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at7t sponsored data Sponspored data plans are a good thing survey discovers

Antidote to bill shock for starters says Citrix

Best known for its IT specialism, Citrix has just shared some of the findings from a survey of US smartphone users conducted on their behalf by Wakefield Research . Now the survey covers mobile device etiquette and the mobile user experience. But in particular it covers ‘sponsored data plans’. Strangely, Citrix didn’t really bother to explain what the ‘sponsored’ bit means. However, we suspect the firm helped US mobile network operator – AT&T, with offering its own ‘Sponsored Data’ service. (See here). Anyway, the survey finds that consumers are dead scared of over-spending on their data plans (bill shock). Surprise, surprise. It also found that they’d be receptive to sponsored data plans. Ditto. Continue reading

use your Goodspeed witha PlayBookPlayBook Uros adds key Asia Pacific countries to its roaming solution

Goodspeed low-cost data roaming device adds 11 across Asia Pacific destinations

One of GoMo News‘ favourite roaming solutions – the Goodspeed from Uros has got even netter by adding in 11 new destinations across Asia Pacific. The device offers a transparent daily flat rate spells the end to data roaming bill shock for businesses worldwide. Essentially, the Goodspeed is a Wi-fi hotspot in your pocket. It’s an idea way of adding a mobile web connextion to your tablet or smartphone. Continue reading

expanding at a  phenomenal rate -uhari Goodspeed delivers low cost international data roaming in Asia and Australia

Low-cost data roaming coverage now available in 11 new destinations across Asia
Goodspeed now covers 56 countries including USA, Canada, Latin America, Russia, China and Europe
A transparent daily flat rate spells the end to data roaming bill shock for businesses worldwide

Press release

April 1st 2014. Uros has announced that it now provides low cost, high speed, secure mobile internet connectivity through its mobile Wi-fi hotspot Goodspeed , in 11 new destinations across Asia. These new regions include Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The Goodspeed service is now available in 56 key business destinations across the globe, including the USA, Canada, Latin America, Russia, China and Europe. Continue reading

dual SIM 4500 Duo prime candidate for instant online Dual SIM handsets need instant online

GoMo News reckons Prestigio is prime candidate

Regular GoMo News readers will know that this publication has already named 2014 as ‘The Year of the dual SIM support‘. Our prediction has already come true with Nokia not just launching a handset capable of running Android apps but it is also dual SIM too. What’s happening is that handset manufacturers are now selling dual SIM handsets into developed as well as emerging markets. The HTC One is a case in point. However, if vendors really want to promote dual SIM, the handsets must work first time. Which is where ‘instant online’ comes in. Continue reading

Tuenti-screenshot Spain’s Tuenti Móvil hooks up with Tweakker’s for instant online

Subscribers get their handsets configured for data in seconds

In order to fuel its global growth, Spanish MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] Tuenti Móvil, has announced a strategic partnership with mobile connectivity specialist -Tweakker. The deal will enable Tuenti’s subscribers to connect to the Internet in a handful of seconds anywhere in the world. Which means they can begin sharing files, images, sounds and video messages with friends virtually immediately. Under the terms of the Tuenti/Tweakker agreement, Tuenti’s mobile customers will have access to Tweakker’s application programming interface (API) and will automatically receive handset settings from power-up if their devices support over-the-air (OTA) configuration. Continue reading

nothing beyond commodity services - windle Even revenues from 4G roaming seem to be disappearing

How can MNOs retain subscribers & access new revenue streams?

Three kicked off free 4G roaming for its customers and now EE has announced its subscribers can now roam onto 4G LTE networks in Europe. Now that traditional roaming revenues are roaming away, how Mobile network operators [MNOs] can compensate for falling roaming rates? The short answer is to try to learn from the way that OTT players behave. Here GoMo News looks at industry comment from OpenCloud and Tektronix Communications on how operators can not only retain subscribers but also access new revenue streams. Continue reading

more comfortable  with a local number - markin Top Connect unveils Think Global, Act Local strategy for its Pre-Paid TravelSim service

Local numbers from device power-up

Press release

March 13th 2014. Telecommunications firm, Top Connect, has unveiled a Think Global, Act Local business policy that will see business travellers and tourists using the pre-paid TravelSim service being automatically provided with ‘local’ national numbers from device power-up. The rationale behind this policy is to encourage more data downloads when its user base are travelling, enabling them to obtain the best data rates available when they switch on their devices. Continue reading

more comfortable  with a local number - markin Roaming specialist TravelSim continues its expansion

Plotting to move into the UK any time now

Roaming onto another cellular network is a hot topic in Europe right now – chiefly because EU officialdom is mad keen to stamp out extra cellular charges within EU’s boundaries. With such a level of Media exposure, it’s hardly surprising that companies such as TravelSim (Top Connect) are expanding rapidly. The TravelSim card is specifically targeted at travellers – both business folk and tourists. GoMo News recently got the chance to have a cozy chat with TravelSim’s Mikhail Markin who revealed that his company is still rapidly expanding its reach. And one of the territories where it still has plenty of opportunities for resellers is in the USA. But not everyone needs to be a full MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] to offer TravelSim’s products Continue reading

Juniper_roaming14 Silent roamers need combating says Juniper Research

Yet mobile roaming revenues will rise to $90 billion by 2018

Despite EU regulations, operator revenues generated from mobile roaming will reach almost $90 billion by 2018, according to a new report just released by Juniper Research. That figure compares to the $57 billion which Juniper expects to be generated in 2014 and roaming will represent over 8 per cent of the global operator billed revenues by 2018. These revenues will largely be driven by increasing data usage – surprisingly from a reduction in roaming charges. In 2013, data roaming represented an estimated 36 per cent of the global mobile roaming revenues. Continue reading

worldsim-orbizz MWC: WorldSIM launches Orbizz dual SIM smartphone for international roamers

More proof that 2014 is year of the dual SIM phone

Pretty much as predicted by GoMo News, an international roaming specialist, WorldSIM has launched a new dual SIM smartphone – the Orbizz. This handset will enable users to receive free international roaming in almost 100 countries. The company claims that this 3G GSM quad band dual SIM phone is one of the few such handsets available in the market. Although it is unlocked, the Orbizz comes with a travel SIM card from WorldSIM (worth £20) that gives cheap call and data worldwide. Continue reading

couldn't find a pic with a spanish sim How to roam efficiently @ MWC Barcelona Part 2

Surf only with Euros or voice & data with TravelSIM

Previously we outlined why it would be sensible to get your hands on a dual SIM handset whilst attending MWC 2014 in Barcelona. That way you can still receive calls made to your home network telephone number whilst enjoying low cost roaming calls and surfing. Well, there are a couple of alternatives to all of the hassle involved in sourcing a local (Spanish) SIM as the second card. One is to sign up to the TravelSim service whilst the other is to acquire a Goodspeed portable Wi-fi hotspot from Uros. There’s a good chance some GoMo News readers will like the TravelSIM so much they sign up as distributors. Continue reading

tweakker_world MWC: Tweakker to show roaming compliance app

Prime candidate for 2015′s how to roam efficiently @ MWC

Both device manufacturers and European mobile network operators MNOs will be able to be instantly compliant with EU roaming regulations when they come into effect in July [2014]. When embedded, a new smartphone app from mobile connectivity firm, Tweakker will automaticaly be able to provide compliance. The Danish firm will be unveiling a smartphone app at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barclena next week [February 2014]. Continue reading

dual SIM 4500 Duo prime candidate for instant online How to roam efficiently @ MWC Barcelona – Part 1

Step One: Get yourself a dual SIM handset

Anyone planning to visit next week’s [February 2014] Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in Barcelona will be faced with a dilemma. Unless they are a Spanish delegate, of course. Besides Spaniards (and Catalans), everyone else will be roaming onto an overseas network. Despite the EU attempts to drastically cut the prices, this exercise is always going to be more expensive than making calls and surfing with on your regular tariff. You could, of course, buy yourself a Spanish prepaid SIM card (as GoMo News did last year) and give the new number to all your close associates. What GoMo recommends is swapping over to a dual SIM card handset, though. Continue reading

- bertoluzzo Vodafone claims world’s largest 4G roaming network

Offers ultra-fast 4G roaming in more countries than any other MNO

Vodafone subscribers travelling abroad will soon be able to take advantage of 4G mobile services when using their smartphones and tablets. From summer 2014, Vodafone’s customers travelling to 18 countries worldwide will be able to use 4G for no more than the cost of existing 3G roaming services. Vodafone already offers 4G roaming on its own networks in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain. So you can roam onto 4G with Vodafone whilst visiting MWC next week [February 2014]. Continue reading

mobile-roaming-roamer TravelSim users collectively saved $200m + whilst roaming in 2013

Particularly attractive service for business travellers

Business travellers in particular are always looking for ways to reduce their roaming charges (particularly for data) whilst on trips abroad. And here’s concrete evidence that Top Connect’s TravelSim can help. TravelSim’s userbase is made up of direct users along with customers of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) across the world. More than half (roughly 60 per cent) are business travellers. Well, collectively, TravelSim’s 3.5 million userbase saved over $200 million in calling and data download charges during 2013. Continue reading