Just back in October I’ve been writing how Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO’s) have revolutionized the mobile telephony market in Germany. Now it looks like they’ve discovered mobile Internet access as an attractive market and have started to offer very competitive prices. Over at m-trends, I’ve been discussing the far reaching implications of this move. While I think German MVNO’s have done the biggest step yet, operators in a number of other countries have also introduced interesting prepaid data offers in the past months.
Currently, E-PLUS MVNO’s Alditalk, Simyo and Blau are offering mobile Internet access for 24 cents per megabyte. Access is charged in 10 to 50 kBytes blocks depending on the operator. This article on Teltarif mentions that Alditalk customers can use the UMTS network with the offer, while Simyo and Blau customers for the moment seem to be restricted to the slower GPRS network.
‘Three’ offers prepaid Internet access as part of the 3Reload Data option. Price per megabyte is 80 cents.
Italian operator ‘Wind’ offers Internet access for prepaid users in three different packages. 100 MB for 8 euros a month (Mega 300), 1 GB for 20 euros and month (Mega No Limit) and 5 GB a month (Mega 15000) for 30 euros. The hurdle to use Internet applications with a prepaid card are a bit higher due to the package system vs. the pay per kilobyte in Germany and Austria but the price per mega byte is a lot cheaper.
If you have heard of other operators in these or other countries to offer prepaid Internet access for reasonable prices (i.e. 1MB < 1 Euro) please leave a note below. It is offers like these and others like ‘Three’s recent announcement to get rid of international roaming charges for voice and data that pave the way for the mobile killer environment!