Multi-country "local anywhere" mobile operator Tru is launching a £20-a-month iPad bundle that currently provides local rate broadband in the UK, US and Australia. A similar package will be available in the US "shortly", according to the company, which also intends to add Spain, Hong Kong and the Netherlands to its roster of …
Having THREE countries across the globe signed up on their network (UK, US, Oz) hardly makes it 'global'. Global implies a LOT of countries. They have 3, with 3 more soon, and 3 more after that.
Sorry Tru, but your marketing hype ain't cuttin' the mustard.
Considering you can't get a service like this from anyone else, I think its justified. Local rates in 3 countries and a local number in each.
seems a bit pricy
1GB a month is not a lot, and the out of package data charges are - as always - eyewateringly steep. You say that it can be used to tether, but do so and your data use will go through the roof (and through the 1GB limit) quicker than you can say youtube.
I think once they've added France, Italy and Spain it will be worth a punt (for me anyway). I've always wondered why one of the more global operators didn't do this as a way of getting one over on their competitors, but I guess the roaming data racket is too appealing to them.
Hope this thing takes off. Being able to use data abroad would be excellent..
Vodafone has Data Traveller
Vodafone's DataTraveller has two options:
One costs you either £2/day for 5 or 25MB (depending on country) in Europe, or £5/day for 25MB elsewhere in the world.
The other is to choose a price plan above £40/month and get Data Traveller included FOC.
You can always use your iPad on WiFi with your iPhone personal hotspot switched on... :-)
You can get the same package from Three for less on a 30 day contract and roaming rates are the same.
Have no presence in the USA, so no local rates there.
Bollox are they adding countries "soon". They have been saying that they are adding Spain soon for TWO F&@¿#º YEARS!!
They said that I can have 1 SIM, and recieve calls to a Spanish mobile number and English mobile number on the same SIM, and that calls made in England to UK numbers can automatically use the UK number, and calls in Spain to Spanish numbers can automatically use the Spanish number, and an end to being shafted roaming and having to redirect all my calls....
Even if I see it, I might not believe it now.
AWS in the US
The problem I found with Truphone in the US is that they partner with T-Mobile who use a slightly different 3G frequency to the rest of the universe. You need AWS compatible equipment that can transmit on 1700MHz.
There aren't that many good devices that support AWS, the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 don't so you drop down to Edge when you use Truphone in America :(