US mobile operator to scrap data roaming fees for customers travelling abroad

T-Mobile US subscribers won't need to pay roaming fees to use the internet overseas. Photo: Reuters

T-Mobile US said on Wednesday it would offer cheaper international options – including texting and data downloads with no extra fees for subscribers who are travelling overseas – as it hopes to gain customers from its rivals.

Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 3:17pm

SmarTone targets 3G sector as fall in roaming business hits profits

SmarTone reported a 'significant' reduction in international mobile roaming traffic, which saw net profits drop 3pc. Photo: Bloomberg

SmarTone Telecommunications, which saw its interim net profit decline by 3 per cent, aims to target more lower-spending 3G network users to offset falling roaming revenue and stiff price competition in Hong Kong's 4G mobile market.

"We're targeting customer segments previously underserved by SmarTone," chief executive Douglas Li said yesterday.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:58am

CSL 'conceded billing glitch'

A customer suing telecommunications provider CSL over what he says are erroneous phone charges told a tribunal yesterday that a CSL executive conceded a 'glitch' might be responsible for one of the bill items.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Roaming charges may go in Qianhai

Hongkongers who do business in the new special zone of Qianhai may not have to pay roaming charges on their mobile phones under plans announced by the Shenzhen government yesterday.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Roaming Vision + Digital

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16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fixed-line operators stand to lose from roaming cuts

Mainland fixed-line phone companies could see their revenues eroded this year as a result of the government's decision to cut roaming fees charged by mobile operators, industry watchers warn.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Planners must take their hands off the phones

Modern telecommunications are a powerful force that can greatly reduce business costs and increase convenience for people. Yet, as a key strategic industry, on the mainland they are still effectively controlled by state planners. Fees and tariffs are dictated by regulators rather than commercial principles.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Lower roaming fees seen boosting China Mobile's dominance

China Mobile will further cement its dominant position in the country after a reduction of domestic roaming charges to make long-distant calls more affordable for mobile users, according to China Netcom Group Corp.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Cheaper bills to start with roaming

Beijing's plan to cut domestic roaming charges will pave the way for reductions in overall mobile-phone tariffs in the lead-up a restructuring of the telecommunications industry, sources said.

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Public hearing to be held on domestic roaming fees

A public hearing on lowering the mainland's domestic mobile-phone roaming charges will be held this month, the country's top planning body said yesterday.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Some time ago, I read an article about a mobile phone that could take two SIM cards. Such a handset would be able to have a card for China and another for Hong Kong, as I understand it. Would that be the best way to cover both China and Hong Kong?

NN, Mid-Levels

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Caller pays

China Unicom's income would be affected by the scrapping of charges on incoming calls, said chairman Chang Xiaobing.

Mr Chang said the company hoped volume would increase to offset the impact of the new call-party-pays billing rules, and the reduction of roaming fees.

12 May 2007 - 12:00am

China Mobile to scrap domestic roaming fee for Beijing customers

China Mobile, the country's largest mobile-telephone operator, plans to drop the domestic roaming fee for Beijing subscribers as soon as next month, matching a similar offer by smaller rival China Unicom this month.

The roaming fee cut comes as the Ministry of Information Industry aims to reduce such charges as part of the reform of the telecommunications industry this year.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

two in one

As a frequent traveller, I often buy a SIM card in the country I'm visiting to save on roaming charges for local calls and so the people there don't have to make an IDD call every time I become hopelessly lost in a shopping mall.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

China Mobile reduces charges for roaming calls

China Mobile has cut prices for its international roaming calls in Sichuan and Zhejiang province in a move that is likely to bite deeply into the market share of China's fixed-line operators.

The rate cuts - which will create an across-the-board fixed China-bound roaming rate in the two provinces - follow earlier flat-rate discounts on its local voice tariff.

15 Jun 2006 - 12:00am