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  # 469194 15-May-2011 07:19
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SpookyAwol: When does USA start? I get reminded every time I start my gps that its $30 a mb roaming.... Happy to test a lower rate for you ;-)


I'm getting those reminders in the UK too, have informed Salty, but the rate charged is $2.50.

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  # 469195 15-May-2011 07:23
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Hmmmm, well, the message you get warning you when you start a data session should have already been updated (will check) but the welcome to country message has only been updated for Australia at the moment.

Rate is definitely set though.




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  # 469198 15-May-2011 07:47
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This has got to be a sensible move.  The first thing I do at the moment with my non-work smartphone when I get overseas is to remove the 2D SIM and insert a local one, so zero revenue for 2D.  With non-extortionate rates, I will be inclined to leave the 2D SIM in place.

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  # 469219 15-May-2011 10:06
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So to confirm - USA is active now? If it makes a difference, Im on prepay and still getting $30 messages
I like the data bundle options too - looks good for a light user

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  # 469226 15-May-2011 10:22
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EU to slash roaming rates.


Report: EU to slash European roaming rates
NeelieKroesThe European Commission is set to outline new plans in the coming weeks to bring European roaming rates in line with national tariffs, EU sources told Reuters. Under the new proposals, sources said the cap on the cost of roaming voice calls in the EU would be lowered to EUR0.24 per minute from July 2014, a reduction of nearly 40 percent from the current cap of EUR0.39. From July 2016, higher roaming costs would effectively be abolished for voice calls altogether, the sources claim. Text messages will reportedly be capped at EUR0.10 per SMS until July 2016, compared with the current ceiling of EUR0.11. A further cap will also be introduced on retail data roaming, which sources say may force operators to set a limit on the cost of downloading data from a device while abroad. Last year, legislation was introduced to limit data roaming bills to EUR50 per month (unless a customer requests a higher or lower limit) to stop instances of “bill shock” caused by consuming large amounts of mobile data while abroad. The data roaming cap is expected to be initially set at EUR0.90 per megabyte, compared to a current average charge of around EUR2.50.
According to Reuters, sources “in the mobile industry” described the new proposals as significant, with one saying EU telecoms commissioner Neelie Kroes (pictured) was "not being mild" with the industry. A crackdown on roaming rates could have serious ramifications for major pan-European mobile operators such as Vodafone, Telefonica/O2, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile and France Telecom/Orange. The EU draft proposal is expected to be signed-off by regulators next month, though it could be challenged by operators.

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  # 469232 15-May-2011 10:36
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SpookyAwol: So to confirm - USA is active now? If it makes a difference, Im on prepay and still getting $30 messages
I like the data bundle options too - looks good for a light user


All three countries are active. Might have been a slight mess up with the welcome/warning messages. The packs won't be available till midnight tonight NZ time, but the rates are active now.




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