritime
ANEKHellenic Spirit, Kriti I, Kriti IITelecom Italia SpA
BaleriaMartin I SolerTelecom Italia SpA
Brittany FerriesPont-Aven, Cap Finistere, Barfleur, Normandie, Mont-St-Michel, Bretagne, Armorique, Normandie Express, CotentinOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Brittany FerriesArmorique, Normandie, Bretagne, Mont St-Michel, Pont Aven,  Cap Finistere,  Barfleur, Etretat, Baie de Seine, Normandie ExpressTelecom Italia SpA
Brittany FerriesArmorique, Normandie, Bretagne, Mont St-Michel, Pont Aven, Cap Finistere,  Barfleur, Etretat, Baie de Seine, Normandie ExpressVodafone Malta Maritime
BTSVal Cannuta 2Telecom Italia SpA
Bumi ArmadaPerdana, Tuah 308, Hibiscus, Firman 2Telecom Italia SpA
Compaginie Tunisiene De NavigationCarthage, TanitTelenor Maritime
CorsicaMarina Seconda, Sardina VeraTelecom Italia SpA
CorsicaMarina Seconda, Sardina Vera, Mediterranee, Danielle Casanova, Pascal Paoli, Jean NicoliVodafone Malta Maritime
CorsicaCorsica Victoria, Mega Express I,II, III, IV, V, Mega Smeralda, Sardinia ReginaTelenor Maritime
DFDS SeawaysAthena, Crown, Dana, Delft, Dover, Dunkerque, King, Liverpool, Malo, Optima, Patria, Pearl, Princess, Regina, VictoriaTelenor Maritime
Emas LewekCenturion, Champion, Constellation, CrusaderTelecom Italia SpA
Endeavour LinesIonan QueenTelecom Italia SpA
FinnlinesW Nordlink, Finnsailor, Finnfellow, Finneagle, Finnclipper, FinntraderTelecom Italia SpA
FinnlinesFinnmaid, Finn partner, Finnfellow, Finnlady, Finntrader, Finneagle, Finnstar, Nordlink, FinnclipperVodafone Malta Maritime
FjordlineBergentsfjord, Fjordline Express, StavangerfjordTelenor Maritime
France Telecom MarineRene DescartesTelecom Italia SpA
GNVExcellent, Excelsior, Fantastic, La Superba, La Superma, Majestic, Rhapsody, SplendidTelecom Italia SpA
Go OffShoreSurf Supporter, Deep Sea 1, Explorer, Go PhoenixTelecom Italia SpA
Grimaldi LinesBarcelona, Euroferry Egnazia, Zeus Palace, MV Catania, Roma, Euroferry Olympia, Forza, Cruise Europa, Cruise Smeralda, Cruise Olbia,Vodafone Malta Maritime
Irish FerriesEpsilon, Isle of Inishmore, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, UlyssesTelenor Maritime
irreniaAmsicora, Athara, Bithia, Bonaria, Dimonios, Florio, Janas, Nuraghes, Rubattino, Sharden, Aki, Wonder, Tommy, Drea, Otta, Vincent, Fantasy,Telecom Italia SpA
LD LinesCote d’Albatre, Seven Sisters, Norman AsturiasOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Marine AtlanticBlue Puttees, Highlander, Atlantic VisionTelecom Italia SpA
Minoan LinesEuropalink, Cruise OlympiaVodafone Malta Maritime
MobyAki, Wonder, Tommy, Drea, Otta, Vincent, Fantasy, CorseTelecom Italia SpA
MobyDrea, Corse, Tommy, Vincent, Wonder, Otta, Aki, Kiss, ZazaVodafone Malta Maritime
Navieras ArmasVolcan del TeideVodafone Malta Maritime
PolferriesWawelTelenor Maritime
ProsafeCaledoniaTelecom Italia SpA
SaipemFDS2, Castorone, Castoro 7, 7000Telecom Italia SpA
SapuraSapuraTelecom Italia SpA
ScandlinesDeutschland, Kronprins Fredrik, Prins Joachim, Prins Richard, Prinsesse Benedikte, Schleswig HolsteinTelenor Maritime
Smyril LineNorronaTelenor Maritime
SNAVToscana, Croazia Jet, Sardegna, Laxio, AdriaticoVodafone Malta Maritime
SNCMDanielle Casanova, MediterraneeTelecom Italia SpA
STMIVolcan del Tijarafe, Star Clipper, Star Flyer, Royal Clipper, Volcan Del Tinamar, Volcan Del TimanfayaOnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Superfast FerriesSuperfast XI, Superfast I, SuperFast 2OnWaves – Siminn Iceland
Superfast FerriesSUPERFAST I, II, VI, XI, XII, Bimini ExpressTelecom Italia SpA
Superfast FerriesSuperfast2, Superfast1, Superfast11, Superfast12Vodafone Malta Maritime
TirreniaBonaria, Florio, Janas, Rubattino, Sharden, Nuraghes, Dimonios, Amsicora, Bithia, AtharaVodafone Malta Maritime
Unity LineSkania, PoloniaTelecom Italia SpA
Unity LinePolonia, SkaniaVodafone Malta Maritime
Ventouris FerriesRigel I, Rigel II, BariVodafone Malta Maritime
Ventouris FerriesBari, RigelTelecom Italia SpA

Is Roaming with Vodafone New Zealand worth it?

Vodafone New Zealand customers have a lot of roaming options one can pick from. Normally, I give you a quick summary of each option and my opinion about it. However, as there are so many possibilities, it is difficult to give you a concrete answer.

Roaming with Vodafone New Zealand is worth it if you pick a roaming option that suits your needs. Always make sure that the costs of your roaming option justifiable, as it may be cheaper to get a local SIM card, international SIM card like OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, or SimCorner, or to connect to WIFI hotspots.

What is next?

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! Save money on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation. Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Book Your Flight

It is time to book your flight. Find cheap flights with AirWander so that you can add free or cheap stopovers in destinations you have not considered yet. If you are not ready to take off yet, set up flight alerts with Airfarewatchdog, and they will notify you once ticket prices for your preferred destination drops.

Book Your Accommodation

I am a huge fan of Airbnb because it allows me to live with a local or get a local place for myself. Staying in someone’s house or apartment feels much different than being in a ho(s)tel. At least, that is how I see it. Moreover, Airbnb can often be much cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Get Your Travel Insurance

You will regret not having travel insurance once you actually need it and “forgot” to get it. Nowadays, travel insurance is cheap and comprehensive unlike back in the days. World Nomads is by far the best travel insurance for adventurous travelers like yourself. You can even get insured WHILE already traveling, which is not something many insurance companies allow you to do.

Get a Travel Debit Card

Travel Cheques are outdated. Paying with your credit card or debit card can be expensive because of all the exchange commissions banks charge you. TransferWise allows you to convert your main currency to the currency of your destination for a small fee (up to 8 times less than with your bank!) Getting a Transferwise Borderless account is FREE, so you will get an instant return on your investment.

Enjoy your trip!


Sources:
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/mobile/before-you-roam/
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/daily-roaming/#dollar-daily-roaming
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/daily-roaming/#europe
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/daily-roaming/#rotw
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/prepay-roaming/#benefits
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/roaming/inflight/
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/roaming/maritime-coverage/
https://www.vodafone.co.nz/mobile/apps-services/

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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 due to the current pandemic and does not have any travel plans for after his stay in Taiwan.

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