What data roaming is used for

What data roaming is used for

Summary: In the second installment of results from ZDNet's recent data-roaming survey, we present statistics that suggest how people use the mobile internet while abroad, and how they would use it if prices fell significantly


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  • Graph showing proportion of respondents who have used data roaming

    Along with its international sister sites, ZDNet UK surveyed readers in March to see what they thought of data-roaming pricing and how they actually use the mobile internet while abroad.

    On Tuesday, we showed how readers felt they were paying far too much for data roaming. Today, we reveal the results that indicate how people use data roaming on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

    As can be seen in the above graph, almost two-thirds of those surveyed — 1,308 in total — had used data roaming. The figure was 68-70 percent in most areas, but respondents in Australasia appeared to have much less experience with using mobile data overseas.

    Credit: ZDNet UK

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  • Graph showing how many companies ban data roaming

    As our survey results indicate, most people find data-roaming charges excessive.

    Companies also seem to feel the pain — around one-third of respondents said their employers did not let them use data roaming on the business account. In the UK, 43 percent said their employers allow them to do so.

    Credit: ZDNet UK

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Topics: Data Roaming Charges, Mobility

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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