International mobile operator AwayPhone has today updated its monthly comparison index, designed to help business and leisure travellers work out the best service to use when abroad.
“Yesterday’s confirmation that European Union roaming costs will come down is great news for business and leisure travellers,” said Sherry Madera, CEO of AwayPhone. “But even the new rates are higher than they should be, and customers travelling outside of the EU now need to be extra vigilant about global roaming stings.”
Here is AwayPhone’s list of top travel rip off destinations:
It might be right next to the EU but Turkey has fierce roaming rates. A 10 minute call home or to a local landline from your mobile phone – seeking directions to your local hotel, say – will cost on average more than 14.
AwayPhone cuts that to 2.65. Receiving a 10 minute incoming call will cost on average 8.50. AwayPhone cuts that to 2.53 (saving over 80%).
Don’t roam in Russia unless you like splashing the cash. A 10 minute call home or to a local landline will cost on average more than 17. AwayPhone can cut that to around 5 (saving over 70%).
You might be able to see Spain across the straits of Gibraltar but don’t think you get the same prices in Morocco. A 10 minute call home or to a local number will cost on average 16, or the price of a great dinner.
AwayPhone can cut that to about 4 (saving over 70% – enough for tomorrow night’s dinner).
Mobiles are everywhere in Asia, but the cost of roaming is very high. If you roam in China, a 10 minute call locally will cost about 17. AwayPhone cuts that by between 60% – 70%.
Many expect it will be cheaper than the rest of China, but it’s not. A 10-minute call in this hectic city will set you back between 13 and 18. AwayPhone slashes these costs by around 70%.
While you sit munching 30 pence Bangkok street-food, think carefully before making that call home. It’s likely to cost you 17 for 10 minutes of chat.