Globalgig brings low-cost international data SIMs to airports

After expanding its domestic SIM plans to include global coverage, mobile data provider Globalgig has made the next logical step, moving into duty-free stores in three major Australian airports.

After expanding its domestic SIM plans to include global coverage, mobile data provider Globalgig has made the next logical step, moving into duty-free stores in three major Australian airports.

The move will give travellers access to Globalgig SIMs in duty-free stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports, all of which are operated by the Nuance retail group. Thanks to a recently-launched Home & Abroad plan , the Globalgig SIM gives consumers access to local data (for 2 cents per MB) as well low-priced data in the United States, UK and Ireland (5 cents per MB), removing the need for roaming and going some way to preventing post-travel bill shock. The pricing is the same as for Globalgig's original domestic data plan: AU$9 for 1GB of data, AU$19 for 3GB and AU$29 for 5GB.

It's a win for travellers, who no longer need to set up roaming with their local telco before leaving or organise a new SIM when they reach their final destination. While the SIM offers low rates in the US, UK and Ireland, it also offers data for between 10 and 20 cents per MB in a further 36 countries (rates vary depending on the country).

According to Globalgig channel sales and marketing manager Matt Farmer, it's a "big day for Australian travellers" who no longer need to turn off their data when heading overseas.

"Many travellers simply don't use data overseas as, until now, it's been very expensive and often very complex," he said. "By using Globalgig's low cost mobile broadband you can just put the SIM card in your tablet or mobile device and only pay for what you use."

The Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane duty-free stores will join a number of other brick and mortar retailers in stocking Globalgig SIM products, including Dick Smith and Big W.

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Claire Reilly is CNET's news writer, based in Sydney, Australia. When she's not breaking stories, she's a part-time Simpsons guru, hair metal enthusiast and blue cheese aficionado.

 

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