January 16, 2007, 9:40 AM — 3 Group, the operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., is hoping to take the sting out of international roaming with a new policy that lets customers make and receive calls while traveling and pay the same as if they were on their home network.
The policy applies only to countries where 3 operates, including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Sweden and the U.K. Customers in the U.K. can already benefit from the policy, which will be rolled out in the other markets in the future.
U.K. contract customers can use their included minutes while traveling to call U.K. numbers. There is no charge for incoming calls.
Pre-pay customers or contract customers who have run out of included minutes, pay