Vodafone adds Brazil to its $5 a day roaming countries ahead of the FIFA World Cup

When Vodafone launched their “Red Roaming” plans last year there was just three places you could go to use it – New Zealand, the UK and USA.  That number has grown to 47 countries after a huge european expansion recently, and now the addition of Brazil – a key market as travellers gear up to head across for the FIFA World Cup in June.

So if you’re a Vodafone customer heading to the World Cup, the situation is simple – switch to a “Red” plan and for just $5 a day (now available on all Vodafone post-paid plans) you can use your phone like you’re at home.  Your normal data allowance, local calls and calls home to Australia are all covered.

Australia's Socceroos (Photo: Flickr Patrick Keogh)

Australia’s Socceroos (Photo: Flickr Patrick Keogh)

The cost adds up as the days roll on, but the two clear upsides make it all worthwhile:

  1. No Bill Shock on your return home
  2. Share photos and videos on social networks without a worry

Australia is in the top five nations applying for the 2.6 million FIFA World Cup tickets so there’s something like 80,000 Aussies who were interested in going – if even a third of them got tickets and a third of them are Vodafone customers there’s some very big savings being made.

And if you’re off contract or on pre-paid my advice is simple – switch to Vodafone in June to enjoy the roaming rates and if you need or want to, switch back to another carrier on your return.  It’s that easy – and Vodafone would probably assume that you’ll be so happy with the network and coverage generally these days, you’re not likely to switch away when you get back – worth a try!


Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.

He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.

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