Optus is Australia’s most expensive mobile network for data roaming, according to a study by online travel site, Australian Business Traveller.The site compared the price of data roaming on Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and 3, including various discounted plans on offer. Optus came out the worst on basic data roaming pricing, charging a flat $20 per megabyte worldwide.
Telstra and Vodafone charged $15 and $10 per megabyte respectively, while 3 charged $20 in most countries and 50 cents a megabyte in countries where 3 Mobile networks were available.
Prices fell significantly with pre-paid, discounted roaming plans, under which Optus customers paid between $9.09 and $10 per megabyte worldwide.
The price fell further to between $2 and $2.67 per megabyte in 11 Asian countries, including China and Indonesia, where Optus offers special; “DataRoam” packages.