BT, Wednesday announced the launch of ‘BT One Mobile anywhere’, an innovative service building on its merger with EE, that will help organisations manage potentially rising data roaming costs incurred by their international business travellers.
BT said that although organisations are seeing the cost per byte of mobile data go down, their international mobile usage is growing enormously, leading to higher bills. Controlling costs is further complicated by varying mobile data charges from country to country and more often than not, separate contracts and SIMs for users in different regions around the globe. This means that organisations — especially those with a large number of international travellers — still face ‘bill shocks’.
Using a single EE SIM card, One Cloud anywhere supports 4G in 61 countries, including Germany, France, Spain, US, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.It also provides 3G support in 159 countries across Europe and other key global destinations.New countries continue to be added*. The service is available to organisations around the globe that have a UK entity with whom EE can contract and bill.
Organisations using One Mobile anywhere also get access to ‘BT One Voice anywhere’, giving their travelling employees the ability to make voice calls using their data bundle or when connected to their corporate wifi or a BT Wifi hotspot. This offers savings up to 45 per cent on mobile voice roaming costs, claims BT.
To set up the service, BT works with an organisation to analyse its mobile data usage and help choose an initial data bundle and price to be shared across all of its international users. The service starts off with a monthly allowance on a 24 month contract.If usage exceeds the monthly allowance of global data in any given month, the plan automatically upgrades to the next band, which provides the organisation with a further 2GB of data for an additional charge. Each employee covered by the service receives monthly end usage level alerts at pre-defined limits to further help manage costs.