Travellers charged thousands for using mobiles overseas

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  1. sobore
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    AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have teamed up to protect travellers from excessive mobile phone "roaming" fees.

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and New Zealand Communications Minister Amy Adams this morning release a draft report that looks at ways to cut charges and improve transparency.
    "The draft report makes it clear that telecommunications companies are stinging consumers on trans-Tasman mobile roaming charges and that their profit margins are excessive," Senator Conroy said.

    The findings have already prompted the federal government to protect Australians travelling further abroad.

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  2. garyst16
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    Isn't this why we all purchase local SIM cards when traveling abroad?
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  3. Laptop Nomad

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    It amazes me how Americans would want to use ATT or T-Mobile and rack up that kind of money instead of using a local sim card. I travel once a month overseas, and have no problem with clients who want to talk to me can always reach me. Of course if it is midnight where I am they get a voice mail, and I call them back the next day. I have a local number that reaches me wherever I am at in the world as it is on my business card.

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