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roaming

- 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

- 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

- 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

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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