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The New International Phone Plan That Acts Like A Local Plan

Written by Charlie

When it comes to staying connected abroad, it can be an expensive proposition. It really starts making you question how badly you need to upload the photo to Instagram of the lunch in front of you right now! 🙂 Of course, it is always nice to stay connected with family back home and sometimes it is essential to stay connected for business reasons. Throw in mapping apps or other tools and the international roaming is viewed as a necessity. For more information about global communications, check out this guide post.

The problem is that it is not cheap. There are other services that can compete with each other for global use, but it is still expensive (especially data) and not practical for actual daily use while abroad. Then you have services like Cell Buddy which are trying to reinvent the global cell phone market plan. However, I still have not gotten my beta SIM from them so maybe it is going to be a little while longer. 🙂

The International Phone Plan – Truphone World

With all of that being said, here comes another entry into the telecommunications space and it looks pretty good to me! It is called Truphone and they are starting to roll out their new Truphone World plan that will give you a dedicated plan price that will be active in 66 countries (and growing) while giving you local numbers – and the prices are not outrageous. They have other zone pricing as well that can be found here.

The 66 countries are:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Europe, and more
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The World Zone

They have a monthly international phone plan lineup which might cause the US cell customer to have some shock, but considering it is for international use, it is not bad. The cheapest starts at $55 per month and gives 300 minutes, 300 SMS, and 300MB of data in all of those 66 countries. While the data part seems low, just remember that free WiFi, especially around Europe, is quite common so you will not need to rely on a data plan as you do at home (I used to do around 2-3GB per month in the US but now make do with less than 500MB unless I am tethering). Of course, if you have to go higher, they have higher plans as well as shared plans and data only plans.

International phone Plan

The Truphone World plans

The bad news is that the plans all require a minimum of 12 month contract. So, this will not be something that the infrequent traveler will want. Another aspect is that this could be a good plan for the user who does not use that much in the way of minutes or data in the US and does travel on occasion. In that case, this could be the main contract for that user.

Another possibility is to buy the data only package. This would work great if you use a service like Google Voice or Skype or some other cloud-based service. The data prices are not that bad and could work out well for the traveler who just needs data.

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The data only pricing for the World package

It is always nice to see some innovation on this front. I really hope this service becomes available soon and that it works as well as it should.

What do you think about this plan and company?


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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Do you know t mobile simple choice plan that allow data roaming for free internationally? What do you think about the performance?

    • Yes, I know about that (but do not have it). From what I have heard from friends who have used it, the service is quite slow and not that good. At least it does provide something, though, for those customers who are eligible for it.

      • I’ve been using the TMobile Simple Choice plan since it first started and I’ve used it all over the world and I really disagree with your friends’ comments. It has been great for me, works like a charm!

        • Glad it has worked so well for you! I guess it might be mixed results depending on what you are looking for from the data. Of course, if making local calls is important to you, this plan may work better. One of the problems that some have had with the Simple Choice is the fact that the slower internet can really impede the voip services for making calls.

  • @Charles: I sent an email reply to you but haven’t get any response yet so I copy pasted the latest email conversation it in here in hoping that this won’t get forgotten or buried under new primers :

    Hi, John!
    I thought it would be easier and better to respond via e-mail.
    What dates are you looking at? I am seeing 25K tickets on AA in October and November. If you can give me an idea of dates and how many people, I will see what I can find.
    The least it will cost you in AA miles is 25K per person (roundtrip) and Southwest starts flying out of Dallas to Aruba on November 2 but does not fly to Grand Cayman. To do it on Southwest, you will have to piece the trip together.
    Let me know!

    Hi Charles,

    I am looking to go next year, not sure of the date yet but it would be probably around June or July. Is 3 days enough for Aruba or Grand Cayman (GC)?
    25k / person roundtrip in AA Metal is for offpeak ?
    I have SW companion pass, I also have 110k SW miles. also Alaska Airline 30k miles and US Air 40k miles with $99 companion pass, 50k United, 160k UR, 40k AA miles. Which one is the best redemption? not looking to burn all the miles here and wanna save for my dream on Singapore Suite someday soon.
    I would like to book for 2 people (me and my wife), we are based in SFO, not Dallas.

    I know that you are busy but if you can pretty please spare a few minutes to help me out , I really appreciate your response. You can also e-mail me as well.
    Thank you again in advance.