Verizon Looking to Score LTE Roaming Partner Soon
Verizon Wireless should be able to offer international roaming for customers of its LTE 4G network by 2014. Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer Nicola Palmer said that Verizon expects to sign its fist LTE roaming agreement later this year, according to Reuters. Palmer noted that the roaming agreement will likely extend only to data over LTE for devices such as smartphones and tablets. Verizon rep Thomas Pica said Verizon customers will be able to roam in several countries, including Canada, by next year. Neither Palmer mor Pica named the company that would be named first, though it is worth noting that Vodafone owns a 40% stake in Verizon Wireless. Such roaming agreements have been slow to come about due to the varied stages of LTE network deployments around the world, in addition to the varied spectrum used for those networks. Only recently have companies such as Qualcomm and Intel announced new RF transceivers that can support dozens of LTE bands in a single device.
Verizon's 'TravelPass' Offers Roaming for $10 Per Day
Verizon Wireless is prepared to offer customers a new international roaming package called TravelPass. Verizon customers will be able to access their existing talk, text, and data buckets when roaming in 65 different countries for $10 per 24-hour period.
Verizon Wireless Customers Can Roam In Cuba
Verizon Wireless today added Cuba to the list of countries in which its customers can access network services when traveling. Roaming in Cuba (world phone required) won't be cheap.
U.S. Cellular Scores First LTE Roaming Deal
U.S. Cellular recently revealed that it has forged its first LTE roaming partnership, and customers will reap the benefits in two to three months.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
Flat Wireless Alleges Verizon Charging Unfair Roaming Rates
Flat Wireless, a Texas-based company, has filed a complaint with the FCC over roaming rates charged by Verizon Wireless. Flat said Verizon's data rates are "unjust and unreasonable in absolute terms and in relation to charges assessed by Verizon Wireless for similar services to its retail customers, MVNOs, and to international roaming partners.