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How do Globalgig's mobile broadband plans compare against Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone roaming plans?

Elias Plastiras | Feb. 18, 2015
Finding the best data roaming plan for your next trip can be difficult, but some companies such as Globalgig are making it easier to decipher the true costs.

Globalgig used to only offer up to 3G speeds, but now has improved to offer 4G within Australia, and also in the UK. All other countries will be limited to 3G. Frequencies supported in 4G are 700MHz/1800MHz/2100MHz/2300MHz/2600MHz, with 3G frequencies being 900MHz/2100MHz.

Tier one carriers are used all over the world, with Optus being the company's network in Australia, Singtel in Singapore, and Three in Hong Kong and the UK, for example. In the United States, Globalgig recently moved to AT&T, after previously being with T-Mobile. We experienced slow results on T-Mobile when we first reviewed the service last year, but Globalgig says the new deal with AT&T will offer much better speed.

In order to use Globalgig on your device, you need to put in the appropriate APN (access point name). Previously, you had to remember what the APN was for travelling overseas and change to it once you left Australia, as it was different to the one used in Australia. Globalgig has now changed this so that one single APN can be used within Australia and around the world: mbb.voiamo.net.

Globalgig's plans follow. They are post-paid plans that can be changed on a month-to-month basis to suit your needs, and there are no lock-in contracts.

4G Flexi

Extra charges

You pay an extra 2 cents per megabyte if you go over your allotted data in Australia. It's charged in one megabyte increments.

You pay an extra 10 cents per megabyte in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City.

You pay an extra 25 cents per megabyte in the following 17 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

Monthly data pricing: $4.99 for 250MB; $10 for 1GB; $20 for 3GB; $30 for 5GB; $50 for 10GB.

Best suited for those of you who just want a data plan for a tablet, laptop, spare smartphone, that you will be using within Australia. However, you still have the freedom to use the same plan overseas at the countries specified above.

Go Europe+USA

Extra charges

You pay an extra 2 cents per megabyte if you go over your allotted data in Australia. It's charged in one megabyte increments.

You pay 25 cents per megabyte for the following two countries: Hong Kong, New Zealand.

Monthly data pricing: $20 for 250MB; $30 for 1GB; $50 for 3GB; $70 for 5GB; $100 for 10GB.

This plan is best suited to those of you who want mobile data for use while travelling in Europe, and the United States.

 

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