“Phenomenal” rise in NZ data consumption sparks new overseas mobile plans

Spark launches new Roaming Data Packs for 16 countries.

Spark has launched new Roaming Data Packs for 16 countries in response to a “phenomenal increase” in the amount of mobile data used by customers travelling overseas.

At present, the telco has seen a more than 460 percent increase in the total amount of mobile data used by customers travelling to China in an average month, in the last three years, followed by large increases in data usage throughout Australia.

Spark is launching two Roaming Data Packs today, giving customers 1GB of mobile data across one week.

The Australia Roaming Data Pack can be purchased for $39 and the Roaming Data Pack for ‘Zone 2’ countries (which includes China and 14 other countries) will cost $49 for one week.

Spark Home, Mobile & Business Chief Executive, Jason Paris says it’s no surprise Spark customers are using their smartphones more while travelling - particularly in China.

“With the New Zealand-China free trade agreement opening up a raft of new business opportunities between the two countries, we’re seeing our customers not only travel more often to China, but the need to stay connected while they are over there is more important than ever before,” he says.

“Whether it’s responding to emails, talking to their family back home over Facetime or video-conferencing a client elsewhere in the world, mobile data is the thing they need.

“Our new Roaming Data Packs allow them to do all those things affordably and easily whether they’re in Beijing, Sydney, Seoul or New York.”

New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) Chairman, Martin Thomson, welcomes Spark’s new roaming packs and he says they will only make things easier for New Zealanders doing business in China.

“Growth in trade, investment and links in general between New Zealand and China since the signing of the New Zealand China Free Trade Agreement has been tremendous and more and more New Zealand businesses are wanting to partake in that.

“Anything that can be done to make the experience for New Zealand businesspeople visiting China a little less daunting while pursuing new opportunities - like affordable access to data roaming - has got to be a good thing.”

Paris says customers needn’t worry about being stung by a hefty data bill on their return home.

“Spark’s MyMobile app tracks the data, texts and calls customers are chewing through on their trip so customers can be fully across their mobile usage throughout their trip,” he adds.

“Customers can also set up roaming data caps and alerts for when they’re close to their data limit.”

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