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Sprint's free International Value Roaming service that was introduced last month is expanding to six new territories, bringing the total number of countries to 22. As the plan dictates, when a Sprint customer is in one of those nearly two dozen countries, he or she can roam with up to 2G speeds and catch up on emails and surf the web at no additional cost. They can also send text messages from the 22 included countries for no extra charge, and if they want to make phone calls, the rate is 20 cents per minute. All a qualified customer has to do is add International Value Roaming to any Sprint domestic... Read more...
You've probably read horror stories of international travelers opening up their cell phone bills only to find they owe a king's ransom instead of the typical monthly fee they're used to paying. Welcome to the world of roaming charges. To prevent that kind of bill shock from occurring, Sprint is now offering unlimited data roaming in select countries. Eligible countries for Sprint's "International Value Roaming" plan include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Not a bad list of... Read more...
Making calls while overseas isn't exactly a piece of cake... well, if you care about the cash you're earning, that is. Roaming rates can vary from "wild" to "downright crazy," but Roamer's app-based call forwarding service aims to take some of the edge off. Roamer is a new iOS and Android app designed to bring to end to steep call roaming charges globally. Available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play, Roamer is an app that saves users up to 90% on their call roaming bills abroad. The app uses local cellular networks that mean calls are high quality as Roamer enables users to... Read more...
In a way, America and Canada have a lot in common. Including a ton of land borders, and some pretty great political relations. It's hardly a surprise that visitors from the Great White North visit the U.S. quite a bit (and vice-versa), but technology lovers have no doubt found it frustrating when crossing from one nation to another. Despite our similarities, our mobile networks are very different. They're compatible, sure, but the roaming rates you'll pay can be completely outrageous. Rogers, a Canadian carrier, is hoping to ease some of that pain. The company announced this week a new plan to... Read more...
If you'll be traveling overseas soon, it's probably about time to start planning just how exactly you plan to stay connected. It's not as easy as just turning your smartphone on and roaming internationally. Well, it is, but you'll pay through the nose to do it. For those who plan ahead, AT&T is offering new talk + text plans for overseas yappers. The new discount roaming packages for calling and messaging, as well as new Wi-Fi capabilities on select AT&T Data Global Add-On packages, offer much better rates than you'd get if you didn't sign up for a plan ahead of time. Joining the AT&T... Read more...
International roaming has been, and continues to be, a huge ordeal. For the average consumer, the simple act of checking Facebook while abroad can lead to some pretty insane bill shock. In most nations outside of the U.S., the average carrier dings you for between $3 and $5 per megabyte. AT&T is changing up its international roaming packages today, and while they still aren't "affordable," it's arguably a move in the right direction, if only a small one. The new Global Data Packs, which can be added during months that you'll be traveling overseas, include a bit more data from the get-go. The... Read more...
International travel is pretty stressful as-is, but when you combine the fact that getting smartphone data while abroad could end up costing more than your flight -- well, that's even less fun. Global data roaming is a major, major expense, and while many savvy travelers attempt to pick up loaner SIMs at their destination, there's no doubt that it's not possible to do so in every instance. For those who routinely find themselves scurrying to foreign lands, Verizon Wireless has introduced a new Global Data Plan. Beginning April 23rd, US-based customers can get a 100MB monthly pool of data for $25.... Read more...
AT&T and Sprint have had their fair share of battles lately, especially with Sprint's strong opposition to the now defunct proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. In the latest battle between the two wireless carriers, AT&T is attacking Sprint for divesting some of its infrastructure and relying on roaming agreements for voice and data service in Oklahoma and Kansas. The FCC recently changed its policy and eliminated the Home Market Rule. When this rule was in effect, it prevented carriers from establishing roaming agreements in areas where they had their own spectrum. The original... Read more...
With Vonage cranking out their own VoIP app, Apple's FaceTime in the mix and a whole host of third-party players gaining momentum by the day, Skype has a heck of a lot of competitors nipping at their heels. To that end, the company has just launched Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access), and it's coming to iOS. It's available right now from the App Store, and can run on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants. The app only charges... Read more...
Using data overseas is an expensive endeavor. A remarkably expensive one. It's one that only the bold will journey into, and even those with expense accounts will think twice about using it when they don't have to. International roaming remains a class-A ripoff from every angle you see it, and there's no just great way for anyone on a U.S. carrier to use data on their phones while traveling overseas. Unless you choose a third-party solution or a local SIM. But it'd be so much easier if carriers just had reasonable roaming rates. That's no closer to happening, but AT&T is at least taking a small... Read more...
It's still not cheap to get 3G data while traveling overseas, but at least AT&T is giving their customers a couple of new options when heading abroad. It's hard to recommend such options when they're so pricey, but if you know you'll be away from a Wi-Fi hotspot and you aren't interested in renting a MiFi or SIM, the company's new pay-as-you-go international data packages may fit the bill. The new bundles are designed for laptops and netbooks, with the AT&T DataConnect Pass Global lineup providing data coverage in more than 100 countries, including Canada, Mexico, countries in the Americas,... Read more...
Wouldn't it be nice if your wireless operator shot you a free text message or e-mail whenever you were quickly approaching your monthly minute limit or text limit? Wouldn't it be great if you received some sort of alert whenever you touched down in a foreign country and were about to incur roaming charges for making calls or using data in someone else's homeland? Some carriers already do this (AT&T sends a free text message alerting you to the international data roaming rate for iPhone users, at least), but the FCC would like for everyone to join in. A new Consumer Task Force at the FCC has... Read more...
One of the biggest troubles today when it comes to using a cell phone abroad is global roaming. For one, it's really expensive. Second, only phones with GSM technology can be used in many overseas nations. But you know, 4G could change all of that.As WiMAX backers deal with the immense amount of support garnered by rivaling LTE (Long-Term Evolution), the battle for 4G is really heating up. Clearwire, a seller of WiMAX services in America, has just reached out to a pair of international carriers to land a deal that could be instrumental in catapulting WiMAX on a global scale.The memorandum of understanding... Read more...
For decades now, roaming charges have ate at the nerves of travelers. If there's one thing that has always been classified as a "rip-off," it's cellphone roaming charges, particularly international charges. No matter which carrier you have at home, you can rest assured that you'll be healthily gouged while talking, texting or surfing while in foreign lands.Thankfully, at least some higher-ups are finally realizing just how absurd these charges are becoming, and the European Union is stepping up to do something about it. Starting this week, making a call or text across the set of EU nations will... Read more...