The survey revealed that 83% of overseas mobile users make up to 10 calls per day, with 67% receiving up to 10 calls per day. The average number of calls made and received per day is four, with this number rising to seven for those aged 18-24.
Based on an average user going out to Germany for a 7 day holiday, making two two-minute calls each day and receiving two two-minute calls per day, they will typically run up a bill of 42 on a prepaid Vodafone1 tariff, a staggering 55.44 with O22, but just 7.88 if they had used MaxSIM, a saving of 85% compared to O2.
Based on the results of the survey, roaming SIM provider MaxSIM have calculated that an expected 16.1 million people are set to use their phone abroad this year and, based on average calls made and received over a one week period on a pre-paid tariff for Germany, the nation’s international phone bill could be as high as 1 billion with O22, compared to 134 million with MaxSIM – a saving of more than 800 million.
MaxSIM is a prepaid mobile phone service that enables users to make calls abroad with their existing handset without incurring expensive charges. Users simply purchase a MaxSIM SIM card, compatible with many handsets, load the credit needed and they can then make cheap mobile phone calls in over 115 countries worldwide and receive calls free in more than 65 countries including the UK.
“The European commission announced that it intended to introduce legislation to stop “rip-off” charges for calls made and received when abroad but sadly for consumers legislation takes time before action takes place. Operators have responded with a flurry of activity but they’re simply unwilling to match the rates that MaxSIM offers, which are up to 85% cheaper than the main mobile operators.”
“Many people forget the need to shop around for a cheaper alternative when they make calls abroad. The savings that can be made against some networks, based on average calls made abroad over two weeks, can currently buy a one-week holiday in Turkey with change left over. People need to start becoming more SIM card canny when they take their mobile overseas so they don’t find a nasty bill waiting for them when they arrive home.”
MaxSIM enables travellers to benefit from massive cost savings without compromising on reliability and quality or subject to hidden costs. Users are allocated a UK number and features of the SIM include voicemail, call recording, conference calling and call forwarding. MaxSIM can also be used in the UK, offering competitive text and call charges compared with other prepaid tariffs.