For many years, the cost of internet access and mobile phone roaming charges has been substantially higher in Australia and New Zealand compared to the United States. Recently some hotels in both countries have begun offering complimentary internet access for guests. And better news – mobile roaming costs for travelers between the countries will come down drastically after the expected slashing of mobile roaming fees by their respective governments in 2014.
Australia’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), and New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have released a joint-report recommending roaming price-cuts.
The joint government proposal will also introduce mandatory price caps on calls and data similar to that in the European Union, where maximum prices have been set for mobile call/texts and data.
Many major telecom companies such as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have reduced their roaming charges for trans-Tasman (between Australia and New Zealand) roaming in the past few months.