Transtasman roaming charges under spotlight

first_imgTrans-tasman business travellers “rack up huge charges” The New Zealand and Australian governments will open formal investigations into Trans-tasman roaming services provided by the two countries’ mobile operators following a meeting between NZ communications minister Steven Joyce and Australian counterpart Stephen Conroy in Tasmania. Analysis of traffic and revenue information as well as views expressed by respondents to a consultation taken last year prompted the decision to proceed with the probe, with findings expected to be released in early 2012. “Many New Zealanders take their mobile phone, tablet or laptop with them when they travel to Australia,” Mr Joyce said. “They need to have confidence that they are purchasing services in a competitive market. “If this investigation finds they are not, then regulatory intervention will be considered.” Welcoming the investigation is TravelSIM New Zealand, a prepaid mobile phone service for international travellers. “New Zealand consumers have for years been paying over the odds when using their mobile phone in Australia,” TravelSIM New Zealand chief executive James Currah said.“Business travellers particularly are caught out when using their phones as normal to take and make vital calls in Australia, which is not that far away. “Consumers rack up huge charges when checking emails, and taking / sending photos and video from offshore.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img

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