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Operators

Look how far we’ve got to go in this industry

I arrived into Miami this afternoon and got this message from my operator of choice, Vodafone: Welcome to The USA. Calls cost 135ppm to make & 100ppm to receive. SMS 35p + your home rate & pic msg 37p. For your £5 per day you have 25MB of data, then it’s £3 per 1MB. Click […]

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Opinion

Europeans for Fair Roaming: Thanks chaps!

For the most part, mobile roaming fees are ridiculous. I have absolutely NO time whatsoever for mobile executives who complain that roaming is actually an incredibly difficult issue to transact. That might have been the case a decade ago. Nowadays, if you’re serious about sorting out your roaming interconnects, you work with a firm such […]

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Services

My HolidayPhone SIM for Spain arrived: Here’s what it looks like

You can read about my initial experience with HolidayPhone at my introductory post from last week. I’m pleased to say that the SIM arrived this week in plenty of time for my upcoming trip to Barcelona, Spain, for Mobile World Congress. So the SIM has arrived — but that’s not all. I’m very impressed with the […]

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Opinion

Fundamentally depressed: It’s almost 2012 and data roaming costs still suck

Strolling through the streets of New York this evening on the way back to the hotel from a meeting I took a look at my BlackBerry and saw the familiar wind-up text from Vodafone. The message reads: Just to let you know, you’ve used over 3MB of data which has cost you £3 per MB […]

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Applications

Got Android? Go abroad? Get Onavo to avoid being hosed

If you’re an Android user and you roam regularly, you have probably experienced the ‘what-the?’ moment at least once in recent memory. That’s the moment you realise that the paltry 25mb you’ve been given for your day’s worth of roaming mobile data adds up to about 20 minutes worth of heavy using on an Android […]

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News

Did you see me on BBC Breakfast talking mobile roaming at the weekend?

Did you see me on the BBC Breakfast News at the weekend, suited-and-booted? There was some discussion in the MacLeod household over the appropriate clothing to wear. Open shirt? Jacket-n-shirt? Nope. Mothers and mother-in-laws were almost consulted before I took the pinstripe decision. You can’t go wrong with a pinstripe. And, as my wife pointed […]

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Opinion Services

Boingo: Are there any better WiFi roaming alternatives?

I had the following note in from Boingo tonight. If you haven’t come across them, Boingo is the world’s largest network of WiFi hotspots. I use them regularly, especially when I’m abroad. They’re great with airports, hotels, coffee shops and so on. I particularly like the way their laptop software automatically logs you in — […]

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Opinion

361 degrees podcast – Episode 8: Roaming Ranting

Episode 8 – Roaming ranting… (mp3) This week we talk about international roaming services and wonder why these services – and especially data – command such premium pricing. We discuss: The recent MACH Insights conference. The products and services we use for roaming including Vodafone’s data traveller service, Abroadband, Droam, Onavo, Truphone and MiFi devices. The wetpaint Wiki for information on global pre-paid […]

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Operators Opinion

If an operator is charging users for Facebook roaming, should they pay a license fee?

This post ties rather neatly in with my previous one (Would you pay €2 to use Facebook on the beach?) regarding roaming. Now then, what happens if operators were to deploy these rather innovative plans such as the one mentioned above? It’s a topic I’ve been exploring whilst I’ve been on-site at MACH Insights 2011. […]

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Operators Services

Would you pay €2 to use Facebook on the beach?

So here’s a question for you. I’d like you to have a wee look at this video and see what you think of the concepts demonstrated. I came across it in the ‘Demo Lab’ area at MACH Insights 2011. It’s showing off a MACH product by the name of the Data Roaming Engine which enables […]

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Operators

MacLeod, roaming and The Next Web

Kudos and thanks to the highly proficient Martin Bryant, European Editor of The Next Web for including me in his recent piece on data roaming. Thank you Martin. Do follow Martin on Twitter here: @MartinSFP Here’s the link: Why using data on your phone abroad is so expensive, and how to save money It’s a […]

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Operators

Hello from MACH Insights 2011: The issue of the moment — Roaming

Hello from Berlin. That’s right! I’ve been traversing the Globe. On Friday I was in San Diego with Qualcomm and on Sunday I arrived into Berlin for the MACH Insights 2011 event for a fascinating look at the world of mobile roaming and billing. Roaming is, as regular readers know, a subject close to my […]