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…

Thailand cellcos must register SIMs or lose licenses

Thailand, register, SIM Thailand’s telecoms regulator NBTC has warned operators that they will have their operating licenses immediately revoked if they fail to register prepaid SIMs sold from now on. The regulator has also warned that operators may be fined if phones with an unregistered SIM are sued for illegal activity, the Bangkok Post reported.…

BRIEF: FNB launches free WhatsApp on FNB Connect

FNB Connect WhatsApp South Africa’s FNB has announced that its FNB Connect subscribers are able to use WhatsApp free since 1 May. This will run as a promotion on the mobile virtual network operator until 31 July. During this period, customers will be able to use WhatsApp without incurring data charges. Customers are not required…

Vaya’s Price Guarantee promises savings (but you have to find a plan that qualifies)

Vaya MVNO Vaya’s latest salvo in the low-cost MVNO space offers plans at competitor rates plus a free month, but the devil is in the detail. Vaya’s latest promotional effort for its low-cost mobile services revolves around a scheme that’s probably familiar to many consumers; find a lower price than an existing Vaya SIM-only plan…

Cellhire strikes gold with Rio 2016 Olympic deals

Cellhire SIM and handset rental firm forecasting multi-million pound revenue increase by providing thousands of connections during summer sporting event Cellhire is expecting a £4 million boost to its annual revenues after agreeing deals to provide 20,000 connections during this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics, beginning in August. The York-based firm, which had revenues of £21…

CampusSIMs’ phone plans cater to Boston’s international students

CampusSIMs Fangzheng Guo, from Shandong province in China, came to the United States two years ago to attend graduate school at Tufts University. At the top of his to-do list upon touching down in Boston: Get an American cellphone. “Your parents, they want to know you got there safely,” Guo said. The next day, he…

SIMalliance Reports 4.7 Billion Global SIM Shipments in 2015

SIMalliance LTE Strong expansion of many key markets, combined with regulatory, economic and inventory challenges in China, result in 2% total SIM market growth; LTE card volumes exceed 1 billion, as 4G network roll-out continues to drive strong growth across all geographies. The SIMalliance membership, which represents approximately 88% of the global SIM market, has…

FNB’s cell phone network now offers LTE; bank has activated 200 000 SIMs

FNB Financial institution First National Bank (FNB) activated its LTE service on its mobile network on Tuesday without much fanfare. The move comes after the bank launched its own mobile network, FNB Connect, in June last year. FNB Connect is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that rides on Cell C’s network. Since launch, FNB…

African Operator Selects Evolving Systems’ Dynamic SIM Allocation™ Solution

Evolving Systems Extending the Number of Operators in a Major Wireless Multinational Group to Eight Evolving Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVOL), a leader in real-time activation, analytics and marketing for connected mobile devices worldwide, today announced that another wireless operator in Africa has selected the Company’s Dynamic SIM Allocation™ (DSA) solution. The operator is part of…

False Registration of Prepaid SIM cards on the rise – CFM

Prepaid SIM The Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM) in a statement today said that false registration of prepaid SIM cards is on the rise. In 2015, CFM received 89 such complaints, an alarming increase of 187.1% from 31 complaints recorded in 2014. In this regard, CFM urges all consumers in Malaysia to…

MVNO FREEDOMPOP HAS A GRAND PLAN TO SIGN YOU UP: ZERO-RATED WHATSAPP ACCESS

MVNO FREEDOMPOP FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which offers SIM cards with completely free basic mobile service plans, has announced the next step in its plan to gain mindshare among the mobile masses: zero-rated access to WhatsApp. This means the messaging app will be completely free to use regardless of a user’s remaining…

11street partners with Celcom, new Magic SIM customers get 10% discount on reload for 1 year

11street Celcom 11street celebrated its one-year anniversary yesterday by announcing a collaboration with Celcom Xpax, the main prepaid brand for youth under Celcom Axiata Berhad. As part of the collaboration, new Magic SIM purchased through the 11street app will allow customers to get 10% discount on every reload at 11street for the next 12 months.…

SIM rejig transforms revenue stream

I-Mobile Company to focus on non-mobile business SET-listed Samart I-Mobile (SIM), the handset distribution arm of Samart Corporation, is undergoing a fundamental corporate restructuring to transform its traditional revenue streams. The company plans to spend 200 million baht this year on restructuring and brand refreshment. SIM is increasing its focus on non-mobile business in order…

‘My mobile phone number was taken away’

Vodafone My mobile number was taken away I had a Vodafone pay-as-you-go mobile phone that was almost exclusively used for incoming calls. On trying to make an outgoing call about a month ago the display stated that my Sim was invalid even though it was in credit. It turned out that my number had also…

EC to propose further roaming legislation by June

EC Roaming The European Commission said it plans to introduce further regulation on roaming in June, to prepare for the planned end to roaming surcharges in mid-2017. It has just completed a public consultation on wholesale roaming rates that was designed to help it decide on whether further market regulation is needed and how to…

格安SIMサービスの利用率は11.5%、契約プランは、音声プランが46.7%、データプランが53.3%

MVNO MMD研究所では、15歳~69歳の男女35,061人を対象に「2016年3月格安SIMサービスの利用動向調査」を実施致しました。 【 調査結果サマリー(※一部抜粋)】 ■ 格安SIMサービスの利用率は11.5% ■ メインで利用している格安SIMサービス「OCNモバイルONE、楽天モバイル、IIJmio」が上位 ■ 格安SIMサービスの契約プランは、音声プランが46.7%、データプランが53.3% ■ 契約プラン別の格安SIMサービス利用は、音声プランが「楽天モバイル」   データプランが「OCNモバイルONE」でそれぞれ最多 ■ 格安SIMサービス利用のデバイスは、Androidスマートフォンが最も高く52.7% ■ 格安SIMサービスの利用率は11.5% 15歳~69歳の男女(N=35,061)を対象に、格安SIMサービスの利用について聞いたところ、利用していると回答した人は11.5%だった。 ■ メインで利用している格安SIMサービス「OCNモバイルONE、楽天モバイル、IIJmio」が上位 格安SIMを利用していると回答した人(N=4,018)を対象に、メインで利用している格安SIMサービスを聞いたところ、利用率が最も高かったのはOCNモバイルONEで16.4%、次いで楽天モバイルが15.9%、IIJmioが11.3%で続いた。 ■ 格安SIMサービスの契約プランは、音声プランが46.7%、データプランが53.3% 格安SIMサービス利用者(N=4,018)を対象にメインで利用している格安SIMサービスの契約プランを聞いたところ、音声通話プランを利用しているとの回答が46.7%、データ通信プランを利用しているとの回答は53.3%だった。 ■ 契約プラン別の格安SIMサービス利用は、音声プランが「楽天モバイル」   データプランが「OCNモバイルONE」でそれぞれ最多 契約プラン別に利用している格安SIMサービスを見てみると、音声通話プラン契約者(N=1,875)が利用している格安SIMサービスは、楽天モバイルが最も高く21.9%、次いでOCNモバイルONEが11.3%、IIJmioが10.2%となった。一方、データ通信プラン契約者(N=2,143)が利用している格安SIMサービスは、OCNモバイルONEが最も高く20.9%、IIJmioが12.2%、楽天モバイルが10.6%で続いた。 ■ 格安SIMサービス利用のデバイスは、Androidスマートフォンが最も高く52.7% 格安SIMサービスを利用している人(N=4,018)を対象に、メインで利用している格安SIMを挿しているデバイスを聞いたところ、Androidスマートフォンが52.7%で最も高く、次いでiPhoneが23.2%、タブレットが13.4%、モバイルルーターが9.4%だった。75.9%が格安SIMを挿しているデバイスはスマートフォンと回答している。 格安SIMを挿しているデバイス別に利用している格安SIMサービスを見てみると、Androidスマートフォン利用者(N=2,118)、iPhone利用者(N=931)は楽天モバイルの利用が最も高く、タブレット利用者(N=540)、モバイルルーター利用者(N=377)は、OCNモバイルONEの利用が最も高かった。 ※本調査レポートの百分率表示は四捨五入の丸め計算を行っており、合計しても100%とならない場合がございます。 ※全設問のデータ、回答者の属性は会員登録後にダウンロードが可能です。 ■ ダウンロード資料(無料)に掲載している集計データ ・ 格安SIMサービス名の認知 ・ 利用している格安SIMサービス ・ 利用している格安SIMサービス(利用者のみ) ・ メインで利用している格安SIMサービス ・ 格安SIMサービスの契約プラン ・ 契約プラン別 メインで利用している格安SIMサービス ・ 格安SIMサービスの利用デバイス ・ デバイス別 メインで利用している格安SIMサービス ********************************************************** 「2016年3月格安SIMサービスの利用動向調査」 ・ 調査期間:2016年3月2日~3月5日 ・ 有効回答:35,061人 ・ 調査方法:インターネット調査 ・ 調査対象:15歳~69歳の男女 ・ 設問数:5問 ・ 販売価格:99,800円(税抜)※CSV全ロウデータになります。 ・ 申込方法:https://mmdlabo.jp/contact/ にてご連絡ください。 ———————————————————– ※ 今回調査した全設問項目 ・ あなたが知っている格安SIMサービスを全て教えてください。 ・ あなたが現在利用している格安SIMサービスを全て教えてください。 ・ あなたがメインで利用している格安SIMサービスを一つ教えてください。…

Easycall suspends mobile services in Hong Kong

MVNO Easycall Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has advised customers not to purchase or re-charge prepay mobile SIM cards offered by MVNO Easycall. OFCA reports it has been notified that Easycall would suspend its prepaid mobile services by phases, starting from 15 March. The measure is due to the termination of wholesale…

Voiceworks aims to double Sim base in 2 years

Voiceworks MVNE Dutch provider Voiceworks said it aims to double its Sim base in the coming years to 50,000. The business service provider is active in the mobile market since 2012. It works as a MVNE on the KPN network and already counts 25,000 Sims in its base, director Stijn Nijhuis told Telecompaper in an…

Krew Mobile Launches First Family Plan With Free Lines for Kids and Parental Controls

Krew Mobile Mobile Telecom Company Offers American Families the Cheapest Family Cell Phone Plan in North America with Unlimited Talk, Text, 4G LTE Data, 2 Free Bonus Lines and More for $19 per Month Today, new family-focused cellular provider, Krew Mobile™, launches its nationwide prepaid service offering the cheapest family cell phone plan in North…

Enterprise IoT services will get a boost from this buyout

IoT Two companies that help enterprises deploy and manage Internet of Things devices are coming together to expand their global reach and scale. Kore Wireless will acquire Wyless for an undisclosed price, the companies announced Wednesday. The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks. Kore, based in Atlanta, sells managed IoT…

Transatel Supports GSMA’s Consumer Remote SIM Provisioning Initiative

Transatel TRANSATEL SUPPORTS GSMA’S CONSUMER REMOTE SIM PROVISIONING INITIATIVE¹ While already providing a global solution for consumer electronics devices in the form of a universal SIM card (SIM 901), Transatel is keen to support the new industry standard for the reprogrammable SIM dedicated to consumer electronics. The GSMA released last week an industry-backed specification for…

Gemalto full year 2015 results

Gemalto Full year revenue of €3.1 billion, up +16%, and profit from operations up +10%, at €423 million Revenue in Payment & Identity at €1.8 billion, represents 58% of the total sales Platforms & Services revenue reaches €898 million, up +70% Free cash flow generation accelerated over the year, with €233 million in the second…