Heading to the EU? Your roaming bill has just been cut!
Last week, the EU Commission's VP Neelie Kroes promised charges for using your mobile whilst abroad (or “roaming”) will become significantly cheaper. Today the promise has been delivered with substantial cuts across the member states.
This will be a day of celebration for anyone who has ever been hit with expensive charges when away from home; whether on work, holiday, or calling friends/family living away.
Although prices are nowhere near the levels of my teen years (I’ll never forget that...
Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how
First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.
For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.
It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...
Name your car E.T. - by 2015 it will “phone home” via eCall
The European Commission has signed off draft legislation which requires all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with an eCall device.
Okay, by “home” it will actually call 112 – the emergency number in Europe – but that wouldn’t have allowed me such a cheesy, obvious headline.
eCall transmits a “minimum set of data” in the event of an accident, including the exact location; this helps cut down response times significantly and will in theory help to prevent annual...
“Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner
The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.
Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA
Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.
The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.
Will 4G pave the path for growth?
Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.
In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.
The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...
YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way
YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.
Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.
The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...
Neelie Kroes calls for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, has been on a mission for a single telecoms market as TelecomsTech first reported back in January.
Now she’s advancing the attack; pushing for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014 in a speech to the European Parliament.
Hopefully you’ve avoided them, but most of us at some point have been stung by shocking roaming charges caused by using your mobile abroad; although these are already lower...