While pay-per-use texting rates are on the up-and-up, at least the world is coming to grips with those bloated roaming charges and kicking rates down a notch. Of course, there's always the option of using a mobile flavor of Skype to bypass the whole "using minutes" thing altogether, but for those not up to speed on WiFi calling, it's still good news. The eight operators of Conexus -- Asia's largest alliance of mobile operators -- have pledged "to lower tariffs for global roaming" and is planning budget-friendly "international data roaming packages" as well. While further details (like when we can expect these cost-saving changes to take effect) were scant, forward progress is always good, so keep an eye on those (hopefully declining) roaming charges when traveling abroad.

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