Woolworths Mobile Now Offers Cheap Global Roaming

Despite calling my provider days before leaving the country and making sure all the roaming settings are turned on via my online account, my past few trips overseas have seen my phone stubbornly refuse to roam. On the upside, I haven't had to worry about crazy bills when I get back, but wouldn't it be nice if roaming wasn't insanely expensive in the first place? Woolworths seems to think so.

TechCrunch reports that Woolworths has just inked a deal with the Ireland-based Cubic Telecom to offer the latter's "MAXroam" service under the Woolworths Mobile brand.

The global roaming sim was made available starting yesterday and can be found in any Woolworths supermarket for $29, according to ITWire. As for the service itself, here's how it works:

To make a voice call the users dials the number as normal. The phone then disconnects, finds the cheapest rate can calls the user back. Sending text messages is unchanged, so long as the full international number is entered.

If you're keen, Woolworths Mobile has a handy calculator that lets you figure out the rates between countries.

[Cubic Telecom, via TechCrunch]




    Sounds good but no woolworths nano sim, no 4 g network, no iPhone 5 customers

    What about data roaming? You didn't even mention that in the article.

    Buy a Skype number and forward your existing number to a local pre paid its much cheaper

    I am currently in rio de janerio, brazil. I regret buying a woolworths roaming card! I can only send a text, I can not receive them, I have not been able to make calls and there is not data use. I have been on the support line and have had not resolution after trying everything possible. I check their web site before purchasing it, rio was listed. I will warn as many as possible as I would have rather paid the dearer price but know I could get texts!

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