European mobile alliance rolls out first services

Members of a European mobile alliance are to offer their first new services under the agreement by allowing prepaid mobile phone...

Members of a European mobile alliance are to offer their first new services under the agreement by allowing prepaid mobile phone customers to access voicemail and other home services across a variety of countries.

Orange, Telecom Italia Mobile, Telefónica Móviles and T-Mobile International recently partnered to offer their customers a uniform set of voice, data and other services across European mobile markets.

In their first allied offerings, the operators are allowing prepaid phone customers to use simple, shorter numbers to access services at home while travelling abroad. This service is available initially in some Western European markets including Switzerland, France and Denmark, an Orange representative said. The service will be extended to other European territories, although no time frame was given.

The operators will also soon offer prepaid recharging service across Europe, allowing customers to add more money to their prepaid accounts while abroad.

Additionally, extended GPRS and MMS roaming will also become available, allowing customers to send multimedia messages and download music while abroad.

The alliance is also working on services catered for corporate customers. Telecom Italia Mobile, T-Mobile and Telefónica already allow corporate customers to access their virtual private networks across territories, and Orange will join the service by the end of the year.

The services will be offered to customers at no extra charge, with the goal being partly to decrease their costs by working together.

The group expected more operators to join as they continue to extend their services.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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