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COMPARISON: New website helps EU consumers to find best International Roaming rates
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 10.07.06 - 14:26:29 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9165x
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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 consumers".

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 – more than 80 % of the world's mobile phone users.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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