Skype & TravelSim offer free calls to World Cup footie fans

Aimed at those going to the World Cup in Brazil for Summer 2014

Let’s face it. It has been estimated that for soccer fans travelling from England it will cost around £10, 000 in flights, tickets and accommodation. And that’s just for the three opening group games. Love ones left at home are bound to worry. Which is why two Estonian based technology firms TravelSim and Skype have teamed up to make it free for Skype users to call all TravelSim mobile users. The beauty of this arrangement is that the TravelSim user doesn’t even need a data connexion.

To get a TravelSim card, simply visit the TravelSim website and sign-up.

When you receive the card, simply insert it into any unlocked (SIM-free) phone and then follow the straightforward instructions on how to get going.

To use TravelSim’s unique arrangement with Skype service, users must follow a few easy steps as outlined here.

Basically, TravelSim users need to enable this feature on their number before any Skype user calls them.

Skype users need to put in a special prefix before dialling to ensure they are not billed. The Skype user keys in +372800 followed by the TravelSim number.

“TravelSim and Skype have forged a unique partnership in order to provide free calls from Skype to TravelSim numbers,” says Mikhail Markin, head of TravelSim’s product development.

“This means all TravelSim users can stay in touch with family and friends without the risk of high roaming charges when in Brazil, which will be a great relief to many.”

So, whether you’re English, German, Dutch, Italian or from other countries qualified for the World Cup, you’ll be able to keep in touch with friends and families for free during the entire World Cup.

TravelSim claims it is already the the Number One travel SIM provider in the world with over 3.5 million users.

The service can save customers up to 85 per cent on making calls while abroad. Plus it can be used in 190 countries worldwide.

Outgoing calls and texts will also be affordable with TravelSim in Brazil thanks to its agreement with local network operator TIM.

Whilst we all know that Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion back in 2011, 44 per cent of its development workforce in Estonia, where it originates.

Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, who founded Skype also previously created the file-sharing network, Napster. Which meant they couldn’t travel to the USA for quite a while.

Zennstrom had previously worked for Tele2 in Denmark which is how he established links with Tallin in Estonia.

Not a lot of people know that.

Read the full TravelSim/Skype announcement here.

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.
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