Australian technology vendor, Globalgig, has revealed a new international data roaming solution designed to address the issue of 'bill shock' as a result of unexpected roaming charges.
The solution, Globalgig hotspot, is targeted at business and consumer travellers.
Currently operational in Australia, USA and UK, it enables travellers with low cost access to data by automatically connecting to a local 3G or CDMA mobile broadband network provider. It utilises SIM technology that enables users to roam locally and overseas without the need to change SIMs, devices or plans.
In a statement, the company stated that a recent report released by the OECD found Australia was ranked as the third highest country for data roaming rates in the word and that using mobile data whilst roaming overseas can cost more than $15 per megabyte -- 300 times the cost of a domestic data plan.
"Whilst there are ways to work around the issue of bill shock such as disabling data roaming, purchasing a local data SIM card or using public Wi-Fi while oversees, these are inconvenient methods and don't always offer an ideal user experience for travellers," Globalgig general manager, James Boardman, said.
Some of its other features includes a dual-band GSM/CDMA hotspot, connection of up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices at once, a range of up to 30 metres outdoors, as well as encrypted, secure access and self-managed password protection.
The company plans to expand the services to key Asian, European and other large global destinations over the next 12 months.
The price of the Globalgig hotspot device is $129.00 and can be bought at the Globalgig online store.
Globalgig hotspot is available via a month-to-month no lock in contract payment, priced on monthly plans of 1GB for $25.00 (2.5 cents/MB), 3GB for $39.00 (1.3 cents/MB) and 5GB for $49.00 (1 cent/MB). Excess data usage is charged at 5 cents/MB.