Here at ROCCO HQ we are watching the ripples of change coming from the EU Roaming Regulation, not to say ‘per se’ that EU leads the initiatives, but the same elements that are contained in the new Regulation planned for June 2017 are existing all over the world in retail plans. If it’s not fair use policies, its surcharges as this offer below. In some countries in the EU the model below may exist for some period.
Article by Ars Technica
Verizon Wireless yesterday announced a $10-per-day international roaming offer that taps into your existing service plan instead of charging for every megabit, voice call, or text.
Verizon’s press release mocks rival T-Mobile for offering free but slow international roaming.
“Unlike other providers, Verizon doesn’t use gimmicks like ‘free data roaming’ to lure you in and then put you on a slower network and restrict your data use while outside of the US,” Verizon said.
That’s a reference to T-Mobile US offering its Simple Choice customers unlimited data in more than 140 countries, but at 2G speeds of about 128kbps. T-Mobile does provide high-speed data roaming, but it charges extra for the perk—just as Verizon does. T-Mobile’s international day passes cost $15 for 100MB, while a seven-day pass is $25 for 250MB and a 14-day pass is $50 for 500MB. AndroidCentral last week published a good breakdown of the four major carriers’ plans.
Verizon’s new $10-per-day international passes don’t have specific limits. Instead, they just use up the talk, text, and data you have on your regular monthly plan.
Before a trip, customers can activate TravelPass online or in the My Verizon phone app. The daily fee will be charged on any day in which a customer makes or receives a call, sends a text, or uses data in one of the countries where TravelPass exists.
The $10-per-day roaming from Verizon is available in these countries:
- Caribbean and Central and South America: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Eustatius & Saba, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maartin/Saint Martin, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos.
- Europe and Middle East: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Mann, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira and Azores, Netherlands, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Vatican City.
- Asia Pacific: Australia, Singapore, Taiwan.
Verizon also offers monthly pricing in 140 countries. Prices are still the same—$40 per month for 100MB, 100 voice minutes, 100 sent texts, and unlimited received texts. There’s also a $25-per-month option with 100MB, but you have to pay extra for each voice minute and text.
Finally, there are pay-as-you-go options from Verizon, with a charge of $2.05 for each megabit of data used internationally.
Source: Ars Technica