Reducing roam fees

A telecoms company has promised to slash the cost of roaming telephone services for international travellers through its new communications solution, unveiled for the first time this week.

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By  Joanne Bladd Published  September 10, 2007

A telecoms company has promised to slash the cost of roaming telephone services for international travellers through its new communications solution, unveiled for the first time this week.

Canada-based Ecocarrier is launching its Super MVNO service, to be marketed under the service names of RoamSim and SafariSim.

When used in an unlocked GSM handset, Blackberry or Treo Smartphone, the RoamSim uses a VoIP network to connect incoming calls at a fraction of the cost of standard roaming tariff charges, Ecocarrier claims, with savings of up to 85%.

Incoming calls are free of charge in some 50 countries, the company claims, including all EU countries and most Middle Eastern and African countries. Rates for outbound calls could also be up to 65% cheaper than those charged by the resident country's GSM operators, Ecocarrier adds.

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