UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at 4.40 p.m. AEDT with Telstra’s statement.

Australians planning a trip this holiday season will need to keep a close eye on their phone bill. Customers with Telstra, the country’s biggest telecommunications provider, have been stung with a price increase just in time for Christmas.

From Thursday, along with offering a number of new countries, a fresh set of prices for Telstra’s International Travel Passes will be issued by the telco, and they are pretty damn pricey.

Where before, travellers to Thailand and Indonesia could pay a one-off fee of A$35 (US$25) for a seven day trip, they’ll now have to pay A$70 (US$50). Read more…

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Telstra increases its international roaming rates and no one’s happy