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Truphone Intros 'Local Anywhere SIM'

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Very nice job!

Mark_S

Jan 20, 2010, 10:10 AM
Fantastic for the frequent international traveler. Lots of potential.
Not locked into domestic carriers that literally rape customers on international roaming rates. Smile
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evrodude

Jan 20, 2010, 10:21 AM
Good business idea!
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TDBearCT

Jan 20, 2010, 11:34 AM
Well...

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 month.

The advantage of having a local number on the same SIM as a US number is offset by the fact that a traveler would probably not use the service normally in the US.

A far better solution is to use a foreign country SIM in an unlocked GSM phone while traveling. You get a local number in the country you are traveling, the best rates for local calls and in many cases low-cost international calling rates. You can also set up Skype or Gizmo for a US based number and have that number forwar...
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