International travel is back in a big way following a very slow few years with the pandemic. Optus has today announced a deal to cater to those very travellers with a competitive $5 per day roaming offer on select plans.
I only say select plans because Optus says it’s available to “consumers and business customers on our in-market Optus Choice Plus plans” so worth checking the MyOptus app to confirm you’re eligible.
But Optus knows the market is there, with over 300,000 active Optus customers having roamed overseas in the recent summer break – and while Optus has had roaming deals, they have been a touch complex to understand.
This new deal matches Vodafone’s longstanding market leading $5 a day roaming and is valid in all “Zone 1 Destinations”. We checked, that’s 102 countries according to Optus, a touch short of the 109 or so offered by Vodafone.
The Optus deal offers 5Gb of data for $5 in a 24 hour period. Very generous all in all. And differs from Vodafone who offer access to the users existing plan from home. You also get unlimited calls and text.
Interestingly, there are some countries Optus does Roam to like the United Arab Emirates – where Vodafone does not, and likewise a few that Optus don’t have, that Vodafone do. Thus, it’s important to check your planned destinations against what’s on offer.
Optus’ Managing Director of Marketing & Revenue, Matt Williams says “Traveling overseas can be a life-changing experience and half the fun is sharing that experience with friends and family back at home, as well as being able to stay connected with your travel buddies in a foreign country. With Optus’ $5 a day Roaming, we have created our easiest and most convenient roaming product yet, which also comes at a great value price point.”
It’s a bit of good news for Optus who’ve had a rough trot in recent weeks and months, more importantly, it’s a great win for Optus customers heading overseas.
Here’s the full list of “Zone 1” countries available to Optus $5 a day roaming customers:
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Isle of Man|
|Korea, Republic of|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Taiwan, Province of China|
|United Arab Emirates|
|US Virgin Islands|
|Vatican City (Holy See)|