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International roaming MVNO offers a new product for telecoms resellers

International mobile operator AwayPhone has signed a distributor agreement with Dextra Solutions, part of the 2020 Mobile Group and one of the UK's largest independent resellers of mobile accessories and airtime packages. The move is a key step in AwayPhone's partner distribution strategy as it expands its sales channels to meet the growing demand for its service.

AwayPhone (www.awayphone.com) is a popular new phone service for global travellers. Acting as a mobile operator when users are abroad, AwayPhone was launched to provide international services denied by the major telecoms operators.

AwayPhone goes beyond recent legal caps on EU call charges, to save people up to 90 percent on phone costs through clever routing of calls that avoid high roaming tariffs. It also provides a local number in the country visited to assist with building relationships in the region. Calls to usual fixed and mobile numbers are seamlessly diverted to the AwayPhone handset so regular contacts do not need to change their dialling information. The product is especially popular with business customers or busy leisure travellers.

"International SIM agreements, sold separately to a user's regular phone contract, represent a great add-on market opportunity for mobile resellers because they can be sold at any time on top of existing contracts," said Angie Simpson, Sales Director for Dextra Solutions, “AwayPhone’s offering is unique and fits easily into our reseller channel.”

In February, AwayPhone was heralded for its pioneering approach to cutting mobile roaming costs for business travellers, securing a ranking in the 2007 '50 to Watch in Mobile' awards, sponsored by O2 and Real Business magazine.

"While roaming costs are creeping down in Europe, the reality for any global traveller is complex tariffs and a patchwork of rip-off destinations," adds Sherry Madera, CEO of AwayPhone. "Customers use AwayPhone as their operator abroad because we can route mobile calls more cheaply than normal operators. We also add really useful features such as local country numbers, re-routing of your home mobile and landlines, plus a single catch-all voicemail. It's a great opportunity for dealers to offer something new to their travelling customers."

AwayPhone is rapidly growing sales channels and Dextra is a key partner in the UK. Further deals with distributors and resellers, who are in an ideal position to advise their clients on how to make the most of their mobiles, will ensure end-users benefit from the unique AwayPhone service without having to unravel existing mobile supplier contracts.

Better rates and no restrictions

The product is sold as a SIM-only contract solution and can be bundled with any unlocked handset. The service is available in 78 countries. Customers pay a monthly subscription fee of £5.99 per month plus call charges, following a one-off £24.99 SIM card registration. Single trip membership is available from £9.99. Customers normally find the sign-up costs are easily recouped through call charge savings on their first trip.

The European Union competition commission has ruled that maximum roaming costs will be capped this summer. However, it is widely expected that roaming prices while outside the EU will stay high or get higher.

"Another opportunity exists to target inbound customers," adds Madera. "Visitors who are not EU residents cannot benefit from the new capped roaming rates. They're locked out and need something else. Right now they buy pay as you go SIMs which sting them when ringing home or another country. Our product is great value in comparison."

In May, AwayPhone highlighted some of the world's top roaming rip-off destinations (http://www.awayphone.com/about/press-releases/20070524), such as Turkey, Russia, Morocco, China and Thailand. Its SIM typically cuts the costs of local or international calls made in non-EU countries by around 70 per cent. A 10 minute call home or to a local hotel while roaming in Turkey will cost on average more than £14. AwayPhone cuts that to £2.53.

Notes to editors:

AwayPhone is a new international mobile phone operator. It provides low cost incoming and outgoing calls wherever customers are in the world and seamless use of their regular mobile number AND a local phone number to their AwayPhone handset when they are abroad.

AwayPhone focuses on making it easy to do business globally. When customers leave their home country, they use their AwayPhone to keep in touch. They can make as many calls as they want without worrying about excessive cost, and they are always confident that they will never miss a call. AwayPhone is based in London, UK and offers services in 78 countries worldwide.

More at www.awayphone.com

Press photography is available to download from: http://www.awayphone.com/about/mediacentre/

AwayPhone's monthly international roaming comparison index is available here: http://www.awayphone.com/about/comparisons/

For more information, please contact:
Kate Alexander, ICONIC kalexander@iconicnet.co.uk / 07788 584413
Mark Charmer, ICONIC mcharmer@iconicnet.co.uk / 07976 960739

About the 2020 Mobile Group

The 2020 Mobile Group was created following the sale of the distribution and logistics businesses of the Caudwell Group to private equity company Doughty Hanson in September 2006.

Headquartered in Crewe, England, the 2020 Mobile Group is involved in the selection, sourcing, customisation, packaging and distribution of mobile handsets, airtime and accessories.

The mobile phone handset business, 2020 Logistics, is the largest value-added logistics provider of mobile handsets in the world. 2020 Logistics sources mobile handsets from all major manufacturers and international suppliers, undertakes extensive value-added services and distributes to all market channels in the UK and overseas.

Dextra Solutions is the world’s largest distributor of mobile handset accessories.

For more information, please contact:

Email: dextramarketing@2020mobile.com
Tel: 01270 412735

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