Telecom Italia’s new offer cuts roaming costs

12/04/2006 - 00:00 PM

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TELECOM ITALIA’S NEW OFFER CUTS ROAMING COSTS

TIM “Zero Confini”: from today, a three-minute incoming or outgoing call costs one euro in 30 European countries

35% saving on average European roaming prices

New offer in response to the price restructuring sought by the European Commission
 

Telecom Italia is cutting roaming costs with a price plan that caters to customer and market demand by rationalizing and reducing call costs outside the home market, an issue on which the European Commission has recently commented.

From today, TIM customers can sign up to the “TIM Zero Confini” roaming option. The first three minutes of calls are billed at one euro for all incoming and outgoing calls – video calls included – in 30 countries across Europe on over 90 mobile phone networks. The option activation, for a 30-day period, costs % euro.

This new option caters to the needs of Italians who use their mobile phones outside Italy. On average, TIM customer roaming calls last two minutes, according to a Eurisko market estimate, and more than 7 million Italians made or received roaming calls in 2005.

TIM’s new “Zero Confini” per-minute costs (including the activation fee) are now 35% lower than average roaming cost of €0.77 per minute levied by Europe’s mobile carriers in 2005 (figure calculated using data from the July 2006 European Commission Impact Assessment report).

Telecom Italia’s latest offer reduces roaming costs significantly and responds to increasing customer demand for flexible and transparent rates, as well as innovative services.
 
The new rates apply to calls made to Italian phone numbers (landlines and mobiles), to all numbers in the country where the call is being made, to calls to all 30 countries where the offer applies, and to all calls received from these countries. Pricing is completely straightforward, with no distinction between outgoing roaming calls (when customers make a call from a country outside Italy) and incoming roaming calls (customers receiving calls while outside Italy).

“TIM Zero Confini” is valid in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The new rate is network independent, and applies regardless of which carrier a customer chooses to use in these countries. It will help customers keep their call costs down when they travel outside Italy, even if they move into another network’s coverage zone.

 

Rome, December 4, 2006