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SIM Card Lets International Travelers Avoid Roaming Charges

Long Distance Post's prepaid international cell phone service is targeted to travelers and companies that manage fleets of phones overseas.

Long Distance Post, a distributor of prepaid mobile phones, this week introduced a prepaid international cell phone service that allows users to talk on their phones overseas without incurring roaming charges.

Long Distance Post is offering international travelers a prepaid Subscriber Identity Module card, called OneSIMCard, which can be inserted in a phone and used overseas to make phone calls. OneSIMCard works in over 140 countries and provides up to 85% lower rates than other SIM cards on the market, according to the company.

The card is compatible with tri-band or quad-band phones that use GSM, GPRS, and 3G cellular technologies. OneSIMCard comes with subscriber information, security features, and storage.

The other option is to rent or buy a mobile phone with global capabilities that already has the card inserted. The renting option is best for those who plan to take a short trip abroad and need a phone for less than 15 days.

Long Distance Post said it doesn't charge customers a monthly fee for its service and allows them to keep a phone number as long as they need to. The company also offers options specifically for businesses that need to manage a fleet of mobile phones overseas. Businesses can view or change their employees' card balances, set SIM card options, block or unlock a SIM card, reassign cards to new users, or send text messages to groups of people.

The standalone SIM card costs $40 and includes a $10 initial airtime balance. Cell phones sold by Long Distance Post with OneSIMCard already included start at $99.95 (for a Siemens A70 tri-band global phone). Weekly fees for renting a mobile phone from Long Distance Post range depending on the phone model selected.

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