Truphone Intros 'Local Anywhere SIM'
Today Truphone announced a new service that is aimed at frequent world travelers. The new service, which will initially work in the U.S. and the U.K., will give users a local number to use no matter which country they happen to be in. Truphone says the application will provide local calling rates in countries where Truphone is active; local calling numbers; and low-cost international calling and roaming (when not in Truphone countries). Calling rates will start at 12 cents per minute. The service requires a new SIM (from Truphone) and an unlocked GSM phone. Truphone said it will be expanding Local Anywhere SIM to other countries around the world throughout 2010.
Nuu Mobile Shows Off the X5 Smartphone with Konnect i1 eSIM
Nuu Mobile this week announced the X5 smartphone during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The X5 is a flagship-class Android smartphone for those seeking alternatives to traditional postpaid carriers.
FreedomPop Launches Free International Calling
FreedomPop today made a free international calling plan available to all Android and iOS smartphones. Smartphone owners need only download the FreedomPop Free Talk and Text app and they'll have access to 100 free voice minutes good for calling 52 countries, including Mexico, the U.K., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, and India.
Verizon Wireless Tweaks International Calling Options
Verizon Wireless today announced the Unlimited Together - World calling plan. The monthly add-on provides unlimited minutes to landlines in over 70 countries, unlimited minutes to cell phones in nearly 40 countries, and discounted calling to an additional 160 countries.
TextNow to Let Customers Call More than 150 Countries
TextNow today said it is adding support for international calling to more than 150 countries around the globe. Moreover, the cloud-based communications company will let customers earn credits towards their bill or international calls.
Sprint Adds Wi-Fi Calling to HTC One (M8)
Sprint recently announced that it is rolling out Wi-Fi calling to the HTC One and HTC One Harmon Kardon Edition. The Wi-Fi calling feature makes it possible to connect voice calls and send messages via local Wi-Fi networks rather than through Sprint's cellular network.
Very nice job!
Not locked into domestic carriers that literally rape customers on international roaming rates.
For the countries I checked (Japan, India), their international rates were only slightly better than roaming on a domestic (US) carrier.
Roaming in the UK was better, but you can only get the best rate by spending an additional $12.99 a ...