Another way to reduce your overseas phone bill

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Another way to reduce your overseas phone bill

If you or your employees do a lot of overseas travel, this might be of interest.

Truphone has just announced Truphone World - a massive increase in the number of countries where you can make calls, send texts and use data at the same rates.

The list used to be limited to Australia, Hong Kong, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Poland. 

Now the company has added Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Vatican City, Mayotte, Albania, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Belarus, Argentina and Turkey.

Truphone also lets customers associate a local number in each of the original eight countries with a single SIM, so customers and associates in those countries can call without incurring international rates.

Truphone's plans for a single user start at $55 per month for 300 minutes, 300 SMSes and 300MB of data. This allowance can be used in any of the 66 countries.

The company doesn't try to compete for customers that don't travel frequently. To give just one example, the Optus My SIM $40 plan provides 500 minutes, unlimited SMSes and 1GB of data, all within Australia.

Truphone does have plans that can be shared between multiple users. These range up to 40,000 minutes, 40,000 SMSes and 10GB of data for $4207.50 per month.

If that sounds a lot, bear in mind that a survey conducted in February for the company by CoreData found one in ten respondents had returned from a business trip with a phone bill that exceeded $5000. We must admit, we're a bit surprised that the proportion was quite that high.

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