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WorldSIM launches a new international SIM card that ends roaming charges for travellers worldwide

LONDON, March 24, 2016 — /EPR TELECOM NEWS/ — Finally the extortionate roaming charges travellers face when they go abroad has become a thing of the past. Roaming experts, WorldSIM have launched a new smart international SIM card that allows international travellers to pay the same rates as locals when they travel overseas. Importantly, users can also roam on their existing number with the use of WorldSIM’s virtual phone number service.

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In Canada and Mexico, a call back to the US is just 22 cents and it’s free to receive calls. What’s really impressive is that WorldSIM offers international travellers going further afield very low rates as well. In Europe data rates start from 15 cents per MB and so do calls. Incoming calls are free in 95 of the most popular international destinations. The service remains a prepaid service and no subscriptions are required. Just recharge when you need more credit.

The new WorldSIM international sim card also offers roaming in more destinations than most operators worldwide. With their new release sim card, 25 new roaming destinations have been added bringing the total to 195 roaming countries. This means travellers can now stay connected for less in more exotic locations like Belize and the Bolivia.

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Very soon, WorldSIM will also be launching global bundles, in many destinations travellers will be able to get 1GB of data and unlimited calls for just $30.

This new travel SIM card offers billing in multiple currencies and the technology has been improved to allow the sim to connect automatically to the operators with the best rates and coverage. The roaming SIM works in any unlocked handset and comes triple punched so it fits into all cell phones and tablets.

Arif Reza, CEO at WorldSIM commented “The technology inside our new SIM card is more advanced than ever giving users a simple solution that makes a big difference. With our new line of smart watch phones and WiFi devices you don’t even need to switch SIM cards when you travel.”

With the vacation season approaching thousands of travellers will be hit with unexpected roaming bills and they aren’t the only ones that suffer. Small businesses pay on average $252 per device for bill shock, while larger companies pay up to $395 per device*.

Find out more about WorldSIM at www.worldsim.com
*According to a survey by Wondera.

Contact-Details:
Andrea Crome
WorldSIM
2 Spring Villa Road
London
www.worldsim.com

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Conference Call Provider Releases New YouTube to Showcase their No VoIP Service

The ability to conference call is integral to many businesses, regardless of their size. Buzz Conferencing provides services for a variety of organisations, from small one person businesses to SMEs, charities, Government Departments, major corporations and churches. Although the company is based within the United Kingdom, Buzz Conferencing caters for clients throughout the world.

Buzz Conferencing’s global customer base is why they have launched their brand new promotional video on the world’s second biggest search engine – YouTube.com. “We are so excited to show everyone our new video” says Pete Bennet, CEO of Buzz Conferencing, “It was important to us that the video clearly explained what it is we do and what makes us unique to the many other audio conferencing providers out there. I think the final video showcases this really well.”

Their finished video is a stylish animation that explains to the viewer the benefits of audio conferencing, the downsides associated with some conference services, and how Buzz Conferencing avoids these pitfalls to make their high quality conference call service the most reliable. The key to their reliable service is that they don’t use the cheap VoIP lines that many other service providers do.

VoIP stands for Voice Over IP and works in a similar way to Skype. VoIP is where a voice is turned into data that is then sent across the globe via a public network on the Internet. “VoIP can be extremely unreliable – especially during busy periods when the world and her dog are trying to access the public network. VoIP causes a lot of frustration for businesses who are trying to communicate, so our calls are done differently.” Explains Pete.

Buzz Conferencing uses high quality telco-grade phone lines for all of their audio conferencing. They use the same equipment and telephone lines as the major telephone companies, which means that they can guarantee high line quality and industrial-strength reliability all year round, even at the busiest times. “The service we provide is fully supported and 100% professional – so much so that we’re trusted by Government Departments and large corporations.” says Pete.

As Buzz Conferencing’s YouTube video says, “Our high quality doesn’t mean high price”, as 95% of their current customers switched to their service to save money. “We offer a full free trial so that anyone can see for themselves how easy, reliable and professional our conference call service is.” says Pete.

Buzz Conferencing provides a wealth of features to support and enhance their audio conferencing service. They provide free secure recordings of conference calls, free powerful in-conference controls, free international access, free bespoke configuration and unlimited personal support. “Many of our customers come to us for our old fashioned approach to customer support.” explains Pete. “All of our support lines are based within the UK, so we won’t forward our customers calls halfway around the world before they can talk to the person they need. We offer free and unlimited telephone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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CompareBroadband.com.au Poll Finds Broadband Connection Important to House Hunters

A new survey carried out by leading broadband comparison site Compare Broadband (comparebroadband.com.au) has found that house hunters consider a reliable, fast home broadband connection to be high on their list of priorities.

The site polled users and found that 78 percent of 300 respondents factor broadband access into the equation when they are looking into renting or buying a new property.

Sarah McDonald, Compare Broadband spokesperson, commented: “We regularly field calls from people who want advice on installing a home broadband connection and we often advise them on the best provider such as SpinTel broadband on the website. Sometimes people find that they have unknowingly moved from a place where they had access to fast a range of broadband plans to a place where they have no broadband choices at all.”

“We’re able to advise people on mobile broadband packages in these cases, but for someone self-employed working from home for example it can be a problem. They prefer solid, reliable connectivity.”

As the National Broadband Network (NBN) goes on connecting all the regions of Australia, the variance between types of internet connectivity available could well increase. Some places will receive speeds of up to 100Mbps and others will remain tied to mobile broadband or basic ADSL.

Specialist comparison websites like Compare Broadband are able to screen regions and addresses for quality of ADSL connection on a preliminary basis – though this is not guarantee of service.

Tips for house hunters
1. An area’s name or reputation does not guarantee quality broadband connection.

2. Speak to previous tenants or occupiers about their own internet connection or provider.

3. Call Compare Broadband on 1300 764 000 or get online to source impartial advice on ISPs

4. Greenfield developments advertised as fibre optic ready can deliver broadband connectivity at speeds of up to 100Mbps.

5. NBN offers a map online to see which areas of the country are in line for next generation broadband rollout.

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Compare Mobile Plans Supports ACMA Plan for Clarity of Comms Industry Terminology

Australian mobile users can look forward to less confusing mobile industry terminology if industry regulator Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) gets its way. The body has warned ISPs and mobile providers to clear up the various buzzwords they use such as ‘cap’ to help consumers enjoy more clarity of pricing plans.

ACMA is also targeting other industry terms in a bid to make consumers’ lives easier – the regulator wants to see a voluntary code of conduct in place to which ISPs will commit. Other industry terms are on the ACMA hitlist as it seeks to make the sector clearer and simpler for consumers.

‘Unlimited Plans’
Any companies which claim to offer ‘unlimited’ plans now need to clarify what they are supplying to subscribers. Many consumers remain confused about contractual details as small print often contains nuances about what is actually covered in their ‘unlimited’ contract, such as heavy charges for calling 1300 numbers.

ACMA wants all providers to remove the misleading word from promotional materials to help reassure consumers. In recent times some operators have taken steps to do this, including Vodafone removing ‘Infinite’ from plans and Amaysim including 1300 and 1800 numbers in Unlimited plans.

Sarah McDonald, spokesperson for Compare Mobile Plans, says: “We are really pleased to see ACMA taking this step, and it can only benefit consumers and the industry in general. Those providers which promise ‘Unlimited’ plans must deliver on that commitment or remove the term from their plans.”

Cap and Included Value
ACMA is also targeting misuse of the term ‘Cap’ in plans, unless providers are truly promoting plans which genuinely limit subscribers on what amounts they can spend on calls and data usage.

In its recent clarion call ACMA included a demand for providers to issue a ‘unit price’ for two-minute voice calls, unit prices per text and a standard cost for 1MB of data usage.

Flagfall
Visitors to Australia from outside the country regularly find themselves confused by the term ‘Flagfall’, which is linked to call connection charges – something which no longer exists in other western telecoms markets like the USA and Europe.

“There isn’t really any justification any longer for Australian ISPs to be charging for flagfall. This is another area where providers could help both the
industry and subscribers out by getting rid of it,” Sarah McDonald went on.

In recent times fledgling provider Amaysim took a stand and launched a range of no contract SIM only plans for Australian subscribers which don’t include any flagfall charges.

Included data
ACMA is also targeting included data contracts which can mislead consumers, in response to the high levels of smartphone penetration today enjoyed in Australia – the country is at 37% penetration right now.

“While ISPs and operators may find it easy to distinguish between ‘included data’ and ‘excess data’ plans, many consumers remain a bit baffled by them and need more clarity,” Sarah McDonald goes on. “Roaming charges is another area which consumers are still pretty puzzled by and they are fed up of getting charged huge sums simply for travelling – providers must address this.”

Comparing mobile phone plans
The variety of confusing industry terms around can make it hard to source and purchase the right subscription – but websites are here to help. Comparison specialists such as Compare Mobile Plans offer simple ways to calculate your needs and how much you want to spend on voice and data before signing up to a deal. The website carries all the latest offers from providers including Telstra, iPrimus, Westnet, InternodeTPG Internet and many more. Users can also compare the latest handsets and mobile devices on the site.

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Lebara’s Leading Mega Plan Gets Additional Boost Of Free Data

Lebara Mobile, Australia’s leading telecoms operator for migrant communities, has launched its new and improved Mega Plan service, providing unlimited standard calls and SMS in Australia as well as 1GB of mobile internet at no extra cost. As before, the Mega Plan continues to include an amount of call credit for low-cost international calls.

“We believe this new Mega Plan offers the best value package for customers who make both national and international calls, as well as those who access the internet from their phones.” said Warren Hardy, managing director of Lebara Mobile in Australia. “With this offer Lebara Mobile is further bolstering its position as the number one provider of high quality, low cost mobile services for migrant communities in Australia.”

The Mega Plan gives customers 30 days access to unlimited calls to any standard fixed line or mobile number in Australia*, calls to 13xx and 18xx numbers, calls to/from voicemail and standard ‘free call’ numbers. Now with the addition of 1GB of mobile internet included at no extra cost, customers can surf the web, send emails, social network and more from their Android, iPhone or any other data-ready handset. As before, customers will also get $10 included call credit to use for international calls or international SMS, video calls, MMS or any additional data over their included 1GB.

Two other versions of The Mega Plan are also available, and both include unlimited standard calls and SMS, 1GB data and an amount of included call credit. To top-up during their 30-day access, customers can choose between two Mega Recharge values which gives them additional included credit for their extra international call and data needs.

After 30 days, customers can renew their Mega Plan, and any unused call credit will roll over – a feature which most other unlimited packages exclude.

The latest Lebara Mega Plan can be purchased from all Lebara Mobile retail partners including Allphones, Australia Post, 7-Eleven, Coles & Coles Express, Woolworths Supermarkets & Petrol, Dick Smith and independent retailers, or see online for special offers at www.lebara.com.au.

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Sophisticated VoIP Service and Provider Hosting

VoIP – the communication system, providing the transmission of voice signals over the Internet or any other IP-based networks. The signal is transmitted over a communication channel in a digital form and, as a rule, before sending the converted (compressed) in order to remove redundancy.

Voice and video calls through computer networks has become popular throughout the world since the beginning of the XXI century and is now widely used by private users and the corporate sector. The use of IP-telephony systems allows telecom operators to significantly reduce the cost of calls (especially international), and integrate telephony services with the Internet, to provide intelligent services.

VoIP technology realizes the problem and solutions that are using technology to implement PSTN will be more difficult or more expensive. Ability to transmit more than one telephone call within the high-speed telephone connection. Therefore, VoIP technology is used as a simple way to add extra phone line at home or office. Secure calls, with a standardized protocol (such as SRTP). Most of the difficulties to enable secure telephone connections to the traditional telephone lines, such as the digitization of the signal, digital signal transmission, have been solved in the framework of the technology VoIP. It is only necessary to produce a signal encryption and authentication for an existing data stream. Location independence. One need only an Internet connection to connect to your ISP VoIP. For example, call center operators with VoIP-phones can work from any office where there is available an effective fast and stable Internet connection. Available integration with other services via the Internet, including video calls, messaging and data during the conversation, audio conferencing, managing address book and receive information about available is to call other subscribers. Additional phone features – such as routing calls, pop, alternative GSM-roaming and implementation of IVR – easier and cheaper to implement and integrate. The fact that a call is in the same data network as the PC user opens the door to many new opportunities. Portability of telephone numbers (English Mobile number portability, MNP and LNP, Eng. Local Number Portability) – a service that allows its users to keep an existing phone number from one mobile operator to another. Ability to transfer phone numbers depends on the laws of the country. Challenges in IP-telephony system is considered the least cost call routing (LCR, Least Cost Routing system), which is based on the fact that checks the destination of each telephone call as soon as it is made within the network that gives the consumer the lowest price. Therefore, VoIP-solutions are also needed to manage the compatibility of mobile numbers of MNP when routing a voice call. In countries without a central database, such as the UK, it is sometimes necessary to send a request to the GSM-network on which network (which operator) owns the cell phone. Because VoIP is beginning to gain momentum in the market companies through the use of system features a minimal cost call routing, you must provide a certain level of reliability in the management of calls. One of the voip services and hostings are www.voipclub.biz and www.dataclub.biz.

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Google to Turn Mobile Phones Into Wallets

The latest launch from the search giant aims to use a mobile phone to pay for everyday purchases, and heralds a new age for telecommunications, say Just Call.

Earlier this month it was announced that Google had launched Google Wallet, their very own mobile payment system that enables the user to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone. Currently being advertised as a new payment method to rival credit and debit cards, Google Wallet has been successfully trialled in New York and San Francisco since May this year, and could open up a whole new world to mobile phone users, say cheap call provider Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “Google Wallet is obviously a huge step forward for mobile phones, as until recently they could obviously only be used for the purposes of communication, such as by making phone calls and sending text and emails. However, the advent of Google Wallet means that users will soon be able to pay using their mobile phones, thanks to Near Field Communications (NFC) which means that when a special chip inside the phone is tapped against a reader at a till it will pay the amount, which is just extraordinary.”

While Google Wallet is to be marketed in the US only, the pre-paid Google Wallet card will be able to work internationally from the launch, and it can also be used at any of the 300,000 retailers in the US and elsewhere that accept MasterCard PayPass. But while the launch of this product has been limited to the US, Just Call are confident that this new technology will catch on and become a new method of payment around the world.

The spokesperson for Just Call continues: “While Google Wallet has only been launched in the US so far, it would seem that the trials in New York and San Fransisco, where around 1000 Google, Mastercard, and Macy’s employees used this payment method, were very successful. At present, Google Wallet can be downloaded as an app from a phone network in the US, and will work on a Nexus S phone, which runs on Google’s Android system.

However, we believe that in a few years this type of technology will be used all over the world, and change the mobile phone industry as we know it, so as well as being able to make international calls to anywhere in the world, users will be able to pay for purchases too, which is a really exciting prospect.”

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New Survey Finds Teens are Addicted to Their Smartphones

A survey conducted by Ofcom has revealed that a number of teenagers and adults under 30 have admitted that they are addicted to using their smartphone handsets, which shows that people are becoming more reliant on telecommunications to stay in touch with the people that matter, say Just Call.

A new report published by Ofcom has revealed that 60% of teenage smartphone users admitted that they are “highly” addicted to their mobile phone, compared to 37% of adults. The survey, which questioned 2,073 adults and 521 children also revealed that the smarphone is one of the most popular methods of communication in society today, and people are using it in almost every place or situation, say Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “The results of this survey by Ofcom are really very interesting, because they show just how often people are choosing to use their mobile phones. Ofcom has revealed that 27% of adults and 47% of teenagers in the UK have a smartphone, and 59% of smartphone owners received them over the past year. But what’s really exciting is the study found that while 80% of those surveyed have their phone all day, everyday, 47% of those questioned admitted to using their smartphone when they were using the toilet, which is extraordinary.”

In addition to the increasing use of smartphones in everyday life, with 81% of smartphone users admitting to making more calls and sending more texts compared to 53% of regular mobile phone users, the survey also identified how technology was beginning to change the way that people communicated and and spent their free time. With 30% of teenage respondents stating that they spent less time playing video games, compared to 23% saying that they didn’t watch as much TV as they used to.

The spokesperson at Just Call continues: “The impact of the smartphone has been considerable over the last few years, and since 2005, they have grown in popularity, use, style and efficiency, giving them a £3.7 million stake of the mobile phone market by December 2010. In fact, the survey also found that smartphone users were much more likely to take personal calls during work hours, and to also engage in work-related calls when they were at home. While this may sound a little surprising, the fact that smartphones have become so popular shows that people are looking for gadgets that can help make everyday lives a little bit easier, and if a phone can help find a new restaurant or unearth great deals on international calls, then the rise of smartphone use can only be a good thing.”

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Firstnumber Welcomes The Proposals To Cut EU Mobile ‘Roaming’ Prices

The recent proposal of cuts being made to mobile phone roaming charges while in the EU has been widely acclaimed by Firstnumber, a service provider that offer cheap international calls from anywhere in the UK.

The proposal made by the European Commission is aimed at reducing mobile phone costs when making calls, sending texts and browsing the internet anywhere in the EU. With the intention of making it the same price as it costs when at home. The EC have stated that it costs roughly £2 per megabyte to download when abroad without any current maximum cap set. To make a call it is currently 31p per minute and 10p per minute to receive a call.

The proposed plans if agreed the will come into force in 2014, and set a maximum cap to data charges set at 45p for data per megabyte. Calling will be reduced to 22p when making a call and 9p when receiving a call per minute.

A spokes from Firstnumber has stated that “this proposal is long over due and consumers have been charged at an unreasonable rate for too long. These plans help match what consumers expect to pay and will hopefully increase competition and choice within the market, whilst helping to create better offers for consumers.”

The Firstnumber spokesperson also went on to suggested it’s important that cheap international calls are made even more readily available to everyone and that it doesn’t stop with this proposal.

The proposal includes the recommendation that mobile customers will be able to opt for a separate cheaper mobile contract that will allow for cheaper roaming costs and will use the same number and SIM card.

Firstnumber advises all users before going on holiday to remember the following tips that may help you from being caught out – Start by using Wi-Fi wherever possible, as there will be many hotspots within all major cities, secondly, try short texts to help stay in touch and forget about worrying for every minute on the phone. Lastly, check before leaving for a holiday with the phone operator and make sure of all the data charges and price to call.

For more information on Firstnumber visit http://www.firstnumber.co.uk.

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Firstnumber Celebrates Armed Forces Day With Special Rates on Calls to Afghanistan and Iraq

First Number, a leading provider of cheap international calls from the UK, is celebrating Armed Forces Day by offering users special deals on calls to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the 25th of June, friends and family of men and women in the armed forces can get in touch for just 20p per minute to an Afghani landline, or 4p per minute to an Iraqi landline. Firstnumber is also offering special rates for calls made to mobiles, with both Afghani and Iraqi mobile rates set at 25p per minute.

The deal enables friends and family to keep in touch with members of the armed forces, as well as to show their support for service men and women abroad.

Users can stay up to date with deals like the Armed Forces Day call offer, simply by signing up for Firstnumber’s RSS feed. The provider’s website also features a cheap international call toolbar – offering users the best of their site, hand-picked links, a Google-powered search box, and more – as well as various social networking options. Customers can become fans on Facebook, or follow Firstnumber on Twitter – both of which will update users regularly on special offers, regular updates, and new cheap landline and mobile access numbers.

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Two-year Old Accidentally Leaks News Of A Plot To Lock Out Protesters When Playing With Phone, Firstnumber Advises Parental Caution

Following news that a two-year-old girl accidentally leaked plans to lock out dock workers in Australia, cheap call provider Firstnumber advises parents to keep their mobiles to themselves.

Shipping company Patrick Stevedores has been caught planning to lock wharfs in Australia out of the docks, thanks to the curiosity of a two-year-old.

The revelation has caused relationships between opposing sides of a long running disagreement between dock workers, with some saying the dispute could reignite disagreements first aired in 1998. According to the Herald Sun, this could put the jobs of hundreds of Melbourne workers at risk.

News of the potential lock out was accidentally leaked after the lead negotiator, Mick O’Leary, was found to have left an inflammatory voicemail on the mobile phone of his union counterpart. However, O’Leary was not aware he was being recorded at the time, and the message was left accidentally when his two-year-old niece dialled the number of Garry Keane while playing with his phone.

In the controversial three minute recording, O’Leary can be heard detailing a plan to take on dock workers. The incident has prompted Firstnumber, international call experts, to issue a reminder to parents. “There are few things as tempting to young children as phones, especially of the mobile variety. There’s something about the shape, size and the air of the forbidden that makes them magnets for small hands.

“Smartphones have only increased the appeal, and many parents are happy to hand over their gadgets for the sake of a few peaceful minutes. However, these phones aren’t made for children.”

Following the discovery of the message, which suggests that Patrick will lock dock workers out for a month beginning at the start of June, union officials have spoken out about the tactics employed by the lead negotiator and the shipping company.

O’Leary, who was once himself an official of the Maritime Union of Australia has attracted criticism from the organization. Responding to claims that Patrick was planning to reignite the worst of the 1998 dispute, a spokesperson for the company claimed that O’Leary was not speaking for the company, and that he had exceeding his authority.

Patrick now claims a ‘lock out’ is a last resort. However, the damage to its and O’Leary’s reputation may already be done opines cheap mobile call providers Firstnumber. A spokesperson elaborated: “It’s an unfortunate situation for Mr O’Leary to find himself in. Obviously his plans were not meant to be shared, and we have no way of knowing how accurate his message was.

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Firstnumber.co.uk offers Brits an affordable way to keep in touch with friends and family in Thailand during Thai new year

A UK based cheap international call provider has pledged to help people living in Britain keep in touch with family members and friends in Thailand as the country begins its new year celebrations.

Www.Firstnumber.co.uk currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate; Thailand is just one of the countries serviced by the company.

Traditionally celebrated from the 13th – 15th of April, the Songkran festival now features week-long street parties and water fights.

Celebrations in the northern city of Chiang Mai run for most of the month and are extremely popular amongst travellers and tourists looking to immerse themselves in Thai culture as well as finding a rather unconventional way to cool down from the intense heat.

Firstnumber.co.uk spokesperson Andy Steele hopes the service – which allows callers to dial landlines and mobiles for just 1p a minute – http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/cheap-international-calls/cheap-calls-to/thailand/ – will allow individuals based in Britain to wish loved ones a happy new year.

“Songkran is a really exciting time of year to visit Thailand, not just for the great weather but for the party atmosphere that runs from north to south for most of April.

“Needless to say, Thailand is a particularly popular destination for tourists during April and it’s understandable that family and friends will want to keep in touch with loved ones during their travels or perhaps wish Thai residents a happy new year too.”

Firstnumber’s service is currently one of the cheapest on the market by offering more generously discounted calls than many of its competitors with calls to landlines and mobiles both priced at 1p a minute.

Firstnumber works by providing callers with a discount code with is placed at the start of the number they wish to call. The code then applies the discount to the call from the offset, allowing callers to save tens of pounds in comparison to a standard BT line.

In celebration of Songkran, Firstnumber have put together a Thai-inspired feature – http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/news/say-suk-san-wan-songkran-happy-songkran-day-thai-n/

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International Call Provider – firstnumber.co.uk – Helps Celebrate St Patrick’s Day With Cheap Calls To Ireland For 1p/min

As the world gears up for another St Patrick’s day strewn with shamrocks and Guinness, cheap international call provider Firstnumber has decided to celebrate the luck of the Irish with cheap calls to Ireland.

In fact, as St Patrick’s day celebrations get into full swing in countries like Canada, the USA, Argentina and New Zealand, UK residents can enjoy cheap calls to Ireland for just 1p a minute from a standard BT landline when combined with Firstnumber’s discount access code.

Firstnumber.co.uk – whose slogan is ‘where cheap calls cost pennies’ – offers discounted dialling on calls to both landlines and mobiles, meaning added flexibility for consumers looking to wish a happy St Patrick’s day to friends and family living in Ireland.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s St Patrick’s day number will help bring people together this March 17th:

“St Patrick’s day is a special celebration for many people right across the globe but the religious and cultural epicentre has to be in Ireland itself.

“At Firstnumber we’re proud to offer cheap calls to Ireland so people can easily connect with family and friends on the ‘Emerald Isle’ even if they can’t be there to join in the fun in person.

“For example, callers dialling Ireland for a thirty minute catch up could stand to save around £5.00 in comparison to what you might expect to pay from a standard BT landline, without the discount applied.

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Cheap International Call Provider Helps Long Distance Lovers Go The Distance With Cheap Calls This Valentine’s Day

With the ease of air travel and ongoing improvements in technology, it’s no surprise that increasing numbers of us are going the extra mile to make long distance relationships work.

Long distance relationships – just like proximal relationships – have their ups and downs but the added financial pressure of costly telephone calls and toting up the air miles can add further strains on even the most rock solid of pairings.

Thanks to cheap international call provider – Firstnumber.co.uk – however, long distance lovers can now experience a helping hand in the form of international dialling codes that allow callers to dial over two hundred and fifty plus countries for as little as one pence a minute.

Firstnumber.co.uk – whose slogan is ‘where cheap calls cost pennies’ – offers discounted dialling on calls to both landlines and mobiles, meaning added flexibility for consumers looking to wish loved ones a happy Valentine’s Day.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s Valentine’s special will help ease the financial pressure on people in long distance relationships:

“Long distance relationships are becoming increasingly popular and are particularly common among couples who opt to go to different universities but want to make their partnership work.

“At Firstnumber we’re proud to offer cheap international calls that can help couples make a huge saving to their phone bill.

“For example, callers dialling Thailand for a thirty minute catch up could stand to save just over £22 in comparison to the what you might expect to pay from a standard BT landline, without the discount applied.

“You might be able to get away with forgetting to send a Valentine’s card this year, but with Firstnumber on side you can no longer say it’s to expensive to make that all important call!”

Direct dial access codes work by placing a designated code in front of the number you wish to call.

The code then applies a discounted rate allowing users to call destinations such as France from as little as 1p a minute.

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firstnumber.co.uk – Slashes The Cost Of Calling Abroad With January Sale

With memories of the festive season quickly receding into the past, many shoppers will now be left to contend with a bout of the ‘January blues’ as the true cost of Christmas comes more clearly into focus.

It needn’t be all doom and gloom however as the January sales provide a little light relief; cheap international call provider – Firstnumber.co.uk – being no exception.

Firstnumber.co.uk – whose slogan is ‘where cheap calls cost pennies’ – now stands shoulder to shoulder with high street retailers in offering customers further discounts on its cheap international calls.

Firstnumber currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap calls from mobiles – http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/cheap-mobile-calls/– and landlines – http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/cheap-landline-calls/ – at a heavily discounted rate.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s January Sale will help cash-strapped consumers keep in touch with family and friends during 2011:

“January is a tricky time for everyone in terms of getting back on our feet financially after the traditional Christmas spend.

“Tightening your belt on luxury goods or unnecessary treats is one thing but nobody should have to forego speaking to family and friends in order to stay in the black.

“This was the inspiration for our January Sale where we’ve further discounted over 50 of our most popular destinations, which now makes it even cheaper to call abroad. Some destinations have even been discounted by up to 25p a minute whilst many others start from as little as 1p/min.”

Direct dial access codes work by placing a designated code in front of the number you wish to call.

The code then applies a discounted rate allowing users to call destinations such as Australia from as little as 1p a minute.

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Save A Bundle Calling Family And Friends This Christmas With Firstnumber’s – firstnumber.co.uk – Cheap International Calls

Christmas is a costly occasion at the best of times, and this year shoppers are expected to collectively fork out a staggering £500m in the hunt for the perfect gift.

Thankfully cheap call provider – Firstnumber.co.uk – is on hand to help holiday shoppers save a bundle when calling friends and family abroad to wish them a Merry Christmas; not matter where they might be.

Firstnumber.co.uk – whose slogan is ‘where cheap calls cost pennies’ – currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s service will give callers even more to celebrate:

“Nobody should have to pay through the nose to speak to family and friends; especially at a special time of year like Christmas.

“In today’s climate, more and more of us are living, travelling and working abroad which means greater numbers of families are celebrating a cross-continental Christmas.

“At Firstnumber we’re proud to do our bit to add to the festive cheer by offering callers unlimited access to our direct dial discount service which gives you the freedom to speak for as long as your like on mobiles and landlines without worrying about the costs.”

Direct dial access codes work by placing a designated code in front of the number you wish to call.

The code then applies a discounted rate allowing users to call destinations such as China from as little as 1p a minute.

This year has also seen Firstnumber highlight the kind of market leading savings its service provides via its ‘Twelve Savings of Christmas’ feature –
http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/news/12-savings-christmas/.

The feature illustrates the various locations customers can dial and what the savings made equate to Christmas terms.

For example, callers dialling Brazil – http://www.firstnumber.co.uk/en/cheap-international-calls/cheap-calls-to/brazil/ – for 45 minutes can stand to save £40.50 – roughly the price of a Christmas tree – in comparison to what they would usually pay using a standard BT line, without the Firstnumber discount.

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Cheap Call Provider Firstnumber Excited By the World’s First Floating Phone

It has emerged that Peter Jones, one of the five entrepreneurial ‘dragons’ of Dragons Den fame, is to launch a waterproof floating mobile phone. The device has been developed in co-operation with JCB, a venture which initially began in 2008.

The phone will be available under the Toughphone Brand, and will be released by Jones’ company Distributor Data Select. It is one of three phones to be released this week under the Toughphone brand, and are largely aimed at those in the construction industry, a fact reflected by the phone names, one of which is called the Tradesman. The devices have been developed to withstand adverse conditions, with the Tradesman representing the world’s first floating phone.

Cheap international call provider Firstnumber, believe that the latest offering in Toughphone technology is a hugely positive development for many people, especially those engaging in outdoor activities, whether work or leisure related. A Firstnumber spokesperson said:

“This phone provides an additional sense of reassurance for its users, whose exposure to adverse conditions expands the scope for mobile phone damage or breakage. For those travelling in a foreign country or at sea, the Toughphone handsets represent a reliable means of getting in touch with those back home.”

As well as targeting the outdoor trade demographics, Jones believes the sturdy handsets will appeal to those engaging in outdoor sporting activities such as sailing, skiing and mountain biking. In a slightly tongue-in-cheek tone, Distributor Data Select also commented that the phone would prove to be an ideal alternative for those who enjoy a good night out and are at risk of dropping their mobile phone down the toilet.

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Firstnumber.co.uk – Urges Tourists To The Papal Visit 2010 Not To Get Caught Out By Costly Phone Bills

cheap international call provider is urging foreign visitors attending the Pope’s tour of the UK not to get caught out by expensive mobile calls.

Thousands of people from across Europe and beyond are expected to descend on the UK to catch a glimpse of the Holy Father and attend one of a number of masses that will be held during his stay.

While 100,000 pilgrims from the British Isles are set to attend Glasgow’s open air mass, thousands more are set the travel from abroad to take part in numerous religious celebrations.

The Pope’s visit to Scotland in particular is expected to boost the country’s economy by a staggering £8.5 million as hotels, restaurants and public transport feels the benefit of hosting a major global figure.

Now cheap call provider – Firstnumber.co.uk – is doing its bit to help foreign consumers slash their telephone bills by providing discount rates to landlines and mobiles for callers dialling abroad from the UK.

Firstnumber.co.uk currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber will become one of a number of services that pilgrims can use to help reduce their phone bills.

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Firstnumber Encourages Edinburgh Festival Fringe Performers Not To Create A Drama Over Sky High Phone Bills

With over 400,000 performers and tourists having descended on Scotland’s capital city for Fringe season, cheap call provider Firstnumber is encouraging Edinburgh’s international visitors not to mar memories of their vacation with costly phone bills.

With visitors of all nationalities soaking up the festival atmosphere, the chances of racking up sky high phone bills is often unavoidable when calling friends and family out with the UK.

Cheap call provider – firstnumber.co.uk – is doing its bit to put an end to this by providing a wide range of discount rates to landlines and mobiles right across the globe from 1p a minute; perfect for those of us who like to call loved ones and let them know how the holiday’s going.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s competitive and affordable service will help leave consumers with a little extra spare at the bureau de change:

“Edinburgh Fringe Festival is quite literally one of the greatest shows on earth but no-one wants to return home only to have had the cost of their phone bill go through the roof.

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Firstnumber.co.uk – Helps UK Mobile Users Reduce The £800m Wasted Every Year On Phone Tariffs

cheap international call provider is on a mission to reduce the amount of money UK mobile phone users waste using unsuitable tariffs.

Following a report by comparison site Top10.com it was revealed that many people in the UK are signed up to uneconomical contracts with customers either paying for more than they use or being penalised for exceeding their agreed number of minutes and messages.

The total amount wasted each year on unsuitable tariffs is a staggering £800m while the majority of people could stand to save as much as £62 if they switched to a better contract.

Now cheap call provider – Firstnumber.co.uk – is doing its bit to help consumers slash their telephone bills by providing discount rates to landlines and mobiles right across the globe.

Firstnumber.co.uk currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber will become one of a number of services that consumers can use to help reduce their phone bills.

“It’s shocking to think that UK consumers flush away £800m a year through mobile phone tariffs that don’t compliment their lifestyle.

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