T-Mobile has some new European friends -- and increased options for enterprise customers. The wireless carrier has joined the FreeMove Alliance, a group comprised of mobile carriers Deutsche Telekom, Orange, TeliaSonera and Telecom Italia Group that has a footprint of 59 countries and more than 404 million customers. T-Mobile's participation enables the alliance to extend its offerings to customers traveling in the United States.
In recent years, the alliance has seen an increase in requests for international services. The alliance offers roaming voice and data support, centralized services for fleet managers, VPN support, and centralized reports that offer visibility into spending, Fabien Gustafsson, general manager of the FreeMove Alliance, tells CIO Insight sister publication eWEEK.
T-Mobile works on GSM-based technology, like its European counterparts, making it a good fit, according to Gustafsson. (Verizon and Sprint, conversely, are based on CDMA.)
Frank Sickinger, director of multinational corporations at T-Mobile USA, says the company has more than 4 million customers connected to business or government contracts. "It's very important that we capture more corporate market share, and the FreeMove Alliance is a big part of that," he says.
For more, see the eWeek article T-Mobile Joins FreeMove Alliance, Targets Enterprises.