Telekom Austria launches 'Abroadband' data roaming

Telekom Austria launches 'Abroadband' data roaming

Summary: The Telekom Austria Group has launched an international data roaming service that provides mobile broadband at a flat rate of 59 euro cents per megabyte.The operator unveiled the Abroadband service on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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The Telekom Austria Group has launched an international data roaming service that provides mobile broadband at a flat rate of 59 euro cents per megabyte.

The operator unveiled the Abroadband service on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Abroadband is available in all 27 EU countries, but Telekom Austria said in a statement that the idea is to sell it in 53 countries around the world.

"With Abroadband we are enabling both business and leisure travelers to be online for the first time at a standard and cheap tariff worldwide," Telekom Austria chief Hannes Ametsreiter said in the statement.

Customers can buy a €19.90 data SIM or micro-SIM card or a €49.90 USB modem box — Telekom Austria intends to sell them at airports and travel expos, as well as via a dedicated website and partner stores — and set up an online account using PayPal or a credit card. There is no minimum contract term or monthly fee.

According to Telekom Austria, Abroadband also comes with a real-time cost manager, so users can keep an eye on how much they are spending. The company has arranged deals with 77 mobile operators around the world, and said in its statement that the service would provide speeds of up to 7.2Mbps.

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  • My experience with Abroadband = frustration. I registered as a business user but was disconnected after a week as their system failed to validate the EU VAT number of my business. It turned out that they have some fault in their system but even though I could prove the VAT number was valid they were not allowed to let me stay as a user. What's worse, once registered as a business user it is impossible to switch to a private user - you have to send the gadget back and wait for a new one. I bought this specifically for use during my holidays and it was not possible to send the old one back and wait for the new one as it would have arrived after my holidays. Dealing with Abroadband call centre was very frustrating as nobody could make any decisions and they refused to pass the call to someone who could (sorry, there is no-one here). After a lot of correspondence Abroadband finally agreed to refund the money - that was in July and I am still waiting for this (as of 13th September). Mr. Goran Zupanic of Abroadband who promised the refund stopped answering my emails after a while.

    Also it is very expensive - they charged me €5 for 15 minutes of news browsing on internet. Don't buy Abroadband!
    anna456