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Revolut Revolutionizes Connectivity: Unveils UK Phone Plans, Pioneering Fintech Telecom

ByHuey Yee Ong

Feb 14, 2024
Revolut Revolutionizes Connectivity: Unveils UK Phone Plans, Pioneering Fintech Telecom

Revolut Revolutionizes Connectivity: Unveils UK Phone Plans, Pioneering Fintech Telecom

Revolut, a leading British fintech company, is launching innovative phone plans in the United Kingdom, as reported by CNBC. This initiative marks Revolut as the first financial services firm in the UK, and one of the first globally, to venture into the telecom sector, exclusively reported by CNBC. By introducing travel eSIM plans, Revolut is not only expanding its repertoire of services but is also addressing a common pain point for travelers: expensive roaming charges.

Revolut’s Ambition: The Super App

Revolut’s foray into the telecom industry is part of its ambitious strategy to evolve into a “super app,” offering a wide array of services that span beyond traditional banking and financial solutions. These services include bank accounts, currency exchange, insurance, travel bookings, and airport lounge passes. The introduction of eSIM plans—a digital SIM that allows users to access mobile data without the need for a physical SIM card—caters specifically to the modern, mobile-first consumer. This week, Revolut announced that it would start offering these eSIMs, with plans rolling out to users in the coming days.

Tiered Telecom Services for Varied Needs

Revolut’s approach to telecom services is designed to meet the diverse needs and preferences of its user base through a tiered system:

  • Basic App Experience: Users without any subscription can access a standard eSIM plan, facilitating essential actions like topping up phone data on-the-go. This feature is invaluable for travelers who may deplete their data upon landing in a new country, ensuring they maintain uninterrupted access to their financial resources.
  • Premium Ultra Subscription: Priced at £55 ($69.47) per month, this tier offers subscribers 3GB of global data usage that refreshes monthly, ideal for international travelers. This plan effectively eliminates the concern of roaming charges, a significant advantage in the current climate where mobile data abroad has become costlier for Britons, particularly after the reintroduction of roaming charges post-Brexit.

Strategic Partnership and Vision for the Future

In a strategic partnership with U.K. mobile network operator 1Global (formerly known as Truphone), Revolut is poised to make significant inroads into the telecom space. Tara Massoudi, General Manager of Premium Products at Revolut, emphasized the company’s vision of becoming a comprehensive financial super app. She highlighted the importance of innovation in the travel sector, recognizing the enduring value of travel convenience for Revolut’s user base.

Enhancing Customer Loyalty and Diversifying Revenue

Revolut’s venture into telecom services is a strategic move aimed at enhancing customer loyalty and diversifying revenue streams. By integrating telecom services with its financial offerings, Revolut is not only simplifying the user experience but also increasing the “stickiness” of its customer base—encouraging more permanent and engaged relationships with its users. Hermann Frank, CEO of tech startup Gigs, remarked on the potential for Revolut’s new service to unlock a lucrative revenue stream and contribute to the company’s long-term profitability.

Global Market Potential and Industry Trends

The potential for growth in the global market for travel connectivity services is substantial, with several key trends and projections highlighting the opportunities for financial institutions like Revolut:

  • Projected Growth: Retail spending on travel connectivity services, including roaming packages and travel SIMs, is expected to exceed $30 billion by 2028, according to data from Kaleido Intelligence.
  • Innovative Expansion: This burgeoning market presents a prime opportunity for fintech companies to innovate and broaden their service offerings, addressing the evolving needs of travelers and mobile users.
  • Banking Sector Trends: Industry experts, like Hermann Frank, predict that many banks will venture into offering phone plans and travel services within the next 18 months, indicating a growing trend towards the integration of financial services with telecommunications.

Revolut’s initiative is not entirely without precedent. Indian credit card startup Zolve, catering to immigrants setting up banking in the U.S., began offering phone plans linked to both physical SIMs and eSIMs in August. However, Revolut’s move into eSIM provision is a significant step for fintech companies, indicating a broader trend of blending financial services with other essential consumer needs, thereby redefining what customers can expect from their financial service providers.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.