Roaming with Woolworths Mobile: What You Need to Know

Planning on going on a trip anytime soon? Sounds good. Got your visas and plane tickets sorted out? Perfect. Should you get a local SIM when arriving at your destination or should you bring your Woolworths SIM with you? Good question – this article will answer that for you. Let’s get into it.

Can I roam with Woolworths?

Woolworths customers on a SIM Only or Phone Plan can add the International Roaming add-on, which allows them to roam, minutes, texts, and data, in 63 destinations for $5 per day. Those who do not want to add roaming to their plan or are not Woolworths customers can purchase a Woolworths Data SIM pack for $12, which gets you 200 MB of roaming data, to roam in over 60 destinations.

Select Woolworths customers can take advantage of their $29 (Australian Dollars – AUD) voice, SMS, and data SIM rates.

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What do I need to know about roaming with Woolworths?

Woolworths has several roaming options depending on the type of customer you are – Roaming Add-ons for Woolworths customers, Woolworths Travel SIM, and Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data.

Woolworths Roaming Add-ons

Existing Woolworths customers who want to purchase a Roaming Add-on can choose from 3 packages:

  • 5 Day Roaming Add-on for $25
  • 10 Day Roaming Add-on for $50
  • 15 Day Roaming Add-on $75

Below are the features of each add-on.

Product5 Day 10 Day15 Day
Data800MB2GB4GB
Calls60 min150 min240 min
SMS60 SMS150 SMS240 SMS
Validity5 days10 days15 days
Price $25$50$75

The add-on expiry period will commence from midnight on the day of purchase based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST – UTC+10)

Do note that if you wish to roam with Woolworths, you are required to purchase a Roaming Add-on because Woolworths does not offer Pay As You Go roaming options.

Woolworths Prepaid Travel SIM

If you do not want to get one of those add-ons or are not a Woolworths customer, you can get a Data SIM pack. which can be used across Europe, the United States, and several destinations in Asia. In some destinations, you can use the 4G LTE network of the visiting operator.

The SIM will give you 200 MB of data right of the bet if you use promo code WOW60 (code directly from Woolworths and not a Phone Travel Wiz affiliate code).

Woolworths uses 2 zones for its pack options, which are shown below.

Woolworths Prepaid Travel SIM Zone 1 bundles

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

Data500MB1GB3GB
Validity Period30 days30 days60 days
Price$15$25$60

Zone 2

Data500MB1GB3GB
Validity Period30 days30 days60 days
Price$30$50$120

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Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data roaming bundles

Woolworths offers several bundles for those who have the Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data deal. They can choose 17 bundles spread over 5 zones: Europe, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Global. Below you can find the bundles per zone.

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

Zone 1 – Europe

Bundle 500 MB1 GB3 GBCombo
Data500 MB1 GB3 GB200 MB
Validity30 Days30 Days30 Days30 Days
SMS200 SMS
Minutes200 Min
Price$15$25$50$40

Zone 2 – New Zealand

Bundle 250 MB500 MB 1 GBCombo
Data250 MB500 MB1 GB200 MB
Validity7 Days30 Days30 Days30 Days
SMS200 SMS
Minutes200 Min
Price$20 $35 $50 $40

Zone 3 – United Kingdom

Bundle 250 MB500 MB 1 GBLite
Data250 MB500 MB1 GB100 MB
Validity30 Days30 Days30 Days30 Days
SMS300 SMS
Minutes200 Min
Price$7 $12 $21 $34

Zone 4 – United States

Bundle 100 MB100 MIN
Data100 MB
Validity30  Days30 Days
SMS
Minutes100 Min
Price$25 $30

Zone 5 – Global

Bundle 250 MB500 MB 1 GB
Data250 MB500 MB1 GB
Validity7  Days30 Days30 Days
SMS
Minutes
Price$40 $60 $99

How do I enable Woolworths roaming?

Woolworths Plan subscribers can purchase a Roaming Add-on through the Woolworths Mobile App (Apple Store) or the Woolworths site. Select the Roaming Add-on you want, and the charge will appear on your next bill.

Those who want to get a Woolworths Travel SIM can purchase one online or any Woolworths store. Once you have obtained your SIM, you can purchase the bundle of your liking online.

Finally, those who got the Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data SIM can purchase a bundle once logged in to your account.

Where can I roam with Woolworths?

The three roaming options have different destinations for where they can roam depending on the bundle.

Roaming Add-ons destinations

Below are the Roaming Add-on destinations split from A to L and M to V. India has its own table because of the telecom circle system they use.

Woolworths Roaming Add-ons destinations & roaming partners – A-L

DestinationRoaming Partner
AustriaHutchison Drei Austria 
BelgiumKPN Group Belgium 
BrazilVivo & TIM Celular
BulgariaCosmo Bulgaria Mobile EAD
CambodiaViettel & CamGSM
CanadaBell, Rogers & TELUS
ChinaChina Mobile & China Unicom
CroatiaCroatian Telecom, Tele2 & VIPnet
Czech RepublicT-Mobile
DenmarkTDC/YouSee & Telia
EgyptEtisalat
EstoniaElisa & Tele2
FijiVodafone
FinlandTelia
FranceBouygues & Orange
GermanyT-Mobile & O2
GreeceCosmote
Hong KongHong Kong CSL & SmarTone
HungaryMagyar Telecom & Telenor
IndonesiaExcelcom & PT
IrelandMeteor Mobile, 3 & O3
IsraelCellcom, Pelephone & Wataniya Palestine Mobile
ItalyH3G, Telecom Italia & Wind
JapanNTT DoCoMo & SoftBank
KenyaSafaricom
LatviaLatvian Mobile & Tele2
LithuaniaOmnitel & Tele2
LuxembourgOrange

Woolworths Roaming Add-ons destinations & roaming partners – M-V

DestinationRoaming Partner
MacedoniaT-Mobile & VIP
MalaysiaCelcom, DiGi & Maxis
MexicoPegaso
NetherlandsKPN Group Belgium 
NigeriaMTN
NorwayNetcom & Telenor
Papua New GuineaBmobile & Digicel
PhilippinesGlobe & Smart
PolandPTK
PortugalSonaecom
QatarQ Tel
RomaniaOrange
RussiaVimpelCom
SamoaDigicel
SingaporeMobileOne & StarHub
SlovakiaSlovak Telekom
South AfricaCell C, MTN & Vodacom
South KoreaSK Telecom
SpainTelefonica Moviles
Sri LankaDialog Telecom & Mobitel
SwedenTele2, Telenor & Telia
SwitzerlandOrange & Swisscom
TaiwanChunghwa
ThailandReal Future Company & Total Access
TongaDigicel
TurkeyTurkcell
United Arab EmiratesEtisalat
United KingdomEE, Jersey Telecom & O2
United StatesAT&T & T-Mobile
VanuatuDigicel & Telecom Vanuatu
VietnamViettel, Vietnam Mobile & Vinaphone

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Woolworths Roaming Indian roaming partners

India_TNBharti Airtel Ltd. Chennai & Bharti Airtel Ltd. Tamilnadu
India_APBharti Airtel Ltd. Andhra Pradesh
India_KarnatakaBharti Airtel Ltd. Karnataka
India_KeralaBharti Airtel Ltd. Kerala
India_DelhiBharti Airtel Ltd. Dehli & Vodafone Delhi
India_GujaratBharti Airtel Ltd. Gujarat
India_HaryanaBharti Airtel Ltd. Haryana
India_HPBharti Airtel Ltd. Himachal Pradesh
India_MHBharti Airtel Ltd. Maharastra & Goa, Bharti Airtel Ltd. Mumbai & Vodafone Mumbai
India_KolkattaBharti Airtel Ltd. Kolkata
India_MPBharti Airtel Ltd. Madhya Pradesh
India_PunjabBharti Airtel Ltd. Punjab
India_RajasthanBharti Airtel Ltd. Rajasthan
India_UPWBharti Airtel Ltd. UP West & Idea Cellular Ltd. Up West

Travel SIM destinations

The Woolworths Travel SIM splits its bundle availability into two zones, which are shown below in two tables.

Woolworths Travel SIM zone 1 destinations

The following 60 destinations are part of zone 1:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait 
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • Myanmar 
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman 
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia 
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine 
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vatican City

Woolworths Travel SIM zone 2 destinations

The following 31 destinations are part of zone 2:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh 
  • Belarus
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Honduras 
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan 
  • Mexico
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua 
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan 
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Puerto Rico
  • Samoa
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Svalbard & Jan Mayen
  • Tajikistan 
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data roaming destinations

Those who have the Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data plan can roam in over 118 destinations split into 5 zones. New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States are zones on their own. The following tables will cover Europe and Global.

Woolworths Europe

The following 39 destinations are eligible for the Woolworths Europe bundles:

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine 
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Woolworths Global

The following 79 destinations are eligible for the Global bundles:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Honduras 
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua 
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine 
  • United Kingdom
  • United States *
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

* Excluding Alaska

Can I roam on planes with Woolworths?

In-flight roaming is not possible with Woolworths.

Can I roam on cruise ships with Woolworths?

Maritime roaming is not available with Woolworths.

Is roaming with Woolworths worth it?

Roaming with Woolworths is fairly expensive, even with their roaming add-ons.

The cheapest add-on, the 5 Day 800 MB, 60 min, and 60 SMS is not too bad, but you could probably get much more if you would purchase a local SIM in your destination. The other add-ons are not worth the requested $50 and $75 for the perks you get.

The Woolworth Prepaid SIM covers 91 destinations but comes at a high price too.

500 MB of roaming data for $15 (zone 1) is not too bad and lasts you 30 days. However, you would need to be extremely conservative with your data usage to stretch those MBs for 30 days. For $15, you may be able to get a local SIM that can get you more, but that is not guaranteed and depends on your destination.

But wanting to get 500 MB in zone 2 destinations requires double the amount than what you would pay in zone 1 destinations ($30). The most expensive option, $120 for 3GB is almost criminal and should not be considered. You can spend that money on experiences and could get cheaper local SIMs.

Those on the Woolworths $29 voice, SMS, and data plan can choose from 17 bundles in 5 zones, which may sound a bit too much at first.

Their bundles are restrictive. You can get data-only plans or combo bundles, but the combo ones are usually expensive and not worth the money.

For example, 200 MB, 200 SMS, and 200 minutes for $40 for the Europe or New Zealand bundle seems a bit too much – local SIMs could save you money in this case.

The $50 3 GB and 1 GB bundle for Europe and New Zealand respectively should not even be considered for purchase. Once again, local SIMs would be much cheaper.

Then we have the 1 GB Global Bundle for $99, which does not even allow you to call or send text messages – too expensive.

In short, for existing Woolworths subscribers, the 5 Day Roaming Add-on for $25 may be worth considering. For those on a Woolworths Prepaid Travel SIM, the $15 500 MB bundle for zone 1 destinations may be worth your money. Those on the $29 plan, the $15 500 and $25 Europe bundles seem to be alright for the 500 MB or 1 GB you get. For the UK, all data bundles should be considered. All bundles that have not been mentioned yet are simply too expensive. Simply connecting to WIFI hotspots would be better in your case.

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Sources:

https://mobile.woolworths.com.au/international-roaming
https://mobile.woolworths.com.au/content/dam/Woolworths/Mobile/Legals/CallRates/International%20Roaming%20Eligible%20Countries.pdf (This link may prompt you to download a PDF depending on your browser settings)
https://www.woolworthsglobalroaming.com.au/Pricing
https://www.woolworthsglobalroaming.com.au/Pricing/PricingVTD

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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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