If you travel often you’re probably very familiar with the exorbitant roaming rates charged by cell phone networks. The unbelievable rates are almost as unjustifiable as they are unavoidable. Travelling without a phone is pretty risky, not to mention inconvenient, so you basically have no choice but to pay the crazy rates. The worst part is you pay for calls & sms’s received too, so you can’t really even budget too well either. You just have to hope and pray that no one calls you while you’re overseas and when you get back your bill’s not too shocking!

Fortunately Mtn has come to the rescue and have implemented a program with their overseas partnerships which aims to reduce the cost of roaming fees extensively. Travelling is already stressful enough without having to worry about overpriced roaming fees. Mtn has heard consumers’ concerns on this issue and has answered with this competitive fee structure. If you visit their website at www.mtn.co.za, you can navigate to their current roaming charges to look up what the fees are for the area which you will be visiting. To give you an indication, if you were travelling to North America, they roaming charges would be as follows:

NORTH AMERICA

Local calls: R11

International: R20

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R3

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R3.5

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Local calls: R8.25

International: R38

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R2.75

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R3

 

AFRICA

Local calls: R5

International: R7

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R2

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R2.60

 

EUROPE

Local calls: R8

International: R23.5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R2.75

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R2.70

 

ASIA & MIDDLE EAST

Local calls: R8.25

International: R25.50

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R2.75

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R3.50

 

AUSTRALIA

Local calls: R7.50

International: R23.50

Receiving calls: R4

Internet per 25KB: R4

 

UGANDA

Local calls: R3

International calls: R5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R1.50

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R0.25

 

RWANDA

Local Calls: R3

International: R5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R1.50

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R0.25

 

ZAMBIA

Local calls: R3

International: R5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R1.50

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R0.25

 

BOTSWANA

Local calls: R3

International: R5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R1.50

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB R0.25

 

SWAZILAND

Local calls: R3

International: R5

Receiving calls: R4

Sending sms’s: R1.50

Receiving sms’s: FREE!

Internet per 25KB: R0.25

 

 

 As you can see, Mtn has really done their best to offer competitive rates for their customers. If you’re a frequent traveller, you’ll benefit from the great savings you can get with Mtn. This innovative network consistently delivers when it comes to connecting wherever you are, and with their international connections, they add so much value to their already impressive service.

Activating your roaming with Mtn is quick, simple and hassle free – just call them up and request the activation. They will explain the fees for the area you are visiting, so you’re aware of all the terms and conditions and once you’ve agreed, they’ll activate it for you. In order to use the roaming when you leave the country, you will first need to reboot your device and then adjust the network settings so that the network selection is manual – this way you can select the network that is affiliated with Mtn. This is extremely important, because if you connect to the wrong network, there’s no telling what your charges will be! If you are having trouble with this, make sure you visit an Mtn store so they can set it all up for you and explain everything clearly. The last thing you want is a shocking bill when you get back from your trip!