International Mobile Roaming
What is International Mobile Roaming?
International roaming refers to the ability to use your mobile phone whilst overseas to carry out functionalities such as:
- Making calls to the office
- Surfing the internet
- Checking work emails
Such tasks are all a norm of day to day life in international business, which are crucial to many companies operating successfully abroad.
How does it work?
Mobile phone carriers have roaming agreements that allow visitors to use their wireless network when travelling.
Often the foreign carrier will take over your network which is why you’ll see the carrier name on your mobile's screen.
Foreign carriers have a commercial agreement with your home network and will bill your provider back home for all the calls and data used whilst on their network.
How to make and receive calls whilst in another country?
To make a call whilst abroad, you can’t just dial the numbers in your phone book as they won’t work without their country code.
At the start of the number you simply need to add/drop some digits. Here’s a comprehensive list of country codes and international area codes you need to add to be able to call numbers based outside of the country you are in.
If you are trying to contact a person who is travelling no extra digits are required, the number stays the same.
How does it impact your business?
A team of employees using other networks in different countries can soon result in a company’s roaming charges rocketing, and no-one likes an unexpected, costly bill.
Productivity can be damaged if there’s a constant worry of going online and being charged extortionate roaming rates when you get back home.
With call and data charges varying greatly between networks and different countries, it can be a minefield to find the best deal to suit your business.
It’s crucial you find the best roaming tariff for your company’s needs, to ensure you don’t fall victim to bill shock.