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Latvian Roamer helps customers to avoid roaming charges by attaching their regular phone number to a foreign SIM card (useful for those who expect to receive calls while abroad).The company has just launched an online community.
The project has been developed by Arcana Digital Group, who also launched VIR2SIM, a startup which was created by and which allows customers to obtain local phone numbers when abroad for a fee. Back in February, we did a post about VIR2SIM. So I spoke with Aleksandrs Kregers from Arcana Group and he filled me on the nature of the service.
The service is pretty simple in that customers can download the app (available for Android or iOS), forward calls to a service number in their area, obtain a SIM card while abroad, and then link their regular phone number to the card. In terms of traction, Kregers says that they attracted several thousand users in just the first few days after the launch of the service. They offer a tool for calculating roaming costs on their website, so I tested and found that using the service on calls from Ukraine to the United States would cost me 0.05 Euro/minute for 200 minutes and calls to Ukraine from the United States would cost 0.21 Euro/minute for 48 minutes.
The company further monetizes this service by offering credits through their app. Through the iOS app, users can purchase 9,99 credits for 9,99 Euro, 19,99 credits for 19,99, and 49,99 credits for 49,99 Euro. Competitors to Roamer include i-Mobb (free), Roamaside, and Skype.
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