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Reduce Roaming Charges - A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

Bill shock. Whether that huge mobile phone invoice at the end of your travels is paid from your own pocket or your company’s, it’s an unnecessary and avoidable global connectivity expense. Make 2021 the year you (finally) do something about it.

And, despite the spread of COVID-19, people still need to travel abroad for work. From engineers planning new roads, to truckers driving on old roads. From specialist healthcare professionals whose skills are needed on-site, to builders working on hospitals.

So, for them, the advantages of using the services of a global connectivity provider and virtual global MVNO can start immediately.

If your business has any workers travelling abroad and requiring global connectivity - now and in the future - then please read on to learn how you can easily reduce your comms bottom line.

Most articles about exorbitant roaming charges and bill shock still focus on how it hits the pockets of tourists. This piece in the well-respected British consumer finance magazine Which says that holidaymakers from the UK could face fees of around £30 to upload a single photo in some countries.

Last month on our maritime site we discussed why ships should be able to have their own mobile private networks (MPN) on-board in the same way businesses on land have private terrestrial networks over fibre, wireless or satellite on their business premises.

The main blockage to the rollout of MPNs at-sea is, unfortunately, the same for any initiatives to reduce roaming charges: operators are reluctant to turn off what is one of their last remaining cash cows. 

But really why should a domestic operator benefit in any way whatsoever when their customers are operating on another operator’s network?

Rise of MVNOs and Global Connectivity Providers

With a single Telecom26 SIM card, we can provide our customers with access to 1100 cellular networks from over 620 mobile operators in 220 countries and territories. (North Korea, where no roaming is allowed, is our only gap).

No more bill shock.

No more multiple bills from multiple operators.

No more juggling of phones, swapping SIM cards or mixing it up between the various OTT apps.

One number for each person regardless of where they are in the world.

One bill from Telecom26.

The Telecom26 MVNO Global Roaming Service

Initially we negotiated agreements with several global operators which gives us access to all the networks that they have roaming agreements with. For example, Vodafone alone has roaming agreements with 600+ other operators.

This is where our competitors stop.

However, at Telecom26 our raison d’etre is to provide our customers with the best available service, with pricing to match. We need to ensure that our business is important to our operator partners - and that our traffic is prioritised.

And so, in addition to our mobile operator roaming relations, we have also created direct agreements with more than 200 operators. This approach enables us to offer significant inbound roaming capability with the highest quality, most reliable and secure network coverage possible.

We can also customise our offering and build routing profiles for each customer according to their needs and budget. For example, for organisations that are more price sensitive we can ensure that they automatically connect to the cheapest service in the area, rarely access expensive satellite links - and make the most of wifi for data-heavy up and downloads.

One SIM, One Supplier, Multiple Networks For Global Roaming

At the hard of our roaming service are our Multi-IMSI global SIM cards which enable one SIM to access all of the networks covered by our global roaming service. Namely, the 1100 cellular networks from over 620 mobile operators in 220 countries and territories.

Our global SIMs (and eSIMs) remove the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Multiple-IMSI profiles are pre-loaded (and remotely configurable) on every SIM/eSIM allowing for simple reconfiguration if the primary network has poor or no service. This is all controlled via a customer administration portal.

Our Multi-IMSI global SIM/eSIMs automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing you with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.

In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your team can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.

For our customers, our roaming service and global SIM/eSIM cards, means that, as well as seamless connectivity, they have just one mobile phone contract with one bill, one point of contact and one set of SLAs.

Who wouldn’t want that instead of a constant fear of bill shock?

Telecom 26 - A new type of MVNO providing global connectivity

As a truly global mobile operator, we have a unique worldwide environment, in which new ideas are tested and evaluated, before being launched.
We offer a full range of global connectivity options including 5G, LTE, WiFi, IoT, private networks, 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as offshore connectivity capabilities.

So please Get in touch to find out how Telecom26 can help improve global connectivity for your team, wherever they are in the world.

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