Here's a story for you Road Warriors who get those OUTRAGEOUS roaming phone bills after a short trip overseas. My recent visit to New Zealnd was celebrated by a mobile bill of $140 for the people who RANG ME!!
Hitchinson 3 is trying to win the travellers over. This article appear recently.
HUTCHISON'S third-generation mobile network 3 has used its international presence to offer local Australian call rates to travellers roaming on other 3 networks.
The company said customers travelling overseas would also no longer pay to receive calls while roaming, and that roaming customers would pay rates "similar" to those paid at home for data services.
The company announced similar arrangements for European customers in January.
Countries that host networks operated by 3 include Britain, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Hutchison's home market of Hong Kong.
Hutchison last week announced the expansion of its high-speed HSDPA network in Australia, with the service available in Sydney for the first time.
Further expansion to areas including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide is planned to be complete by the end of March.
The upgrade covers the 2100MHz 3GSM network Hutchison shares with joint-venture partner Telstra, which currently covers 55 per cent of the population.
Telstra 3G customers also have access to the higher-speed service.
While the HSDPA upgrade offers higher speeds, no expansion of the existing network footprint is planned at present