Three of Europe's largest mobile phone operators have formed an alliance to offer simplified cross-border services to business and private customers.
Telefónica Móviles, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) and T-Mobile will offer customers uniform voice and data services and discounted fees across the markets in which they operate in Europe, the US and Latin America.
The total customer base of the three operators combined will be more than 162 million in 25 countries.
The group will offer roaming services and fees for voice and data services, such as GPRS and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
TIM customers travelling to the US would be able to use their mobile phones to make calls, send and receive e-mail and communicate with the corporate intranet in exactly the same way they would in Italy.
In the US, T-Mobile operates a network based on the same GSM technology as all mobile networks in Europe.
Additionally, Telefónica, TIM and T-Mobile expect to bundle their handset activities, to strike better deals with handset manufacturers and help develop phones and wireless devices.