2DegreesCare:shk292: I'd get some SIM cards from a provider such as three (UK) in advance - their roaming rates are very reasonable (eg 10p per MB in France). You can get the SIMs on ebay. Then either divert your 2degrees calls to your new UK number or switch to an announcement-only voicemail message with that number. Then swap the SIMs on arrival in Europe.
Just to note you can't call forward to an overseas provider's number.
BTW, we've reduced the roaming charges for Pay Monthly and Business customers in Australia - International roaming on 2degrees
Thanks - I didn't realise that. I usually take a spare old dumb phone and put my NZ SIM in that while overseas, although lately I have been diverting to my work cellphone which I have to carry anyway.
The thing about roaming rate is that if they weren't exorbitant, people would roam and their operators would get a reasonable slice of income. As it is, we just swap SIM and you get nothing. I can only guess that the business user for whom someone else is picking up the tab generate enough revenue to make it worthwhile leaving the status quo in place. Those new Aussie rates are good, although it's a mystery to me why it costs five times as much to provision a MB to a prepay customer as it does for a postpay one