Pat Phelan, great enterpreneur and all-around good guy has given birth twice in the space of a few weeks.
First there was AllFreeCalls a business that made good use of a quirk in US telecoms regulations and offers people free calls worldwide by routing the calls through a Iowa number.
Now he Pat has launched Roam4Free.
It’s a service that could spell the end of high (and ridiculous) roaming charges.
I’ll quote from the press release:
CORK, IRE, Jan. 22, 2007—Roam4Free, a new service that allows mobile phone users calling each other between countries to bypass steep roaming charges went live today at http://www.roam4free.ie. The service can be used in 115 countries on three continents calling people in any country. The service will expand to nearly all countries in coming months.
The company estimates the cost of roaming will be cut by an average of 90 percent.
The company issues its users a unique SIM card which they then insert into their mobile phones. The card then roams for free in 65 countries. For example, if someone in France received lots of calls from Ireland, he or she would insert a SIM card into a cell phone that was attached to a European mobile number. Then any calls received from Ireland would be treated as a local call. There would be zero roaming charges, saving the receiver over a dollar per minute.
I am certain that Pat will make a success out of this and wish him luck!