End of roaming rip-off in Europe nigh

, posted: 29-Mar-2006 10:19

Second post today, but this European Union press release struck a raw nerve. As we all know, using your mobile phone overseas is convenient, but also an extreme financial hazard.

Last time I was in the US, I left my 027 phone in the hotel safe, having bought a cheapo Nokia from Radio Shack with a Virgin Mobile pre-paid number. But, I forgot to turn off the 027 phone, and some people rang and left messages while I was out (impressively good reception on the phone... or the hotel safe was thinner than I thought). I listened to three messages, not thinking about the economics of doing so. The bill amounted to NZ$50 which really is quite outrageous.

However, that's nothing compared to an acquaintance who roamed in LA with her Vodafone; she got a NZ$750 bill for that.

Last year, I met up with marketing people from a large Taiwanese OEM who were visiting New Zealand systems integrators. They were a bit more savvy, and checked the roaming rates here - needless to say, they didn't use their mobiles in NZ. The hotel surcharges for making even local calls stunned them as well, so they tried to use Skype but... the hotel was on ADSL, so that didn't work too good either. It was kind of hard to explain to them why things are set up like this in NZ Smile

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