For Americans who work or travel internationally, phone rates can rack up to hundreds of dollars fairly quickly. Let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather spend your money travelling to Spain to throw tomatoes at the La Tomatina festival rather than throwing money at your phone conversations? The days of calling cards is long gone. Those were a pain and limited you to a specific amount of time. Now even having to unlock your phone and switching various SIM cards is becoming obsolete. iPlum is a phone application that can be installed on your iPhone or iPad and allows you to call home for as long as you want at a very affordable rate.
How it works
When you sign up for the iPlum application on your iOS device, you are given an actual U.S phone number and your number won’t change with your subscription. The app works on data, 3G, 4G, LTE or WiFi and allows you make HD phone calls, share voice messages, pictures and video to your contacts internationally. No matter where you are in the world, you can contact anyone and your number will show up as if you were within the U.S. The iPlum app has built-in caller ID for incoming calls so you know when you’re receiving a business call or call from grandma. You can setup call forwarding from your local office line to your iPlum number and allow your clients to contact you as if you never left the office. This is a great advantage to business owners who need to make phone calls on the road, and they can do so while swinging in a hammock in Fiji.
Give your family peace of mind while you travel with the ability to reach you while you’re on the road with access to an easy local number. No more 14-digit international country codes, area codes and phone numbers. Roaming on your mobile device can add up some hefty charges, iPlum can save your precious $$$’s and avoid the stress of roaming fees when making calls using WiFi. Invite others to use the app and have free unlimited group chats and individual messages: text, files, photo and video. If you have friends in the U.S. and you live internationally, this is the perfect app for you to keep in contact with your friends for as little as $1/month.
When you first sign up for the app you are given 30 minutes of free talk time; after that, calls within the U.S. are just 1 cent /minute. One dollar for 1 hour and 40 minutes of talk time is definitely affordable. Compared to regular phone plans on the market this is a steal of a deal. SMS texts are also just 1 cent/ text, so type away! Calling credits can be purchased in app and used for calls to 200+ countries at low rates that you can see in the global rate plan tab in the app. International plans with regular phone companies are upwards of $50 to get a decent international calling plan. iPlum is the ideal phone app for anyone with incoming or outgoing calls from the U.S.
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Discloser: Article made possible in partnership with iPlum. As always, all content and opinions are my own.
Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.