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If you are travelling overseas for more than a couple of days, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by purchasing a local SIM from Mobi Passport.  

For Example

Imagine you are travelling to the UK for 2 weeks. You plan to take your iPhone and laptop to keep in touch with friends via facebook, upload some travel photos, navigate your way about town with Google Maps and check your email. As a typical user you are likely to use up to 200MB of data, or for a power user you might use up to 500MB . The following compares the cost of global roaming with Australian carriers verses a local SIM purchased through Mobi Passport:

Optus

Optus Global Roaming data rates are $0.20/10kb.

200MB costs $4,000.
500MB costs $10,000


Telstra

Telstra Global Roaming is charged at $0.015 per kB with a 50 cent flag fall for each data session.

200MB costs $4,100.
500MB costs $10,500

Vodafone

Vodafone Global Roaming is charged at $0.01 per kB for all data in Zone 2 (includes UK).

200MB costs $2,000.
500MB costs $5,000

Mobi Passport

With Mobi Passport you can purchase an O2 SIM with a 500MB plan for just $34.

200MB costs $34.
500MB costs $34.

That is a saving of between 98.9% and 99.8%!

Local SIMs are also a much better alternative that International SIMs such as those provided by TravelSIM, GOSIM and RoamingSIM.  The tables below compare the costs of using SIM purchased through Mobi Passport to global roaming and other International SIMs based on the following assumptions
  • Medium Use (Voice Only) = 20 Local Calls, 40 Local SMS, 20 SMS to Aus, 6 Calls to Aus, 10 Calls from Aus 
  • Low Use =10 Local Calls, 20 Local SMS, 10 SMS to Aus, 3 Calls to Aus, 5 Calls from Aus, 50MB of Data
  • Medium Use = 20 Local Calls, 40 Local SMS, 20 SMS to Aus, 6 Calls to Aus, 10 Calls from Aus, 100MB of Data
  • High Use = 40 Local Calls, 100 Local SMS, 40 SMS to Aus, 12 Calls to Aus, 20 Calls from Aus, 500MB of Data

 Mobi PassportGlobal Roaming Sim ProvidersGlobal Roaming With Australian Carriers
  TravelSIMRoamingSIMTelstraOptusVodafone
Medium Use (Voice Only)      
Canada$46$86$171$123$134$158
France$65$87$79$112$134$135
New Zealand$33$102$111$94$126$105
Spain$47$89$79$112$134$135
Thailand$35$109$126$114$96$158
UK$30$84$79$88$126$105
USA$43$85$171$129$126$89
Low Use      
Canada$44$2,218$720$830$1,067$579
France$54$118$95$824$1,067$568
New Zealand$42Not Available$130$815$1,063$552
Spain$40$119$95$824$1,067$568
Thailand$30$180$698$825$1,048$579
UK$28$117$115$812$1,063$552
USA$58$118$720$832$1,063$544
Medium Use      
Canada$65$4,386$1,391$1,659$2,134$1,158
France$80$187$139$1,648$2,134$1,135
New Zealand$64Not Available$211$1,630$2,126$1,105
Spain$55$189$139$1,648$2,134$1,135
Thailand$38$309$1,346$1,650$2,096$1,158
UK$39$184$179$1,624$2,126$1,105
USA$58$185$1,391$1,665$2,126$1,089
High Use      
Canada$169$21,629$6,403$7,941$10,284$5,330
France$180$631$414$7,920$10,284$5,286
New Zealand$204Not Available$685$7,883$10,272$5,224
Spain$114$635$414$7,920$10,284$5,286
Thailand$67$1,180$6,315$7,922$10,207$5,330
UK$87$625$614$7,871$10,272$5,224
USA$68$628$6,403$7,953$10,272$5,193
Last Updated 10 September 2012