Price caps for trans-Tasman roaming?

04:22, Aug 23 2012

The New Zealand and Australian governments will consider capping the prices mobile phone operators can charge customers for making calls, sending texts and accessing broadband while travelling between the countries.

Other options being canvassed by the two governments in an effort to bring down the price of trans-Tasman roaming include "decoupling" trans-Tasman roaming from carriers' other services, and other steps that would effectively mean people could pay local rates during their travels without having to swap out the Sim card in their phone or data stick.

The options are among seven in a draft report on trans-Tasman roaming released by Communications Minister Amy Adams and her Australian counterpart Stephen Conroy in Canberra today.

However, no decisions have been made and mobile phone companies and other parties have been given until September 27 to say what they think of the ideas.

Adams said the report showed action was required "to see prices for international roaming between New Zealand and Australia continue to fall".

"New Zealanders have started to enjoy lower roaming prices recently, and there is no doubt that the pressure created by our joint investigation has been a key factor in this reduction," Adams said.