Worldwide Roaming Information A Fraction Of The Usual Cost Thanks To Abroadband
Released on: September 12, 2011, 4:30 pm
Internet & Online
Abroadband have become one of the few operators who offer
roaming broadband at extremely low rates when compared to well known
providers. Users can gain access to the internet for only €0.59 per
megabyte. This flat rate global data roaming service has attracted
many travellers to change their sim card when abroad. Until worldwide
regulation is introduced to force other providers to lower their
prices, abroadband will march ahead and gain more custom.
The operator began life earlier this year and looks set to post a healthy profit
come the end of 2011. Abroadband was launched by Austrian telecoms giant ‘Telekoms
Austria’. The idea was in response to the many complaints by travellers fed up with
high data charges when using the internet abroad – hence the name ‘abroadband’.
From the get go the service has been designed to counter ever increasing charges on
roaming rates imposed by many other operators.
A revealing article that was published by the online magazine ZDnet in March this
year showed that the reasons behind high data charges are simply down to profit. As
many operators tend to offer many deals and bolt-ons in the domestic markets, many
tend to take advantage of the unregulated roaming sector to gain back money. The
reaction to this has led to new regulations being introduced in Europe that impose a
cap on the amount of data customers can use in a month when travelling. This only
applies to countries throughout the EU and abroadband offer their flat rate outside
of Europe. So far the service extends to over 50 countries world wide and there are
plans to increase this to more by the end of 2011 and into 2012.
Negative reaction to roaming rates outside of Europe has led to calls for other
continents and countries to impose caps on other operators to force them to reduce
their data charges. Abroadband has already left the competition behind though. The
flat rate service is not the only benefit they offer customers. Being aware of the
different ways people access the internet, the operator has offered three simple
options to meet all connection needs. A worldsim card, a micro sim card and a
dongle are all available on initial subscription to the service. With business
travel on the increase, dongles and micro sims are becoming more popular. The BBC
recently published a report on their website illustrating the different ways people
are using to avoid roaming headaches when travelling (source: BBC). Abroadband have
taken these methods into consideration and have acted accordingly on their website
allowing customers access to connection options to suit their needs.
The abroadband service has been positively reviewed by Mobile Industry Review and
looks set to attract more attention before the year is out. According to Ewan
MacLeod – the entrepreneur editor of the online magazine – abroadband’s mobile
roaming solution is half the cost of the Vodafone roaming plans.
Contact Details: www.abroadband.com
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