Ubiquisys Intros Portable Personal Base Station
Ubiquisys has unveiled a new product called the attocell, a femtocell product that is portable and can provide localized cellular service to international travelers. The attocell works by plugging into a laptop, and it requires an internet connection. Travelers can then use the attocell to make phone calls from their cell phone. Ubiquisys is still negotiating with wireless network operators to make the service fully functional. Local regulations may also play a role in determining how the attocell is used. The goal of the attocell is to help improve indoor coverage and to also help international travelers reduce roaming fees when abroad.
Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data
Google today announced Project Fi, which relies on a combination of cellular and WiFi networks to keep users connected wherever they roam. Google partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to provide the cellular component.
AT&T Simplifies International Roaming with $10 Day Pass
AT&T today made it less expensive and less confusing to use your AT&T phone overseas. The company introduced the AT&T International Day Pass, which provides travelers with unlimited talk and text in over 100 countries.
T-Mobile Giving Away Free LTE Roaming Until 2017
T-Mobile today said its postpaid customers will have access to free, high-speed mobile data throughout South America and select European countries for the rest of 2016. T-Mobile customers will not have to take any action to enjoy free international roaming in these countries.
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.