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International call plan for small companies (how to get rid of expensive roaming charges)

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We have sales people and engineers traveling international. The calls on their cell phones have been super expensive. The cell phone company does not have any international plans. Basically, you have to pay outrageous per minute roaming charge. We have tried Boingo and Hotspot.  They are not very convienent since you have to find a place like Starbucks when the service is available.

Anyone knows any company provides international call plans? This is for employees to call from oversea using a US phone.

Thanks!

Lisa

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Bryan Frey
Title: VP Finance/Corp Controller
Company:
(VP Finance/Corp Controller, ) |
It's very simple. Have your people use GSM phones (okay, it's not simple getting people to change phones or carriers, but hey, that's what corporate policy is about :) ) and have them buy and use local sim cards when they are overseas. Then they are on a local carrier making a local or long-distance call, as opposed to being on a US carrier making a roaming international call. That kills you.
Peter Lyons, MBA, CMA
Title: Finance and Technology Enthusiast
Company: Currently Looking
(Finance and Technology Enthusiast, Currently Looking) |
We rent local phones from Cellhire that our employees pickup at the airport when they arrive and drop off at the kiosk when they depart. This all depends on the frequency of your international travel.
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