When it comes to roaming charges, international carriers are very much at the whim of national carriers; deals have to be made with these carriers to enable the use of their networks around the globe. Lately, though, we’ve begun to see some national carriers make strides in helping their customers avoid bill shock.

Three, a carrier in the UK, revealed that it was abolishing roaming charges in the United States, its latest expansion of its Feel At Home plan, which allows their customers to use their inclusive UK data, texting and calling plans when they are abroad. Initially available in the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark, the plan has since expanded to 11 countries, now including the USA, and is yet another alternative to travelers seeking to go abroad and use their at-home packages.

For those who seek an alternative that spans far more countries, though, dedicated roaming services are still arguably the most viable alternative. Still, it’s inspiring to see national carriers making efforts at helping their customers stay connected at lower prices in more countries, especially with the impending elimination of international roaming charges in Europe on the horizon, which may cause roaming charges elsewhere to increase.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.