Three UK has added several new countries to their free roaming program Feel At Home. This allows their customers to use their regular UK plan to talk, text and use mobile data within their normal plan when abroad. Any use within their normal plan will be at no extra charge. Customers who use more than their regular allotment will incur fees at a lower special rate while in these countries.
Feel at Home now delivers fee free roaming in 11 countries. The seven already allowed before today are:
- The Republic of Ireland
- Hong Kong
Along with the US, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Macau are joining the program. Three is the only UK carrier to allow for fee free roaming when abroad. This is similar to T-Mobile’s offering in the US, however more limited at this time.
Also confirmed are Three’s LTE rollout plans. They’ve been upgrading customers with 4G ready devices so they may take advantage of the technology when in proper coverage. This will accelerate in January bringing the high speed service to all customers by the end of Q1 2014 at no extra cost.
[toggle title=”Press Release” state=”close” ]Three brings Feel At Home to USA 04 December 2013 - USA one of four new fear-free roaming destinations for Three customers. - Three customers can use their UK data, text and calling allowance while in the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. - Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world. Three is extending its Feel At Home proposition to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. Feel At Home allows customers to use their UK allowances to use data, text, call home and receive calls from home when abroad in certain countries. Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world. Commenting on Feel at Home, Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, said: “We want customers to get the most out of their devices at home or abroad. High roaming charges stop people enjoying their phones while they’re away and Feel At Home is the antidote to that. “Adding the USA to the mix is great news for our customers and shows our commitment to giving them the best experience in what is a popular destination. We plan to add more countries to the mix soon.” As part of its quarterly business update Three outlined how popular propositions like Feel At Home and 321 pay-as-you-go helped Three increase its total active customers to 7.8 million - a 9.7% increase since Q3 2012. Three added close to 300,000 net new customers in Q3. Richard Woodward, Chief Financial Officer, said: “With a strong network foundation in place and a growing brand reputation, we’ve seen another quarter of improving profitability. We have also continued our customer growth in both the contract and prepaid markets through simple and enjoyable propositions like Feel at Home and 321. With nearly 8 million customers now on the Three network this is an excellent platform to continue to grow our financial performance.” Three also confirmed its 4G rollout plans. From 2nd December, Three started upgrading customers with a 4G-ready device, so they can access the latest high-speed data technology when they are in an area with 4G coverage. This rollout will accelerate in January, with all customers with a compatible device able to access 4G at no extra cost by the end of Q1 2014 when they are in an area with 4G coverage. Three aims to cover 50 cities with 4G by the end of 2014 and 98% of the population by the end of 2015. Dave Dyson, said: “We are building a brand and network that encourages and enables customers to enjoy the mobile internet. Customers are using more data than ever on Three, far more than on any other network. As we add 4G capacity to the network, this experience will only get better.”[/toggle]