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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/17/2013 | 11:17:40 AM
Re: Roaming parade
So far, so good -- AT&T announced a roaming deal with EE for LTE in the UK. Good to see it moving quickly!
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
12/9/2013 | 6:34:16 PM
Re: Roaming parade
Precisely Sarah...hence the insanity of the suggestion.  Realistically, my guess is that roaming between carriers within the US may end up pretty even financially so that it could potentially make economic sense to do so and would win much customer good will.  Between countries maybe so but they could cover any inequities via contracts.  Really realistically, mobile phone plans are really designed only for the benefit of the carriers so I never expect them to do anything that remotely favors the customer.  Sad but true...cynical even.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/9/2013 | 6:07:33 PM
Re: Roaming parade
Doesn't that just apply to deals with the smaller carriers and not between the big four (which doesn't work CDMA to GSM anyway)?
DanJones
DanJones
12/9/2013 | 6:01:57 PM
Re: Roaming parade
Last I checked on that, didn't the FCC say they had to open in the US too?
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/9/2013 | 4:28:58 PM
Re: Roaming parade
I get what you're saying from a consumer perspective, but I agree that it won't happen from an operator perspective. But, from a business sense, I'm not sure it'd even be smart. Roaming is a big revenue generator. I think it needs to be reformed to be more customer friendly, but they won't give away the farm by letting operators switch at will between US carriers. That's not technically possible in most (all?) handsets anyway.
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
12/9/2013 | 4:25:39 PM
Re: Roaming parade
I think that if the carriers were smart, they would simply make it easier for users to actually use what they are paying for...i.e. ink deals both within the US and outside for LTE roaming.  If the handset is capable, let it happen.  Heresy - yes, wishful thinking -definitely, insane - absolutely.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/9/2013 | 4:12:51 PM
Re: Roaming parade
I doubt we'll see roaming deals between US operators anytime soon..if ever. Out of the country, it makes good business sense though, don't you think?
pzernik
pzernik
12/9/2013 | 4:05:19 PM
Re: Roaming parade
Inking Roaming deals also "enables" rivals to announce better 4G coverage.  Perhaps the best strategy is not to think of doing any inking.  (At least in the home country)
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/9/2013 | 1:05:23 PM
Roaming parade
Hopefully AT&T's announcement will kick off a wave of roaming agreements for it and Verizon. (T-Mobile and Sprint still have too much US-centric work to do.) I imagine it will be a long process, since each operator deal is hacked out individually, but it's an important process. Qualcomm's chip that supports global roaming is making its way into more handsets, so it's the operators turn to start doing their part.


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