European Union Greenlights Roaming Caps
Today the European Union agreed to implement a set of pricing caps on a number of wireless services for those who access them when roaming outside of their home country. Text message fees will be capped at 14 cents, outgoing calls will be capped at 56 cents per minute, and incoming calls will be capped at 25 cents per minute. Users will now also be charged by the second after the first 30 seconds of any phone call, and will be warned more often when at risk of incurring large usage charges. Users will be able to set a cap on data roaming fees so they aren't taken by surprise during business trips or other travel.
RingPlus To Offer Free Phone Service
RingPlus today announced a new mobile phone service plan that is ad-supported, but completely free to the customer. The ads take the form of ringback tones, which RingPlus customers hear on outbound voice calls, after dialing but before the other party picks up.
Project Fi Adds More Roaming Coverage and Travel Alerts
Google's Project Fi today expanded the number of countries in which subscribers can roam. Project Fi was already available in 135 countries, and now subscribers can visit any of 170 countries and access their Project Fi service.
European Union to Ban Roaming Charges
The European Commission today agreed to make cellphone roaming charges illegal beginning in 2017. The change in law means European wireless network operators will not be allowed to charge roaming fees for customers who travel across the 28-country continent.
T-Mobile's Free Data Roaming Reaches More Countries
T-Mobile today expanded the availability of its Simple Global data roaming feature to a total of 145 countries. T-Mobile says postpaid customers can now use their T-Mobile handsets across all of Europe and all of South America, in addition to numerous other countries such as the Bahamas, without incurring data roaming charges.