EU institutions meet to discuss wholesale roaming compromise

wholesale roaming The European Commission, Parliament and member states are meeting 18 January to try and reach a compromise on new wholesale roaming price caps. The Commission said it’s leading the trilogue talks, while it will be up to the Parliament and member states to reach a final agreement. The Commission said it hopes for…

China Mobile Hong Kong 4G Data Roaming Coverage Ranks No.1 in Hong Kong

China Mobile Hong Kong China Mobile Hong Kong (“CMHK” or “the Company”) today announced that the Company has ranked first* in the number of 4G data roaming coverage destinations among all the mobile network operators in Hong Kong, offering one-stop communication services in more than 100 destinations worldwide, allowing customers to stay in touch with…

Brief: Smart intros Smart Chat Abroad data roaming service

Smart Philippines mobile operator Smart Communications has expanded its lineup of roaming services with the launch of ‘Smart Chat Abroad’. Customers who subscribe to the Smart Chat Abroad data roaming service can use six chat messaging apps, namely Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, WeChat, Line, and WhatsApp, while travelling in over 130 countries. The service is…

Global MVNO Otono Partners ThreeUK to Extend Short-Term, No-Contract 4G LTE Data Plans in the UK

MVNO, Otono Partners, ThreeUK Vancouver-based global MVNO, Otono Networks announces its partnership with ThreeUK to offer 4G LTE data plans throughout the United Kingdom for users of select iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular models through its AlwaysOnline Wireless (AOW). According to Otono, AOW already offers global 4G LTE data plans ranging from as little as one…

Survey Reveals 56% of Travellers that Roam with Their Existing Operators SIM card are paying upto £150 extra per trip

Survey, Roam, SIM A recent survey commissioned by WorldSIM has revealed that 31% of travellers still don’t use their phone when they travel abroad. 40% use their existing provider and 15% of people use an international SIM card to stay connected. The survey found that more than half (56%) of people who used their regular…

No bill shock with new virtual SIM cards

bill shock, virtual SIM cards Travellers need not switch mobile numbers, and they can download virtual prepaid SIM cards before travel Expensive mobile roaming fees are the bane of those who travel overseas. One way around this is to use a prepaid data SIM card overseas, but such services can be inconvenient as they require…

Cathay Pacific and ZIP SIM Give Free Travel SIM Cards to Canadians Flying to the U.S.

Cathay Pacific, ZIP SIM Cathay Pacific Airways, one of the largest airlines in Asia, today announced a partnership with travel SIM card provider, ZIP SIM, to give away free talk, text, and data to Canadian travellers heading for the United States. Select Cathay Pacific passengers travelling from Vancouver to New York will be offered a…

EC withdraws roaming fair-use proposal on Juncker’s order

EC, roaming, fair-use The European Commission announced that it’s withdrawing its proposal for the fair-use limits on free roaming in the EU, just days after it was first issued. In a brief statement, the EC said the proposal was withdrawn at the order of Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission. A reason for Juncker’s…

WiFi roaming gathers pace in US and beyond

Wifi, Roaming, US WiFi roaming on a grand scale is the order of the day as a rising percentage of wireless data travels over the unlicensed-band technology, and as a wide range of service providers put WiFi at the heart of their networks. Just weeks after the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) – the grandfather of…

Buzzme to become regional MVNO, International roaming at local rates

Buzzme, MVNO, roaming Buzzme, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Malaysia announced its regional expansion plans in 4 countries: Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary last week with a new logo, the virtual Telco unveiled its plan to re-strategize the brand, products, rewards, offerings, and communications to rejuvenate its entire…

Google Project Fi Gives High-Speed Roaming Data To Subscribers

Google, Project Fi, Roaming Data Project Fi, Google’s side-project as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), announced a new partnership with international cell carrier Three, which will allow the search giant to offer high-speed roaming data to Project Fi users. Only people who own the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and the Nexus 6P can gain…

Wireless startup Sugar Mobile can maintain access to Rogers roaming

Sugar Mobile, Rogers, Roaming Canada’s telecom regulator has officially given discount wireless startup Sugar Mobile a reprieve, ruling that the newcomer can keep relying on roaming services from Rogers Communications Inc. – at least for the time being. Sugar Mobile launched a $19-a-month offer in January and uses a combination of WiFi access and cellular…

How Google’s Project Fi Could Change the Way You Use Your Phone Abroad

Google’s, Project Fi Google’s Project Fi just got a makeover travelers will love. It’s increasingly common for tech companies to dabble in the wireless carrier space—witness the recent launch of Facebook’s OpenCellular project, a baby step in its long march to “connect the world” and the near-constant speculation that Apple will spin up a network,…

British Community could face EU data roaming charges after all due to Brexit vote

British, EU, Data roaming Plans to abolish mobile phone roaming charges for Britons in the EU could be ditched now the UK has voted for Brexit. The hefty fees, which can come as a nasty surprise for holiday-makers, have recently been capped by lawmakers in Brussels. And by mid-2017 the surcharges – which apply to…

Verizon Offers VoLTE Roaming Services to KDDI in the USA

VERIZON, VoLTE, Roaming KDDi, USA Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) signed an agreement today with Japan’s KDDI Corporation to offer its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming services to KDDI’s customers travelling to the US. The US telecom company thus becomes the first company to offer VoLTE services to foreign customers in the US enabling it to…

ACM beboet Lycamobile voor te hoge roamingtarieven

ACM, Lycamobile, roamingtarieven Telefoonaanbieder Lycamobile Distribution Limited (hierna: Lycamobile) heeft te hoge roamingkosten in rekening gebracht. Klanten die mobiel belden, gebeld werden of sms’jes verzonden in het buitenland betaalden hierdoor te veel. De Autoriteit Consument & Markt (ACM) legt aan Lycamobile boetes op van in totaal EUR 196.000, vanwege tarieven die het heeft toegepast in…

Commission publishes study on the cost of providing wholesale roaming services in the EU

Commission, wholesale roaming, EU Today the Commission publishes a study assessing the cost of providing wholesale roaming services in the EU. Wholesale roaming prices are those that operators charge each other for the use of their networks. The study has been used as one of the inputs for the proposal to set maximum wholesale roaming…

FLEXIROAM Launch of ‘Flexiroam X’ for Data Roaming

FLEXIROAM X Perth, FLEXIROAM Limited (ASX:FRX) is pleased to announce that it’s subsidiary FLEXIROAM Sdn Bhd (“FLEXIROAM”) has launched its new flagship data roaming product, “X” today. The “X” App is a mobile application which works with “X”, a thin, microchip-embedded film to be applied on a user’s existing SIM. Once applied, “X” provides access…

Cubic Telecom Significantly Lowers MAXROAM Global SIM Card Rates Again

CUBIC TELECOM Company’s global data plan footprint helps travellers save up to 90-percent on mobile connectivity when abroad and now covers over 180 countries DUBLIN – Cubic Telecom, a global connectivity solution provider, today announced further reductions to its voice, SMS and data rates on MAXROAM, its global SIM card-based B2C offering. The new rates are…

T-Mobile collaborates with ETECSA to offer affordable calls, roaming to Cuba

T-Mobile Roaming T-Mobile has announced that it has entered into inter-connect and roaming deal with the Cuban telecom firm Empresa De Telecommunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA). The collaboration aims to provide T-molibe’s American customers visiting Cuba more affordable voice calls to reach their friends and family on the island nation. Once the agreement comes into…

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom Profits Soar in Q1

Deutsche Telekom Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: BICS slump dents Proximus Q1 numbers; MVNOs want action on wholesale roaming; clearer charging for broadband. Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has a spring in its step at the end of the first quarter, reporting revenues up 4.7% year-on-year to €17.6 billion (US$20.2 billion) and net profits…

BRIEF: Dutch MVNOs slow to update roaming price info

MVNO Roaming The Dutch mobile providers have taken a broad range of approaches to implementing the latest changes in EU roaming regulations, known as Roam Like at Home +. A few providers, including KPN and Vodafone, are charging since 30 April only the regulated surcharge for roaming in EU. Others, such as T-Mobile and Robin…

ACMA relaxes global roaming notification rules

ACMA Australia The regulator has changed the rules about when and how your telco has to tell you about roaming charges. Here’s what you need to know. The subject of global roaming charges is always a prickly one, because nobody particularly likes being charged more to use their mobile when they’re out of the country.…