Airalo locks in $60M to expand its eSIM-based global roaming ‘marketplace’

Travel is back on the agenda after a COVID-19 hiatus, and today a mobile startup is announcing a healthy round of funding to capitalize on that. Airalo — which uses software-based eSIM connectiv

UK trumpets roaming caps for travellers to Norway, Iceland and – maybe one day – Liechtenstein

U.K. residents travelling to Norway or Iceland will soon have their mobile roaming fees capped, representing part of a recent trade agreement between the countries. The U.K. signed a free trade agreem

European Union keeps mobile roaming fees at bay for another decade

Five years ago, the European Union passed rules which largely ended mobile roaming fees for citizens traveling with their devices across borders within the bloc. Today lawmakers are reupping the regul

Alphabet’s Loon partners with AT&T to extend coverage globally in case of disasters

Alphabet-owned Loon, the company focused on providing connectivity via high-altitude, stratosphere skimming balloons that can act as on-demand, deployable cell towers, has signed a new agreement with

Saudi spies tracked phones using flaws the FCC failed to fix for years

Lawmakers and security experts have long warned of security flaws in the underbelly of the world’s cell networks. Now a whistleblower says the Saudi government is exploiting those flaws to track

Truphone raises $339M to retire debt and step up in connecting IoT devices

Truphone, a mobile company based out of London that made a name for itself through low-cost international mobile voice and data plans, is taking a very big step forward in a strategy to catapult itsel

Europe mostly ends mobile roaming fees from today

Europeans traveling through the 28 Member State bloc are now able to use their mobile devices more freely, thanks to a top level abolition of mobile roaming charges across the region. 

Europe passes last hurdle to end mobile roaming fees on June 15

The European Council yesterday adopted the legal act that limits how much mobile operators can charge each other -- the final step in the multi-stage, multi-year process for the region's lawmakers to

Europe ready to hang up on mobile roaming fees by mid-June

The abolition of mobile roaming charges across the European Union by the middle of this year looks almost certain now, after the region's executive body, parliament and representatives of the 28 Membe

Esplorio Records Your Journey So You Don’t Have To

Before I took an arrow to the knee I was quite the adventurer. From Dragonsreach to Blue Palace I’ve visited them all and I have the mugs and commemorative shot glasses to prove it. But what abo

Europe Agrees EU-Wide Net Neutrality Rules And End To Mobile Roaming Fees

European politicians have agreed to end mobile roaming charges in the region by mid 2017, with significant cuts to fees by next summer. MEPs also voted to bring in EU-wide net neutrality rules.

T-Mobile’s Free International Data Is Slow, Frustrating And Incredibly Useful

It’s been almost exactly a year since T-Mobile launched its unlimited international data plans but I never had a chance to give it a try until recently. Before my vacation earlier this month,

Canada’s Wind Mobile Offering Unlimited U.S. Talk, Text And Data Roaming For $15 Per Month

Roaming is the worst, but a new plan from Canadian network operator Wind Mobile, which is one of the few carriers not a part of Canada’s big three telecommunications companies, is going to start

I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But T-Mobile Is Awesome

I've spent the last week back in my wintry homeland in Canada, and here the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I have seen the light, and I have a message for all of you who live in America, a messa

Mobile Phone Network Truphone Raises $118M Led By Russian Tycoon Roman Abramovich, At $473M Valuation

<a target="_blank" href="">Truphone</a>, a UK-based mobile network that lets its users make free or low-cost calls to other mobile devices, has today announced a large funding i

Operation Chokehold will blow up AT&T on Friday

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AT&T finally advertises international roaming rates

<img src="">I was burned last year by <a HREF="">AT&T's prohibitive roaming ra

Note to self, you: Do not roam internationally on AT&T – UPDATE: AT&T responds

I’m not a vindictive man. I believe in sweetness and light. But I would encourage anyone with a brain who travels, especially in these trying economic times, to buy an unlocked GSM phone and pur

MAXroam v2: Full data all over the place

The inimitable Pat Phelan has just announced MAXroam v2, an upgrade and improved version of his popular MAXroam SIM. The service now offers more roaming options along with data plans. From his blog: D

Flyin' around the world with cellphones

Larry Magid wrote a fairly detailed examination of roaming on non-GSM networks. I met Larry last week in Majorca, Spain where we were on a panel talking about European vs. American cellphones and the
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