Articles about roaming

Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

Three has said it has yet to fix a date for customers to have access to 4G when using its data roaming service. Currently, peeps using the UK mobile operator can only access 2G and 3G networks while on hols. One told The Register the "roam like home service" isn't a "like home" experience. "Or if it is it's a 'like home in …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017
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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad. The issue was first pointed out by a punter in the UK mobile network's support forum, who noted that within a month of the EU abolishing roaming charges on June 15, he was unable to use …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017
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Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

Virgin Mobile customers enjoying their summer hols have been perturbed to discover their data roaming isn't working on the continent. A number of UK customers took to Virgin's forum pages to complain they couldn't use their roaming while elsewhere in Europe. One complained: "I've been abroad since Monday, in Spain, and one of …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017
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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

From today people will be able to spend more time gazing at their phones while on hols rather than looking at the sights as roaming charges in EU countries are abolished. Travellers can now call, text and use their mobile data at no extra cost, regardless of the EU country they're visiting. But there appears to be some …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2017
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Giffgaff 'roam like at home' package means £1/min calls in Jersey

Giffgaff customers may want to think twice before holidaying in tax havens such as the Channel Islands as new roaming charges will hike calls back to Blighty to £1 per minute – up from the current 0.5p rate. From 14 June, the mobile virtual network operator will allow customers to roam in the EU and use their allowances as …
Kat Hall, 1 Jun 2017

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

The European Commission has taken the next step towards the scheduled end of roaming charges in the European Union, securing agreement on maximum wholesale charges telcos will be able to charge each other to handle roaming subscribers. Operators will charge no more than 3.2 cents per minute of voice calls and a single cent per …
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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

Parliamentary bloc the British Infrastructure Group (BIG) has dropped something of a bombshell, calling for Ofcom to push roaming between mobile carriers. In a report published here, the Grant Shapps-chaired BIG says the UK's £5 billion agreement with mobile networks, cut in 2014, isn't going to get rid of blackspots by its …

EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

The European Commission has U-turned again on its plans to tear up roaming fees for customers abroad, going back to its original proposal that all charges should be abolished. Earlier this month the commission published draft plans to force telcos across the EU to offer their customers free roaming for at least 90 days a year …
Kat Hall, 22 Sep 2016
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EE roaming outage hits Brits basking abroad

EE customers basking in the first days of their hols abroad have frustratingly been unable to access their phones due to a major outage across the network. The biz, which was bought by BT for £12.5bn earlier this year, is Blighty's largest mobile carrier and has 31 million connections across its mobile, fixed and wholesale …
Kat Hall, 1 Aug 2016
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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

EU telecoms providers must cut surcharges for 'roaming' phone calls and data use in EU countries from 30 April, in preparation for the complete abolition of roaming charges in June 2017. Until June 2017, telecoms providers will be allowed to charge up to five cents per minute on top of domestic prices, and up to two cents per …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 May 2016
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EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

Mobile carriers are poised to see a significant hit to their bottom lines with the looming rollout of new rules on roaming charges. According to analysts with Juniper Research, the 2017 introduction of the EU ban on roaming charges will eliminate more than a quarter of roaming revenues. "Operator-billed mobile roaming …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2015
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Read our lips, no more EU roaming charges*

The European Commission will draw up rules to help mobile network operators set limits on the amount of roaming they will allow their customers to engage in before they can apply charges to the activity, the EU's Council of Ministers has said. The Council has formally approved new EU rules that will generally bring an end to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 5 Oct 2015

EUROPEAN PURGE on hated mobile roaming charges

After 12 hours of tense negotiations, EU negotiators agreed at 3am on Tuesday to impose a minimal cap on mobile phone roaming charges for calls, texts and data. The so-called Telecoms Package has been in trouble for months, but – acting on behalf of EU member states – the rotating EU Council Presidency, under Latvia, pushed …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Jun 2015

MEPs, Council still deadlocked over EU telco laws

After three years of negotiations, the proposals to overhaul Europe’s critical telecoms rules could come to nothing, with political power blocks seemingly deadlocked. The so-called Telco Package has been shorn of many of its original proposals and has now been whittled down to just two major issues: net neutrality and roaming …
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Internet of Things? Pah! Biz bods, you're wasting your money

Mobile operators could be pissing away $46bn in their excitement over the Internet of Things and wearables. So says Syniverse, the company which forms the glue between mobile networks handling lots of interconnects and things like number portability. Of course being polite and American, it didn’t quite phrase the problem quite …
Simon Rockman, 3 Mar 2015
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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

It might be a cunning plan. Culture minister Sajid Javid’s really stupid idea of national roaming seems to have got the mobile phone networks to pull their fingers out about "not spots". The government has tried to fund the filling in of not spots, indeed Javid’s own department stumped up £150m three years ago and has managed …
Simon Rockman, 2 Dec 2014

EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

Policymakers are set to propose “no change” in wholesale telecoms roaming rates in the EU as part of a review of the system in 2016, according to a report. The Financial Times said it had seen a draft proposal from the Italian presidency of the European Council which indicated “long-fought proposals on roaming and spectrum …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Sep 2014

Global mobile roaming network a HOTBED of vulnerabilities

Security experts for Dutch telco KPN have swung the baseball bat at telcos, with research suggesting mobile roaming networks are so insecure you'd hardly need the NSA to break in and start capturing user traffic. They find the GRX – GPRS Roaming Exchange – network, which links the roaming traffic of 25 carriers worldwide, has …

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