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.
T-Mobile Hoping to Forge LTE Roaming Deals
T-Mobile today indicated it is working with other carriers to offer LTE roaming. T-Mobile competitors Sprint and Verizon Wireless have aggressively pursued rural LTE roaming deals, which has in turn increased their LTE availability.
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.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
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.