International Roaming

International Roaming allows you to make/receive calls, texts and emails, as well as giving you access to the Internet via your mobile device whilst overseas. With over 360 networks in more than 170 destinations around the world, it’s easy for anyone from home to contact you. Plus, all charges incurred overseas are conveniently billed back to your mobile account, in Australian dollars.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Information Fact Sheet

The ACMA have produced the following fact sheet: (ACMA) Information Sheet


How do I activate International Roaming?

International Roaming is not automatically available on your Commander mobile service.

If you are heading overseas, you must apply for International Roaming at least 48 hours prior to your planned travel period.

To successfully activate International Roaming, you must have a minimum of 3 months Commander billing history with no late payments or overdue amounts owing. Setting up Direct Debit on your account is also a prerequisite.

Please contact Commander Customer Care on 132 777 for further details or to submit an application to activate International Roaming on your Commander mobile service.


Avoiding Bill Shock

In order to avoid "bill shock" after traveling overseas, you should consider disabling 3G/4G internet access (mobile data) on your device as many apps will continue to use mobile data automatically for updates or to push you notifications such as social media information.

When traveling overseas, be mindful when answering any incoming calls (and listening to voicemail) because you will incur the charges, not the caller. If preferred, set your call diversion/barring to block all incoming calls and deactivate Voicemail.


Top Tips when using International Roaming

All roaming charges are excluded from your mobile plan’s monthly included values therefore, whilst convenient, International Roaming can often be quite costly.

Organising a local SIM in the country you are travelling to, is a good way of avoiding high mobile roaming charges.

If you decide to use your Commander mobile services overseas, pleased keep these tips in mind:

  • To avoid accidental use in your pocket or bag, remember to lock your handset's keypad when not in use.
  • Setup an unconditional diversion to your Voicemail to avoid charges for incoming calls while you are overseas. This must be actioned before leaving Australia to ensure successful provisioning on the network.
  • Turn off Mobile Data Roaming to avoid charges from mobile apps, email or GPS trying to connect to overseas networks without you knowing. This can be actioned via your handset menu settings. Check your handset user guide for instructions.

If you're unsure what your charges are or need help while you're roaming, please call Commander Customer Care +61 3 6215 7808.


Spend Management Tools

Commander provides spend management tools in relation to international mobile roaming charges. You can contact us to obtain your current usage though there may be significant delays in receiving usage data. You may wish to familiarise yourself with the Maximum Charge Information for calls, SMS and mobile data usage within the country you are visiting (see below).


Alternatives to International Roaming

If you do not wish to use international roaming, you can still stay in contact by:

  • Using Wi-Fi (often for free at many restaurants and public places).
  • Using a prepaid SIM card or a ‘travel pack’ with a set value.

Using a local SIM card from your destination, after unlocking your device (details on how to unlock your device are provided below).


Deactivating International Roaming

International Roaming can be deactivated by calling 132 777 from within Australia, or +61 3 6215 7808 if you are overseas.


Unlocking your mobile device

Handsets provided by Commander are unlocked and can be used on compatible networks in overseas locations.


Maximum Charge Information

The maximum charges for certain usages of your mobile device while roaming are set out in the links below.

If you require information for a country not listed please contact us on 132 777.

Please Note: International Roaming rates are subject to change without notice, due to fluctuations in international currency exchange rates and changes to charges imposed by the overseas network.


Top Ten Countries

Please select a country below to view the usage charges:

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New Zealand International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from New Zealand $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within New Zealand $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in New Zealand $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from New Zealand $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within New Zealand $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in New Zealand nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in New Zealand $1.00

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Indonesia International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Indonesia $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Indonesia $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Indonesia $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Indonesia $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Indonesia $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Indonesia nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Indonesia $1.00

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United States of America International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from USA $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within USA $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in USA $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from USA $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within USA $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in USA nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in USA $1.00

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Thailand International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Thailand $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Thailand $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Thailand $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Thailand $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Thailand $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Thailand nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Thailand $1.00

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United Kingdom International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from UK $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within UK $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in UK $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from UK $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within UK $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in UK nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in UK $1.00

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China International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from China $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within China $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in China $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from China $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within China $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in China nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in China $1.00

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Fiji International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Fiji $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Fiji $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Fiji $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Fiji $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Fiji $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Fiji nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Fiji $1.00

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Singapore International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Singapore $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Singapore $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Singapore $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Singapore $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Singapore $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Singapore nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Singapore $1.00

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Malaysia International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Malaysia $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Malaysia $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Malaysia $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Malaysia $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Malaysia $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Malaysia nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Malaysia $1.00

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Hong Kong International Roaming Charges

Usage Max Charge
Making a 1 minute call to Australia from Hong Kong $1.50
Making a 1 minute call within Hong Kong $1.50
Receiving a 1 minute call while roaming in Hong Kong $1.50
Sending an SMS message to Australia from Hong Kong $0.50
Sending an SMS message to a number within Hong Kong $0.50
Receiving an SMS message while roaming in Hong Kong nil
Using 1 megabyte of data while roaming in Hong Kong $1.00

What Countries are in Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3?

When using your Commander mobile service overseas, you will be charged the rates applicable to the country you are roaming in, depending on which zone the country is in.

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International Roaming Zone

Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
Afghanistan Algeria* AeroSpace
Albania Anguilla Maritime
Armenia Antigua & Barbuda  
Austria Argentina  
Azerbaijan Aruba  
Bangladesh Bahrain  
Belarus Barbados  
Belgium Belize*  
Bhutan*  Bermuda  
Bosnia & Herzegovina Bolivia  
Brunei Darussalam Bonaire  
Bulgaria Botswana  
Cambodia Brazil  
Canada Burkina Faso  
China Cameroon  
Croatia Cayman Islands  
Cyprus Chad  
Czech Republic Chile  
Denmark Colombia  
Estonia Congo (Democratic Republic of the)  
Faroe Islands Cook Islands  
Fiji Costa Rica  
Finland Cote D'lvoire*  
France Curacao & Bonaire  
French Polynesia Dominica  
Georgia Dominican Republic  
Germany Ecuador  
Gibralter Egypt  
Greece El Salvador  
Greenland Ethiopia*  
Guam & the Northern Marianas Fed States of Micronesia*  
Guernsey French Guiana  
Hong Kong Gambia  
Hungary Ghana  
Iceland Grenada  
India Guatemala*  
Indonesia Guinea Bissau*  
Ireland Guinea*  
Isle of Man Guyana  
Italy Haiti  
Japan Iran  
Jersey Iraq*  
Kazakhstan Israel  
Kiribati Jamaica  
Korea South Jordan  
Kyrgyzstan Kenya  
Laos Kuwait*  
Lativia Lebanon*  
Liechtenstein Liberia  
Lithuania Madagascar  
Luxembourg Malawi*  
Macau Mali  
Macedonia Mauritania*   
Malaysia Mauritius  
Malta Mexico  
Monaco Morocco*  
Monglia Mozambique  
Montenegro Namibia*  
Myanmar Nicaragua  
Nauru Nigeria  
Nepal Oman  
Netherlands Palestine  
New Caledonia* Panama  
New Zealand Paraguay*  
Norfolk Island* Peru  
Norway Qatar  
Pakistan Reunion Island*  
Papua New Guinea Rwanda  
Philippines Saudi Arabia  
Poland Senegal*  
Portugal Seychelles  
Puerto Rico Sierra Leone*  
Romania South Africa  
Russia South Sudan*  
Samoa St. Kitts and Nevis  
San Marino St. Lucia  
Serbia St. Vincent & the Grenadines  
Singapore Sudan  
Slovak Republic Syria*  
Slovenia Tanzania  
Solomon Islands Trinidad & Tobago  
Spain Tunisia*  
Sri Lanka Turks and Caicos  
Sweden Uganda  
Switzerland United Arab Emirates  
Taiwan Uruguay  
Tajikistan Venezuela  
Thailand Vietnam  
Timor-Leste Yemen*  
Tonga Zambia   
Turkey Zimbabwe  
Ukraine    
United Kingdom    
United States    
US Virgin Islands    
Uzbekistan    
Vanuatu    
Vatican City    

* Data International Roaming is not available in this country (as at 3rd July 2017).

Charges apply for both making and receiving a call whilst roaming overseas. When someone calls you (from Australia or overseas), they will be charged the normal cost of a call or message to a mobile in Australia. You pay the zone rate for receiving calls in the country you are roaming in.

Once you know the country zone you are travelling to, use the table below to determine the applicable roaming charges:

International Roaming Zone Rate Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3
National Voice Calls within the same country (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
International Voice Calls outside the country you are in (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
To receive Voice Calls (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
National Video Calls in same country (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
International Video Calls outside the country you are in (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
To receive Video Calls (per min) $1.50 $1.50 $4.00
Flagfall (per outgoing Voice and Video call) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
SMS to AU number (per 160 characters) $0.50 $0.50 $1.00 
SMS to a non-AU number (per 160 characters) $0.50 $0.50 $1.00 
To receive SMS $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
MMS to AU number (per message) $0.50 + $0.01 per 10KB  $0.50 + $0.01 per 10KB  $0.50 + $15.50 per MB 
MMS to non-AU number (per message) $0.75 + $0.01 per 10KB $0.75 + $0.01 per 10KB $0.75 + $15.50 per MB 
To receive MMS (per message) $1.00 per MB  $1.00 per MB  $15.50 per MB 
Mobile data (charged in 10kB increments)  $0.01 per 10KB $0.01 per 10KB $0.155 per 10KB 

  • All rates and charges are listed in $AUD.
  • GST does not apply to roaming charges (with the exception of the 'standard' National SMS/MMS and 'standard' International SMS/MMS rates).
  • Voice & Video Calls rates charged with initial increment of 60 secs & per 30 seconds thereafter.

Can I use Mobile Data when Roaming Overseas?

All Internet browsing, downloading or other use of data (including email, MMS and tethering usage) on your mobile outside Australia will incur data roaming charges.

Most smartphones will automatically turn data roaming off when you are overseas. If you have problems connecting to the Internet, check your handset settings to make sure your Data Roaming is set to "ON". Data network access may not be available or supported in all countries.


Can I use my Commander Mobile service at sea?

You can use your mobile service on board maritime vessels while the ship is at sea. When you make a call, send a message or use data services you will be charged the International Roaming rate for the zone of Maritime (Zone 3).

When the ship is approaching port, the in-ship system will turn itself off and you may lose your mobile service until the ship reaches the port.

Once in port, you can connect to the local roaming network at which point you will be charged the International Roaming zone rate for the country you are in.

To find which cruise you can use your mobile service on, access www.mcp.com; www.cellularatsea.com; www.siminn.co.uk and www.seanet.se.


Can I access my Voicemail Overseas?

To check your Voicemail, call 321 from your roaming activated mobile phone. Standard roaming charges apply.

Alternatively, SMS 'A' to 321 and Voicemail will call you back and play your messages. Set up a Voicemail PIN code before leaving as some short codes may not work in all countries. Note: 321 SMS will trigger an outbound call from the Voicemail system to your mobile. Standard roaming charges will apply to send the 321 SMS and to receive this call.