Here is some of the advice provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission if you’re considering using your own phone or tablet in foreign countries.
Most phone companies allow you to use your mobile phone when travelling overseas. This service is known as ‘international roaming’. Before you leave, check with your provider to activate international roaming.
Your phone will not automatically work in every country. So again, check with your mobile phone provider that you will be able to use your phone in your destination.
Using your mobile phone or tablet overseas will usually be more expensive than using it at home in Australia. While it can cost 10 cents to use 1MB of data in Australia, it could cost $15 overseas.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
You may be charged for the calls you receive as well as the calls you make.
It will probably also be more expensive to:
International roaming will probably not be included in any call, data or SMS allowances you may receive on a mobile phone plan. This means that roaming will usually cost you extra to use.
Before you leave Australia, make sure you know what your provider is charging you to make and receive calls and messages and to use data on your phone or tablet.
The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has developed the International Mobile Roaming Standard that requires mobile service providers to give their customers more information about mobile roaming.
If you do want to use your phone or your tablet while you are overseas here are some tips to try and keep your bill low:
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