Orange has become the first operator to remove roaming charges across Europe for customers with premium postpay plans.
The new plans will be launched throughout 2014 within the operator's key European markets of France, Spain, Belgium, Romania, Slovakia and Luxembourg. Additional roaming charges will be removed for customers on plans starting from €30 (£25) per month subject to local markets. Orange has also announced that it will be tweaking its Go Europe roaming tariffs to reduce costs for its remaining pay monthly customers.
Additionally, Orange will be launching 4G roaming from next month for French customers travelling to the UK, Portugal, Spain and South Korea, with ultrafast roaming fully available across Europe by the end of 2014.
Orange CEO, Stéphane Richard, said: “Orange shares its customers’ conviction that using a mobile phone abroad should be worry-free. Today’s bold initiatives are designed to deliver on that promise, removing the need for many of our frequent roamers to even think about taking out a separate bundle. The results of our first Go Europe offers indicate that we are striking a chord with our customers, and we hope that these new improvements will instil further confidence that using your mobile abroad won’t bite.
“We have made tremendous progress with our 4G deployments in Europe and beyond and with roaming now a reality, our customers travelling abroad can get the full benefits of their smartphones without surprises.”