I personally will consider it a success, when roaming fees are eliminated.
Vancouver, British Columbia (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
Travelers Mobile, launched in September 2012 offering Canadian and international travelers visiting the USA with access to a local carrier, operating on the American AT&T network, effectively eliminating roaming fees and saving travelers up to 98% on their phone bill.
Since the launch, Travelers Mobile has added Canada and the UK to its list of destinations. Through Travelers Mobile visitors to Canada are able to access service on Rogers Wireless, Canada’s largest mobile carrier. And travelers to the UK have access to service on Lebara, which has special international rates and runs on the Vodafone network in the UK.
Travelers Mobile does not run its own network; it searches for the best value from local network providers and negotiates plans specifically designed for travelers. All of the Travelers Mobile packages are prepaid, no contract and can be purchased ahead of time and are delivered to customers before their scheduled departure date. This allows travelers to set up call forwarding or change voice mail to include their temporary local number at their destination.
"What we are offering is simply what all experienced and savvy travelers do normally, but in the past, travelers had to wait to arrive at their destination before purchasing a local SIM and phone plan. With our service, travelers can pre purchase the plan that is right for them before they leave home, in their home currency, which not only saves a bundle on home carrier roaming fees, but also saves important time while traveling," Travelers Mobile CEO & Founder George Slade commented. "With our packages, your mobile phone service is available as soon as you cross the border or land at your destination."
In Canada alone the three main carriers generate almost $1 billion a year on roaming fees with a profit margin of between 10,000% and 15,000%. Worldwide roaming fees account for over $45 billion in mobile phone profits. Every year, over 20 million Canadians visit the USA, 14 million Americans visit Canada and over 7 million North Americans visit the UK. In these three countries alone over 40 million people pay up to 98% or more than they need to on roaming fees. Until now, fear of roaming fees would force many travelers to simply leave their mobile device at home.
The Regulators in Europe have already lowered roaming fees within the European Union, and new rules for European Union telecom carriers set to be announced on September 11, 2013, are reported to eliminate all extra roaming fees within the European Union by 2016. In North America regulators are slow to address the issue and still allow carriers to charge overly excessive roaming fees. Travelers Mobile believes that the only option left for consumers is to use competitive pressure on the main carriers to encourage them to lower or eliminate their roaming rates. If all travelers unlocked their phones and used local carries when traveling, the home carriers would be encouraged to be reasonable.
"It appears radical, but our goal is to be put out of business by the mobile phone companies," George Slade affirms. "I personally will consider it a success, when roaming fees are eliminated because mobile phone companies feel the pleasure of our competition. As it’s the consumers in the end who will be the big winners and that is our aim."
Notes to Editors:
Travelers Mobile is dedicated to meeting the mobile communications needs of travelers, traveling to the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Internationally. Our aim is to deliver the best current value products and services while being cost effective. We are based in Vancouver Canada and help Canadians and others travelling abroad avoid paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in mobile phone charges.
Why choose Travelers Mobile - Canadian mobile phone carriers regularly charge up to $1.50 per minute when calling in the US and $3.00 per minute when calling in Europe. These prices do not include the long distance charges that also apply. In addition, expensive mobile data roaming rates ranging between $5.00-$10.00 per MB. This is why most travelers choose to turn off their data on their smartphone when they are abroad. With the simple Travelers Mobile packages and plans we reduce our customers roaming fees by up to 98%.
The Travelers Mobile simple strategy of unlocking your GSM phone and purchasing a local SIM when traveling is the same as what most Savvy travelers already do, and is exactly what Telus Mobility (Canada’s largest mobile phone company) recommends on the Telus website they state “you would benefit from unlocking your device prior to your trip and purchasing a local SIM.”