Members of a European mobile alliance announced their first new services under the agreement by allowing prepaid mobile phone customers to access voice mail and other home services across a variety of countries.
Orange SA of France, Telecom Italia Mobile SpA, Telefónica Móviles SA of Spain and T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG of Germany, 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 they're outside their home country. Additionally, extended GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) roaming will also become available, the Orange representative said, allowing customers to send multimedia messages and download music while abroad.
The alliance is also working on services catering for corporate customers. Telecom Italia Mobile, T-Mobile and Telefónica already allow corporate customers to access their VPN (virtual private network) across territories and Orange will join the service by the end of the year.
The new services will be offered to customers at no extra charge, with the goal being partly to decrease their costs by working together, the representative said. While there are four members of the alliance presently, the group expects more operators to join as they continue to extend their services.