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Why international mobile rates are stuck in the past

Data roaming rates remain sky-high despite advances in the wireless communication industry

Unlike mobile phone plans at home, international data plans are extremely costly as carriers typically charge by the minute for calls, fees for each text, and outrageous prices per megabyte.

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THE future of the wireless industry will be shaped at Mobile World Congress this week. But amid all the changes brought on by smartphones, those travelling to the conference in Barcelona may notice that one aspect of their phone bill remains frozen in time: international roaming