Freemove alliance to offer improved data roaming packages

The European operator alliance, Freemove, has announced a range of new data roaming packages aimed at multinational customers wanting to manage their roaming costs more effectively.

According to the low-profile alliance, which includes Orange, TeliaSonera, Telecom Italia Group and T-Mobile, the new FreeMove Data Roaming Portfolio will provide a consistent approach for users travelling in the 32 European countries where Freemove has an agreement.

The new packages include:

  • The FreeMove European Daily Pass provides the traveller with up to 50Mb of roaming data for the day at a fixed fee as soon as they connect in a European country.
  • FreeMove European Monthly Bundle is targeted at frequent European business travellers and provides 100Mb of data per month for a flat fee--said to be cheaper than standard Pay As You Go (PAYG) tariffs.
  • FreeMove International Data Roaming allows less frequent travellers to access their emails through their laptop or smartphone as and when they need to for a standard PAYG fee.

The alliance claims that these new offers are "network independent," removing the need for customers to manually select a locally preferred network to get the best price.

Derek Austin, head of marketing at FreeMove, said that large enterprises were increasingly looking to make their workforce more mobile and the issue of data roaming had moved further up the IT agenda. "Where before businesses had been cautious to provide access to data roaming services to their employees, these new services from FreeMove provide cost-effective access which is both predictable and manageable."

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