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snidely 12-03-2011 03:49

About to use a Truphone SIM
 
Between UMA and unlimited email, I've managed without prepaid or an "international" card for the past couple years. I would have bought an abroadband data card, if they didn't restrict sales to EU addresses. I didn't want to take a chance with them sending it to a hotel in Spain - and miss the delivery for one reason or another.
That said, thanks to a member here for posting an alert, I bot a new dumbphone with a Truphone SIM with $15 credit on it for about $23 on Ebay. Truphone is NOT cheap. 51 cents for calling within most countries and 86 cents to call U.S. The latter is no savings at all! Incoming is 21 cents. (These seem to be the rates in most first world countries.) You get a U.S. number. (Can get UK or Aussie as well.) I'll be using it for a couple weeks in Spain and Portugal - for making local calls IF necessary when not near wifi.
The only advantage of Truphone seems to be if you are traveling to U.S., UK, or Australia. They call those "Tru Countries". For a $15/mo fee you can make local calls for about 20 cents/min. Incoming about the same. They say they are adding 6-12 more "home countries" in the next 18 months.

...mike
Before abroadband came on the scene, Truphone seemed to have the best data rates. $2.17/mb.

I'll

tux 12-03-2011 09:13

If you buy the Tru SIM in the USA, you'll get local rates in USA for free.
And in a couple of months they're going to make available their service in Spain. I've read on their forum that Spain will be a Tru country by April...

snidely 12-03-2011 21:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by tux (Post 36148)
If you buy the Tru SIM in the USA, you'll get local rates in USA for free.
And in a couple of months they're going to make available their service in Spain. I've read on their forum that Spain will be a Tru country by April...

That's 2 weeks too late for us. Will be there next week. I know France is on their list to do as well - but it will probably be after we will be there in June.
Obviously I don't need to use them here<G>. Also, to get "local" rates, you have to pay a $15/mo. fee. I mainly got this for insurance just in case the need ever arises to make calls when not on wifi.

...mike
Tux - Thanks, again for your review of abroadband. I wish I could have bought that. They did do a post a response to me on Facebook stating they are new and, for now, just ship to a few countries.
Tru does have killer data rates in their "home" countries. As Tru expands, they would give abroadband serious competition.

tux 13-03-2011 13:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by snidely (Post 36162)
Tux - Thanks, again for your review of abroadband. I wish I could have bought that. They did do a post a response to me on Facebook stating they are new and, for now, just ship to a few countries.
Tru does have killer data rates in their "home" countries. As Tru expands, they would give abroadband serious competition.

I think that Tru compensate their low rates with the monthly fee :)

rfranzq 12-04-2011 02:31

sweet spot
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tux (Post 36169)
I think that Tru compensate their low rates with the monthly fee :)

While this is undoubtably true, For some people it will be more convenient and if the 'right' countries are membership when one travels, it could be the best solution currently available for them. The online interface makes it easy to add the membership when you need it and let it lapse when you don't. And local phone numbers [charged monthly] might be something some will find useful.

benjeff 12-04-2011 21:06

rates/min. vary but not sure why
 
I've left AT&T and ported my cell phone # to my Truphone SIM. I live in the US and when I use it to call people in the US it seems the rate per minute can vary. The Truphone website does not seem to say anything about this, unless I'm missing something. I've been roaming on T-Mobile.

Bossman 12-04-2011 21:14

I also notice that one gets charged (phone off or not) for at least 1 min if the caller hits the VM. So may be a good idea to deactivate VM.

Quote:

Originally Posted by benjeff (Post 36386)
I've left AT&T and ported my cell phone # to my Truphone SIM. I live in the US and when I use it to call people in the US it seems the rate per minute can vary. The Truphone website does not seem to say anything about this, unless I'm missing something. I've been roaming on T-Mobile.


rfranzq 12-04-2011 21:31

voice mail left charged?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bossman (Post 36387)
I also notice that one gets charged (phone off or not) for at least 1 min if the caller hits the VM. So may be a good idea to deactivate VM.

I see the voicemails are left in the online accounting of things, but have never seen a charge for leaving a voicemail. Retreiving is another matter. Are you sure?

rfranzq 12-04-2011 21:34

half minute charged, and then by the second.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by benjeff (Post 36386)
I use it to call people in the US it seems the rate per minute can vary. The Truphone website does not seem to say anything about this, unless I'm missing something. I've been roaming on T-Mobile.

They seem to charge a minimum of 30 seconds for a call [=9cent charge] and then per second afterword. So you will have calls less than a minute charged between 9 and 17 cents. This is actually a good thing.

Bossman 12-04-2011 21:47

Yes. I am certain. Actually I think I get charged even if VM is not left. I have never answered a call on my sim. I believe some people have my number mixed up with someone else's, so I have got a number of VM and got dinged $0.21 for for each.


15712xxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 31/03/2011 11:50:25 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 157xxxxxx
15712xxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 31/03/2011 11:50:09 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 157xxxxxx
1312xxxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 29/03/2011 14:24:43 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 131xxxxxx
1312xxxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 29/03/2011 13:48:17 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 131xxxxxx
1773xxxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 25/03/2011 21:41:31 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 177xxxxxx
1901xxxxxxx 1312xxxxxx 24/03/2011 20:15:52 00:00:30 0.21 Received from 1901xxxxxx

Quote:

Originally Posted by rfranzq (Post 36388)
I see the voicemails are left in the online accounting of things, but have never seen a charge for leaving a voicemail. Retreiving is another matter. Are you sure?



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