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data up the spout - kerr Danger of bill shock from EE’s new 4G roaming

uSwitch’s Rob Kerr – what’s more important cheaper or faster?

Whilst it is undoubtedly good news that those Brits on EE’s network in the UK can now roaming using 4G in 14 extra countries, one prominent industry analyst warns there is still a danger of bill shock. EE has added 13 new countries to the list of territories where 4G will be available today [August 21st 2014]. South Korea will be launched on August 22nd [2014]. Prior to this, customers could 4G roam in France and Spain, where roaming agreements were launched back in March [2014] . EE announced inbound 4G roaming for travellers from the USA visiting the UK way back in December 2013. The company says these deals are the latest in a series of outbound roaming agreements that will allow EE customers to enjoy 4G speeds in 16 of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Continue reading

- swantee Home and Away: EE customers get 4G speeds in 14 more countries this Bank Holiday

EE customers can now benefit from 4G speeds when travelling to Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, UAE, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland

Brings total number of countries covered by roaming agreements to 16, following the launch in France and Spain in March

EE to extend 4G coverage across all major travel destinations during 2014

Press release

August 21st 2014. EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, has announced that it has extended access to superfast 4G for customers travelling to 16 countries. The deals are the latest in a series of outbound roaming agreements that will allow EE customers to enjoy 4G speeds in the world’s most popular travel destinations. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin Top Connect is continuing its drive to build customerbase in USA

Show time in Las Vegas from brains behind TravelSim

The leader player in the mobile roaming niche market, Top Connect is continuing its drive to build its customerbase in USA. The brains the TravelSim product is planning to showcase its offering by targeting US mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] as potential US distributors. Hence the company has announced that it will exhibiting its world leading ‘call back’ product at The PrePaid Press Expo show. This event is being held in Las Vegas, USA on 18th-20th August [2014]. Continue reading

affordable data roaming is a must - reza India to be key market in international roaming charges battle

WorldSIM calculates 4-day Indian trip would cost £1,280 in roaming

A recent report entitled ‘CFO Innovation Asia’ (commissioned by Concur Technologies) has found that India has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest business travel market. However, travellers can expect to face international roaming bills of £320 per day when travelling to India1. Travellers can face data rates as high as £8 per megabyte. Thus, India ia emerging as key market in battle over international roaming charges amongst the key discount roaming specialists – such as Uros, Top Connect (Travelsim), and WorldSIM. Continue reading

- dyson Customer numbers & data usage up at 3UK

Three UK delivers operating profit of £123m for Q1-Q2 2014

Growth in customer numbers plus growth in data usage per customer helped Three UK [3UK] deliver operating profits of £123 million for Q1-Q2 2014. This compares to £86 million in Q1-Q2 2013 and £121 million in Q3-Q4 2013. A number of industry-leading initiatives have helped to drive these improvements in profitability including one of GoMo News‘ favourites – Three inTouch which offers VoWifi (Voice over Wi-fi) which officially launched this week [July 2014]. Plus 3UK offers new contract handset and SIM-Only plans which include unlimited free 0800 [freefone] numbers. Plus the company has attractive roaming deals, too. Continue reading

Action demanded on stolen contract phone bills

UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise

The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin SIM roaming specialist Top Connect predicts Germany will win World Cup

That’s all based on Skype calls so it must be right then

Specialist roaming SIM supplier, Top Connect, is now predicting that Germany’s football team will win the soccer fanatics’ version of the Super Bowl – the World Cup. We’ve heard of data mining, but the way in which this Estonia based company (just in case you thought there was a bias) reached its conclusion is fascinating. Thanks to its unique relationship with (Microsoft owned) Skype, the supplier of the call back TravelSim roaming card has analysed its traffic. In particular it has looked at German, Dutch and Argentinean users of its SIMs. Relevant nations given that the English team out of the competition in the very early stages but their teams are still in contention. Top Connect is now reporting an impressive 21 per cent increase in free Skype calls being made to TravelSim users currently watching the World Cup in Brazil. Continue reading

vodafone_woman_with_phone Vodafone launches WorldTraveller roaming for USA & India

Take your UK minutes, texts and data to India for an extra £5 a day

Good news for Vodafone UK’s contract (Pay monthly) customers who want to roam with their mobile phones outside Europe – especially in the USA & India. Leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], has just launched a new plan which enables those on contracts – including business travellers on certain business price plans, to take their existing UK minutes, texts and data with them whilst roaming abroad. Vodafone WorldTraveller is available for just £5 a day (including VAT) in the Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa as well as the USA and India. The deal is positioned as an adjunct to Vodafone EuroTraveller where Vodafone contract customers can roam Europe at a special price of £2 a day. Continue reading

operators need roaming VAS - reiffer Starhome Mach accelerates globalisation of LTE with complete LTE roaming portfolio

Enables and accelerates roaming between networks, ‘unsilences’ roamers, and improves steering for profit maximisation

Press release

June 23rd 2014 – Starhome Mach, the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing services, has announced the availability of its complete LTE Roaming Services Portfolio at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam. The portfolio includes everything operators require to quickly implement and deploy LTE roaming as well as products for efficiency, management, and revenue enhancement. Operators are just beginning to enable LTE roaming but the process can be slow and costly if new LTE roaming agreements are needed. Continue reading

Marom_Ben_menachem African operator launches first real-time billing for prepaid data from Starhome Mach

Enables a new source of revenue for operators and enhances customer loyalty

Press release

June 10th 2014. Starhome Mach, the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing house services, has announced that it has implemented its Prepaid Data Roaming Enabler solution at a leading South African operator. For the first time, prepaid roamers can freely use data services – creating new revenue streams for operators and increasing customer satisfaction. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin Top Connect uses Singapore GCCM to showcase TravelSim

A key event to meet key South East Asian MVNOs

In a bid to reach the growing potential of South East Asian MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] distributors, roaming specialist Top Connect, is travelling to Singapore. That country will be playing host [June 16th – 17th 2014] to the Global Carrier Community Meeting (GCCM) . This Telco industry-only event is a key hub for business discussions between members of the telecommunications sectors including those dealing with voice, data, SMS, mobile, VAS, MVNOs, ISPc, cable and other related communication services. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin TravelSim launches data only package ahead of the World Cup

World’s leading international pre-paid roaming service offers regular or data only

Telecoms specialist Top Connect has added a new service to its regular TravelSim voice and data roaming service ahead of the soccer World Cup. It’s a data only option with what it claims are unbeatable rates and free incoming calls. The new TravelSim Data is a completely independent SIM card from its other well-known TravelSim services. It has more options in terms of cheap data usage in numerous countries. Voice and SMS messaging are also included with the data only card. Continue reading

operators need roaming VAS - reiffer Operator saves $7m+ yearly with roaming anti-fraud

Solution from Starhome Mach sees savings reach over $7m pa

May 21st 2014. Starhome Mach, the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing house services, has announced that a major European Tier One operator has significantly reduced roaming fraud expenses by about 600 per cent. That’s saving an average of more than $7 million per year with Starhome Mach’s roaming anti-fraud solution. Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin Top Connect launches TravelSim UK with +44 numbers

USA and now UK have local services

In a bid to strengthen its position as the world’s leading provider of international pre-paid communications with its TravelSim mobile service, telecoms expert Top Connect has launched a new service aimed specifically at UK customers. Each Brit is given a unique TravelSim number that starts with +44 77XXXXXXX. TravelSim USA customers already have mobile numbers that start with +1. In the UK, incoming calls from 66 countries are free, as are incoming SMS messages. Continue reading

http://www.birminhammail.co.uk How to avoid bill shock when visiting South Africa

Try using a Goodspeed with a B4IGO SIM card
katie – source: Birmingham Mail
A while back a story hit the headlines here in the UK when a holidaymaker, Katie Bryan, managed to run up a bill of £2,609.31 whilst data roaming in South Africa. It had taken her 20 minutes to download 326 megabytes in the [...]