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it's early days - Doku Air of disbelief greets EU roaming news

Will the charges definitely disappear in 2 yrs time?

It seems that data roaming charges will be abolished within the European Union [EU] by June 2017, according yesterday’s [June 30th 2015] announcement from EU regulators. Not everyone is convinced that the end is definite. uSwitch.comtelecoms expert, Ernest Doku, commented, “It’s early days and, like the debates over scrapping EU roaming charges, these good intentions could still unravel.” Mark Windle, head of marketing with OpenCloud warned that MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] need to innovate in order to combat their squeezed revue streams. Meanwhile David Walker, a vp with Tangoe, warned, “Companies will find that true bill shock comes from data usage not phone calls in the future.” Continue reading

Google may be talking to Three as MVNO

Believable rumours of our time

The was a report (here)  in the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, that the British arm of Three – Three [3UK] (owned by Hutchison Whampoa) is having talks with the powers-that-be at Google HQ. The reason? Well, Three is taking pride is the fact that it is providing free roaming to its existing subscribers in 18 geographies where it has a presence of its own.  (See ‘3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list‘).  Meanwhile, Google has an announced intention to provide its users with a low cost network which would cost the same everywhere – in an attempt to shake up the US cellular market. Hence the assumption is that Google is toying with the idea of becoming a Three MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - markin Flat rate data roaming to be offered in 190 countries

Top Connect’s TravelSim does the deal with 190 MNOs

Roaming specialist, Top Connect has announced that it intends to introduce flat rate billing and unlimited 3G roaming starting in Q2 2015. The move follows lengthy negotiations with the supplier’s global network of Tier One GSM carriers. This has meant that the firm has now reached agreement that will enable it to offer flat roaming charges covering 190 countries for its pre-paid international mobile communications service – Travel Sim. However, the flat rate roaming will apply only to existing and new subscribers of its data only package. Continue reading

travelsim_logo TravelSim launching flat unlimited worldwide data roaming billing

Q2 ’15 will see the pre-paid international communications leader introduce the 1st flat monthly data roaming rates worldwide

Press release

March 3rd 2015. Telecoms innovator, Top Connect has announced that its world’s leading pre-paid international mobile communications service – Travel Sim will introduce flat rate billing and unlimited 3G roaming from Q2 2015. Flat rate roaming will apply only to existing and new subscribers of its data only package. TravelSim has been in lengthy negotiations with its worldwide network of Tier One GSM carriers and agreement has now been reached with all to enable TravelSim to announce flat roaming charges covering 190 countries. Continue reading

Goodspeed provides low cost data roaming in the Baltic

Press release
Goodspeed extends coverage to the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

1GB of data daily for just £4.90 (or $7.99)
Goodspeed spells the end of data roaming bill shock for international travellers

February 3rd 2015. International travellers can now enjoy low cost, high speed, secure mobile internet in the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania through the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi service. Spelling the end of data roaming bill shock, the Goodspeed service now covers 64 countries including China, Western Europe, USA, South and Latin America, Canada, Russia and major destinations in Asia. The Baltic region of Northern Europe is fast emerging as popular business destination with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ranked in the top 25 friendliest countries in the world to conduct business.1. These European Union member countries are renowned for their advanced information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure with Estonia described as the most wired country in the world. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading

Three says adios to the worry of roaming charges in Spain

Three  [3UK]customers will be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost from two new destinations, Spain and New Zealand from April 1st 2015

The two new countries join the 16 destinations where Feel at Home is currently available, including France, USA, Australia and Italy

The service, called Feel at Home, lets subscribers browse the internet, call and text home, as well as tweet and chat without paying a penny more

To celebrate, Three has teamed up with Expedia to offer Three customers 12% off a pre-paid hotel booking on the UK Expedia app.¹

Three installs giant Spanish flag, made from 650 parasols, on Bournemouth Beach to announce roaming at no extra cost for Brits travelling to Spain, the UK’s most popular beach holiday destination, this summer

Press release

January 6th 2015. Three [3UK] is giving the estimated two million² UK holiday-goers who are set to book a trip abroad this January something else to smile about. From April 1, 2015, Three customers travelling to Spain and New Zealand will now be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - markin American MVNOs set to fuel TravelSim roamers

Able to earn recurring revenues of up to 30%

International roaming expert, Top Connect, reckons it has hit on a winning formula with its TravelSim service, It’s aimed at both travelling business executives and holiday makers and is available indirect through the company’s network of global distributors. In particular, TravelSim is appealing to the growing number of mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in the Americas and Europe who are finding it provides an out-of-the-box vanilla solution for their customers. Consequently, Top Connect is predicting that its user base will increase to 6.7 million by Q1 2016 from 5.2 million in December 2014. That should mean that collective roaming savings should reach $380 million over the period. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - markin VoLTE is way forward for roaming services

We have cosy chat with TravelSim’s Markin

GoMo News recently had the chance to chat with Mikhail Markin, head of TravelSim‘s product development, when he was visiting London for the World Travel Market show at ExCel. He revealed two very interesting future developments. As a roaming specialist, his firm has developed a solution which doesn’t require a SIM card. This means that TravelSim can now deal with [previously unapproachable] non-GSM networks – which basically enables the company to targetcertain US mobile network operators [MNOs]. Or even MVNOs [Think Virgin USA].These networks are essentially based on cdmaOne technology – Verizon Wireless being the best known MNO. Secondly, TravelSim is getting into Voice over LTE [VoLTE]. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - markin Roaming specialist hits its 2014 targets 62 days early

Top Connect’s TravelSim service now has 5m+ users

Claiming to be the only pre-paid service to offer quality communications at unbeatable rates, Top Connect has announced that its TravelSim roaming service has hit its 2014 targets two months early. It can now boast a customerbase of  five million who collectively have saved over $280 million in roaming charges. This compares with a userbase of 3.6 million at Q1 2014 which generated collective savings of just over $200 million in 2013. The company puts its success down partly to attending key industry events in order to recruit quality distributors. Continue reading

Z3+ no heart rate monitor - 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

continuing to bring innovation - 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