Maxroam teams up with Ryanair to offer free EU roaming to 78 million passengers

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Maxroam, the mobile company out to disrupt mobile cell roaming, has signed a significant deal with Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline which carries 78 million passengers annually. The deal is to create the world’s first free mobile phone roaming service allowing passengers to receive free mobile calls and SMS messages when they travel abroad.

Although the deal is being marketed via Ryanair’s channels, anyone can take advantage of it by buying a SIM card. I’m told the deal will last for around a year. Given that Europeans have to cross borders frequently when travelling, this could well shake-up the mobile market here.

For 5 Euro you get a SIM card sent to you for free with 10 Euro credit already on it. Incoming texts and calls will be free, while it will cost 29 Euro cents per minute to make calls from one European country to another and 9c to send standard text/SMS messages, across 43 European countries. Data will cost 99c per MB, which makes a change from the average. This is 40% of EU regulated rates, so it really is a significant cost saving.

As part of its exclusive deal with Maxroam, Ryanair has also released one million free Maxroam ‘received call’ roaming minutes to new and existing customers.

Maxroam SIM cards can be put in standard GSM mobile phones while iPad and iPhone SIM cards are also available, said Maxroam’s Kieran Sexton.

This is pretty disruptive to the industry, given the amount of foot-fall Ryanair gets a year.

  • Guillermo

    My company (simyo, in Spain), already offers 99c per MB and lowest call prices without roaming activation charge.

    • http://twitter.com/Saufiane Saufiane

      You can’t compare Simyo and MaxRoam. Simyo @ 99c per MB? When you travel abroad? Read again. I will def recommend Pat Phelan’s MaxRoam because i know the guy and all he’s done during several years in Telecom Industry. Don’t compare Simyo and MaxRoam. Not the same. Not at all.

    • http://twitter.com/Saufiane Saufiane

      You can’t compare Simyo and MaxRoam. Simyo @ 99c per MB? When you travel abroad? Read again. I will def recommend Pat Phelan’s MaxRoam because i know the guy and all he’s done during several years in Telecom Industry. Don’t compare Simyo and MaxRoam. Not the same. Not at all.

    • http://patphelan.net Pat Phelan

      Guillermo
      you are not comparing like for like
      thats a cheap low quality callback product, maxroam is a digital call through product, plus your Europe is tiny , ours is 43 countries
      plus you resell a product, we are a licensed MNO

  • Guillermo

    My company (simyo, in Spain), already offers 99c per MB and lowest call prices without roaming activation charge.

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  • CR

    @Guillermo: your site has no English version and I can’t read Spanish.

    • Guillermo

      Nope, it isn’t my company…I’m just their client. Oops!

      They also run in Germany: simyo.de, but don’t know their prices over there.

  • Gary

    so does this once and for all kill that myth that cell phones can disrupt airplane equipment?

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  • ericnl

    the only information missing here is the country code that the new phone number will have.
    it all sounds like a good deal to me, but I won’t let my friends pay roaming costs to call my foreign mobile number just so I can receive free calls when travelling.
    so I hope they offer it with choice of country code.

    • Guest

      you get a +44 ( UK ) number, but you can also add additional local numbers for incoming calls. So for example if you are from New York, you can add a local new york number as an additional number for calls. You’re friends then pay whatever they normally pay for calling other new york numbers.

      • ericnl

        so I have to pay extra myself to redirect the calls from the local number to the +44 number?

      • Guest

        The additional local numbers are optional. They dont save you any money, you would add one if you wanted to make things easier and cheaper for friends or family. Or perhaps, add a US number and include it in google voice and allow you to use it worldwide or something. There are many situations where additional numbers would be a nice addition. Last time I used one I added a US number while I was visiting new york, and gave that local number to any hotels and businesses I dealt with. They were able to pay local rates to talk to me regardless of the country I was in, as I had the maxroam sim active in my phone for a little while before and after I arrived.

        The numbers cost a different amount depending on the coutnry they are from, most are 3 euro. Of course, they are optional, and you could just stick with the included +44 number and ask people to contact you on that.

    • http://patphelan.net Pat Phelan

      Hi Eric
      you can add numbers from 60 countries to our sim card including all cities in the Netherlands

  • Funkybird

    [rant] The situation is a royal mess – roaming and high interconnection fees in Europe really hold up integration a lot: I love that I can hop on a plane NY fly 10 hours, get off the plane on the other side of the earth in Hawaii and still pay in USD and my cellphone works without any funny charges. A service like that is missing in Europe. Yes, the Euro does a little but it’s not covering enough countries yet and don’t get me started on the cellphone industry… [/rant]

    I like the idea of Maxroam. But their data roaming prices are not that great. There are many resellers, that offer much cheaper data roaming charges but at least their minute prices seem to be okish.

  • Funkybird

    [rant] The situation is a royal mess – roaming and high interconnection fees in Europe really hold up integration a lot: I love that I can hop on a plane NY fly 10 hours, get off the plane on the other side of the earth in Hawaii and still pay in USD and my cellphone works without any funny charges. A service like that is missing in Europe. Yes, the Euro does a little but it’s not covering enough countries yet and don’t get me started on the cellphone industry… [/rant]

    I like the idea of Maxroam. But their data roaming prices are not that great. There are many resellers, that offer much cheaper data roaming charges but at least their minute prices seem to be okish.

  • Guest

    what country code do maxroam subscribers get for the inbound number. there are literally hundreds of companies that offer similar services. the problem is that you get an obscure and extremely expensive phone to give out to people who you want to call you. they than get hit with a very high bill often for several dollars a minute.

    • Guest

      UK ( + 44 )

  • mleko

    for 99% its Ireland (+353)

  • RvdM

    So a +44 or +353 don’t make it very attractive (not kiving in UK or Ireland) the fact that 99% of the phones are simlocked will also not help this service

    • Pat Phelan

      we have local numbers in 60 countries which you can add to you SIM CARD

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  • Concerned Guest

    I think it’s absolutely hilarious the way this article claims “As part of its exclusive deal with Maxroam, Ryanair has also released one million free Maxroam ‘received call’ roaming minutes to new and existing customers.”.

    Seriously….are Ryanair/Maxroam actually claiming that they have ‘Released’ one million free roaming minutes as though this is some sort of special offer?! The Maxroam SIM (like all of it’s competitors) was already free to receive in Europe!! If you visit http://www.maxroam.com and buy a SIM directly, the offer seems to be suspiciously similar to this ‘EXCLUSIVE’ deal for Ryanair customers.

    V funny indeed….

  • http://twitter.com/eddddd eddddd

    huhu… here is the trick:

    Maxroam direct charges you 0,09c /min to receive your calls
    Maxroam with Ryanair charges you 0,16c connexion fee per “free” incoming call

    And remember that if your correspondants are not in the country of your “main” number (mostly UK or belgium, while local nb may be avalaible for 3€/month ) they will in a way pay for you …

  • http://twitter.com/eddddd eddddd

    here is the trick:

    – Maxroam “direct” charges you 0,09c /min to receive your calls
    and sim is 15€ for 10€ credit

    – Maxroam with Ryanair charges you 0,16c connexion fee per “free” incoming call

    And remember that if your correspondants are not in the country of your “main” number (mostly UK or belgium, while local nb may be avalaible for 3€/month ) they will in a way pay for you …

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