30 January 2014
| Sophie Donoghue
French operator Orange has announced it will include roaming charges within its tariffs in key European markets.
Orange claims the deal is the
first of its kind and will be launched across major European
markets including France, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Poland,
Slovakia and Luxembourg throughout 2014.
"Orange shares its customers’ conviction that
using a mobile phone abroad should be worry-free.
Today’s bold initiatives are designed to deliver
on that promise, removing the need for many of our frequent
roamers to even think about taking out a separate bundle," said
Stéphane Richard, CEO at Orange.
At the same time, the operator announced that 4G roaming will
be launched in February for French customers travelling to the
UK, South Korea and Portugal.
The company further announced that they have reached technical
readiness to launch 4G roaming in five more markets which
include Spain, Romania, Portugal and Moldova.
4G roaming will reportedly be available across all
Orange’s European markets by the end of 2014,
including major destinations outside of Europe.
"We have made tremendous progress with our 4G deployments in
Europe and beyond and with roaming now a reality, our customers
travelling abroad can get the full benefits of their
smartphones without surprises," added Richard.