New $40 SIM Lets You Call From Anywhere For Cheap

[UPDATE: The numbers quoted in this post are B.S. Skip it and go directly to the follow-up a week later, where we find out that the company's CEO grossly misrepresented the savings on this card.]

Yet another reason to go with unlocked cell phones, or to ask your mobile carrier to unlock yours: a small Irish company called Cubic Telecom has created a $40 sim card that works in most phones built in the past 4-5 years, and that will let you make and receive calls anywhere in the world for rates that are 50 to 90% lower than current telecom rates.

One example: a 20-minute call from the Bahamas to the U.S. costs $60 on T-Mobile, but with this SIM card, the same call would cost $5.80. You can also request free local phone numbers in other cities, so you can give out your Paris or Sydney number, then go buy a copy of Wallpaper and pretend you’re a jet setter.

Now for the drawbacks: your calls will be carried over Internet connections, so you can expect lower audio quality and slight delays. And oddly, domestic rates are fairly expensive, so you wouldn’t want to use it to replace your current domestic plan. However, if you’re a frequent traveller, this can save you hundreds of dollars very quickly—or finally give you a way to keep in touch with friends, family, and co-workers on your limited budget.

“A Cellphone Without Borders” [New York Times]

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  1. Buran says:

    Figures… I need to ask a basic question of my parents, who are in Greece. Now. Not next month. I sent them an email about this phone, for (drumroll) next time. What horrid timing. But, I can ask my question if they call me from there before they leave as it’s not urgent…

  2. Geekybiker says:

    Sweet. I need to get one of these.

  3. TechnoDestructo says:

    So this is like an international phone card except presumably without the bullshit (maintenance/connect/service/disconnect/etc.) charges, and useble in more countries.

  4. TechnoDestructo says:

    @TechnoDestructo: Oh, and without having to type in a number every time (or ever).

  5. @TechnoDestructo: Of course, with this card, every number you dial has to be prefixed with a country code. That’s the consequence of a global card, I guess…

  6. dextrone says:

    It’s better to use that country’s sim card if you wanna make calls domestically (of if you’re in EU, any one country there, go with the major providers however, that’s the top mistake American people make.)

  7. bedofnails says:

    Or use a company like this:

    [www.telestial.com]

  8. dextrone says:

    Well, that is also a rip off, the GSM phones are expensive and over priced, for better prices goto cellhut or the closest NYC like city.

    Also, when you get to the country you want to go to, buy the sim card there, expect to pay 5-15$US equiv. currency for the sim, any more and you might have a rip off, because the usual going price is often very cheap.

    Once again, do not trust US based companies for the best prices/rates, if you have money to burn or just don’t care it’s an easy option. Often they are in a new market that people in the US have no clue of, and then they make us pay premium prices for something that’s cheap (and has alot of marketing;unlocked GSM phones are readily available in most of the USA).

  9. TechnoDestructo says:

    Beats going through a couple menus and typing 10 extra digits every time. And that’s after you dial the toll-free number.

    This is a Good Idea.

  10. asplodzor says:

    This sounds like an awesome idea… couple it with grandcentral and you wouldn’t ever have to give people a new number to reach you.

    @Buran: ??