European mobile operators have today launched a Web site that enables European consumers to find the best tariffs for making and receiving mobile phone calls when traveling abroad this summer. The site, which features up-to-date prices supplied directly by 75 operators from across the European Union, is the most comprehensive and accurate source of roaming information for travelers.
Available in six languages, the site http://www.roaming.gsmeurope.org/ shows prices by individual operator for a two-minute peak-time call to a fixed-line in the traveler's home country, prices for receiving a two minute peak-time call from home and the cost of sending and receiving text messages when traveling within Europe.
The new site was developed by GSM Europe (GSME), the European arm of the GSM Association, with input from the European Regulators Group (ERG), to ensure European consumers have an easy way of finding the best mobile roaming rate when traveling in Europe.
"With competition ensuring that a wide choice of roaming packages and
price plans are available in Europe, it is vital that the mobile industry
makes it easy for its customers to find the best rate for their needs," said
Kaisu Karvala, Chair of GSME. "Customers will have access to
constantly-updated information, covering many different roaming price plans,
direct from the industry."
"The ERG welcomes this initiative from GSM Europe," added Kip Meek, Chair
of the ERG, which represents national telecoms regulators from across the
European Union. "Making prices more transparent is an important step towards
making the international roaming market work and providing a better deal for
The new site is more comprehensive than many existing sites as it includes
prices available under packages specially tailored to roamers, highlighting the
wide range of innovative tariff packages mobile operators are using to
distinguish themselves from their competitors.
GSM Europe is the European interest group of the GSM Association,
representing 147 members in 50 European countries/areas serving 558 million
customers. The GSM Association (GSMA) is the global trade association
representing more than 690 GSM mobile phone operators across 213 countries of
the world. In addition, more than 150 manufacturers and suppliers support the
Association's initiatives as key partners.
The primary goals of the GSMA are to ensure mobile phones and wireless services
work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual
customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for
operators and their suppliers. The Association's members serve more than 2
billion customers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ more than 80 % of the world's mobile phone users.
Cheers ~ Arne