Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Update

It's the new year and I'm really excited for everything that is going to happen in 2010. I am not usually one for resolutions so there isn't much that I am planning for 2010 that wasn't started in 2009.

Professionally, I am going to be working for a company called Roam Mobility. Roam sells unlocked quad band GSM phones and SIM cards that let people save over 90% on roaming charges. Customers can get free incoming calls in 65 countries and free incoming text message anywhere. People are often shocked when I tell them about Roam but I believe that we have been getting juiced by our mobile carriers when it comes to roaming charges for too long. For example, if you are roaming in the USA and you want to call a cellphone in Canada, you're going to pay about $1.45. With Roam, you would pay on $0.40.

Outside of work, I'm really excited to be back in Ottawa. I have been going to the YMCA on what is almost a daily basis so I believe that I am in the best shape I have been in a while. The snow is starting to fall so it looks like the ski season is shaping up to be a good one. I didn't get as much time to get on the slopes as I would have liked when I was living in Vancouver (too busy) so 2010 is going to mark my return to skiing. I picked my skis up from the shop just this morning from Kunstadt Sports. They did an GREAT job considering there were huge gashes in the bottoms of my skis.

From a technology standpoint, as I posted before, I am loving my new iPhone. I am spending a lot of time listening to audiobooks and podcasts on it. It has reinvigorated my love of RSS feeds and so I have subscribed a bunch of new ones. I am also going to be in the market for a new laptop or netbook this year and will also be shopping for a new internet service provider as I am sick of the slow internet at my place.

I have a few goals for 2010. I'd like to get in the best shape of my life, I'd like to buy a car and be well on my way to affording some property. Other than that, it is going to be all about helping people save on roaming charges with Roam.

Happy New Year to Everyone!

2 comments:

Tommy said...

Hi Danny,
congratulation on the new job look like nice thing to be doing
can you help me understand how this roam work i looked at there web site but i didn't understand, are they new cell phone company what network will be your home network and what is the monthly fees after the first $49
Tommy

Danny said...

Hi Tommy,

You can email me at danny@roammobility.com if you have further questions but long story short:

Roam is designed to provide you with cellular service while you are outside of your home country. Roam has agreements with mobile carriers in pretty every country around the world and those companies vary depending on the country you are in. In parts of Europe, it is the O2 network but that doesn't matter too much because our phones pick that up automatically when you travel so the user experience is seamless. What matters is that airtime costs way less than if you were to use your Rogers phone.

In terms of Fees.... the initial cost is only the hardware, which is either a SIM card that you would use if you had an unlocked phone to use it with (most people don't have unlocked phones) or an unlocked phone from Roam and a SIM, which we have starting at 99 dollars. That also includes 10 minutes of airtime. Once you activate the card, there are no fees other than your airtime which you can load by attaching your credit card to your account and loading up with simple text message. So there are no monthly fees.

You get a UK and US number and if you're in 65 countries, which includes the USA, you can get free incoming calls. So let's say you go to Florida for a while... you get a USA number and and can receive free incoming calls. Outgoing calls to Canada are, I believe only about 25 cents or 40 cents a minute... which is way cheaper than Canadian companies that charge at least 2 dollars.

So you can see the advantages of using our services when you travel abroad. We are not meant to compete with domestic carriers for domestic calls, only compete for roaming calls.