I got a reply from VODAFONE!
Here is their answer…
“If you send a text from abroad to the UK for example, it travels back to the UK to send the message from the message centre to the persons phone in the UK. So you get charges twice. 1 sms in the UK and 1 sms from Abroad, this has always been the case.”
Pity they didn’t tell me this 11 days ago when I first queried the charges!
They also explained that the minimum call charge in Malaysia is £1.69 – even if the call lasts only 5 secs, and is to a Malaysian land.
line. Nice little earner 🙂